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. 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.