day 1 Departure from the airport Vienna with the comfortable small bus. On the way you will be accompanied by an ambassador of the region with stories about the Castle Road and the people of the tourist region thermal and volcano land. The trip will also be accompanied by an interpreter and translated. On the way to the castle road, you will visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and experience the impressive performance of the Lipizzaner horses. After lunch guided tour at Schönbrunn Palace – one of Austria’s most important cultural treasures. Drive to Styria. Check-in and dinner at castle Obermayerhofen.
day 2 9:00 | After a hearty breakfast short drive and visit / guided tour of the garden palace Herberstein, which is still inhabited in the 21st generation by the family Herberstein. Along the Castle road, the path leads past the imposing Riegersburg to Vulcano ham manufactory in Feldbach. Following the guided tour with the ham expert, you can taste the delicious range of products and a glass of Styrian wine in the Genussreich. Experience the flair of the green salon, marvel at the historic ancestral gallery and stroll through the arcade on the first floor of Castle Kornberg. Count Bardeau leads you personally through the castle and thus gives an exciting and unforgettable insight into the last centuries. In the Gölles Erlebniswelt you can see how fine brandys and fine vinegars are made from the best fruit. You wander through Austria’s largest vinegar keg cellar and test your taste buds during vinegar and noble brandy tasting. 2-course dinner at Seehaus Riegersburg.
day 3 9:00 After breakfast and check-out drive to the most famous culinary establishment in the region. In the chocolate factory of Josef Zotter you will experience the diversity of the chocolate world. Through glass aisles you accompany the beans from the roasting house to the finished chocolate through the chocolate factory – and in between there is lots of chocolate to taste. In the edible zoo you will experience on 27 ha tremendous pleasure in the creative organic farm. You will have lunch break there. Finally you will get up the 482m high volcano rocks of Riegersburg with the modern funicular. The castle, witch and weapons museum bring the 17th century to life. You will experience one of the most impressive birds of prey flight demonstrations in Europe! Check in at castle Kapfenstein. At dinner, the lords of the castle tell of the eventful history of the Winkler-Hermaden family and the castle of Kapfenstein.
day 4 After breakfast drive to the district capital Feldbach where the most colorful church tower in the world is located. With the Altstadtgasse, the city has the most nostalgic promenade in south-eastern Styria. After lunch break in the center of Feldbach drive to the oldest spa town in Styria. The town of Bad Gleichenberg was redefined in the time of Biedermeier by the Counts Wickenburg. During the walk through the spa park, you will learn some exciting anecdote and be transferred back to the imperial era. Coffee and cake and time to unwind on the main square of Bad Gleichenberg. At the end of the relaxed day program visit a typical Styrian Buschenschank with culinary specialties of the volcanic land and traditional music.
day 5 9:00 Breakfast and departure from Kapfenstein for a short visit to the second largest city in Austria. Graz impresses with a southern flair and contemporary architecture in harmonious symbiosis. Guided tour of the largest baroque palace in Styria – Schloss Eggenberg and lunch break at the castle park. Drive to the Lipizzaner Stud farm Piber, where the horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna grow up. Check-in and dinner in the castle hotel Deutschlandsberg, 4**** hotel in the middle of the west Styrian Schilcher wine garden.
day 6 After breakfast guided tour of the castle Deutschlandsberg and visit of the museum. Drive across the state border to Slovenia for lunch rest in Slovenska Bistrica and continue to the oldest city in Slovenia – PTUJ. Towering over the city is the mighty Ptuj Castle, which offers a wonderful view across the country and which also houses the Regional Museum Ptuj Ormož, dedicated to the history of the city from its inception. Visit the castle and the museum. In the evening you will check-in at the fine hotel in the Old Town of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. City walk to dinner directly on the river Drava and a relaxed end to the day.
day 7 Breakfast and departure at 9:00. On the way to Trieste, you will visit the imposing caves castle Predjama. At lunchtime you reach Trieste and explore the city on your own. After dinner at the port of Trieste transfer to Venice airport where you arrive at 22:00.