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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. Your excursion will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.


  • Day trip to the Danube Valley from 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
  • Learn about the area’s history from a guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

On top of exploring the beautiful Danube Valley, Melk Abbey's impressive library of medieval manuscripts is one of the day's hidden highlights.

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What You Can Expect

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Visit the the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk

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.

Stop at 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.

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.

Purchase lunch in town before hopping back in your coach for a smooth return to Vienna.


Customer Reviews

Curtis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic! Two thumbs up. Weather was not the best but the tour was great. Re-usuable coffin a great idea and should be re-considered in our day of re-cycling. Very educational. Lunch at the Abbey restaurant was excellent. We must learn from history.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was absolutely amazing a wonderful experience, it was very well organised and we loved every minute of it.

prasadbelgur India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing country side experience and serene atmosphere. Good Cruise as well and prompt services. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The family enjoyed this tour very much especially the boat ride looking at old castles and vienna countryside. There's a restaurant inside the boat and the food we ordered was very good. The benedictine Abbey tour was excellent as well.The tour guide inside the abbey was very nice, friendly and knowledgable.

Yigal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was wonderful tour. I will recommend this tour to everybody.

Philip H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the best day tours we have been on. Our guide Thomas was great. The cruise on the Danube was good and Melk Abbey is well worth visiting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Had a wonderful time at the Melk Abbey and a beautiful cruise down the Danube.

Annie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Complementary pick up was a plus!
If weather was nice...our day would have been perfect!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Beautiful ride in the vineyard countryside and then boat trip on the Danube to Melk. Beautiful even on a rainy day. Melk is a delightful town and the abbey is gorgeous. Great day trip.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip and very informative guide - would recommend.

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