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From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

1. From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

From the end of March to the beginning of November, the proud red-and-white fleet will take you on a daily leisurely cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau. A boat trip through the Wachau is an experience in every season. In spring, the apricot and fruit trees are in full bloom whilst in the summer you will drive past baroque monasteries and medieval castles under a bright blue sky. In in the autumn you can see a natural spectacle when the vineyards turn red-gold and shimmer in the afternoon sun. Your ship will allow you to travel in comfort through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau. These ships have huge sundecks with plenty of seating, as well as a partial roof and a beautiful all-round view which contribute to the perfect experience. Let yourself be pampered in the on-board restaurants, with a varied food and beverage package being offered. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpretations of Wachau classics, such as a summer salad with apricot pieces.

Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

2. Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

Cruise on the Danube river through the 36-kilometer long Wachau Valley. The valley has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site because of its uniqueness. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal on board, while cruising along the river from Krems to Melk and back again. Highlights along the route through the river valley include Melk Abbey, Schönbühel Palace, and the town of Dürnstein with its blue church tower. In the ship's restaurant you will be spoiled with culinary delights made from regional produce, and you can enjoy the spectacular views of the open countryside from the generous sun deck. The ships have been newly renovated using traditional materials, creating a bright, pleasant atmosphere on board. Relax in the lounge area on the upper deck, sit under the flexible sun sail, or enjoy a drink at the bar area on the ship's sun deck.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

3. Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Experience a romantic sightseeing tour by bus and boat from Vienna, introducing you to the beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys in Lower Austria. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk with a guide. In winter, enjoy lunch in place of the Danube boat trip. Explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. Pass by many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river. One of these is the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was kept imprisoned, and was eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Then take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer you a lunch). In the old city of Krems, go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history. Then, follow your guide to the Danube River town of Melk. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings and its cultural and spiritual center.

From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

4. From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the stunning beauty of Wachau Valley and sample its white wines on a guided day trip from Vienna. Hop on a river cruise down the Danube from Spitz to Melk. Visit Melk Abbey and Weissenkirchen. Stop at a family-run tavern in Dürnstein to taste liqueurs, wines, and local delicacies. Start the trip from Vienna and travel in a van through narrow countryside roads into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your driver/guide, learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region.   Taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies such as apricot jams and liqueurs. In summer, take a boat ride on the Danube River from Spitz to Melk to soak up the beauty of the Wachau Valley. During the winter months, take a guided tour of the beautiful Melk Abbey. Once in Dürnstein, enjoy free time to explore the medieval town and its colorful architecture. Learn about the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Finally, visit a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern, for wine tasting.

Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

5. Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

Travel through Lower Austria and enjoy local, stunning scenery during your full-day trip. Discover the beauty of Lower Silesia with views of the salt lakes, vineyards, and mountains. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Vienna and follow the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes to reach the famous Melk Abbey, Salzburg, and Hallstatt. Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles and is located on top of the hill. Walk around Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at the architecture. Step inside where your guide will lead you through Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with its amazing chapels and decorations. Move to beautiful Hallstatt village, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village famous for its salt production. See the Lake of District and the picturesque town Bad Ischl. Discover Old Town, gorgeous Lutheran Church, landscapes with steep mountains, and waterfalls. Explore Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the town of music. See the highlights such as UNESCO-protected Old Town, Cathedral, Fortress, and “The Sound of Music” filming locations. Choose if you want a guided tour of Melk Abbey and Salzburg city, or if you want to experience the essence of the whole trip with an accompaniment of a guide on board in each place with you. After the tour, sit it back and relax with a transfer back to your hotel in Vienna.

Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

6. Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

Travel in comfort to the picturesque Wachau and Danube Valleys following the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Site status, enjoying a full-day trip from Vienna. Explore fabulous places and hidden gems along the way. Sightsee each different village on your own and discover beautiful sights. Stop in Krems where all looks like time has frozen. Walk through Krems Old Town and see Steinertor, Rathaus, and Gozzoburg Krems. See ancient ruins of Dürnstein Castle. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, and eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Get to the Spitz and experience a fantastic boat cruise to reach Melk. See wild Austrian landscapes while relaxing. Walk to the ruins of Hinterhaus Castle dated from the XI century, with some prime views of Lower Austria from the top. Walk around and explore the beautiful Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at exceptional architecture from outside and step inside the Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with amazing chapels and decorations. Stroll around the village and see the hidden local gem of Parish Church of Assumption of Mary, a peaceful place with nice decorations. No worries about return, sit back and relax, the driver will drop you off at your hotel in Vienna.

Vienna: Wachau Valley Private Kayak and Wine Tour

7. Vienna: Wachau Valley Private Kayak and Wine Tour

Explore the natural beauty of Wachau Valley as you travel by kayak along the Danube on a private tour. See the incredible scenery, enjoy a delicious tasting of local wine, explore picturesque Durnstein, have a tasty lunch, and more. Meet at the main entrance of Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station before a one-hour train journey to Melk, home of the world-famous baroque abbey, or meet there directly. Once there, prepare the kayaks and receive a safety briefing. It’s then time to travel by kayak along the Western Wachau, where the hills are carpeted in trees with castles and palaces sitting atop many of the valley’s highest peaks. You’ll be in awe of the valley’s natural beauty from your position in the heart of the Danube. The charming village of Spitz, approximately halfway through the valley, marks the beginning of the wine region. Noted for its dry Rieslings, Austria’s signature Gruner Veltliner, and the wonderfully unique and earthy Neuburger, visit one of the town’s finest local producers for an extensive tasting, before lunch (own expense) in a local hamlet. After this, paddle further east and see the steep valley landscape transform into visually stunning rows of dry stone walls and vines, separated into hundreds of individual vineyard plots. End the journey in picturesque Durnstein, the gem of the valley. You can climb the famous castle ruins or wander through the village, taking in its old-world medieval charm. After a full day of activity, arrive back in Vienna around 7 PM, although the precise time of arrival will depend on our progress over the course of the day – you won’t want to rush through the beautiful nature.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey Private Tour

8. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey Private Tour

Visit Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey on this private tour with transfers. Enter Schönbrunn Palace with skip-the-line tickets and admire the elaborate designs of its rooms and gardens. Visit Melk Abbey and be impressed by its location on the hilltop. Your tour begins at your accommodation in Vienna, from where the driver will take you to Schönbrunn Palace. Avoid the long queue thanks to your included skip-the-line tickets and enjoy exclusive knowledge from your private guide. Explore the palace's magnificent interiors, learn its fascinating history, and discover Austrian heritage. Explore Rococo-style apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. Step inside over 40 rooms and hear fascinating stories spanning 3 centuries from your guide. Be charmed by the palace's beautiful gardens around see Schönbrunn's unique synthesis of Baroque art. After Schönbrunn, hit the road with your English-German speaking driver and drive through Wachau Valley to reach Melk. On the way, see landscapes full of vineyards. The drive takes approximately 1-hour maximum. Arrive at Melk Abbey and walk around to explore the abbey's park with its baroque garden pavilion. Marvel at exceptional architecture from the outside and step inside where a guide will lead you through the museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with amazing chapels and decorations. After your visit to the abbey, take a walk around the village and see a hidden local gem, the Parish Church of Assumption of Mary. Head back to Vienna where your driver will drop you back off at your hotel.

Vienna: Melk Abbey and Salzburg Trip with Private Transfer

9. Vienna: Melk Abbey and Salzburg Trip with Private Transfer

Drive through Lower Austria and enjoy local beautiful scenery during a full-day trip. Visit Melk Abbey and Salzburg with the comfort of a private transfer. Be picked up at your accommodation in Vienna and follow the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes to reach the famous Melk Abbey. Melk Abbey, located on the top of a hill, is an impressive Baroque abbey. Walk around and explore its park. Marvel at the abbey's exceptional architecture from the outside and step inside where your guide will lead you through the abbey museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church. Enjoy free time on the abbey's grounds before driving to Salzburg. Explore Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the town of music. In Salzburg, two options are available to meet your needs. You can choose to sightsee on your own or choose to tour the city with a guide for a better understanding of local history and sites. In the second option, the guide will join you in Salzburg and lead you through multiple highlights such as the UNESCO-protected old town, Salzburg Cathedral, the fortress, and “The Sound of Music” filming locations. After spending time in Salzburg, enjoy a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Vienna.

Vienna: Mariazell Basilica and Melk Abbey Private Tour

10. Vienna: Mariazell Basilica and Melk Abbey Private Tour

Drive through lower Austria and enjoy the beautiful local scenery, the mountains and rolling vineyards during this full-day trip. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Vienna and see two cities with two top attractions - the Mariazell Basilica and famous Melk Abbey, both of which your expert guide can tell you about. Visit the quaint town of Mariazell, where you will find the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and one of the most visited shrines in Europe: Mariazell Basilica, also known as Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary. Step inside and see its fabulous interior, each of its twelve chapels with organ and altars just as impressive as the last. Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles and it’s located on top of the hill. Walk around and explore the Abbey Park with its baroque garden pavillion. Marvel at its exceptional architecture from outside and step inside where guide will lead you through Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library and church with amazing chapels and decorations. Enjoy your free time in Abbey Park or in Abbey Church before the driving back to Vienna.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

What a wonderful time we had. Santiago was an excellent guide, and provided guidance in both English and Spanish for our group as needed. Plus, he was super knowledgeable of all the wines, the area, and was just fun to chat with about life during the can ride and our group lunch break. As sellers of Domaine Wachau wines at our Restaurant in America, it was exciting to meet the producers in person and get a taste of all the different wines. Plus, getting the contrast with the slightly larger producer and the smaller, family growers was really exciting. A really really hot day made for some lovely white wine. The valley was gorgeous and the stop in Durnstein was super cute and just the right amount of time. They have several different liquor and chocolate sellers so you can get unlimited free samples by hopping from shop to shop. The lunch had great vegetarian options for us, the river cruise was lovely and scenic, and we got a quick pick in Melk before heading home. Thanks Santiago!!!

Guide was excellent with English and Spanish. The stops were worth time and the money. Would have liked a bit more time at the abbey to explore without the group.

Excellent trip, postcard perfect villages and vineries along the Danube. Boat trip is dreamy. You can enjoy your lunch and local wine on the boat.

Smooth handling, beautiful ship, the menu was very good, the service was excellent and exceptionally friendly!

Top And very friendly staff Food very good Tour highly recommended and worth seeing.