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Andre Rieu in Vienna


Join us for a select and special one-off experience to celebrate the music and history of Austria with Andre Rieu and his orchestra in Vienna with a full range of extra touches, tours, special meals and experiences all included.

Few cities in Europe can boast the Habsburg imperial grandeur of Vienna, once the capital of Europe's second largest empire. The heart and historical centre of the city, the ‘Ringstrasse’, houses imposing buildings and monuments such as the Rathaus (town hall), the Burgtheater, the University, the Parliament and the State Opera House. In the winter residence of the Habsburgs, the Hofburg you will tour the Imperial Apartments and the Treasury housing the Crown Jewels of the Habsburgs. You will spend a day at Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial hunting grounds with a tour of the interior, designed to eclipse Versailles with entrance to the gardens and other attractions. Enjoy a strudel-making workshop and an exquisite dinner and concert in the Kursalon where the elite of Viennese society once gathered to listen to the premier performances of Strauss' Waltzes.

Outside of the city we have dinner at the edge of the Vienna Woods in a family-run rustic local tavern and spend a day in the Wachau valley along the course of Strauss' mighty Blue Danube (it's not Blue and you'll discover where the saying comes from) visiting the spectacular Abbeys of Melk and Klosterneuburg where we worship. The Habsburgs were granted by Rome as 'The Holy Roman Emperors of the German speaking people' and their history is entwined within the regions Christian beliefs and struggles of which you'll learn.

On stage, witness André Rieu's orchestras incredible musical prowess, passion and charisma make for a magical spectacle. His romantic and fun concerts are the only ones where people regularly jump to their feet and dance in the aisles. It’s not uncommon to see devoted fans laughing, weeping, clapping, dancing and embracing when they listen to the beautiful waltzes, film scores, spirituals, musicals, folk songs and marches and André’s precious Stradivarius violin from 1732; his concerts are a perfect mix of thrilling, romantic, festive and emotional melodies combined with surprises, balloons, beautiful soloists and of course André’s great sense of humor. It’s all about emotions!


  1. Travel to Vienna - Ferris wheel ride (D, DR)

    Morning: meet your Tour Leader and check-in for your direct flight to Vienna.

    Afternoon: you will be met on arrival by your Tour Manager and escorted to your coach for the short drive to the Prater Park to ride the famous Ferris Wheel, built in 1896 and made famous in the Orson Welles film The Third Man. Whilst you enjoy an overview of the city and free time in the Prater area, your driver will take your luggage to the hotel so that after when you check-in your luggage will be ready in your room. You will stay in the four-star NH Danube City Hotel, right by the United Nations Headquarters and a direct short ride on the subway to the centre, for a five-night stay.

    Evening: get to know your fellow advent companions over a welcome drink reception followed by optional worship. After, enjoy a three-course dinner in the hotel with an included drink and tea or coffee.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink 

  2. City tour and State Opera House tour (B, L, D, DR)

    Morning: guided tour of Vienna from its medieval foundations to the imperial city that it is today. Drive the Ringstrasse, the showcase boulevard of the Habsburg Empire with buildings in numerous architectural styles. See also the Art Nouveau Secession building, the Hundertwasser House and take a walking tour of the prestigious Kaerntner Strasse that leads to St. Stephens Cathedral.

    Afternoon: enjoy an included lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the city followed by a tour of the State Opera House. This was the first building to be completed on the Ringstrasse and a technical wonder with its massive stage settings and hydraulically elevated orchestra pit. As you tour you will see the magnificent staircase and the Gustav Mahler Salon.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel with an included drink and tea or coffee.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  3. Schonbrunn Palace, Strudel demonstration, Andre Rieu and his orchestra in concert (B, AT, D, DR)

    Morning: travel to the outskirts of the city to Schonbrunn Palace. Built between 1695 and 1748 to eclipse Versailles and all other European palaces Schonbrunn has seen an array of historical events. Marie Antoinette was born here, the final Emperor of France grew up here for his safety, Franz Josef was born and died here and the sovereign control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire relinquished on November 11th 1918. Your Tour Leader will offer short prayers and worship in the Habsburgs private chapel.

    Afternoon: after your tour inside the palace enjoy time at leisure in the grounds of the palace with the magnificent Neptune Fountain, Gloriette triumphal arch and the ‘Wagenburg’ the Carriage Museum with all ceremonial carriages used by the Habsburgs. We also include a traditional Strudel making demonstration in the Residenz Cafe with strudel and coffee afterwards.

    Evening: an early dinner in the hotel before taking the short drive to the Stadthalle to take your category 1 seating (the best!) for an evening of music from maestro Andre Rieu and his 64 piece orchestra. As well as traditional Austrian composers there will be other music and some contemporary pieces and with Andre's lead a fantastic atmosphere!

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  4. The Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Habsburg Crown Jewels and dinner in a traditional wine tavern (B, D, DR)

    Morning: included entrance to the former imperial winter residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years; the Hofburg with the private apartments of Franz Josef and Elisabeth. The building today is now also the official residence of the Austrian Chancellor. The Imperial treasury, the home of the Habsburg Crown Jewels, is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance.

    Afternoon: free in the centre of Vienna to explore at leisure and wander. Over the last two days your resident Tour Manager will have provided you with a number of ideas to fill your time this afternoon as well as the last day before the flight home. The hotel is just eight minutes by subway (direct, no change) so you can choose how long you stay. One idea is the Lipizzaner Museum in the stables and home of Vienna's famous Spanish Riding school.

    Evening: dinner is in a local wine tavern on the edge of the Vienna Woods. We visit a small chapel on route for a short worship and then enjoy local hearty homemade produce and traditional rustic dishes in this family-owned setting with drinks and music included.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  5. Klosterneuburg & Melk Abbeys, the Danube Valley - Dinner and concert in the Kursalon (B, D, DR)

    Morning: today you will visit two stunning abbeys in wonderful locations. First Klosterneuburg, where according to the legend, Babenberg Margrave Leopold III founded Klosterneuburg Monastery and Palace in the early 12th century at the place where he found the veil of his wife Agnes, which had been brought there by the wind on the day of their wedding. The Order of the Augustinian Canons settled at Klosterneuburg upon Leopold’s initiative. Since that time, with the exception of the years between 1941 and 1945, the canons have lived and worked there, following the Rule of Saint Augustine. Today almost 50 canons live here.

    Afternoon: continue along the Danube to Melk Abbey, a sacred palace constructed from 1701 to 1736 upon the foundations of a medieval monastery. The centre piece of this complex is the library, boasting 16,000 volumes and graced with a ceiling fresco by Paul Troger. The most important Baroque masters were commissioned for the church. Its beauty is breathtaking, as is the view from the semi-circular exterior terrace looking out over the Danube and the Wachau Valley.

    Evening: dinner and concert in the Kursalon which once served as a place where visitors could get mineral waters to drink. In 1868 the first concert by Johann Strauss took place in the Kursalon. Since then, the venue became a place for concerts and meetings for Vienna's social elite. Enjoy a four course dinner with drinks in the hall under Swarovski chandeliers before enjoying the resident orchestra play Austria's famous music accompanied by ballet dancers and debutantes demonstrating the waltz.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  6. Free morning - return journey (B)

    Morning: free to explore Vienna at your leisure. Maybe visit the Museum Quarter or the Art Historical Museum, where the building alone is worth a visit, especially the café housed inside the ornate dome. The House of Music is also very worthwhile with sections dedicated to famous Austrian composers or those who frequented the city. Or, simply visit a famous café such as Café Hawelka or Café Mozart in the same building as the famous Hotel Sacher but more ornate and visited by less tourists and more locals.

    Afternoon: mid-afternoon departure for the airport to bid farewell to your Tour Manager and your return flight home.

    Early evening: return arrival at Heathrow and bid farewell to your Tour Leader and fellow travelling companions.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  7. Your concert seating in the Stadthalle

    Your package includes top category one seating for the concert of Andre Rieu and his orchestra. The plan above shows in pink where these seats will be located either in front of the orchestra or the tiers at the side.

    About Andre Rieu and his orchestra

    André Rieu is quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other, a true King of Romance, having sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 Nr. 1 chart positions worldwide. Along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra (the largest private orchestra in the world), André has created a global revival in waltz music, staging spectacular extravaganzas which are second to none. Having received over 480 Platinum Awards, three Classical Brit Awards for “Album of the Year” and billions of Youtube views, André is one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world. Each year his passionate live shows attract more than 600.000 fans and outsell mega artists such as Coldplay, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen.

    „My concerts are about joy and love!“ says André Rieu. „We should make decisions in our lives with our hearts, not our heads. People often ask me ‘how do you choose your program?’ – the answer is: with my heart. I love Johann Strauss but I am also fascinated by Andrew Lloyd Webber or Bruce Springsteen. We should stop limiting ourselves with categories and boundaries – not just in terms of music but in our lives in general” – says André Rieu.

    Waltzes, film scores, opera and musicals
    On stage André’s incredible musical prowess, passion and charisma make for a magical spectacle. His romantic and fun concerts are the only ones where people regularly jump to their feet and dance in the aisles. It’s not uncommon to see devoted fans laughing, weeping, clapping, dancing and embracing when they listen to the beautiful waltzes, film scores, spirituals, musicals, folk songs and marches and André’s precious Stradivarius violin from 1732; his concerts are a perfect mix of thrilling, romantic, festive and emotional melodies combined with surprises, balloons, beautiful soloists and of course André’s great sense of humor. It’s all about emotions!

    World Tour
    Known to millions around the world as the “King of the Waltz” André is also a true “King of Romance”. He has been married for 47 years and lives with his wife Marjorie in a romantic castle, built in 1492 in his hometown of Maastricht/Netherlands. The couple has two sons and five grandchildren.  Don’t miss your chance to see André Rieu LIVE!

Essential Information

Included excursions

  • Top category 1 seating for Andre Rieu and his orchestra in the Vienna Stadthalle
  • Exquisite dinner and Mozart & Strauss concert in the Vienna Kursalon
  • Guided city tour of Vienna
  • Private tour of the State Opera House
  • Grand tour of Schonbrunn Palace with gardens and the Imperial Carriage Museum
  • Apple Strudel Show demonstration and tasting (of course!)
  • The Hofburg - Imperial Apartments & Treasury, the Crown Jewels of the Habsburgs
  • Dinner in a local wine tavern
  • Excursion to Klosterneuburg Abbey and Melk Abbey overlooking the Danube's Wachau Valley
  • Ride on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel

Optional excursions

None! – all excursions and extras as listed above and below are included!

Included extras

  • Hotel Porterage
  • All Local Guide and driver gratuities
  • All hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Personal audio guiding system
  • Services of our resident and knowledgeable Tour Manager
  • Optional worship from our accompanying faith leader

Included meals & drinks

Meals: a full buffet breakfast each morning, one lunche and all evening meals. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in the heart of Vienna's historic centre within the Ringstrasse on day two to get to know your fellow companions. Dinners are three, three-course dinners in the hotel, a visit to a traditional 'Heuriger' (an Austrian Tavern) and a four course dinner and concert in the Kursalon. During the visit to Schonbrunn Palace we also include Apple Strudel and coffee after the demonstration.

Drinks: welcome drink. A mug of mulled wine at the Abbey of Klosterneuburg as well as a beer, wine or soft drink plus water and tea or coffee with all evening meals and the lunch.

Our team in Austria

Our dedicated and knowledgeable McCabe Tour Manager is there solely for our guests. They will escort all excursions and be available in the hotel for any queries and offer local advice, hints and tips for you to get maximum enjoyment of your time with us. A faith leader will also escort this experience and offer optional worship on some occasions, for those who wish.

Your journey

The flight is direct to Vienna with British Airways from London Heathrow. Regional flights to Heathrow from some UK airports and flight seat upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Please enquire at time of booking.

Outbound Flight

Flight departs Heathrow (BA 0696) : 07:10               Arrives Vienna: 10:25

On arrival you will first visit the famous Ferris Wheel for a ride and overview of the city making the first day not just about the journey!

Return Flight

Flight departs Vienna (BA 0705) : 18:45                   Arrives Heathrow: 20:10

Length of flight to Vienna: two hours and 20 minutes

Flight times maybe subject to change and are confirmed with your final paperwork.

Your hotel: NH Danube City Hotel

Situated right next to the United Nations Headquarters and Austria Center Mall in Vienna, the hotel is just 500 metres from the nearest subway station on the U1 line which is the direct line to St. Stephens Cathedral in the heart which takes just eight minutes. Rooms have views to the cathedral and city centre or to the Danube recreation areas and surrounding hills.

Hotel facilities: the Tarragona Restaurant & Bar offers an extensive and excellent breakfast buffet. For lunch and dinner, it serves Austrian and international cuisine and a wide range of Spanish tapas. The Tarragona bar situated in the lobby welcomes guests to relax and unwind until late in the evening. There is also a sauna, a fitness room, and a relaxation room. There is complimentary hi-speed Wi-fi throughout the hotel.

Your hotel room: all rooms have two beds that can be locked together to create a double bed. Modern and comfortably furnished with full modern amenities, there is a desk/dressing table, armchair and all rooms have heating/air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, fridge/minibar, iron and ironing board. Complimentary hi-speed Wi-Fi is fitted in all rooms.

Hotel bathrooms: available with shower cubicle or shower over the bath-tub (on request), a hairdryer and shaving/make-up mirror. Ample towels and complimentary toiletries are provided.

Single rooms available (limited availability)

Double rooms for single use for a supplement of £339

Practical information

Entry requirements

British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Austria freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.

Please note your passport must be valid for three months after your return from Austria.

Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

Health & wellbeing

For travel within the EU you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge.  You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…

The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.


In Austria the average temperature during your stay should be around +5 to +9 degrees centigrade. November is one of the driest months in terms of rainfall, with an average of four days in the month, and usually too early for snowfall. It is advisable to bring some warm clothes and layers for the days as well as a winter hat, gloves and a scarf. Weather in the Danube basin can change rapidly for worse or better and is difficult to predict, a misty start often leads to a glorious afternoon.


Dress is casual throughout the holiday. You may wish to take one or two smarter items for the evenings particularly for the dinner concert in the Kursalon where jeans and casual wear where is not permitted, however this is not a black tie event, just smart. Gentlemen are asked to wear a shirt (no jacket necessary) and ladies a dress or two piece outfit (trousers or skirts are fine). Warm casual clothing is recommended in the day time with evenings in the hotel being smart/casual. As the sightseeing visits require a certain amount of walking, we suggest you take a pair of warm lined shoes or boots. Austrians often wear real fur which are family heirlooms handed down from generation to generation and not seen as taboo as they are in the U.K.

Please bring a hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm as well as a pair of sunglasses as the glare of sunshine (hopefully) can be quite strong.


There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this holiday so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Tour Manager will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Tour Manager who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Some streets in the city centre and at the abbeys of Klosterneuburg and Melk that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. For your guided walking tours in Vienna, the abbeys and the visit to Schonbrunn Palace you must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes, walk one kilometer and be able to manage two to three flights of stairs to gain the maximum enjoyment from this tour..

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