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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. An expert guide will lead the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.


  • Small-group day trip from Vienna to the Wachau Valley
  • Visit beautiful villages and historical sites with your expert guide, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Dürnstein
  • Enjoy a Wachau Valley wine tasting at a traditional winery and lunch at a wine tavern
  • Admire the picturesque landscape as you tour the Austrian countryside by comfortable coach
  • Relax on a 70-minute Danube River Cruise from Spitz to Melk (May to September)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you love white wines, you'll love this tour! You'll sample fine wines, visit historical sites and have a traditional lunch. And the stunning views from the cruise on the Danube and the Benedictine Melk Abbey are a wonderful finish to a very good day.

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What You Can Expect

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Small-Group Day Tour to the Wachau Valley: Melk Abbey

Meet your guide in central Vienna and venture out to the Wachau Valley by coach. The heart of Austria’s wine heritage, this region is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its delicious wine, charming villages and stunning scenery.

Arrive in the medieval town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Soak up some free time to roam the castle ruins and wander the charming streets. After working up an appetite, get cozy in a local wine tavern and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

Hop back aboard your coach and view the passing scenery as you head deeper into the valley. From May to September, relax with an hour-long river cruise from Spitz to Melk along the Danube River.

Continue to Melk Abbey (admission included during winter months), a renowned Benedictine abbey dating back to 1089 and home to stunning views of the Danube.

Before returning to Vienna, you’ll also have the chance to sample local blends at a small winery, as well as other regional specialties. Visit the valley’s oldest church, founded in 987, all while learning the rich heritage and history behind the Wachau Valley.

Your day trip will conclude at your original departure point in the evening.

Customer Reviews

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

One would assume that traveling to the beautiful Wachau Valley on a gorgeous Sept day for sightseeing and wine tasting would be just about perfect... and one would be correct in that assumption. What made this trip particularly memorable, however, was our guide, Stylianos, and his ability to bring 8 strangers together and make us all feel like we've been friends for years. He had exceptional interpersonal skills and a tremendous wealth of knowledge in his subject manner. All of us felt very comfortable sharing thoughts and opinions with one another, something not always easy to do when you have 8 people coming from diverse backgrounds. It was a day shared with new friends enjoying the beautiful Austrian countryside, sampling some wonderful wines and capped off with a scenic boat ride on the Danube, all perfectly orchestrated by Stylianos. He is certainly a great ambassador for Vienna Explorer Tours and Day Trips. Thank you, Stylianos, for a great day!

Helen p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great guide, great company, great locations. Thoroughly enjoyed this trip

Robyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you enjoy beautiful scenery and good company with wine tastings, this tour is for you. On a sunny September day, our guide Stelios shared his knowledge of Vienna, the journey to the Wachau Valley, history and wine knowledge of the area. In addition to tastings at two wineries, we spent time in the Danube River town of Durnstein, lunched at another winery and cruised for an hour to Melk Abbey. We arrived back in Vienna late afternoon after a wonderful informative day. Thank you Stelios!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a gorgeous experience this was. Our guide, Stylianos, was absolutely delightful. His knowledge and sophisticated warmth made this a premier experience on our trip to this gorgeous location. The vineyards are breathtaking and the wine tastings at just the right pace. A wonderful experience with an outstanding professional guide. Don't miss this one.

Katherine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderfully relaxing and informative day. Marco was the perfect guide, friendly with a sense of humor, knowledgeable, and able to create a friendly environment among a small group of strangers. The day was very well paced, stops selected all very interesting, wine tastings perfect, and the variety of activities made the day very special. Well worth it even though the Danube wasn't blue.

otto h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Mario was awesome, I highly recommend this adventure! A good relaxing time!

Ian D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Mario was a great guide Some good wines and excellent food too.

Gordon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent trip,well worth doing. The vineyards were stunning and the wine tastings exceptional. Our guide, Stelios, was very informative and went well out of his way to make sure our trip was fantastic. Really enjoyed the trip up the Danube and seeing Melk Abbey.

Mary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fabulous day touring and tasting with Mario. I'm a red wine fan and found this white wine region to be excellent. Small group tour made the experience more enjoyable. Cruising the Danube on a foggy, misty day made it memorable.

Maria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour and very enjoyable. Highly recommend this company. Small and perfect for those who prefer something more personal. Our guide was very good and had a wealth of information to share with us.

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