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Hidden Wachau Valley Wine Tour by Van from Vienna Austria

Hidden Wachau Valley Wine Tour by Van from Vienna Austria

Take this small group tour and witness the stunning beauty of Austria’s most picturesque valley, famous around the world for its spectacular white wines and beautiful views. The true allure of the Wachau is fully revealed once you travel beyond the main streets onto the smaller country roads—and only this tour can take you there.

The tour van accommodates no more than seven people and can maneuver the narrow village roads that the larger tour buses simply cannot. Accompanied by your expert driver/guide, you’ll discover the best parts of the Wachau Valley while learning about winemaking and the fascinating history and culture of the region.

This small group experience is fun and gives you an “up close and personal” view of winemaking in Austria’s number one white wine region. If you love wine and off-the-beaten-path regional beauty, this tour is for you.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

approximately 8.5 hours

Time

9:00 am on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (March)
9:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (April)
9:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (May through October)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pickup; you may arrange for hotel pick-up when you call to reconfirm your reservation (approx. 15 Euros per person on the day of the tour). Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 in the USA to order or for more information.

Description

Visit wineries big and small, including a rustic wine cave with a 450-year-old wine press set high in the steep slopes of the valley. This visit is exclusive and not open to the general public. You’ll taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites, as well as sampling other local delicacies like the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. During free time, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a well-known Wachau highlight, overlooked by a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. Then enjoy lunch in a Heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern.

Sit back as you ride you through quaint villages and picturesque vineyard landscapes. End the day with a relaxing one-hour scenic boat cruise from Spitz to Krems, where you can take in the valley from yet another perspective—the middle of the majestic River Danube.

Itinerary:

Krems - Kloster UND - Kloster UND in Krems was originally an old Capuchin Monastery, built over 400 years ago. It was recently renovated and converted into its present status as a classy Vinotek, cafe and seminar center. Kloster UND showcases some of Austria's best wine producers. Here you will have the chance to sample some great wines and warm up your palate for a day of tasting. An alternative winery of the same standard is visited on Monday, Sunday and public holidays.

Dürnstein - Richard the Lion Heart's Prison - A day in the Wachau is not complete without a visit to the UNESCO listed Dürnstein. This medieval town perched atop the Dürnberg made its fame when knights of the town imprisoned Richard the Lion Heart in 1192. Here you will have time to wander the streets or explore the castle ruins.

Taste and Beauty - Dürnstein - Your time in Dürnstein will also include a chocolate, jam and liquor tasting. Sample goodies produced from local stone fruits and other locally grown produce. Specialties include Apricot Brandy, Rabbit Droppings Chocolate and Apple Cinnamon Liquor. They also produce a range of natural cosmetics and beauty products.

Weissenkirchen - the Home of Riesling Wine - With an array of family operated wine taverns in the town, this is the perfect place for lunch and to mingle with the locals. You will visit Heurigen, a family run wine tavern where you'll have the opportunity to purchase wine and wonderful food in a stunning outdoor setting.

Winery Jamek - Schnapps and Wine - You will visit one of the Wachau's more traditional wineries - the wine cellar of Family Jamek, which is oozing with rustic charm. Taste wine and schnapps made using traditional methods. Their cellar showcases an old oak press that is over 450 years old and still in operation today. Often, you will get to meet the winemaker and if the season is right, taste wine direct from the barrels!

Spitz - Winery Lagler - Winery Lagler is another family operated winery with a more modern approach to wine production. See the variety of Family Lagler's high quality wine that includes Riesling from the Tausendeimerberg (1000 Bucket Hill).

Melk - The town of Melk is located at the western end of the Wachau Valley. This picturesque town hosts many authentic gift shops, cafes and the famous Benedictine Abbey. Spend the afternoon wandering the town and explore at your own pace.

Melk Abbey or Stift Mel - This is an Austrian Benedictine Abbey and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. The Abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century. The monastic library here would eventually become renowned for its extensive manuscript collection and the monastery's scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the 15th century the Abbey became the center of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.

Highlights:

  • Day trip from Vienna to the Wachau Valley accompanied by an expert driver/guide
  • Explore country villages and back roads that other tours simply cannot reach
  • Relax on a one-hour Danube boat cruise from Spitz to Krems
  • Enjoy three wine tastings in local wineries
  • Sample a wide variety of the famed white wines of the Wachau
  • Sample local specialties such as schnapps and apricot jam
  • Spend free time in stunning Dürnstein
  • Intimate group setting (8 people maximum!)
  • Lunch in a typical Wachau wine tavern
  • Visit a centuries-old wine cellar hidden within the hills of the valley. No other tour visits this secret gem

Includes:

  • Transport in a 8-seater Mercedes van
  • Full-day accompaniment by an expert driver/guide
  • Wine tastings at all wineries
  • Local specialty tasting
  • One-hour boat ride from Spitz to Krems

Excludes:

  • Lunch and lunch drinks
  • Gratuities for your driver/guide

What to Bring:

  • Camera (don’t forget to charge your battery!)
  • Warm clothing in case of cold weather. The wine cave is cold even in summer.
  • Good running or hiking boots if you want to walk to the top of the famous ruins of Dürnstein
  • Good walking shoes for dirt roads and uneven paths

Additional Information:

  • Tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • This is a public tour with a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. You may be joined with other small groups to enjoy this Wachau Valley experience.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour does not include hotel pickup; you may arrange for hotel pick-up when you call to reconfirm your reservation (approx. 15 Euros per person on the day of the tour). Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 in the USA to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Rating & Reviews

Customer Ratings & Reviews


  • 5 / 5
    I would recomment this tour to everyone interested in wine.

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Event Date:

October 22, 2017

Desired Time:

09:00 AM