London Olympia Horse Show & Christmas Markets River Cruise 2020
16 Days | 15 Nights
Tour Dates: 07 Dec – 22 December 2020
London Olympia Horse Show & Christmas Markets River Cruise 2020
- 3 nights in Vienna and 8 nights in London in 3.5 – 4 star hotels
- 4 nights / 5 day Christmas market river cruise with sightseeing in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, including all meals
- Visit to Schönbrunn Palace and the Christmas markets in Vienna
- Royal Box tickets to Vienna Riding School Gala show & behind the scenes private stable tour
- Full season pass with top seating in the main London Olympia Horse show with padded seats
- London Transport Oyster card, Vienna transport ticket and airport transfers in Vienna
- A visit to the Royal Mews with a behind the scenes guided tour
- Visit to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
- Christmas lights bus tour of London
- Sightseeing tour to Hampton Court Palace via train
- Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
- Opportunity to shop in London Olympia Horse Show Shopping village
- Travel wallet, experienced tour host
**Flights are NOT INCLUDED. Flights are out of date range but will need to be booked well in advance to ensure availability. These will be arranged in late January 2020 with the Vienna to London flight.
If you wish to just do the London Olympia Horse Show or just Vienna and the river cruise please get in touch for a price.
Monday 07 December 2020
On arrival in Vienna transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening the group will meet for a welcome drink and discuss the weeks program. (Welcome drink and transfers included)
(B, D) Tuesday 08 December 2020
This morning is at leisure and you are free to explore the city sights. You might like to visit St Stephens Cathedral, built in the Gothic style, way back in the 13th century Early evening the group will transfer to the River cruise and enjoy a welcome dinner with an Austrian flair. (Includes Transfer and five day/4 night River Cruise)
(B,L,D) Wednesday 09 December 2020
Vienna – Budapest
This morning after breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the Christmas market in front of the city hall in Vienna. This afternoon will be spent cruising towards Budapest. (Includes guided tour of Christmas markets in Vienna)
(B,L,D) Thursday 10 December 2020
Today enjoy a guided tour of the amazing city of Budapest. Budapest is separated by the Danube into two entities. Buda on one side with its hills and valleys, and Pest on the other with its flat expanse offering such a wonderful panoramic view of the Danube that it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. We’ll start sailing towards Bratislava this evening as you enjoy the on-board entertainment. (Sightseeing tour in Budapest including the Christmas markets)
(B,L,D) Friday 11 December 2020
This morning will be spent cruising, reaching Bratislava in the afternoon. Enjoy a guided tour of the Slovakian capital and discover its Christmas market. This evening enjoy a Gala dinner and entertainment on-board the ship. Later this evening we will sail to Vienna.
(B) Saturday 12 December 2020
After a breakfast this morning it is time to depart the cruise ship and transfer to your hotel in central Vienna. This afternoon we will visit Schönbrunn Palace with an audio tour of the Palace and you will have plenty of time to explore the Christmas markets in front of this gorgeous Palace. (Vienna transport card and Schonbrunn Palace audio guided tour and christmas markets)
(B) Sunday 13 December 2020
Today we visit the world-famous performances by the Lipizzans – the Ballet of the White Stallions which takes place in the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace. The atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. We have some of the best seats in the house in the Royal Box.
Afterwards enjoy a private exclusive group tour of the Spanish Riding School where you will visit the unique baroque Winter Riding School, the Summer Riding School and the stables of the Lipizzan stallions, which have been housed in the Stallburg (one of Vienna’s most prominent Renaissance building) for more than 450 years. (Vienna Riding School tickets and behind the scenes private Stable tour)
(B,D) Monday 14 December 2020
Vienna – London
Today we will depart for London and meet the rest of the group. For those arriving in London it is arrival day and this evening we will meet for a welcome dinner. Afterwards you might like to explore the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and Christmas market and perhaps enjoy a Glühwein with the markets open until late. The Winter Wonderland offers world-class entertainment, unbeatable Christmas markets, fairground rides and scrumptious festive treats with an abundance of delicious seasonal snacks to sample. (Flight not included, airport transfers and dinner included)
(B) Tuesday 15 December 2020
This morning the group will visit the Royal Mews with a behind the scenes tour and view all the carriages used in the Jubilee parades and the royal weddings. Afterwards you may like to visit Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the guards or call into Harrods and see the magnificent Christmas displays.
Today is the first day of London Olympia and the show starts with a Dressage Masterclass later this afternoon, followed by the Dressage Grand Prix and various entertainment. (Royal Mews behind the scenes tour, London Oyster card and Olympia season pass)
(B) Wednesday 16 December 2020
This morning the group will enjoy a visit to Hampton Court by local train and afterwards you might like to have some lunch at a quaint English pub opposite the Palace before heading back to London to enjoy the London Olympia Horse show later this afternoon with Various entertainment and the freestyle dressage. (London Oyster card, Hampton Court entry and audio guide of the Palace and season pass to London Olympia)
(B) Thursday 17 December 2020
This morning you have a free morning to explore London further. Later today at Olympia there is plenty of action with the Show jumping and the “Big Red Wall” competition to see who can jump the highest is always hotly contested plus much more entertainment. (London Oyster card and season pass)
(B) Friday 18 December 2020
This morning is an early start at London Olympia with the Showing Championships. This evening we will enjoy a bus tour of the capital’s iconic sights soaking in the city’s most famous locations and some of the UK’s most beautiful Christmas light displays – you will be in for an absolute festive treat! (London Oyster card, Season pass and Bus tour of London lights.)
(B) Saturday 19 December 2020
This morning after breakfast you might like to head to London Borough markets. This market is open from 8 am and is one of London’s most popular food markets in London selling all types of food from all over the world as well as home wares and all types of Street food etc. This afternoon we lets hope fellow Aussie, Boyd Exell will be there to showcase his skills and show us why he is world number one Driving champion. It will be nail biting stuff as the corners are tight and the action is fast and furious. If you wanted to leave early this evening you could go and watch the Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square. (London Oyster card and season pass included.)
Sunday 20 December 2020
This morning you might like to go for a stroll through Hyde Park before going to the London Olympia Horse Show. Some of the events today include the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup.
Monday 21 December 2020
Today is the last day of London Olympia Horse Show with various entertainment and The Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix Show-jumping and the Presentation to the Leading Rider of the Show.
Tuesday 22 December 2020
This morning is departure day or you might like to stay on and enjoy Christmas in Europe. For those heading home laden with Christmas goodies we will arrange transfers to the airport today. If you wanted to leave a day or two earlier to be home in plenty of time for Christmas please let us know.
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Note: A full program of the London Olympia Horse Show is on their website but the 2020 program may not be updated until this goes on sale next year. We expect the timetable to offer similar events but the entertainment may change slightly.
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