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

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Spend a day away from Vienna to discover the picturesque Wachau Valley in the Austrian countryside on this small-group, fully guided tour. Satisfy your cravings with a delicious lunch at a traditional Heurige (wine tavern). With your expert guide, visit stunning villages and historical sites like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval town of Dürnstein made famous by Richard the Lionheart and go for a wine tasting in a small local winery. Then, you'll see the the Wachau Valley from another perspective on a 70-minute scenic Danube river cruise (May to September only) between the historic villages of Spitz and Melk.


  • Small-group day trip from Vienna to the Wachau Valley
  • Visit beautiful villages and historical sites with your expert guide, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Dürnstein
  • Enjoy a Wachau Valley wine tasting at a traditional winery and lunch at a wine tavern
  • Admire the picturesque landscape as you tour the Austrian countryside by comfortable coach
  • Relax on a 70-minute Danube River Cruise from Spitz to Melk (May to September)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you love white wines, you'll love this tour! You'll sample fine wines, visit historical sites and have a traditional lunch. And the stunning views from the cruise on the Danube and the Benedictine Melk Abbey are a wonderful finish to a very good day.

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What You Can Expect

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Small-Group Day Tour to the Wachau Valley: Melk Abbey

Leaving Vienna behind you, travel in a comfortable vehicle to the country’s best winemaking region, the Wachau Valley for a fully guided day tour. Renowned for its quality wines, stunning villages and breathtaking scenery, it is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the city. You’ll see the whole of the Wachau Valley while learning about its fascinating culture and history and sampling local wine as well as some other delicacies like the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs.

Besides the highlights, you’ll break away from the crowds to also see the more authentic and off-the-beaten-track landscapes. You also have the chance to visit the valley's oldest church, dating back to the year 987.

Arrive in the UNESCO-listed Dürnstein – a picturesque medieval town famous for being where Richard the Lionheart was held captive in 1192. There, enjoy some free time to explore the streets and the castle ruins. Afterwards you'll go for lunch in a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern (not included).

Then, sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery while driving deep into the valley. On a relaxing 70-minute scenic Danube river cruise from Spitz to Melk, you’ll take in the Wachau Valley from yet another perspective—the middle of the majestic River Danube. Before returning back to Vienna, you'll see Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) - entrance included during the winter months, a world-famous Benedictine abbey founded in 1089. Located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop, this impressive monastic site boasts stunning views of the Danube river down below.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, Guide was excellent. More time in Durnstein would have been nice however overall all the wine tasting and area was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

There are no words to say how much this tour should be recommended. To start with communicating with Viator in regards to my booking was great. I was traveling alone, but they not only contacted me through email - but checked in with my hotel. Honestly, if I had not done this tour my time in Vienna would have not been as exceptional and magical as it was. To begin with, our guide Mario was not only extremely knowledgeable of the Wachau wine region but was so gracious and so much fun. The day is so full. Our small group of four felt like a family at the end of the day! One word of advise, if you like wine, people, and a beautiful experience of the Wachau Valley you must partake in this beautiful tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a terrific guide, Stylianos, for this tour. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative, and friendly yet not at all intrusive. Wine tasting was well planned---all arranged, no waiting---and included some great selections. Plenty of time to relax while tasting in a beautiful setting. Lunch was excellent as well, and the Melk Abbey visit was incomparable. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This experience was outstanding and top of the line in every way! My husband and I both, both age 49 and very active, scheduled the tour last minute while in Vienna when we felt like a day away from the city was best. This region of Vienna is stunning and nothing like urban Vienna. The winery visits were incredible. Don't feel like you must be a wine lover to schedule this tour. I drank very little of the wine but savored every moment of the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great scenery, excellent guide who put you at ease and kept you informed of what was around you. Also very knowledgable about the wines and wineries that we visited. Fantastic lunch! One of the best tours I did on my holidays, would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was amazing! Our guide Stelios made it a most enjoyable way to experience wine, food and the Vienna countryside even on a 100 degree day. There were eight in our group, four were underage, young adults. To compensate for them, Stelios discussed history, landscape and the economic impact on making wine in the region. Taking the river cruise at the conclusion was a great way to cap off our wonderful day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great way to learn about Austrian vines. Toni was fantastic guide. Very dedicated to his job. The day was planned perfectly. Me and my companions had super time. Worth is 100.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A very relaxing enjoyable trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great tour and the guide Maria Italian was awesome. It was like a family, the eight of us and enjoyed the tour and the company. Maria the guide was superb and very informative also. Will certainly recommend this tour of course with Maria.
Ramesh A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wines were fantastic, the river cruise was great, and our guide Mario was awesome. All-around great tour - definitely recommend!

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