• Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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)

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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

Julian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were lucky enough to have James as our guide for the day and he was a brilliant host.The wine tasting was fantastic and felt as though we were doing it with friends not strangers. Overall a great trip that was excellent value for money, and we’re very grateful to James for such a memorable day.

Rhonda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our wine tasting tour to the Wachau Valley was wonderful, a highlight of our trip. The scenery was beautiful, the wine and food was delicious. I liked the small group experience, very friendly. The guide was fantastic. I enjoyed the pace, we had time to see the sights and enjoy the day. I would highly recommend it.

murray b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great guide. Trip delivered everything we wanted.

Heather W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a truly lovely day. We were in a comfortable vehicle with a group of 5 other travelers. Our tour guide, Marco, was very pleasant and knew a lot about wine growing in the region which he shared with us via microphone so everyone could hear in the car en route to the first tasting stop where someone from the region walked us through the varietals from the area. There was no pressure to buy anything, but there was a little gift shop which had things other than wine to purchase which was nice since we were going to be travelling for a while after this and didn't want to lug heavy things country to country. We stopped at a small town, Durnstein, where we had the option of walking around town or hiking up to the castle ruins. We went to a lovely little restaurant nearby and had a delicious lunch and more wine tasting. Because it was the very last day of the summer season in the winter, the tour goes to Melk Abbey, Marco drove us to the Danube where we took a sublime boat ride down the river. Like something out of a fairy tale, a few families parents, kids, grandparents got on the boat in traditional clothing lederhosen, peasant dresses, etc. The kids were running around while the adults tried to keep up with them, while sipping beer in the sun, all of which gave the trip the feel of a dream. I can't promise that another family will end up on your boat, but even if that hadn't happened, it still would have been a lovely day. It was also an easy way to get out of the big city of Vienna for the day. If you like wine, even a little, I recommend this trip.

alan s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent tour really worthwhile for an understanding of how vineyards produce their wines and also for the wine tasting and lunch at the various vineyards

Michele G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was very well organized and Mario was a terrific guide. It was an easy and relaxed way to experience the wine country. We tasted many wines and lunch at the winery was fabulous. I would highly recommend!

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had Mario as a tour guide. He was excellent!! Highly recommend this tour. Really an ideal way to tour the wineries, see a lovely small town plus countryside, take a boat ride, and share a meal with a small group of people. A nice mix. Even an introverted traveler like me would appreciate this top-notch tour. We have taken 3 viator tours 2 in Zurich and 1 in Vienna, and this was hands down the best of the bunch. Close friends told us this was a must-do, and I would give the same advise to you!!

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a great time. Our tour guide, Mario was great. The group of eight people got along really well. Learned a lot of local wines, had a great lunch and drank some great wines. The boat trip back was really nice. We highly recommend this tour for anyone that likes wine, like to see beautiful scenery and wants to visit the quaint village of Dürnheim.

Perry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

There are two things that make a tour like this fun, the people you are with and the tour guide. In our case we hit the jackpot with both. The tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable about the region and the wines. He used his knowledge to enhance our experience of the wines and the region. The people you are with cannot be controlled...so you have to make it fun with others.

Mona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was nice small group setting.

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