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

Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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 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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a fun tour though a little disorganized initially but, once on the bus all was well. Boat ride fun and tour interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

we had the greatest tour guide and the whole experience was spectacular
beautiful country and I would call this a must see and do tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

very well organized. Melk is amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a amazing tour, the tour is a must for everyone. Everything was well planned and the cruise was beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip! The experience was everything as advertised and more. Motor coach picked us up at our hotel. Fantastic views especially through the wine country. The abbey at Melk is one of a kind very memorable. The riverboat ride up the Danube is special. We definitely recommend this day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fantastic day though the weather was bad. The river cruise was incredible and Melk Abbey was a gem.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Take this tour! Walk with your camera! Enjoy the sites! If you can stay longer for so! I loved this tour! So many interesting sites! Just relaxing on the river boat was fantastic! A great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A must do tour.

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