Tour code: 3943BOUTIQUE
Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. An expert guide will lead the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the 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

Meet your guide in central Vienna and venture out to the Wachau Valley by coach. The heart of Austria’s wine heritage, this region is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its delicious wine, charming villages and stunning scenery.

Arrive in the medieval town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Soak up some free time to roam the castle ruins and wander the charming streets. After working up an appetite, get cozy in a local wine tavern and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

Hop back aboard your coach and view the passing scenery as you head deeper into the valley. From May to September, relax with an hour-long river cruise from Spitz to Melk along the Danube River.

Continue to Melk Abbey (admission included during winter months), a renowned Benedictine abbey dating back to 1089 and home to stunning views of the Danube.

Before returning to Vienna, you’ll also have the chance to sample local blends at a small winery, as well as other regional specialties, including apricot jams and liqueurs. Visit the valley’s oldest church, founded in 987, all while learning the rich heritage and history behind the Wachau Valley.

Your day trip will conclude at your original departure point in the evening.

Customer Reviews

bing Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Truly enjoyed every moment on the tour. The driver/guide is from Italy, super friendly, helpful and knowledgable. We had so much laughter along the way.the lunch place is in a local farm, and it was quaintessencial with good resonantly priced food. The wine tasting experiences worth everything.

sug_fr France

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An excellent tour, even for a teetotaller like me. Mario, our guide, was both charming and courteous, and allowed us to take our own time, and never once rushed us. He told us enough about everything, but no persistent talk either. The whole place was wonderfully beautiful, so it's definitely worth a trip.

Debbie-Ann N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely phenomenal! Our guide Mario was great! Very knowledgeable and willing to answer everyone's questions and even escorted us up the steep trek to Durnstein Castle. Everything was exactly as described and the whole group had a great time! Highly recommended!

Rachel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent day trip! The Mercedes mini-van was comfortable and the scenery was lovely. Mario was a superb driver.

Mario was extremely well informed and kept our small group interested. He also kept us warm on a cold and windy day! Mario ensured our group got on very well and had many laughs.

The Abbey in Melk was glorious! Wine tastings were generous and very well explained. We also tasted apricot brandies and apricot chocolates - very nice.

We really couldn't improve on this tour. It was outstanding!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was one of the highlights of our trip. It was amazing to see the Valley and Melk Abby outside of Vienna. Our tour guide, Stelios was so nice and knowledgable. He did a fantastic job and was made it a lovely experience. Stelio took us to amazing vineyard for lunch where the proprietors made all the cheeses and meats there on the farm/vineyard. I would highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Vienna.

Tamer E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was really great tour, the nature was amazing. I enjoyed it so much

Peter W Canada

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.

Kyra J

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.

Gina A

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.

carrie c

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.

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