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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.

Highlights

  • 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 March 2015

Really enjoyed the trip, beautiful country, the stops we made were great, the stop at the abbey was amazing. The tour guide was very good. The only thing I would improve was that I found it hard to find where the bus parked in Vienna, in the instructions it talks about an intersection at the train station, really it is due west of the train station about 200 yards.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and well-thought out tour. The guide was particularly impressive with his ability to speak in 5 major languages. There was just the right amount of bus travel and stops. The tour guide explained everything clearly and made the history of what we were exploring very interesting. The highlight of course was the monastery of Melk and we all enjoyed the time we spent there. I went during the winter so we had the lunch option (in a restaurant) instead of the Danube tour. I would have preferred the tour company planning something else since the restaurant did not go to the greatest of efforts and I felt that what they served was a blight on Austrian cuisine.

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