Trip Highlights*

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Day 1

Monday, 14 October 2019

Individual arrivals into Vienna, transfers can be arranged for guests.

Check-in at Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Hotel Sacher Wien
The Hotel Sacher Wien, which opened in 1876, occupies an enviable spot on Philharmonikerstrasse directly across from Vienna's State Opera. It has a storied past and served as a popular setting for spy movies (this is where Graham Greene was inspired to write the script for the 1949 film noir “The Third Man”). Equally famous are its classic, jewel-toned interiors. Guest rooms are decorated with antiques, silk curtains and select works from the museum-worthy collection of paintings.

Lunch at leisure.

Walking tour of Vienna.

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Walking Tour
Start your stay in Vienna with a 1 ½-hour walking tour of the inner-city center, which will include St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Mozarthaus. A whirl of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the blue Danube, Vienna is a fine romance of a city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand: Strauss waltzes are still hip to 20-something ball-goers and even the imperial stables have been born again as the surprising and vibrant Museum Quarter.

Private visit and organ recital at the Vienna Jesuit Church.

Welcome dinner at Private Residence.

Overnight: Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Day 2

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Welcome by director of Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and curator-led, before-hours visit of the new “Caravaggio & Bernini – A Revolution in the Arts” exhibition.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum
In addition to its many famous paintings, the Kunsthistorisches Museum contains important collections of sculpture, Oriental art, and decorative arts. The museum’s acquisitions are the result of the rich accumulation of treasures by successive Habsburg rulers from the 16th century onward, notably by Archduke Leopold William in the mid-17th century. The painting collection is especially noted for its Renaissance and Baroque pictures of the Italian, German, Flemish, and Spanish schools.

Guided visit of highlights of the permanent collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Lunch at Bristol Café.

Visit to the private collection of pianist and conductor, Michael Klaar.

Pre-performance dinner in a private room at our hotel restaurant.

Evening performance at Vienna Opera (TBC).

Overnight: Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Day 3

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Welcome cocktails at the Spanish Riding School located in the Hofburg Palace complex.

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Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 440 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna's Spanish Riding School achieves.

Private guided tour through the stables and the tack room.

Lunch at Café Demel, followed by an exclusive demonstration of Viennese Waltz.

Welcome and guided tour by curator Annette Südbeck of the Vienna Secession.

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Vienna Secession
The Viennese Secession was founded in 1897 as a protest against the established Viennese Artists’ Society, whose outlook was regarded as stiflingly traditional. The movement was distinguished by its intense engagement with architecture and design, pushed to the extreme in the ground-breaking design of its exhibitions. The Secession’s sophisticated public manifestations seamlessly blended art, decoration and typography, constituting both a ‘Secession style’ and a form of brand identity.

Visit followed by dinner at Erwin Wurm’s studio.

Overnight: Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Day 4

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Before-hours guided visit of the Augarten Vienna Porcelain Factory and Museum.

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Vienna Porcelain Manufactory
Founded in 1718, the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory is the second-oldest in Europe. A tour of the porcelain manufactory, which is located in the former imperial Augarten palace, gives an impression of how much attention to detail goes into the production of every single piece. The porcelain museum, which is also housed in Augarten Palace, additionally illustrates the history of Viennese porcelain with a range of representative examples.

Private tour of the Vienna downtown Palace of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, with art specialist.

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Princely Family of Liechtenstein
The late 17th century palace was once the main residence of the princely family of Liechtenstein, one of Vienna’s richest families considered to be at the cutting edge of art and architecture, before they moved to the tiny Alpine principality. The Baroque building, which was revamped in the 1840s in the neo-Rococo style, was damaged during a bombing raid in World War II and when an Allied aircraft crashed into its roof in the final days of the war, but it remained standing. The Palace is now home to a selection of masterpieces of the private art collection of the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein from the Biedermeier era.

Lunch at Hansen restaurant.

Welcome by director Mag. Hans-Peter Wipplinger at the Leopold Museum, and guided visit of the Museum’s exhibition.

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Leopold Museum
The Leopold Museum is a unique treasure-trove of Viennese art nouveau, the Vienna Workshop and of the Expressionist period. The Leopold Museum houses the most important and largest Egon Schiele collection in the world as well as masterpieces by the founder of the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt. In addition, the Museum is also showing exhibits of the Vienna Workshop from Josef Hoffmann to Koloman Moser, which are considered to be unique artworks of international design history.

Continue your visit of the Museumsquartier with a guided tour of the MUMOK and its “Friedrich Kiesler” exhibition with Dr. Rainer Fuchs, Chief Curator and Deputy Director.

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With its collections based on Pop Art and Photorealism, Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme as well as Viennese Actionism, the MUMOK combines highlights of societal and reality-related art as well as performance art of the 20th century. The collection comprises around 9,000 works: paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, graphics, photos, videos, films, architectural models and furniture.

Dinner in a private room at Imperial Café.

Overnight: Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Day 5

Friday, 18 October 2019

Private viewing of the Collection Sanziany at Palais Rasumofsky.

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Palais Rasumofsky
Collection Sanziany at the Palais Rasumofsky is one of the largest private collections in Austria. Adrian Riklin and his partner Antonis Stachel share their magnificent home with more than 2.000 works of art.

Welcome by Chief Curator Dr. Christof Metzger and guided visit of the Maria Lassnig and Albrecht Durer exhibitions at the Albertina.

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Vienna's Albertina art gallery possesses 45,000 drawings and watercolors, a million printed sheets of graphic material covering a period of 500 years, and 35,000 books, making it the world's most comprehensive collection of graphic material. Founded in 1786 by Maria Theresa's son-in-law, Duke Albert of Saxony-Tescha, this fantastic collection includes pieces from all the major European schools.

Lunch at DO&CO in the Albertina.

Private guided tour of Schloss Belvedere.

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Schloss Belvedere
A masterpiece of total art, Schloss Belvedere is one of the world’s finest baroque palaces. Designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (1668–1745), it was built for the brilliant military strategist Prince Eugene of Savoy, conqueror of the Turks in 1718. The first of the palace's two buildings is the Oberes Belvedere (Upper Belvedere), showcasing Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (1908), the perfect embodiment of Viennese art nouveau, alongside other late-19th- to early-20th-century Austrian works.

Welcome drinks reception at Galerie Krinzinger with artist Martha Jungwirth.

Farewell dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Ciel.

Overnight: Hotel Sacher, Vienna.

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Day 6

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Independent departures from Vienna, transfers can be arranged for guests.

*These tours have been carefully arranged, and the descriptions on the website and on the itineraries are as accurate as possible. However, tours are planned far in advance and changes can become desirable and unavoidable. The above itinerary is a draft concept but we will do our utmost to ensure that every unique visit, every special event, and all private access remain unchanged.