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Time8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered 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 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

Why Travelers Choose 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.
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.


Please note: The boat ride operates from April 16 to October 26 only. In the winter months, lunch will be included in your tour price as a replacement.


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, Oct 2018

We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to enjoy a day trip from Vienna and learn so much about the history of this area while relaxing during the entire day! Our bus was comfortable and ur guide is terrific!

, Sep 2018

The tour was beyond describable. Definitely worth every penny. The boat trip was magical and the Melk Abbey tour was amazing. Our guide mixed history with humour. She’s fantastic. Vienna wouldn’t be the same without this trip.

, Sep 2018

The locations are gorgeous, the river cruise lovely, good amount of time for visiting all the places. However, I signed up for the English tour and found out when we started that the tour would be conducted in English, German, and Spanish. While I was impressed with the guide’s linguistic dexterity, it was incredibly tiresome to hear the same information (inconsistently) translated all day long. Moreover, the guide himself made at least one mildly racist comment about tourists of Chinese descent and seemed bored the whole time.

, Sep 2018

It was good value. However, the guide's live commentaries were translated in English, then German, then French, and Spanish which made it long winded and distracting. When we got to the Abbey, an audio guide was provided with a choice of language - lo and behold, everyone chose English!! The guide should have checked at the beginning if everyone understood English.

, Aug 2018

An average tour. The group was large and quite diverse. The guide had to repeat everything in English, German and Spanish. The tour at the abbey was good. The guide at the abbey was very knowledgeable.

, Aug 2018

Very good tour althoug the return river was mostly boring. Too many people smoking on your side and is bothersome. Service in boat is acceptable. Not impresse with Melk Abbey, maybe because the short time spend. Only good part of this tour is some good views in the river.

, Aug 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.

, Aug 2018

I enjoyed this tour a lot: tha landskapes, the remarkable places in Melk and the views from the boat in the Danube. I just would add some extra time-in Dürnstein-to be able to visit the Stift Durnstein church and some extra time in the town of Melk. Even paying a little bit more for it.

, Aug 2018

Very nice tour. My only comment is that when we arrive at Melk Abbey, we were left to roam around without any idea of what to look for or see. After the Abbey tour we were told that our tickets enable us to go to the garden for free. This information should have been told yo us earlier so that we could visit the garden before the tour, since after the tour there is not much time.

, Aug 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.

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