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to Vienna via private jet for a 5 day tour including a visit to the famous
Vienna Opera and New Years Eve Ball.
28th December - Chauffeur Car from
your home to the Harrods Aviation VIP Suite at London Luton Airport.
29th December - Buffet breakfast in
December - Buffet breakfast in the hotel.
31st December - Buffet breakfast in
The flowing strings of the ‘Blue Danube’ capture perfectly the magic of Vienna. It is a city where good living, fine music and celebration go hand-in-hand; where the glorious days and glamorous nights of the mighty Habsburg Empire are reflected in the monuments and traditions which remain today. One can easily imagine the ladies of the Court arriving at the Ball in their finest gowns, assisted from their carriages by dashing escorts, immaculate in colourful uniforms with gleaming buckles and blades.
You need not leave it to your imagination. We will fly you to Vienna by luxury Private Jet to attend one of the city's great and historic occasions - the New Year’s Eve Imperial Ball at the magnificent Hofburg Palace.
A Flight of Fantasy to the New Year’s Eve of a lifetime.
This takes place each year at the Hofburg Palace – the winter residence of the Habsburgs. As you arrive in the Entrance Hall, Imperial Hussars perform the traditional ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. The entire palace is bedecked with stunning floral decorations and, after a welcome champagne cocktail to the strings of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, you will be invited to ascend the Grand Staircase, flanked by liveried footmen. At the top ‘Emperor Franz-Josef’ and ‘Empress Elisabeth’ await, attended by Imperial courtiers and Hussars.
The superb Gala Banquet is served in the magnificent State Apartments which include the Grand Festival Hall, the Ceremonial Hall, which was the Throne Room of the Habsburgs; the Privy Council Chamber where Franz -Josef received Napoleon and the Redouten Halls where the Congress of Vienna was held. You will be seated in the Grand Festival Hall and the first dance melodies resound in here at 10 pm.
It is also here that, at midnight, to the sound of the bell of St Stephens Cathedral, the Imperial couple wishes everyone ‘Happy New Year’ and the Ball dances to the ‘Blue Danube’. The highlight of the evening is the Viennese Operetta Gala which takes place shortly after midnight in the Grand Festival Hall and features star singers and dancers from the
Vienna State Opera...
Dancing to various orchestras and bands continues until early into the morning and our own exclusive transport will run a shuttle service from the Hofburg Palace back to the hotel at half-hourly intervals from half past midnight until 0300. Dress requirements are black or white tie for gentlemen and long evening dresses for ladies.
The haunting melody of the ‘Third Man’ theme captures perfectly the magic of Vienna. A city of Strauss and strudel, waltzing and wine; a city one feels that has always been happy and peaceful. Naturally, that has not always been the case, but Vienna shows the good side of its past. The glorious and glamorous nights of the mighty Hapsburg Empire, of which Vienna was the sparkling capital, are reflected in the many monuments which remain in their splendour today. A horse-drawn carriage passing under wrought iron and gilt archways will take you back to those times, as will a stroll through the corridors of the incomparable Schonbrunn Palace.
Outside, in the reality of today's world, this city still insists on making you feel happy, a day in the life of Vienna is full of good things. Stroll along the Karntnerstrasse with its excellent stores, exclusive boutiques with unsurpassed quality. Jewellers, confectioners with chocolate and marzipan delights and bakers with exquisite pastries and tempting gateaux abound.
Take a rest in one of the typical Viennese Coffee houses and treat yourself to delicious Sachertorte topped with whipped cream, a Viennese coffee (with more whipped cream if you like) or lemon tea.
Your city tour will include many of the famous sights and a tour of the Schonbrunn Palace.
One of the world's top opera houses, the Vienna State Opera has a reputation for presenting the finest conductors, soloists and orchestras to perform the great operas. A Chauffeur Car will take you from the Hotel Imperial to the Opera where we invite you to cocktails and canapés in the Teesalon prior to the performance, and during the interval. (At the time of going to press the programme for December had not yet been published. You will be advised as soon as we are informed.)
Built in 1863, the sumptuous Hotel Imperial was originally the Vienna residence of the Prince of Württemberg. The stately palace on Vienna’s Ring Boulevard was transformed into an hotel in 1873.
Now the hotel is the finest in Vienna and is renowned worldwide for its discreet and impeccable service. The staff take pride in pampering and delighting those discerning travellers who are accustomed to staying at the best addresses and your stay will be crowned by every conceivable amenity.
Tasteful furnishings, marble bathrooms and walls cocooned in silk ensure an experience filled with stately elegance. Precious antiques conjure up the atmosphere of 19th century Vienna. Each and every room blends timeless elegance with the latest comforts. The individually styled suites are complemented by a loving attention to detail and attentive service. Thoroughly trained butlers will attend to all your needs and a hand-ironed newspaper will be brought to your bedside with morning tea!
The Restaurant Imperial offers a timeless feast of the senses. In this noble ambience, traditional Viennese cuisine blends harmoniously with exotic international cooking, offering delicious culinary creations.
The Café Imperial offers a more informal atmosphere with local specialities and a wide choice of coffees, cakes and pastries. The intimate Maria Theresia Bar is the place for cocktails and piano music.
Car from your home to the Harrods Aviation VIP Suite at London
Travel insurance - see General Information
Supplement for sole use by two people of the
Private Suite on board the Legacy - 15% of the tour price per person
To make your booking please call Robert Broad Travel on 0845 003 2214