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See the heart of Austria’s wine region on a private day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, visit a traditional wine tavern to sip and swirl local blends. Then head to the medieval town of Dürnstein to taste local chocolates, schnapps and more. For summer travelers, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to Melk along the Danube River, while winter trips include a leisurely lunch at the wine tavern. Before returning to Vienna, top off your day at Melk Abbey to admire the town’s historic Benedictine Monastery.


  • Full-day Wachau Valley day trip from Vienna with a private guide
  • Visit a heurigen for a wine tasting and sip on fragrant Wachau Valley wines
  • Sample locally produced schnapps, jam, chutney and chocolate in the medieval town of Dürnstein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a 1-hour Danube River cruise along the most scenic stretch of the river from Spitz to Melk (summer months only)
  • Explore Melk's Benedictine monastery -- Melk Abbey

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit and Wine Tastings from Vienna

Wine Tasting

Begin your private day trip with pickup from your Vienna hotel. Hop aboard your luxury minivan and journey west toward the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beloved for its scenic countryside, castles and monasteries, the region is also renowned for its wine.

Stop first at a local heurigen, a traditional wine tavern, and taste up to five prominent wines. Learn about the characteristics of each from your guide as you sample rich reds and aromatic whites.

Afterward, travel to the UNESCO-listed town of Dürnstein to try local specialties like chocolate, chutneys, jam and schnapps, while learning about the ingredients of each. Then enjoy some free time before reuniting with your guide for lunch (own expense) or a visit to another wine tavern.

Venture next to the beautiful village of Weissenkirchen, named after its white church. Enjoy another wine tasting at a heurigen, and soak up the surrounding vineyards and hills.

Continue to Spitz for a 1-hour cruise along the blue waters of the Danube to Melk (May to October only), passing vineyards, medieval castles and monasteries. For winter travelers, sit back and relax with an included lunch at the wine tavern, instead.

Upon arriving in Melk, take some free time to wander around Melk Abbey, the unique Benedictine monastery perched above the town. Your private day trip will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.

Customer Reviews

Barry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour and tour guide. Only negative was the weather as it rained most to day

Johann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended, Mario was an excellent guide.

Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Marco was a great guide. Knowledgeable and gave us time to be flexible yet kept us on schedule to make all connections. Marco was friendly and a great sense of humor. The six of us would recommend Marco in the future. Bruce

Duane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable and informative. Nice relaxing pace. Stelios had wonderful info for wine tasting!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What an incredible tour and guide! Mario was great! Beautiful transportation. Loved the cruise portion! Don and #39;t miss this valley and tour. It was gorgeous!

Simon N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great private tour with Mario, he is the best guide.
We enjoyed every bit of the day with Mario and would highly recommend it to my fiends.

Thank you Mario!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was a highlight of our Vienna trip! Our guide, Mario, was very personable and companionable. An asset to Viator, for sure. He shared much good information, but also left space for questions and quiet time. Winery tour was great, informative and just the right length. Lunch, I believe was in Spitz, was shaded and delish. The river boat was full of people, but the views were just what we hoped. To finish at Melk took our breath away, it was so beautiful and amazing! We would all highly recommend both Mario and this trip.

Praveena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

We had a wonderful time on this tour...Fabulous itinerary and our tour guide Stelios was awesome. He took special interest in showing us so many different places and is a great tour guide. We've always taken viator tour all over Europe and always been more than satisfied. We definitely recommend this tour to anyone going to Vienna, Austria. It's a great mix of seeing the breathtaking Wachau Valley for wine tours, visit to the quaint town of Durnstein, lunch in a beautiful outdoor setting , relaxing cruise on the Danube river and visit to the amazing Melk Abbey.

Varanasi Family. California, USA

Ai Geok G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Interesting but would have been better if the trip was carried out not in winter. The guide was very informative and pleasant but owners of wineries are reserved, no interaction at all. All wine tastings done between guide and us. The visit to the abbey was very the highlight of the tour, a very interesting and enjoyable tour indeed.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Our driver and tour director were friendly, informative, and a pleasure to spend the day with. The winery was not the heuriger that I anticipated but informative.

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