WALKING ALONG THE DANUBE

7 day independent tour     Here in the Wachau district the Danube is at its most beautiful. A friendly climate and steep slopes form ideal conditions for vineyards and orchards. Some of the best wines of Austria grow in Wachau and of course don’t forget the local apricots. The varied hiking tour past steep […]

7 day independent tour

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Here in the Wachau district the Danube is at its most beautiful. A friendly climate and steep slopes form ideal conditions for vineyards and orchards. Some of the best wines of Austria grow in Wachau and of course don’t forget the local apricots.

The varied hiking tour past steep rocks, over soft hills and through scenting vineyards simply is blissful. A special feature of this countryside is the many small villages where everything centres on good food and wine. Enjoy Wachau.

Highlights
Danube/Wachau centre Krems with its historic town centre
The special scent of vineyards and orchards
Gorgeous views of the Danube valley
Lovely typical wine-grower villages of Wachau
Cultural monuments as e.g. the splendid baroque monastery Melk
Boat tour on the Danube

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Krems/Stein.

Day 2

High up into the vineyards and to the ruins of fortress Dürnstein.

The vineyards start directly on the outskirts of the town and we hike high up. Enjoy a stunning view on the river Danube and Krems as well as the impressive monastery Göttweig. Across the hills you walk to the ruins of fortress Durnstein, where the legend says that King Lionheart was held captive and Blondel rescued him. Walk down to the historic town Durnstein where you stay overnight.
12 km and 4.5 hours to walk.

Day 3

Observation point on Seekopf

In Dürnstein you cross the river by ferry to Rossatz. Walk past the largest apricot growing area of Austria on old tracks to Seekopf. An unsurpassed view to the Alps waits for you. Route: from Durnstein to Weißenkirchen. 11 km and 5 hours to walk

Day 4

Rest day in Weißenkirchen

Surrounded by sunny vineyards and squeezed in between the Danube and green forests the mighty gothic parish church of Weißenkirchen.

Day 5

From Weißenkirchen to Spitz via Buschandl wall

A steady climb brings you up to Seiber and then you pass to Kuhberg and to the Buschandl wall. Downhill you follow the trench Miesingbachgraben and later on you pass the vineyards to Spitz. Alternative route: balcony path through the vineyards to Spitz. 12 km and 5 hours to walk

Day 6

Up to the ruins of the fortress of the robber barons of Aggsbach

Cross the Danube by ferry and follow the Buchtal valley uphill. Shortly before you reach Maria Langegg you join the Austrian St. Jacob’s trail, which you follow up to the ruins of fortress Aggsbach. Visit the fortress with a gruesome past, wonderful scenic viewpoints and also stop for a refreshment. 15,5 km and 5,5 hours to walk

Day 7

By boat back to Krems

Visit the monastery with a beautiful garden in Melk. Enjoy the boat trip to Krems, passing by the highlights of your tour Spitz, Dürnstein and Krems. 

Day 8

Individual Departure

 

Tour Rating- moderate
Medium difficulty, walking on well kept walking paths and footpaths. Daily walking times 4 to 6 hours with some short and steep climbs. On several days easier options are available. A good walking stamina is required on some stages – you walk up to 15 kilometres. Equally a good and sturdy pair of walking boots is required.

 

Schedule & Price

Departs every Saturday through Wednesday, from mid-April to late October

Price per person CAD $820
Single Surcharge $275
Extra nights pre or post tour, p.p. $80
Optional dinner plan – minimum of 3-course meals $250

 

This tour includes:
  • 7 nights in very good 3 and 4 star hotels, in a double room with private facilities
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Boat tour from Melk to Krems
  • Detailed information pack with maps, route notes, etc.
  • Emergency service helpline

    Not Included:

    * 2x ferry crossings cross the Danube,
    * bus fare Aggsdorf – Melk, approx. € 6,- per person

    A four night version of this tour is also available.