Destinations | Austria & Slovenia
AUSTRIA & SLOVENIA ENOGASTRONOMIC TOUR
AUSTRIA & SLOVENIA ENOGASTRONOMIC TOUR
Day 1 VIENNA – LANGENLOIS – ROSENBURG – KREMS AN DER DONAU
Arrival in Vienna. After exiting customs, meet the guide in the terminal’s arrivals hall. Travel to Langenlois, have lunch at the restaurant Heurigenhof Bründlmayer where you will also taste two of their wines. Head next to Rosenburg Castle, situated high on a mighty cliff, towering above the Kamp Valley. The impressive castle complex features a refuge with a very extraordinary atmosphere. You will visit the castle grounds and also participate to a falconry demonstration, part of the intangible UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. During an exclusive bird of prey demonstration in historical garments you will experience the ease of flying and encounter the “king of the skies”. Today’s last stop is Loisium Weinwelt, where you will visit the winery and the vineyard (weather permitting), as well as enjoy three wine tastings with the explanation of a sommelier. Dinner & accommodation.
Day 2 KREMS AN DER DONAU – MELK – WILHELMSBURG – VIENNA
Breakfast. The day starts with a visit to Melk Abbey, the symbol of the Wachau Valley and its steep, terraced vineyards overlooking the Danube. Originally a palace, Melk Abbey stands crowned by towers and resplendent in a golden hue. After the visit, travel to the farm and cheese factory Wilhelmsburger Hoflieferanten, where you will taste their cheese and pumpkin seeds oil, a traditional product of Styria. After the visit and tastings, enjoy a buffet lunch at the farm. In the afternoon, travel to Austria’s capital Vienna. This wonderful city is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Guided tour of the city to discover its landmarks. Dinner & accommodation.
Day 3 VIENNA – RIEGERSBURG – GALMITZ – BERGHAUSEN - MARIBOR
Breakfast. In the morning travel to Riegersburg Castle for a visit. This medieval castle is situated on a dormant volcano at a height of 450 metres, above the town of Riegersburg. Head next to the Skoff Original winery for a visit and to taste their wines. Lunch is at the winery and includes local food. Your next stop is the Tement winery where you will enjoy more wine tastings. In the late afternoon, cross the border and head to Maribor, Slovenia’s wine-loving second city, which has the largest number of prized wines in the Podravje region. Dinner is at a traditional restaurant. Accommodation.
Day 4 MARIBOR – PTUJ – JERUZALEM – GRAZ
Breakfast. Start the day with a visit of The Old Vine House (museum), where the oldest grapevine on Earth grows, as certified by Guinness World Records. At about 450 years old, the Old Vine has survived war, fire and pestilence, and still produces fat bunches of red Žametovka grapes. After the visit, head to Ptuj Winery, the oldest of its kind in Slovenia: its origins are traced back to the Middle Ages. A visit to the cellar is a memorable experience. You will also taste some of its wines. Visit Ptuj Castle, an agglomeration of styles from the 14th to the 18th centuries, but is nonetheless a majestic sight, sitting high on the hill overlooking the red-roofed burger houses of Ptuj and the Drava River. Lunch is in a restaurant in Ptuj. After lunch, travel to Jeruzalem, a small village at the heart of one of the best terroirs in the world. It was named by the Crusaders who were so taken with the area and its wine that they decided to settle there, proclaiming that they had found their Jerussalem. And you will see why, with amazing landscapes – it really is a little piece of heaven. You will taste some more wines at the Vineyard Cottage Malek owned by P&F Wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting of wines from their extensive range in a building that’s more than 300 years old and contains a house chapel with a conserved fresco. Today’s last stop is Graz, in Austria. Dinner & accommodation.
Day 5 GRAZ – VIENNA
Breakfast. Free time in Graz until the transfer to Vienna’s International Airport. End of our services.