Joching, Austria
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8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


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.
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A hidden highlight of this tour is seeing Melk Abbey’s impressive library of medieval manuscripts.
Your day trip will begin in central Vienna, where you’ll meet up with your guide and hop aboard your coach.
Watch the scenery change from the capital’s bustling streets to the picturesque landscape of the Austrian countryside. Journey through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, a 24-mile (39-km) stretch of the Danube River. Running between the towns of Krems and Melk, the area is celebrated for its blend of natural and historical beauty, dotted with vineyards, wine villages, forestland, fortresses, and castles. Hear about the history of the area from your guide as you travel.
Pass by the medieval castle ruins of Burgruine Dürnstein before heading to Spitz, where you’ll hop aboard a boat. Enjoy a stunning ride along the Danube, passing the wine town of Krems. (Please note, during the winter months November through April the boat tour will be replaced by dinner). 
Arrive in Melk for a visit to the Benedictine Melk Abbey, which overlooks the river. First established in the 11th century, the Baroque-style abbey is adorned in bright frescoes and has housed monks for over 900 years.
Then, hop back in your coach for a smooth return to Vienna.


Please note: The boat ride operates from April 14 to October 31 only. In the winter months, lunch will be included in your tour price as a replacement.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

We took this coach tour along the Danube stopping off at Krems and Dürnstein on the way to Melk Abbey - a distance of around 50 miles each way. We had plenty of time to visit the pretty villages and had a pleasant lunch before finishing up with a guided tour of Melk Abbey which was just wonderful!

, Oct 2018

We have a very good time on board with lunch on the way to Melk. Melk Abbey is huge and many interesting history, it's good to have english local guide there.Overall is great, perfect and balance

, Oct 2018

Just found this link. I don't remember ever getting an email to rate. I remember this trip fondly.

, Oct 2018

We were disappointed it’s this trip. The guide gave no directions or instructions as to were to eat in the towns we stopped at, seemed to assume that everyone new were to go . His English was very hard o understand. Very poor instructions as to were the bus would be.

, Oct 2018

So much history! Great day trip to explore the outskirts of Vienna

, Oct 2018

It was a nice day tour from Vienna. Specially you don't get to just sit on the bus most of the time and get to enjoy the breathtaking countryside while cruising on Danube river. However I have a feeling that in winter when the cruise is not included, the tour won't be worthy because it was the main highlight for me. I was not very impressed about the abbey as I like to enjoy nature most. But the view from the abbey was good. There's also a nice garden beside the abbey which you can enjoy if you don't feel like to go inside. Overall the tour was a nice one.

, Oct 2018

We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to enjoy a day trip from Vienna and learn so much about the history of this area while relaxing during the entire day! Our bus was comfortable and ur guide is terrific!

, Sep 2018

The tour was beyond describable. Definitely worth every penny. The boat trip was magical and the Melk Abbey tour was amazing. Our guide mixed history with humour. She’s fantastic. Vienna wouldn’t be the same without this trip.

, Sep 2018

The locations are gorgeous, the river cruise lovely, good amount of time for visiting all the places. However, I signed up for the English tour and found out when we started that the tour would be conducted in English, German, and Spanish. While I was impressed with the guide’s linguistic dexterity, it was incredibly tiresome to hear the same information (inconsistently) translated all day long. Moreover, the guide himself made at least one mildly racist comment about tourists of Chinese descent and seemed bored the whole time.

, Sep 2018

It was good value. However, the guide's live commentaries were translated in English, then German, then French, and Spanish which made it long winded and distracting. When we got to the Abbey, an audio guide was provided with a choice of language - lo and behold, everyone chose English!! The guide should have checked at the beginning if everyone understood English.

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