• 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

Susan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a great time. Our guide was excellent and very informative. 6 people was the perfect number. Our Danube cruise was beautiful. Would highly recommend.

Don T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had great guide, Peter. He was extremely knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. The Wachau Valley was incredibly beautiful, and the wine was spectacular.
Highly recommend!

James M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A great trip! Our guide Marco was awesome! We saw a lot of sights that we would have missed with out the tour. The tour is a must to see some of the sights outside of Vienna. Marco seemed to have a passion for making sure we had a good time. The trip to Vienna was to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary, and it went off perfectly!

Stephanie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was an absolutely incredible day. Our tour guide Jan spelling? was entertaining and knowledgeable. We tasted some great wines and had a fabulous lunch. Well worth the money.

Gwendolyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is a somewhat late rating - I'm finally getting around to it! I was in Vienna in mid-April 2017 and was hoping to do self-bike rental in the Wachau Valley to do some wine tasting and visit the Melk Abbey. Well, wouldn't you know - it snowed in mid-April! It became too cold to do what I wanted but, alas, I found a Viator tour at the last minute that provided a round trip from Vienna to the Wachau region. It covered wine tasting, lunch in a nice, local village AND a Melk Abbey tour note, you cannot take photos inside the Abbey. And it was for a very reasonable price. I feel I got exactly what I wanted all in one day. I would recommend this day trip to anyone! Enjoy!

Hector M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great trip with upbeat guide Marco Muzzi. We enjoyed the Melk Monestary very much, especially the museum and the library. The early spring light snowfall was a highlight and made the trip more picturesque. The visit to the old town of Wösendorf was also very scenic. We were well entertained in the two wineries we visited and tasted some great wines. Learned a lot about Grüner Veltliner.

KcjK United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

It was so nice to see the countryside around Vienna. We visited several vineyards and tried a number of beautiful wines. Then we had a lovely meal at a nice restaurant and saw more of the countryside. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour met all our expectations - it was fun, informative, relaxing and had a few surprises. James was our guide. He made it feel as if we were being shown around by a good friend rather than a stranger and he ensured that everyone was happy and comfortable. He customized the tour based on our interests and timing - showing us sites we otherwise would have overlooked. The wine tastings were fun and I learned a lot about a new wine region. And, the guided tour of Melk Abbey was wonderful, as was the lunch in the traditional Austrian restaurant. We did so much during the day but surprisingly never felt rushed. Looking back, I can't believe how much we fit in.

This day tour was the highlight of our trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice little adventure outside Vienna.

Benson L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Mario and his colleague well look after us. Nice warm sunny day in winter time. The scenery throughout our trip was gorgeous. Melk Abbey is magnificent. Food and wine were really tasty. Nothing get better than this!

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