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From £775 per person for 3 nights
Austria’s Viennese Balls are world-famous, steeped in tradition and packed with glitz, glamour – and plenty of dancing. Vienna puts on 450 balls each year, but we’ve arranged tickets to 2019's best ones, ensuring a whirl of a time.

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Pack your dancing shoes and prepare to waltz the night away at one of Vienna’s most prestigious balls. You’ll be put through your paces by the city’s top dancing school to prepare you for this unforgettable experience, and you’ll also have plenty of time to explore the handsome Hapsburg streets of the Austrian capital.

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Dance at one of Vienna’s most exciting balls - the Concordia Ball
  • Two-hour Waltz lesson at the city’s leading dance school - even suitable for novice dancers
  • Explore one of Europe’s most underrated cities, elegant but buzzy and cosmopolitan Vienna
  • Entrance tickets to a selection of top Viennese art galleries and museums

We’ve secured hard-to-acquire tickets to 2019's most exciting Viennese balls. Steeped in tradition, these events may have a long history but they’ve morphed into multi-generational, spectacular affairs that go on well into the early hours. The Juritsen ball takes place in Vienna’s majestic Hofburg Palace, once an imperial palace and now Austria's answer to 10 Downing Street, while the Concordia Ball takes place in the Rathaus. If you’re nervous about the idea of strutting your stuff on this prestigious stage, or you simply need to brush up on your waltz, then don’t worry, as your trip includes a two-hour dance lesson at the illustrious Elmayer Dance School. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help you hone your technique and prepare you for your chosen ball. 

You’ll also have free time to explore Vienna, a city steeped in imperial grandeur. The Habsburg emperors left their capital with a rich legacy of magnificent architecture, from the sprawling Hofburg Palace complex to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, one of the world’s most impressive collections of European art. The foodie scene here is an increasing part of the city’s appeal, with a host of innovative restaurants pushing Austrian cuisine in exciting new directions, and Vienna’s famous coffee houses are something of an institution.

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All holiday departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Please note that when booking, you will need to choose a hotel category from a choice of Classic, Premium or Deluxe for the whole holiday.


We’re offering a three night package centered around one of Vienna’s most atmospheric balls: 

Juristen Ball, 2/3/2019

Held in Vienna’s impressive Hofburg Palace, this ball takes place in the imperial palace’s spectacular state rooms with their soaring vaulted ceilings and beautiful decor. You’re in for a treat: the prestigious and highly regarded Elmayer Dance School will open the ball with a fabulous routine and it’s then over to you to put your dance steps into practice and waltz the night away.

Concordia Ball, 8/6/2018

Staged annually by the Press Club Concordia for more than 120 years, this ball takes place in the grand surrounds of Rathaus, with its beautifully lit courtyard and soaring vaulted ceilings. It’s known for its glitz and glamour: expect entrancing dance and music spectacles, beautiful decorations, elegant costumes and – this year – a tango theme.

The highlight of both events is the Viennese Waltz – for which you’ll be well prepared.

Our trips include a two-hour dance class at the highly regarded Elmayer Dance School, the city’s most prestigious place to hone your steps. Run by the Elmayer Family for generations, it leads the waltz at many of Vienna’s balls. During a two-hour lesson in an air-conditioned studio, you’ll learn the moves and hone your technique with an experienced teacher.

Your trip includes plenty of free time to get acquainted with Vienna, one of the most photogenic capitals in the world. Take in the grand, wedding-cake architecture of the Ringstrasse, but make time for the other side of the city too: In summer, parts of the Danube become wild swimming baths, with little cafes and kiosks at their sides, while there are also numerous parks and green spaces which you can hire bikes to explore. Don’t miss the cityscape from atop the Wiener Reisenrad, the antique Ferris Wheel that’s become a city landmark, as well as a buzzy food scene and some seriously relaxing spas to ease weary, post-dance limbs – hammams are big business here.

We recommend spending time at three of Vienna’s must-sees: The Kunsthistorischen Museum, housed in a palatial building on the grand Ringstrasse and home to an impressive collection of Old Masters and ancient artefacts; the Hofburg Palace, once seat of the Habsburg Emperors with a museum dedicated to national heroine, Empress Sisi; and the ultra-modern Leopold Museum, packed with works by Schiele, Klimt and Kokoschka. 


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Overall meals included: 3 Breakfasts

Overnight at Hotel Astoria or Hotel Intercontiental Wien*.

What's included:

  • Private transfers from/to Vienna International Airport
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Two-hour dance lesson with Elmayer Dance School
  • Entrance tickets to the Viennese ball
  • Entrance tickets to a selection of top Viennese art galleries and museums

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

What to pack:

  • Formal clothing for the balls (dinner jacket or dark suit for men; floor-length dress for women)
  • Practice clothing for the dance class

*Hotel Intercontinental Wien is available for Concordia Ball experience only.


Accommodation

Premium - Hotel Astoria

Deluxe - Hotel Intercontinental Wien (note: deluxe is available for the Concordia Ball in June only)

Your hotel option for this experience is Premium: 

Premium ★★★★ 

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback. 

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


If you only have time for a 2 night break, please see our two-night Viennese Ball package, and get ready to dance the night away.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London to Vienna cost around £150 per person and take approximately 2 and a half hours. 

Experience start point: Vienna (VIE).

End point: Vienna (VIE).


All holiday departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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