World Heritage Trail Wachau

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World Heritage Trail Wachau, 8 Days

Krems | Dürnstein | Weißenkirchen | Spitz | Melk


Self-Guided Tour. The steep hills of the Wachau region form some of the most stunning scenery along the River Danube. The pleasant climate lends itself perfectly to the success of orchards and vineyards, many of which you will see during your week of hiking. You’ll be following the famous “World Heritage Trail Wachau”, along the jagged ridges of the Danube Valley. Over the next few days, as you wind through the valley along some of the many walking routes, you will be transported back in time as you explore one of Austria’s oldest cultural landscapes. Apricot gardens, endless vineyards and quaint hamlets dot the area, and there will be plenty of time to sample some of the delicious home-grown fruits and wines that this part of Austria is so well known for.


Day 1: Arrive in Krems


Day 2: From Krems to Dürnstein, ‘Vineyards’

This morning you can enjoy a stroll through lush vineyards and enjoy magnificent views over the Danube, the charming city of Krems and the ancient monastery of Göttweig. Crossing the hills, you’ll reach the famous Dürnstein ruins for more incredible landscape views, before arriving at the banks of the Danube.

Day 3: From Dürnstein to Weißenkirchen

Taking the ferry from Dürnstein to Rossatz, you’ll head into the beating heart of the Wachau region. Pass the largest apricot growing area in the whole of Austria and follow the historic tracks up to Seekopf, where you can get a great view of the Alps. Here there’s an optional walk along the Danube, passing through fruit-rich orchards to the ferry.

Day 4: Day off in Weißenkirchen

The pretty town of Weißenkirchen is surrounded by sunny vineyards and dense green forests, as well as the famous gothic parish church. You could visit some of the nearby wine villages such as Joching and St Michael, explore some of the fascinating local museums or enjoy a thrilling boat tour of the Danube. For those looking to relax, perhaps sit back with a glass of local wine in one of the taverns, or if you prefer to stay active, then enjoy a hike on the Achleiten circuit and meet a local wine-grower.

Day 5: From Weißenkirchen to Spitz

Say goodbye to Weißenkirchen as you head along the wine trail, passing picturesque wine cellars before reaching the heights of Seiber. Enjoy a steep climb through the forest to Buschandlwand and enjoy jaw-dropping views from the observation platform. Alternatively, you could take a different route through the vineyards to the famous wine community of Spitz an der Donau.

Day 6: From Spitz to Melk, ‘Ruin Aggsbach’

Sail across the Danube by ferry, reaching Maria Langegg. From here you’ll wind along the St Jacobs trail to the ancient ruined fortress of Aggsbach. Marvel at the views of the Danube valley as you explore the fortress. Heading downhill, you’ll then catch the bus to Melk.

Day 7: From Melk to Krems, ‘Danube Cruise’

Your final full day in Austria is spent visiting the colossal Melk monastery, strolling around its beautiful grounds. You then take to the Danube again, returning to Krems by boat. Looking out onto the river, you’ll see all of the highlights you have discovered over the last week, including Spitz and Dürnstein.

Day 8: bye bye



The hotels might be replaced with similar ones due to lack of availability.

Name: Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Or Similar
Place: Krems
Name: Gartenhotel Pfeffel Or Similar
Place: Dürnstein
Name: Raffelsberger Hof Or Similar
Place: Weißenkirchen
Name: Gasthof Prankl Or Similar
Place: Spitz
Name: Hotel Post Or Similar
Place: Melk

What’s Included

• 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
• Luggage transfer
• Boat cruise Melk – Krems*
• Wine tasting (German, English)
• 4-course gourmet menu accompanied by carefully chosen wines from the own vineyard estate in the hotel ‚Gartenhotel Pfeffel’.
• Carefully elaborated route description
• Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
• GPS-data is available
• Service-Hotline
* Boat cruise is only possible starting from mid-April, bus ride as an alternative.

Not Included:
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Any Insurance
• Any Item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”

Prices & Optionals

Prices may vary according to dates of travel.

Price From Per Person | Double Occupancy: CONTACT US
Price From Per Person | Single Occupancy: CONTACT US

Things to note
• For a stress-free start to your travel, arriving at the start point by early evening the day before is recommended. The individual return journey takes place on the last day of travel
• Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
• 2x ferry crossings Danube, bus fare from Aggsdorf to Melk (only 8-day tour), approx. EUR 6 per person
• Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
• This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility

Arrival / Parking / Departure
• By train from Vienna to Krems and a few minutes walk to the starting hotel
• Parking: limited free parking at the hotel, no reservation possible
• Public parking garage available for approx. EUR 20 per week, no reservation required

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  • Country: United States


  • Property ID: EH-01
  • Property Type: Austria Tours

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