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  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Discover the exquisite landscapes of Austria’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wachau Valley on this day trip from Vienna along the famed Danube River. Travel by coach through the gorgeous Austrian countryside dotted with imposing castles, abbeys, sloped forests and wine villages, and take a scenic boat ride down the Danube to the town of Melk to visit its impressive Benedictine abbey.


  • Day trip to the Danube Valley from Vienna
  • Take in the spectacular Austrian countryside dotted with vineyards, castles, abbeys and pretty villages
  • Discover the treasures of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy a romantic 1.5-hour boat ride down the Danube River from Spitz to Melk (seasonal)
  • Visit Melk Abbey, an imposing Benedictine overlooking the Danube
  • Learn about the area’s history from a guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I cannot begin to describe the postcard-worthy beauty of the Danube Valley with its castles, churches and vineyards — you must see it for yourself. The boat ride on the Danube River is so relaxing, and Melk Abbey is impressive with its multi-colored frescoes and library of medieval manuscripts.

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What You Can Expect

Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Visit the the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk

Board a coach in Vienna in the morning and relax on the drive out to the Austrian countryside. Travel through the Wachau Valley, a 24-mile (39-km) stretch of the Danube River carving a picturesque path between the towns of Krems and Melk. Characterized by vineyards, forested slopes, wine-producing villages, mysterious castles and imposing fortresses, Wachau’s harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty won the area a UNESCO World Heritage title.

Learn about the history of this beautiful part of Austria from your guide on your way to the medieval castle ruins of Burgruine Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned while waiting for his ransom to arrive from England.

In Spitz, transfer to a boat and cruise down the Danube through the heart of the valley, passing the old wine town of Krems before arriving in Melk. Here you'll visit Melk Abbey, a magnificent Benedictine abbey on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river. First established in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, Melk Abbey has housed monks for 900 years, and today its architecture is a remarkable example of Austrian’s baroque style.

Have time for lunch in town (own expense) before relaxing on the drive back to Vienna, concluding at the Vienna State Opera in the evening.

Please note: The boat ride operates from April 13 to October 28 only. In the winter months, lunch will be included in your tour price as a replacement.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The boat trip down the most beautiful part of the Danube was amazing and made the trip a once in a lifetime experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We took the trip to Danube valley from Vienna to Melk where we visited the Abbey. Everything was really good. On the ship though you just have to have patience when the waitress come to your table to take the order. If you go at the bar to buy a beer you end up waiting a longer time as the waitress orders have priority.
The view on The Danube valley is superb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing. Worth to join the tour. The tour guide is very good and gives us clear instruction.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Really enjoyed the trip . I was taking my ederly mother and worried slightly if she could keep up. I am so glad to say she really loved the adventure , getting out of Vienna and seeing the Austrian countryside at a leisurely pace. The tour leader was fantastic, informative, kind and considerate. The monastery is Metz fantastic. I would recommend this to any body.Thanks for a great time at very affordable prices.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nothing short of outstanding. Everything was perfect and as noted on their website. Of course more time would have been better but given what we had, it was packed with things to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Overall the trip was a nice one. Only the tour guide not so active and he talks in more than 1 languages during the entire tour. This is confusing. We thought we sign up for a solely English language tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The abbey is well worth the visit. The boat is not particularly comfortable but the scenery was fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nice tour. Relaxing

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