The Blue Danube Walking Holidays
Start: Krems

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The Blue Danube (Wachau) Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £479 per person

Holiday Information Overview


Here in the Wachau area the Danube is even more beautiful than anywhere else. 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.

Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast. Half board is available as an optional upgrade.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.

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Walking Tour Highlights
• Spend a week exploring the Wachau area of the River Danube.
• The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for orchards and vineyards.
• Visit the little hamlets and taste regional specialities.
• Enjoy a cruise along the Danube retracing your steps.
• An easy tour through vineyards and the hills surrounding the river.

Walking Route Features
You walk mainly on well maintained trails and some paved vineyard paths. Depending on the route, you can make the stages more comfortable or more challenging. The peaks in the Wachau region are not high, but steep in places. Surefootedness therefore is required in some places. This week offers a perfect blend of nature, culture and culinary delights.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


1st Day: Individual journey to Krems

2nd Day: From Krems to Dürnstein, ‘Vineyards’

Walk up into the vineyards to the tower with a view over the ‘blue’ river Danube, the city Krems and the magnificent monastery Göttweig. Cross the hills to ruin Dürnstein or take the picturesque Talgrabensteig via Talweg to Dürnstein.

Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 12 km | Up 510 m / Down 500 m.

3rd Day: From Dürnstein to Weißenkirchen, ‚Heart of Wachau’

Take the ferry from Dürnstein to Rossatz. Continue past the largest apricot growing area of Austria, on old tracks up to Seekopf with stunning views to the Alps.

Optional walk along Danube through orchards to the ferry. In Weißenkirchen a theme trail leads through the vineyards.

Details: approx. 3,5 to 5 hours | 12 km | Up 490 m / Down 500 m.

4th Day: Day off in Weißenkirchen, ‘Wachauer Dolce Vita’

Surrounded by sunny vineyards and green forests the mighty gothic parish church of Weißenkirchen is a remarkable sight. Wine growing villages such as Joching, Wösendorf and St. Michael form together with Weißenkirchen the biggest wine grower community of the Wachau region.

Visit museums, seize beautiful walking trails or take a boat tour on the Danube. Enjoy a glass of Wachauer wine in one of the wine taverns.

No rest day in Weißenkirchen for the 5-day tour.

5th/4th Day: From Weißenkirchen to Spitz, ‘Observation platform Buschandlwand’

Leave Weißenkirchen via the wine trail, past picturesque wine cellars and ascend to Seiber. Walk through the forest, initially quite steep to Buschandlwand where an observation platform allows stunning panoramic views. An alternative route passes through vineyards to the famous wine grower community Spitz an der Donau.

Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 12 km | Up 520 m / Down 510 m.

6th/5th Day: From Spitz to Melk, ‘Ruin Aggsbach’

Individual journey by boat from Spitz to Krems on 5-day tour.
Cross the Danube by ferry to Maria Langegg. Here you follow the St. Jacob’s trail to ruin Aggsbach. Visit the fortress with scenic views across the Danube valley and stop for a snack.
Downward to Aggsbach where you catch the bus to Melk.

Details: approx. 4,5 to 5,5 hours | 14 km | Up 580 m / Down 560 m.

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

Visit the impressive monastery with its beautiful grounds before you board the Danube boat. During the cruise to Krems you pass the highlights of the week, see all the vineyards as well as Spitz and Durnstein.

8th Day: Individual departure or extra days

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Beautiful high routes on well maintained paths and forest roads. Tour requires good basic fitness level for walking days of up to 6.5 hours as well as surefootedness on just a few sections. In some cases comfortable alternative routes are possible. We suggest this tour to everyone who likes the alpine pasture scenery and beautiful views.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Blue Danube (Wachau) tour stays in pretty 4* hotels, mainly 3* hotels and country hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available services

- 7 resp. 4 overnight stays, breakfast included
– If half-board: min. 3-course meal
– Luggage transfer
– Wine tasting
– Boat cruise from Melk to Krems, 8-day tour*
– Boat cruise from Spitz to Krems, 5-day tour*
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
– Service-Hotline

Not Included

- 2x ferry crossings Danube, bus fare from Aggsdorf to Melk (just 8-day tour), approx. EUR 6 per person

Difficulty

Walking ▲▲
You walk mainly on well maintained trails and some paved vineyard paths. Depending on the route, you can make the stages more comfortable or more challenging. The peaks in the Wachau region are not high, but steep in places. Surefootedness therefore is required in some places. This week offers a perfect blend of nature, culture and culinary delights.

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Travel Information

We recommend flying to Vienna and arriving by train to the starting point in Krems. You can also fly to Salzburg or Linz, but these require longer transfers to the tour starting point. For more information, please visit Austrian Railways.

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. € 20 per week, no reservation required.

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Your Prices

The Blue Danube (Wachau), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast with half board as an optional upgrade.

2018 Walking Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 24.03. – 29.04. | 20.08. – 09.09.2018
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Season 2: 04.06. – 01.07. | 10.09 – 23.09.2018
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Season 3: 30.04. – 03.06. | 02.07. – 19.08. | 24.09. – 14.10.2018
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Category A: Prices per person
Season 1: £529 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £569 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £589 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £159
Half Board Upgrade: £169

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price, and are payable at the hotel.

Holiday Price: £529
Single Supplement: £159

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