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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a beautiful trip along the Danube River and the Melk Abbey.

Helen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An excellent trip. Very varied. The boat trip was impressive. Good to spend time at Melk Abbey which is magnificent. Guide very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A day on the Danube River. I loved the beautiful hills around the riverbank covered with wineries. However what really impressed me was Melk Abby's elegant, pure baroque style. For more than 900 years Benedictine monks lived and worked there. The most spectacular areas, the Marble Halls and the Church we were not allowed to take pictures of. But I have to say, it competes with St Peter's Basilica in Vatican. It was beautiful beyond expression. At the same time I knew that they have some of the best wine in Austria. We checked this and it is true!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

andefo recommendother good trip, beautiful trip on river boat with drinks and lunch available,

Ashwin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a cold rainy day in September,2016 when we went on this trip. But the views along the Danube were stunning and the guided tour of the Abbey was very absorbing and interesting. The guide also gave us sufficient time to have a nice meal at the restaurant in the Abbey and we got an opportunity to try the specialities of the area. He also enriched us with information about Austrian culture, the history and about day to day life in that region. Please note that there was hotel pickup but the drop off is at the Opera house in Vienna which wasn't a problem for us as we explored the area around St.Peter's cathedral in the evening.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an excellent day. The Melk Abbey is one of the most beautiful abbeys I have ever seen. wonderful place. The boat trip was also very good with an excellent weather.

Siu T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

went on a rainy day so outside activities was limited, but the experience was still beyond expectations. would highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

a really excellent tour, with a great guide and fantastic scenery. do not miss the castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner until his mother paid the ransom.

Elizabeth F Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The bus was comfortable, the cruise in the back out Valley that's great, and the tour of milk Abby was very interesting. Our guide was excellent.

renata g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

loved it! bit of history, bit of relaxing time on a boat and bit of free time. well organized tour.

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