Bridge in Vienna in the Springtime

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1 Apr 2019 - 8 Apr 2019
Duration: 7 nights half board
Ref: 19024
With: Colin Simcox, Rob Richardson

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Bridge Hosts: Rob & Rosa Richardson
Director: Colin Simcox

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is steeped in history, full of historic buildings from the Habsburg Empire, yet safe and clean with boulevards full of exquisite boutiques and tempting coffee houses. The city centre is compact and easy to negotiate your way around, with the impressive St Stephens Cathedral always in view and guiding you back to the heart of the city. Not to be missed is a performance at the famous Spanish Riding School, nor a tour of the Imperial Apartments in the Imperial Palace where the Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth resided.

We stay in the 4 star Kaiser Franz joseph Hotel, ideally located in the elegant and sophisticated 19th district of Vienna where you can conveniently take a tram into the heart of the city within 20 minutes, yet we benefit from staying in a really pleasant location where you can walk out and find open spaces, shops, cafes and everything you need on your doorstep. The delightful wine-making region of Grinzing is just a short walk or two tram stops away, and a wonderful place to relax; stroll around; eat and drink and simply enjoy the ambience of this famous wine village.

We have INCLUDED the following tours in our package:-

AN ORIENTATION TOUR OF VIENNA

This four hour guided panoramic tour will take you around the Ring Boulevard where you will see impressive buildings such as the Parliament, City Hall; Votiv Church; Hofburg; and State Opera House. After we head to Grinzing where we invite you join us in a glass of wine in a typical Heuriger wine tavern.

A TOUR OF THE SCHOENBRUNN PALACE

We visit the former summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty, which is today a UNESCO World Cultural heritage site. This splendid baroque building dates back to the XVII century and we enjoy a guided tour of the grandiose rooms and extensive gardens, followed by coffee and café at a Viennese coffee house.

BRIDGE SESSION AT THE BRIDGE CLUB IN VIENNA

We visit the local bridge club and get to know the locals over an interesting bridge session and a friendly drink!

OUR BRIDGE PROGRAMMES

During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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PRICES

01 April 2019 - 7 nights (excluding flights): £995 per person
01 April 2019 - 7 nights (including British Airways flights from Heathrow): £1185 per person

Single supplement (standard double for sole use): £150 per week

Upgrade to balcony with garden view room: £6 per person, per night
Upgrade to superior room with double occupancy: £8 per person, per night
Upgrade to superior room with single occupancy: £13 per person, per night

Deposit: £150 excluding flights, £250 including flights

Extra nights are available at £55 per person per night B&B in a double room and at £75.00 per night in a single occupancy room – plus any upgrade charges.

We are holding seats with British Airways on the following flight schedule:

01 APRIL DEPART HEATHROW 10.05 / 08 APRIL RETURN HEATHROW 17.40

If you prefer you can book your own flights from any regional airport To Vienna or we can assist you with your flight booking. We include transfers between 10.00 & 20.00 hours on our arrival and departure days, and can arrange them for you on different days or outside these hours for a supplement.

Please call us to book this holiday excluding flights.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 7 night’s accommodation on a half board basis in a standard room
  • Return airport transfers between hotel and Vienna airport between 10.00 - 20.00 hours
  • Orientation tour of Vienna & Grinzing with a wine tasting stop
  • A visit to the bridge club in Vienna and participation in bridge session with locals
  • A tour of the Schoenbrunn Palace with stop for coffee and cake
  • Minibar - with 2 beers and two bottles of water on arrival
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and hos
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail

NOT INCLUDED:

Travel insurance; and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

Kaiser Franz Joseph****

The Kaiser Franz Joseph Hotel is located in the 19th district, an upmarket area of Vienna, which is clean and sophisticated with lots of greenery, yet conveniently connected to the heart of the city, which can be reached by tram within 20 minutes.

The rooms allocated for our bridge group have all been refurbished within the last 12 months, and are modern and compact yet extremely practical and convenient as they all offer a small kitchenette with microwave, fridge, kettle and utensils.

STANDARD ROOM FACILITIES

  • Bathroom with walk in shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Electronic Safe deposit box - free of charge
  • Flat TV with English speaking channels & music channel
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Kitchenette with microwave, hob, sink and kettle and utensils
  • Fridge (2 bottles of water and 2 beers on arrival)
  • Desk
  • Free Wifi

BALCONY & GARDEN VIEW ROOMS

These rooms have the same facilities as the standard rooms, but have a balcony and overlook the garden.

SUPERIOR ROOMS

The superior rooms are designed in an older style, but they are far more spacious with two extra seating areas in addition to bedroom. These rooms have a bath with shower attachment, iron and they are without balcony.

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

The hotel boasts a very popular coffee house, Oberlaa that has a very high reputation and is frequented by locals. The hotel has 3 restaurants; one that will be exclusive for our group for breakfast and evening meal, and a cocktail bar, garden and outside terraces. It also has a very pleasant wellness area where you can relax and enjoy the three saunas, plunge pool and gym.

The hotel also has a full laundry for your convenience, if required.

Breakfast and dinner are buffet style.