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Everything was wonderful except I did not enjoy hearing the tour guide on the bus describing what we were looking at or what was coming up on either side of the bus, in four different languages. By the time he got to English, we had already passed it. When I had signed up for the Day Trip, it had asked in what language, I had specified English. This was just for the tour of Melk in the monastery and not for the bus ride back and forth, which I now realize. I probably took 200 pictures of Melk and the surrounding area. LOVED IT!!!
This tour was so well organised and our leader Tommy was so professional and a fantastic guide. We travelled in a first-class double decker coach, then transferred onto a wonderful cruise boat on the Danube to Melk. The young tour guide at Melk Abbey, Nicolina, was brilliant. This tour was the same price as the Bratislava tour and this tour was 100 times better.
We decided to board the coach at its starting point at the bus station instead of being picked up at our hotel as there were 3 of us and we wanted to make sure we were seated together. Just as well we did because a minibus picked up the hotel passengers for three separate tours and delivered them to the almost full coaches where they had to make do with whatever remaining seats were available.
The trip was very enjoyable, starting with a drive through the very pretty little wine villages where everyone seemed to have vines in their back gardens. The Danube boat trip was lovely and very picturesque. We arrived at Melk Abbey at lunchtime and, as we only wanted a light snack, were very pleased with the €5 cheese plate which consisted of four or five different cheeses, apple, grapes, the most delicious fig preserve and two different kinds of bread.
After lunch there was a tour of the Abbey and museum which we didn't take because my elderly father is not able to walk very far. Our guide had said we would be able to go slowly at our own pace but clearly we were expected to stay together with the rest of the group so we stayed outside and enjoyed the pleasant gardens instead.
One thing that should be mentioned is that there are some very steep steps from the coach park down to and, more importantly back up from, the abbey. My father found these difficult to manage, and several much younger folk arrived back at the coach puffing and panting!
Good guide, beautiful monastery, nice lunch, scenery on the boat trip.
For those with limited time or anyone visiting Vienna, this day tour of the Danube Valley by bus and then by boat up the Danube River was a wonderful experience. I particularly liked being picked up from my hotel. The commentary while on the bus and the guided tour of the Melk Abbey was very good as well. There was plenty of free time to look around, buy souvenirs and have lunch. Good value for money tour.
Beautiful way to tour the Danube Valley and the Abbey. We had a short and informative bus ride thru the country side to the town of Spiz where we picked up the boat. Very nice boat with clothed tables, generous food and bar menu and a wonderful and attentive staff. Top deck was more casual but still top notch. The ride was perfect for us. We saw castles, churches and little towns. When we docked at Melk off to lunch on our dime at the Abbey then a tour of the beautiful Abbey. After the tour it was back to Vienna. The tour was well organized and very comfortable....
I absolutely loved this tour Fabulous scenery , pleasant company .Melk Abbey should definitely be on everyone's must see list. MARILYN Australia
Lovely relaxing trip on the Danube by boat to Melk Abbey. The Abbey is very lovely but quite busy with lots of tourists.
This is the second trip we go with Viator travel. It's a wonderful day tour.
Great. The Benedicton abbey and the danube river trip was memorable!
an excellent day out bus on time collection from hotel everything went to plan thoroughly enjoyable from booking to the day
We had a good experience with an excellent tour guide fluent in English German and Spanish. Our coach was brand new. The Danube boat trip was interesting and catering was available for purchase (coffee, snacks, meals, alcohol). Melk was everything we hoped it would be and the abbey guide was an enthusiastic young woman who was sympathetic to the history of the abbey and with excellent English. We would recommend to our friends to do this tour.
Very scenic boat trip and interesting tour - we enjoyed the day very much and would recommend this tour highly.
The day was fantastic, great service from Vienna Sightseeing. Melk Abbey was unbelievable, had a great lunch there. The day trip was a major highlight of our 10 days in Vienna
This was awesome trip. The boat cruise from Spitz to Melk was fantastic - got to see many nice castle like churches along the Danube. The Melk Abbey was 'wow' (absolutely breathtaking). The restaurant onsite at the Abbey was also great.
Melk is a must see if you have time when visiting Vienna to do a side trip.
This was a awesome day out and we had great weather. The river cruise was amazing and the monastery was very impressive with its modern museum and hidden optical illusions :). Overall this is great value for money, we really enjoyed the trip very much. Tip : Enjoy your meal on the river cruise , it gets a bit late by the time you reach the restaurant in the monastery.
Worth every euro! We went in April, so we got to do the boat ride along Danube River. It was very pleasant with breath-taking view.
Here is the brief itinerary. After several fussy van/bus changes, it took around an hour for the air-con coach to arrive in Spitz. During the coach ride, the tour guide explained several places along the way . We boarded the boat at Spitz, and got off at Melk. The boat ride lasted around 1.5 hours. There are restaurant and bar on the boat. At Melk, we had an hour of free time to have lunch on our expenses. After lunch, we met up with the group, and did the tour inside the Benedict Monastery. Then, coach ride back to Vienna.
We were very pleased with our tour. Hotel pickup was prompt. The guide and driver were extremely polite and knowlegeable. The lunch was at a very nice clean location and the food was great. This was the third time we have traveled with Viator and all were very enjoyable.
This was a lovely tour. The two stops were perfect, lunch delicious, and the Abbey beautiful.
This trip was amazing , you learn alot and see the Beautiful scenes outside Vienna. The lunch at the local restaurant was also good .i totally recommend this tour.