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  • Location:Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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

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

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

Watch the landscape 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 by vineyards, wine villages, forestland, fortresses and castles. Hear about the history of the area from your guide as you travel past this gorgeous landscape.

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 13 to October 28 only. In the winter months, lunch will be included in your tour price as a replacement.

Customer Reviews

Judith B B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Loved this tour! Very few tourists around combined with friendly and knowledgeable guide made it a great experience. Perfect way to see the Austrian countryside.

Johnray E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The river cruise to Melk Abbey is worth the ticket. So many things to enjoy on the river, and then the incredible Abbey itself is priceless. We had toured many major attractions through Europe, and this ranks with any of them. worth the time and the money

Lawrence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great guide. We had a great time. Would probably do again in the future.

Joyce F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a tour worth taking. The tour leader was very friendly and very informative. Melk monastery is stunning and you could enjoy beautiful scenery all the way.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a great trip. The tour guide inside the Abbey is wonderful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour! Learned a lot from the guide.

Nicephorus W T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We have a very good for the journey and really enjoyed the day trip

Dieter W H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you plan a buss tour, If you are far from listed hotels, take the train to the train station, walk across the short end through up on outside busses term 7
The driver, new buss and host was fantastic, I forgot to tip, I feel bad. Explained everything along the way, extremely knowledgeable THANKS

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A wonderful day. The boat ride was relaxing and inspiring. Melk is a joy to visit. The abbey is fascinating and the guided tour is very informative. A great all-around experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour!

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