The trip was great. We met the bus just outside the State Opera and were transported to the central meeting point of all the tours. This little bit was a little confusing but we all managed to get onto the bus and our tour guide was able to explain what would be happening for the day. The bus took us out of Vienna and up to the Danube where we where we hopped onto the cruise up to Melk Abbey. The Danube was really pretty, we were able to buy a cup of coffee (and food if required) on the boat and take plenty of photos. On arrival at the Abbey dock we were taken by bus up to the abbey and then it was suggested we might like to have lunch in the café. We had brought a picnic lunch and found a quiet spot to eat it. The actual tour of the abbey wasn't until 1.30pm and we were handed over to an employee of the abbey for this. I'd have to say we were a little disappointed that we couldn't get in straight away and had to find something to do for an hour and a half. Some of our tour party headed down into Melk township itself and bought their lunch from the local bakery but as we had arrived right on lunch time a lot of the town was closed up for siesta time. Anyway when we finally got into the Abbey itself the tour was fabulous, amazing place and well worth a visit. We then hopped back on the bus and were driven back to Vienna. So the tour of the Abbey itself was great and we really enjoyed that along with the cruise on the Danube. Felt perhaps the guide we had from Vienna could have possible spent a bit of our quite large amount of time on the bus perhaps pointing out some of the sights in and out of Vienna as we drove past. But that would be our only complaint.
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