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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Wien, Austria
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


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 boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river, or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes 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 boat ride down the Danube River from Spitz to Melk (summer)
  • Visit Melk Abbey, an imposing Benedictine overlooking the Danube
  • Enjoy lunch and a walking tour through Krems or Dürnstein (winter only)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A hidden highlight of this tour is seeing Melk Abbey’s impressive library of medieval manuscripts.
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What's Included

  • Bus trip in a modern coach from Vienna to the Danube Valley
  • Lunch & walking tour through Krems or Dürnstein (winter)
  • Boat tour (summer)
  • Admission Melk Abbey
  • Food and drinks (summer)
  • Boat ride (winter)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Operngasse 8
    Operngasse 8, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Meeting point is 15-10 minutes before departure in front of the Opera Fountain at the Vienna State Opera. Take the lines U1 (red), U2 (purple) or U4 (green) to station "Karlsplatz". Follow the exit "Oper" and walk left along the Vienna State Opera to get to Operngasse.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your day trip begins in central Vienna, where you 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 Dürnstein Castle before heading to Spitz, where you 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 lunch). 

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.

Wachau Valley

See many mediaval castles, grand monasteries and a breathtaking landscape.

9 hours Admission Ticket Free

Durnstein Castle (Pass By)

See the wonderful castle Dürnstein.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Due to weather conditions the boat trip can only take place between April and October. As an alternative free lunch is provided. The same applies if the boat trip has to be cancelled due to high water or other nature reasons.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

It's not obviously marked from the park trail where the bus stops to the town center.
There's also a nice garden beside the abbey which you can enjoy if you don't feel like to go inside.
1 361 reviews
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Wonderful tour.
Vince_F, Dec 2022
Wonderful tour, meeting point is not difficult to find, both driver and tour guide did very well, tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some very interesting points around the tour.
Full day tour
Joseph_L, Dec 2022
Bus tour with time in krems, durstein and a lunch near melk and a guided tour of melk. Good day trip, would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Journey thro’ time
John_B, Dec 2022
Durstein is a medieval city which is a marvellous experience. Melk Abbey us wonderful and the guide was very knowledgeable
Excellent Tour of Wachau valley and The Milke Abbey.
Matt_B, Nov 2022
This tour is an excellent winter experience, our guide Carl was a very knowledgeable man, as well as being fluent in 5 languages he described the tour most excellently, The meal provided by the hotel was tasty, great wine , friendly staff. Our guide in Milke Abbey was also excellent, last but not least, our coach driver… the journey was smooth and not hurried. We highly recommend this tour.
Scenic and relaxing tour
Pauline_T, Oct 2022
I enjoyed this tour. A beautiful and scenic drive. The boat trip was relaxing and enjoyable. Loved the visit to Melk Abbey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lovely tour.
Philip_P, Oct 2022
The whole tour was lovely , the river cruise was really good, comfy coach very able driver and a very informative tour guide , Thanks Thomas keep it up.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Enjoyable day
Karen_T, Oct 2022
The Abbey Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful! Loved the library and the museum. The cruise on the Danube was very nice as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful Danube Valley
Kelly_L, Oct 2022
The tour was amazingly beautiful. The guide was very informative. I would highly recommend this trip over any other.
Chris_J, Oct 2022
The boat tour was memorable. We met a great couple and had a nice chat. It was a great day. The Abby was beautiful and the tour guide was fantastic.
A nice excursion
Wendy_D, Oct 2022
A quiet, slow paced day. The Abbey was beautiful (especially the church) and the boat ride down the Danube was peaceful. We also really enjoyed the small village that we stopped at for some shopping.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful tour❣️
JOY_K, Oct 2022
The tour was organized; tour guide was knowledgeable of the tourist spots that we visited and the tour was on time !!!
Pleasant day trip from Vienna to Melk
Judith_B, Sept 2022
This was a very pleasant day trip from Vienna. We had the summer schedule so luckily we took the one hour boat ride down the Danube River. We walked around in Durnstein without a guide. The guide in the Abbey was fabulous. All in all a wonderful day!
Very nice trip. The Abbey...
rut_h, Sept 2022
Very nice trip. The Abbey is marvelous. The boat trip very nice. Good guide. Excellent day out of Vienna
The guide was informative...
Susan_E, Sept 2022
The guide was informative and interesting but not intrusive. The boat trip was amazing and the happy was worth the visit. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that it was a rainy day. We had a 45 minute stop in Burnstein, and Darlene stop the bus driver had cleaned the window so that we had good use for the rest of the trip A+
Amazing sights
Joanne_D, Sept 2022
Our tour guide, Thomas, was very informative on Viennese history and the specific stops on the tour. I highly recommend this tour - a perfect blend of experiences and perfect way to spend the day!
Great overall
Saeed_Z, Sept 2022
Great guide and driver. Nice and short trip to a village. Great cruise. Great trip to Abbey. All activities related to danube river
The tour in melk...
Valentin_W, Sept 2022
The tour in melk abbey.the guide was nice,a lot of interesting information.a lot of time used alone along the day.the trip shoud be shorte.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Exciting tour worth every cent we paid for
Jeanette_M, Aug 2022
We (group of 6) enjoyed everything in the tour from the Durnstein Castle ruins, Danube River cruise (where we had lunch on our own expense) and the Melk Abbey tour of the abbey and its lovely gardens. Our tour guide, Thomas, was great from the start of the tour to the end of the tour, always providing useful snippets of information of the places we passed by and also the actual places we visited. Highly recommended tour.
A must take trip when in Vienna!
Carmen_D, Aug 2022
I took this trip with my husband and two adult sons while we were in Vienna. The trip was well organized and on time. The bus was comfortable, and the tour guide was excellent. The Austrian tour guide spoke fluent English and Spanish. We learned a lot as we traveled through the Wachau Valley, a world heritage site. A stop at the quaint medieval village of Durnstein made us want to return. The cruise on the Danube was magical and relaxing. Melk Abbey was magnificent. The tour guide at the Abbey was also very knowledgeable. Lunch could be had either on the boat or at the Abbey. I would recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Vienna and interested in this area.
A pleasant day trip all around.
Mary_S, Aug 2022
Our guide was pleasant, well informed, and a fluid speaker. The small town of Durnstein was delightful for shopping and eating. The boat ride to the impressive Abby in Melk was was smooth, the accommodations clean and modern, and the wait staff polite and efficient.


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