• Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration: 8 hours (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, where you’ll visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river. Your excursion will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.

Highlights

  • 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.

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.

Please note, pick up services only available with certain hotels. Please check 'view additional info.' for hotel details and pick-up time.

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Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Enjoyed our day immensely and would recommend.

William K B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A very relaxing and enjoyable trip. Beautiful!

brianandrewosborne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent thouroughly enjoyed it would really recimmend it.

ianmurray1000

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Best trip I made. Not to be missed. In spite of the rain, a wonderful trip up the Danube to an Abbey with great decorations. Excellent guided tour by an ex pupil of the abbey school.

Diosdado M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was worth the trip! Great tour guide. Good time management. Everything delivered as promised. My only comment was that at the station where you were supposed to board, there was no one in charge on which bus you are supposed to take. You will have to go ask the driver of each bus.

Rosemary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I really enjoyed my trip to Melk Abbey and the surrounding area. The tour guide was execellent and very informative. Would recommend this trip.

Roxanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fabulous tour of an iconic sight. You will love it, as my friends and I did!

Roxanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fabulous tour of an iconic sight. You will love it, as my friends and I did!

Rex S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A fantastic day with a bus trip to the Danube Valley through quaint little villages full of history. The guide was great, speaking 3 languages to converse with our busload. Then a boat ride to Melk Abbey, our guide through this Abbey was amazing and very passionate and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

nassirwm Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We enjoyed this tour very much and the tour guide is excellent.

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