Private Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine Tour
max 2 people per group
- 27km tours available through the UNESCO world heritage Wachau
- Double touring kayaks, dry storage equipment & PFD/lifevests provided
- Extensive wine tasting of several Wachau specialities (e.g. Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger)
- Spectacular photo opportunities throughout the entire day
- Tours taken entirely at your pace alongside your dedicated kayak guide & Wachau wine expert
- For different start/end times please get in touch via email to discuss options
8:00am - Meet & greet
We meet at the main entrance of Vienna’s ‘Westbahnhof’ railway station (see map below for directions), before a one hour train journey to Melk, home of the world famous baroque abbey, at the western edge of the Wachau. Once there, we’ll prepare the kayaks and provide a safety briefing prior to launch. Alternatively, you may meet us at 09:30 in Melk directly.
Western Wachau - Apricot orchards, medieval castles and mother nature
The first part of the tour takes us through west Wachau. Here it is a little too cool for wine production, so the hills are covered in carpets of trees with castles and palaces sitting proudly atop many of the valley’s highest peaks. You’ll be in awe of the Wachau’s natural beauty from your privileged position, right at the heart of it on the Danube river!
Wine Tasting in Spitz an der Donau
The charming village of Spitz, located approximately half way through the valley, marks the beginning of the wine growing region. Noted for its classic expressions of dry Riesling, Austria’s signature wine Gruner Veltliner, and the wonderfully unique and earthy Neuburger, we’ll be visiting one of the town’s finest local producers for an extensive wine tasting.
After continuing downstream briefly, we’ll take another break, this time for lunch in a small yet historically fascinating local hamlet (lunch not included).
Eastern Wachau - Dry stone walls, vine rows and wonderful wines
The further east we paddle, the more the steep valley landscape transforms into visually stunning rows of medieval dry stone walls and vines, separated into hundreds of individual vineyard plots.
Durnstein - climb the castle ruins or meander through the village
Picturesque Durnstein is the undisputed gem of the Wachau. The natural beauty and old world charm of this gorgeous hamlet is further enhanced by the legend of Richard the Lionheart King of England, imprisoned here back in 1192 atop the castle overlooking the Danube.
Return train to Vienna
After a full day of activity we should arrive back to Vienna around 7pm, although the precise time of arrival will depend on our progress over the course of the day – there’s no rush!