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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads 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 Danube River Cruise from Spitz to Melk (May to September)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Tour Wachau Valley in a comfortable vehicle, and enjoy a sightseeing and wine tour limited to eight people.

What's Included

  • Transport in luxury 8-seater vehicle
  • Full-day accompaniment by expert driver/guide
  • Wine tastings and local specialties
  • 70-minute Danube river cruise (May to September only)
  • Lunch and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Vienna Explorer
    Franz-Josefs-Kai 45, 1010 Wien, Austria

    This tour starts from our tour office, located at Franz Josefs Kai 45 (Metro U2 / U4 Schottenring, take exit “Schottenring” or “Salztorbrücke”. Hotel pick up can be arranged upon request. Please contact the local tour operator directly.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Wachau Valley (Pass By)

Leaving Vienna behind you, travel in a comfortable vehicle to the country’s best winemaking region, the Wachau Valley for a fully guided day tour. Renowned for its quality wines, stunning villages and breathtaking scenery, it is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the city. You’ll see the whole of the Wachau Valley while learning about its fascinating culture and history and sampling local wine as well as some other delicacies like the valley’s famed local specialties. Besides the highlights, you’ll break away from the crowds to also see the more authentic and off-the-beaten-track landscapes. You also have the chance to visit the valley's oldest church, dating back to the year 987.

Burgruine Duernstein (Pass By)

Arrive in the UNESCO-listed Dürnstein – a picturesque medieval town famous for being where Richard the Lionheart was held captive in 1192. There, enjoy some free time to explore the streets and the castle ruins.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Danube river cruise operates between May and September only. In the winter months entrance and one-hour guided tour of Melk Abbey will be included as a replacement
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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Highly recommended trip if you want to get out of the city for a day!
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Great Trip
Chris_J, Oct 2022
Great trip. Easy drive. Primarily grüner veltliner and reisling. Nice wineries. Good lunch. Ferry was ok.
Boring wine & boat tour
Deborah_B, Aug 2022
Best:: engaging 10 year old boy in our van. Overall: tour was boring and wines average. Guide was uninformative and uninspired, picked us up late. Tour driver should NOT drink.
Perfect day
Ineta_V, Aug 2022
Beautiful villages, good wines, comfortable van and just so perfect gide. We had brilliant day. Thanks a lot!
Great day trip!
John_S, Aug 2022
We had a great time seeing Wachau Valley. The wine was superb, and the area itself was beautiful. Very peaceful. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and very friendly. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
We had an excellent time....
Caitlin_J, Sep 2022
We had an excellent time. Our guide Thomas was so nice and taught us all about the different kinds of wine made in the Wachau valley. He was very knowledgeable and funny :)
Great day wine tasting
Chris_P, Oct 2022
We had a great time on our tour with Thomas. The three wineries that we visited all had unique atmospheres (some old/smaller, some modern/larger) and all had great wines. The restaurant that they recommended for lunch was nice - a small, family style place. Thomas was friendly and had lots of knowledge of the area and wine making. The river cruise was a great way to the end the tour. The only thing I would change would be getting a bit more time to explore in Durnstein - we practically sprinted to get to the top of the hill to see the ruins in the time allotted. Overall awesome day - Highly recommend!!!
Picturesque day out in Vienna
Joanne_S, Aug 2022
Had a great day on our small group tour to Wachau Valley, the day was well paced and enjoyed every aspect. Tried some delicious wines and had an yummy traditional meal. The van was comfortable for the 8 of us and Thomas was a friendly, knowledgeable guide who made our tour more enjoyable. Highly recommend for a great day out in Vienna.
Excellent tour
Alma_A, Jul 2022
Thomas our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the wines. He made us feel welcomed. The wine tasting was wonderful. The wineries were very friendly and beautiful. Highly recommend this tour. Had no idea Austria had wines. Learned a lot!!
Thomas ran the most fun...
Clayton_K, Sep 2022
Thomas ran the most fun tour! It was a perfect day of gorgeous areas, wonderful wine tastings and pleasant company! The cruise on the Danube was delightful!
Enjoying Wine
Oleksandr_N, Jul 2022
Nice trip, delicious wine and food, enjoying time with friend. Thanks a lot! I will recommend . Do again next time
Wonderful tour
Suzzanne_D, Aug 2022
This day trip was so much fun. Thomas, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and a lot of fun! We loved the town of Durnstein, the boat ride and the wine we tasted. A must do side trip from Vienna.
Tour Wachau Valley with Tim! You won’t regret it!
Kathy_E, Aug 2022
Our guide was spectacular. His name was Tim. Personable, friendly, patient, and an overall great guy. He was knowledgeable of the region and the history of the wineries and all things Wachau Valley. He prepared us for the day by advising us of what to expect. Our expectations were met and exceeded. The wine tasting was fantastic! The cruise down the Danube was a perfect way to end the day. The view is breathtaking. Everywhere you look is picturesque. I would highly recommend this!
Tomas is a top guide!
Annie_D, Aug 2022
Tomas was our guide for the day. The trip was extremely well organised and every detail well planned. He was interesting, funny, knowledgeable and very accommodating to answer any questions. We would highly recommend this trip and especially having Tomas.
Our guide, Tim, was...
Jennifer_S, Sep 2022
Our guide, Tim, was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the region and the wines. We had an incredible time.
Great day-trip. Value for money.
Aniruddha_D, Jul 2022
It was a wonderful trip. Did not know that Austria had such wonderful white wines. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. And the entire tour was very well coordinated.
Great guide and lovely wines!
Elizabeth_H, Aug 2022
We loved learning more about the lovely wines grown in the Wachau Valley and seeing this beautiful region. Thomas was an excellent guide, and a great source of information!
Tennessee in Wachau
Ashley_R, Aug 2022
Tomas was fantastic. Three wineries. Plenty of wine. Fantastic views. On time and professional. The van was clean and cool.
Lovely day in the Wachau Valley!
Andy_F, Jul 2022
Our driver/guide Tim was an absolute delight and the day was fun, informative, and surprisingly relaxing. The day was full but well-paced so it never felt hectic. The tastings were fun, the town stop was beautiful and the Danube river cruise broke up the trip nicely. Limiting the tour to eight people makes it more intimate. I highly recommend the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wachau and wine
James_C, Jul 2022
Tom was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Austrian wine. This is a perfect tour to get out of the city for a day and see the beautiful Wachau valley. I highly recommend this this tour!
Tim was our guide who put...
Quincy_C, Aug 2022
Tim was our guide who put 120% to make sure the guests have a good understanding of the wine history, styles and varietals in the Waichau region. The 2 wineries that we visited provided a good opportunity for both wine drinkers and novices a chance to sample what are bing offered in the area. Tim was very enthusiastic and approachable throughout the experience. I had a blast.


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