Wachau Valley Tours

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With rolling vineyards of grapes and apricots, plus a collection of more than 5,000 historic monuments, it's no wonder that the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions. The Danube River carves a picturesque path through the valley's towns of Melk and Krems, uniting a harmonious blend of wineries, Gothic churches, and medieval castles.

The Basics

The Wachau Valley (Danube Valley) is most commonly visited on a day-trip from Vienna. Wine tasting is regularly at the top of Wachau Valley tours' itineraries, as is Melk Abbey, an 11th-century Benedictine monastery adorned with bright frescoes. The valley is also a popular place for a bike tour thanks to its flat paths and stunning scenery.

Full-day tours typically combine visits to the castle ruins of Burgruine Durnstein, the village of Spitz, and the medieval town of Krems with a Danube River cruise. Energetic sightseers can also add Salzburg — the birthplace of Mozart and setting for 'The Sound of Music' to their schedule on an excursion that covers the Salzkammergut Valley and Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Lower Austria's close proximity to Bratislava and Budapest, the respective capitals of Slovakia and Hungary, make the region an ideal launchpad for exploring more of Europe.
  • History buffs and wine lovers are spoiled for choice of things to do in Wachau Valley.
  • The region can be explored by car, coach bus, or bike.
  • Most tours include hotel pickup and dropoff in Vienna.

How to Get to the Wachau Valley
From Wien Westbahnhof in central Vienna, catch the REX train to Melk Bahnof (a one-hour journey) or to Krems, which requires changing trains at St. Polten. If visiting from Salzburg, you should also change trains at St. Polten for the REX line destined for Melk. Although catching the train to Melk is a breeze (especially from Vienna), it's best to explore the valley with a tour guide as part of a sightseeing or biking tour. With more than 5,000 historic landmarks, it's tough to see the best independently.

When to Get There

The spring months of March to May are undoubtedly the best time to visit the Wachau Valley, when wine and food festivals such as the Wachau Gourmet Festival and Wachau Weinfr¸hling take place. In late March and early April, the area's landscapes are awash with the pastel-pink blossoms of apricot trees.
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Address: Between Melk and Krems 3390, Austria
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a 1.5-hour boat ride to Melk along the Danube where you’ll visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river, or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant, depending on the season. Your excursion will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Trip from Vienna to Český Krumlov via Durnstein, Melk, and Rožmberk Castle

Book a private transfer from Vienna to Prague that includes time for independent sightseeing in Český Krumlov and stops at other highlights along the way. Travel to Melk Abbey, through Wachau — a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and into the charming towns of Durnstein, where you can do wine tastings, then continue through Rožmberk and the historic city of Linz. Enjoy four hours total during the transfer to explore on your own at the various points of interest. Your driver drops you off at your hotel upon reaching Český Krumlov.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna

Bike and wine taste along the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this full-day tour from Vienna. Stop at wineries along your route to taste local blends, while admiring the valley's stunning scenery. Afterward, explore the town of Dürnstein and Kuenringer Castle independently, relax with lunch and enjoy the chance to take a dip in the Danube River, if you wish. Top off your trip with a brief cruise along the Danube before returning to Vienna by train.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

See the heart of Austria’s wine region on a private day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, visit a traditional wine tavern to sip and swirl local blends. Then head to the medieval town of Dürnstein to taste local chocolates, schnapps and more. For summer travelers, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to Melk along the Danube River, while winter trips include a leisurely lunch at the wine tavern. Before returning to Vienna, top off your day at Melk Abbey to admire the town’s historic Benedictine Monastery.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna

This 9.5-hour bike tour from Vienna gives you the opportunity to enjoy the idyllic Austrian countryside and sample locally produced wines. On a state-of-the-art bike, you’ll feel energized as you cycle past lush valleys, quaint villages and rolling vineyards. Take a gentle route with regular breaks, enjoy free time to relax by the Danube or climb to a hilltop castle, and receive lunch and numerous wine samples free of charge.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Small-Group Hiking Tour to historic places around Spitz in Wachau Valley

After private pick up in Vienna ,you and your small group set off for the Wachau Valley.  A great option for for families, this two-hour hike takes you around a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stops in Spitz and the Red Gate.  A maximum group size of 6 people ensures that you’ll have a personalized experience and not get left in the dust.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Wachau Bike Tour with Wine-Tasting from Vienna

Pedal through the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Wachau on this full-day bike tour from Vienna. Glide through the patchwork vineyards of the Danube Valley, marvel at landmarks like the Stift Melk monastery and Aggstein castle, and ride a ferry across the Danube River. Finally, sample an array of Austrian wines during a traditional wine tasting and tuck into a delicious dinner (optional) of typical Austrian cuisine.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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