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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 December 2016

A must see

Maniam Raju V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A great one day trip to Danube Valley and Melk Abbey. Melk Abeey was simply outstanding and Danube Valley was a treat to the eyes. Possibly it could have been better if we had gone during summer/spring.

Cynthia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Terrific day at an exceptionally beautiful abbey.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Danube River trip to Melk Abbey was beautiful. Please know that you cannot take pictures in the Abby, this was very disappointing but the trip was still worth it and it was amazing.

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

From pick up to drop off a great experience. Guide on board fun and friendly and informative. Boat trip and abbey visit spectacular.
Would go again.

Wes P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A wonderful boat ride along the Danube River spotting castles/fortresses along the way, topped with a guided tour through Melk Abbey with its beautiful architecture and setup.

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.

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