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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Wien, Austria
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered 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 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A hidden highlight of this tour is seeing Melk Abbey’s impressive library of medieval manuscripts.
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.
Stop At:  
Wein & Wachau
See many mediaval castles, grand monasteries and a breathtaking landscape.
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Durnstein Castle
See the wonderful castle Dürnstein.
Stop At:  
DDSG Blue Danube Schiffahrt GmbH
Take an impressive boat trip on the Danube from Spitz to Melk (only in summer). On the dates with no boat ride, we invite you for lunch.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Melk Abbey
Get a guided tour through the magnificent Benedictine Abbey.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Very nice trip outside Vienna
Παναγιώτα Α
, Jan 2020
A very good tour overlooking the Danube river, outside Vienna, visitng country villages and finally the Melk Abbey which is a great sightseeing! I specially recommend it for the old library and the baroque immpressive church inside. Also, the great view of the Danube river from the balcony is magnificent! A small minor is the food in one of the villages, which in the winter is included in the price, but still it is definetely a must see outside Vienna!
Excellent visit/tour
Erik B
, Jan 2020
Great tour on the last day of the year, wonderful sights, well timed, good guide (Tommy). Because of season, quite empty.
My 2nd visit in 3 months!
, Dec 2019
This was a wonderful day trip from Vienna. We met on the corner of the Opera House at Operngasse and Opernring. A representative in a yellow slicker was there to check us in and then we went on a nice, large, comfortable coach. We first stopped in the town of Krems for photos and a quick walk of the old town on our own buying coffee, pastries and a souvenirs of course! Next stop was Dürnstein along the river. It's a small village with winding streets and lovely quaint homes and stores. We bought schnapps and liqueurs in a great wine shop (Wieser Wachau - don't miss that place). We walked just a little up the hill close to the ruined castle that once held Richard the Lion Heart in 1192. Fascinating. We walked thru town and then along the Danube and back to the bus. We had a nice length of time to stop there too. Then we stopped at the Hotel-Restaurant Zum Schwarzen Bären (the Black Bear Inn) and had a very nice included lunch of soup, pork, rice, vegetables, rolls and dessert. Then onto Melk with a guided tour! This baroque palace of the Babenberg’s is well over 1,000 years old and looks like something out of a fairy tale. It was given to the Benedictine monks for their monastery in 1089 and is one of the best museums in Austria. It holds countless artifacts from the centuries, reliquaries, triptych portable altars, vestments, and artwork. The Library has tens of thousands of books going back to the 10th century – the library itself is a work of art. Still a monastery and school for 900 students, the property is in pristine condition. Lovely outdoor restaurant in the summer. The view from the terrace is magnificent. The church is the highlight of the tour. This church is not only the most beautiful in Austria but in Europe. I have seen many, many churches, cathedrals and basilicas over the last 20 years traveling thru Europe but this is the most gorgeous church I have ever seen anywhere. It is high baroque artwork at its finest. Money had not been spared when the interior of this church was completed in the early 1700's. It is a representation of heaven on earth. Don’t miss it. We were home promptly at 6:00 and had plenty of time to have a nice dinner and visit the Christmas markets when we arrived back in Vienna. I highly recommend this tour.
Melk Abbey
, Dec 2019
Beautiful little town to visit. Tourguide was extremely knowledagble. Don't think it is a tour that younger children will enjoy.
Best excursion from Viator yet.
, Nov 2019
Guide was awesome. Bus was awesome. Tour had unexpected stops which were very welcome. I’d book it again in a heartbeat.
A day out of Vienna
Alfio B
, Nov 2019
The tour is nice and the guide was very good at English. The day was very cold and rainy but we managed to do all the tour. Really enjoyed it
lovely boat trip along the danube
Louis C
, Nov 2019
i recommend this trip along the Danube, seeing ruined castles on top of hills. and visiting such a lovely monastery in Melk. the weather at the time was fantastic.
, Nov 2019
Loved every bit of the day , The stop over at Durnstein was lovely, cute shops and lovely views, then trip up the Danube was everything you would hope and the visit to the Milk Abby was really great and interesting
Beautiful day out
, Nov 2019
Beautiful day out exploring the Danube around Melk. The abbey is beautiful and interesting, with amazing views. Our guide was very informative.
One of the best tours I was ever on
, Oct 2019
The meeting point was very easy to find and the bus left at 5 minutes past the meeting time. The views were superb (fall colors) and the villages were fairy-tale like. Also, the boat ride up the Danube was great. Highly recommended if you want something special and if you want to have stories to tell afterwards. Everything is insta-perfect!

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