Today you will leave the cityscape of Vienna behind and venture further west, where a stunning segment of the Danube River flows. Known as the Wachau Valley, picture a pristine panorama of steeply terraced vineyards and luscious rolling hills.
Your full day tour through verdant landscapes will last 8 hours. During this time there is much to cover, as your local guide leads you to off-the-beaten-track spaces as well as more iconic spots. The first is a visit to the Abbey of Melk, a Benedictine monastery of opulent Baroque design. From its rocky outcrop overlooking the river, the “cradle of Austria” affords lavish views.
A romantic private boat ride follows. Available only in summer, from the comfort of your exclusive cruiser, apricot orchards and the decadent ruins of castles stream past vividly. The fresh country air is brisk yet warm. It enlivens you as you roam the village of Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart of England was once held. Picture his captivity while visiting the ancient fortress, before meandering the old merchant towns of Krems next.