Tour code: 3585AT008VS
Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a 1.5-hour boat ride to Melk along the Danube, where you’ll visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river. Your excursion will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.


  • 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

On top of exploring the beautiful Danube Valley, Melk Abbey's impressive library of medieval manuscripts is one of the day's hidden highlights.

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What You Can Expect

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Visit the the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk

Your day trip will begin in central Vienna, where you’ll meet up with your guide and hop aboard your coach.

Watch the scenery change from the capital’s bustling streets to the picturesque landscape of the Austrian countryside. Journey through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, a 24-mile (39-km) stretch of the Danube River. Running between the towns of Krems and Melk, the area is celebrated for its blend of natural and historical beauty, dotted with vineyards, wine villages, forestland, fortresses and castles. Hear about the history of the area from your guide as you travel.

Stop at the medieval castle ruins of Burgruine Dürnstein before heading to Spitz, where you’ll hop aboard a boat. Enjoy a stunning ride along the Danube, passing the wine town of Krems.

Arrive in Melk for a visit to the Benedictine Melk Abbey, which overlooks the river. First established in the 11th century, the Baroque-style abbey is adorned in bright frescoes and has housed monks for over 900 years.

Purchase lunch in town before hopping back in your coach for a smooth return to Vienna.


Please note: The boat ride operates from April 16 to October 26 only. In the winter months, lunch will be included in your tour price as a replacement.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an enjoyable and relaxed trip with lots of magnificent views and information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Was wonderdull, great guiede tour

sharon p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Superb trip down the blue danube to the Melk Abbey. The weather was perfect. Our guide George was funny and entertained us along the way. The view of the abbey amd the journey to the abbey were breathtaking.Im so glad i took this trip. Highlight of my holiday in vienna....

Shirley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

patriciarodrigueznas ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great experience. The cruise was very enjoyable and Melk abbey is a jewel.

Jaiprakash B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was very good and we really had good time with the driver and the tour guide. Well worth it.

Tatiana I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Roxanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved this tour - a nice mix of bus time, cruise time, and abbey time. Our guide was very friendly and made sure we were comfortable in knowing where and when to meet. The lunch on the cruise was excellent - great choices on the menu. I highly recommend this tour.

Harriet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip to the countryside. Well worth it. Lovely day out of Vienna to Danube riverboat cruise and small towns dotting the river and onto Abbey.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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