Here in the Wachau area the Danube is at it’s most beautiful. The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for orchards and vineyards. Our hiking week leads thought the long-distance trail “World Heritage Trail Wachau” along the ridges of the Danube valley. On the varied walking routes you can enjoy magnificent views of one of Austria’s oldest cultural landscapes with characteristic vineyards, apricot gardens and the impressive Danube stream in the valley. A varied walking tour leads past steep rocks, across gentle hills and through aromatic vineyards. Little hamlets dot the landscape and apart from the famous wine, delicious apricot delicacies belong to the outstanding regional specialities.
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
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 as on some stages you walk up to 15 kilometres. Equally a good and sturdy pair of walking boots is required.
We suggest flying into Vienna. We can supply rail tickets to/from this city.
Departure Dates: Daily from April to mid-October
Season 1: 24.03. to 29.04. | 20.08. to 09.09.
Season 2: 04.06. to 01.07. | 10.09. to 23.09.
Season 3: 30.04. to 03.06. | 02.07. to 19.08. | 24.09. to 14.10.
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$865|
|Price per person: season 2||$945|
|Price per person: season 3||$990|
Dinner plan supplement
This Tour Includes:
Superior Hotel Option
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$1280|
|Price per person: season 2||$1325|
|Price per person: season 3||$1395|
All hotels are superior 4 star quality.
Also included are 3-course dinners daily, plus a 4-course gourmet menu accompanied by carefully chosen wines from the own vineyard estate in the hotel Gartenhotel Pfeffel.
NOTE: Any visitor͛s taxes are not included in the tour price and payable on site.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment