Austria's Wachau Valley centred around the majestic Danube River is blessed with an ideal climate where the many orchards and vineyards produce some of the finest wines and apricots in the country. The terraced hillsides lead to imposing castles ripe for exploration, while the charming towns below offer wine tasting and excellent cuisine. Traversing forest roads and hiking trails this walking adventure entertains a true appreciation of the UNESCO heritage listed region between Krems and Melk, with its character filled towns and historic buildings and a community that is devoted to good food and wine.
DAY 1 Arrive Krems DAY 2 Hike through vineyards to Dürnstein (4.5hrs) DAY 3 Walk the high trail to Weißenkirchen with great views to the Alps (5hrs) DAY 4 Day at leisure to explore the surrounding area and sample wine DAY 5 Walk via Buschandl wall to the village of Spitz (5hrs) DAY 6 Follow the Buchtal Valley to the fortress of Aggsbach and continue by bus to Melk (5.5hrs) DAY 7 Visit Melk Monastery then by boat to Krems DAY 8 Trip concludes
Weekly on Saturday to Wednesday from 4 May to 21 Sep (Friday and Saturday only in Apr). Guided departures available June 15, August 17 and September 14, 2013 (supplement applies to guided departures)
Note: Internal transfers by public bus and ferry not included - allow around EUR10.
*7 breakfasts (dinner package optional) *7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *luggage transfer *boat from Melk to Krems *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline