• Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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 (seasonal), 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

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What You Can Expect

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Melk Abbey (c) VST

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 (seasonal).

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

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This trip is a "must do" when in Vienna. The bus leaves from the opera house in central Vienna (across the street from the big pink rabbit). The countryside is beautiful and we stopped at a couple of quaint little Austrian villages. We got on the luxurious riverboat and had a great meal while we cruised to the city of Melk. At Melk Abbey we had some free time to explore the gardens and grounds before our guided tour of the Abby itself which is absolutely gorgeous. Well worth the time and money if your looking for a relaxing day and some beautiful scenery.

Sotira S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Great day out for all the family. Would have been nice to walk around old Kremz town but time was short. A long sail down the Danube was relaxing.

June B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Fabulous trip and highly recommended

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent day trip. Well thought out. Brilliant guide.

Sandra Lynn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was amazing; you can go visit and see so much. The cruise on the Danube was such a highlight. Melk Abbey was fantastic. Please book this tour you will not regret it.

Arup G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We very much liked the day trip to Melk Abbey and Danube Valley cruise. It was well organized and our guide Mr. Thomas was a revelation - he was a perfect match for the scenario and kept us engrossed with his continuous explanation of the places, the history laced with few humorous quotes as well. The Danube cruise was fabulous and Melk Abbey was a place to behold.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very nicely conducted and the guide was also very good. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Good tour. Although it was a large group, double decker bus, the guide managed to keep everybody on time by telling them the bus left at such a time, with or without them. The bus was very comfortable also.

thanthrige P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Excellent guide. Well organised. Great tour.

Mong Hwa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Awesome, beautiful Danube Valley and river, the coach is comfortable, tour guide is helpful, lunch is good too, highly recommended!

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