Vienna: Imperial Splendour and Modern Masters

This tour has already taken place and is now here as an archive
Dr Marie-Anne Mancio


Vienna, the former capital of the immense Hapsburg Empire straddling east and west, has an astonishingly diverse cultural heritage. The buildings of the city centre showcase Baroque architecture at its finest whilst its musical heritage is unparalleled in the west. The Kunsthistorisches Museum houses some of the world’s finest Old Masters whilst the Secessionists can be found at the Belvedere Palace. Evidence of Jugendstil (local Art Nouveau architecture) is still visible in former metro stations. With its key galleries, Vienna provides a huge array of sites and museums as well as a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain. An accredited NADFAS lecturer, she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. Since attaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is currently working on her second novel, Bouche about C18th painter Francois Boucher and his patron Mme de Pompadour.

Your Hotel

Hotel Stefanie (4* superior) view website »

Sited in the city centre, this family owned and privately run hotel is the oldest in Vienna. Boasting elegant furnishings and a collection of antiques, it also has fast and free WiFi access, flatscreen tv with free Sky programmes, en suite bathrooms, minibars, safes and individually controlled airconditioning. There is also an excellent restaurant.

Hotel Stefanie, Vienna
Hotel Stefanie, Vienna
Vienna Belvedere Palace
Vienna Belvedere Palace

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Vienna Airport
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • Meet and greet service on arrival at Vienna airport
  • 3 nights’ bed & buffet breakfast accommodation at Hotel Stefanie (Superior 4*)
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • coach transfers to and from Vienna airport
  • all coach transfers as per itinerary
  • transportation to and from dinner venues
  • all entrance charges to visits as per the itinerary
  • qualified, English speaking guide at Schönbrunn Palace
  • vox guides throughout

The price does not include:

  • Teas or coffees during any mid morning / mid afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5093 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
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Book your place

Places are strictly limited to 15 so please book early. For further information:

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Secession Building, Vienna
Secession Building, Vienna

The Tour: Itinerary

Day 1 / Saturday 17 March

London – Vienna

British Airways from London Heathrow Airport to Vienna Airport

As the flight is over the lunch period we recommend that refreshments are taken during the flight.

Arrival in Vienna and met by local guide

Transfer by private coach to Hotel Stefanie, Vienna

Hotel Stefanie, Vienna


Visit the Albertina, one of the largest and most precious collections of drawings and prints in the world. As well as Dürer’s famous ‘Hare,’ there are exquisite works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Tiepolo here, acquired by Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen and his wife Marie Christine (daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa), as well as more modern additions by Rainer, Rothko, and Katz.

Dinner in the hotel restaurant

August Macke, Colored Composition of Forms, 1914, Albertina Museum, Vienna
Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502, Albertina Museum, Vienna
The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Day 2 / Sunday 18 March

Upper Belvedere

We start our day by exploring Upper Belvedere. It is part of a complex designed, in the early C18th, by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as a summer palace for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Originally used for barracks, also to house the Imperial painting collection, and as the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, it opened to the public in the 1920s. Its highlights are iconic works by Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, artists of the Biedermeier period, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. Two titans of painting – the Romantic Caspar David Friedrich and the neo-classical David – are also unmissable.

Lunch in a local restaurant

Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Belvedere Gardens
Vienna, Belvedere Palace


After lunch, we will visit the Secession-Gebäude, Joseph Maria Olbrich’s late C19th masterpiece of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. Its gleaming golden dome heralded the formation of a new modern association. Inside, is a key work of one of its founders: Gustav Klimt. His Beethoven Frieze, painted across three walls, evokes Wagner’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Secession Building, Vienna
The Beethovenfries, Gustav Klimt


We will go on to the Karlskirsche (St Charles Church), designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. This unique building references ancient Greece, ancient Rome and the contemporary Viennese Baroque, its green copper dome now a much-loved landmark of the city’s skyline.

Dinner in a local restaurant

Karlskirche, Vienna
High altar of Saint Charles Borromeo, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and his son Joseph Emmanuel. Karlskirche, Vienna

Day 3 / Monday 19 March

Schloss Schönbrunn

Today we drive out to the suburbs of Vienna to admire Schloss Schönbrunn, the vast imperial summer palace. On the accession of the Empress Maria Theresa, it was transformed in 1740 into a Rococo wonder by Nikolaus Pacassi. Formal gardens were laid out by court architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg and, to this day, the view of Vienna from the Gloriette at the top of the hill is unparalleled. The largest Palm House on the European continent is also here, notable for its three climate zones and profusion of plants from different continents. The palace interiors are just as impressive. The Royal Apartments are a riot of white-lacquered surfaces, gold leaf, Bohemian crystal chandeliers and white porcelain tile stoves. It was here, in 1772, in the Hall of Mirrors, that six-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed a concert.

Lunch in a local restaurant

Gloriette Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace, Canaletto, c.1758
Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna

Leopold Museum

After lunch, we will enjoy a major collection of Austrian art at Leopold Museum. This boasts works by Schiele, Klimt, Kokoschka and Gerstl. Here we will trace the development of modern art in Vienna from the Secessionists through to the Expressionists.

The Leopold Museum, Vienna
Egon Schiele’s Self Portrait


We end the day with a visit to the KunstHausWien in the Landstraße district. Designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) and sited in an 1892 former Thonet furniture factory, it is the only permanent collection of his works. This fascinating artist was an environmentalist with a hatred of straight lines. Both a painter of bold colours and an architect of undulating lines, his nearby Hundertwasserhaus is a testament to his originality.

Dinner in a local restaurant

KunstHausWien, Vienna

Day 4 / Tuesday 20 March

Kunsthistorischesmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts)

After breakfast and checking out of hotel, we will visit the Kunsthistorischesmuseum.

This was built between 1871 and 1891, designed by Gottfried Semper (architect of the Dresden Opera House). With its lavish interior, it is a prime example of the ‘Ringstrasse’ or historicist style. Its gallery includes Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, as well as sculpture and decorative arts. Amongst the collection’s numerous highlights are its paintings by Bruegel – nearly one-third of those extant in the world – Dürer, Cranach, Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velázquez.

Lunch in a local restaurant

Cafe-Restaurant, Kunsthistorischen Museum, Vienna
Theseus and Centaur, Antonio Canova, c.1812, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Home travel

By private coach to airport for BA flight to London Heathrow airport