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Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

1. 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: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

2. Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

Enjoy riding through Vienna with an optional bottle of the finest sparkling wine. Discover the beautiful city whilst your driver recounts exciting and unknown stories of Vienna's history. The rebuilt electro-vintage car is comfortable and offers 5 seats. This is an enchanting experience for young and old people.  Pass by the most historic Viennese sights in the first district such as Am Hof, Imperial Palace Hofburg, Volksgarten, Burgtheater, Rathaus (City Hall), and part of the famous Ringstraße. Drinks are conveniently served directly inside of the car during your sightseeing tour.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

3. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 6 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • Guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

4. 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. Wachau Valley is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history, and it also attracts epicureans with its food and wine. 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) and go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region at the old city of Krems. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings, and winner of the award for "Best Historic Destination of the World" in 2008.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

5. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum, the Danube Steam Navigation Company, or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers a choice between 3 routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/Town Hall - University - Schwedenplatz - MAK - Hilton Hotel - Kursalon - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Museum of Military History - Belvedere Palace - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - Prater - Museum of Applied Arts – Museum of Fine Arts – Hundertwasser House – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Monument Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller

6. Vienna: Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller

Take part in a musical journey from the mountains of Tirol to Salzburg, the Salzkammergut and the Wachau to the great final in Vienna. Look forward to spirited Landlers from the Alps, romantic arias from Salzburg, swift polkas and the famous Viennese waltzes. Be enchanted by excellent singers, spirited dancers and a colorful show. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu and look forward to three diverse and enchanting scenes. Experience a hearty musical welcome by the full ensemble followed by evergreens from the operetta "Der Vogelhändler - The Bird Seller" as well as instrumental pieces. Listen to well-known melodies of the film “The Sound of Music“ and enjoy various famous operettas of Vienna.

Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

7. Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

Discover the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley on this full-day biking and wine tasting excursion in Austria’s most beautiful valley, voted the Best Historic Destination in the World in 2008. Enjoy a glorious day of sipping, swirling, and casual cycling through the country’s most famous wine-making regions. World-renown for its quality white wines, stunning villages, and breathtaking scenery, the Wachau Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Arrive by train and then hop on your bike to explore with your expert guide. Breathe in the fresh country air as you cycle by historic towns, charming villages, and spectacular scenery. Stopping at local wineries, you’ll sample dry and fruity whites as well as other delicacies, like the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. During free time, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a well-known Wachau highlight, complete with a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Or perhaps you’d rather swim in the Danube and then enjoy lunch at the local tavern, a traditional family-run restaurant. When your time in the valley is up, take a relaxing train ride back to Vienna. This winery bike tour of the Wachau Valley is the perfect choice for those looking for a unique wine tasting experience that combines fun, biking, and stunning scenery.

Vienna: Classical Concert at Eschenbach Palace

8. Vienna: Classical Concert at Eschenbach Palace

Experience a warm welcome to Vienna, the world’s capital of classical music, with this unforgettable concert in one of Vienna’s most beautiful palaces. Enjoy a night of magnificent music performed by the Vienna Supreme Orchestra.  Immerse yourself in delightful Viennese music, be enchanted by its elegant waltzes, its refreshing polkas, romantic arias, and duets. Experience works by Mozart, Schubert, and of course, Strauss, master of the operetta. Eschenbach Palace is a historical building, located in the heart of Vienna, close to the most beautiful boulevard in Vienna. Inaugurated by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria in 1872, it was built in Palladian style, according to the design of the architect Otto Thienemann. The large banquet hall, entirely covered in precious wood paneling and tapestries is a beautiful example of how technical fixtures can blend perfectly in a historical setting.

Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

9. Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Peek into the unknown world of Fiakerei (horse-drawn carriage driving). Who are the Fiakers? Where did they come from? And most importantly, where are they going in the evening after work? Get to the bottom of these secrets, and many more, by visiting the original Viennese Fiaker horse stable. For the first time, you'll have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the traditional two teams of "Lohnkutchen" (the original horse-drawn taxi!) Explore the unique Fiaker Horse Center in Vienna's 11th district of Simmering. An exclusive barn tour will give you insight into what's going on in a traditional Viennese Fiaker family business. Then, take a ride in an original Viennese Fiaker - the ubiquitous passenger transport of the 18th century - back to the city before the work of the Fiaker starts. During the carriage ride, you'll pass through the up-and-coming St. Marx district, heading to the city centre via the famous Ringstraße. You'll be dropped off at Michaelerplatz in the city center, a perfect place to continue your exploration of all of Vienna's top sites.

Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

10. Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Munich with this guided trip to Salzburg, known as the most inspiring city in Austria. Discover its must-see sights and hidden gems while learning about important events and personalities that have shaped Austrian-German history and culture. This guided tour begins with pickup directly from your accommodation in Munich. Depending on the tour option you choose, your private guide will accompany you on the car journey so you can listen to commentary on the way, or you'll meet your guide upon arrival in Salzburg. Sit back and relax on the drive through the picturesque mountain landscapes along the German-Austrian border. In Salzburg, embark on a walking tour of the historic old town and its highlights. Start with a visit to the gardens of the Mirabell Palace, where the song “Do Re Mi” and the final scene of "The Sound of Music" were shot. Salzburg is famously known as the birthplace of Wolfgang A. Mozart, and you'll find many places related to this Austrian composer on the tour, such as his former residence and the tenement house where he was born. There will also be many historical and religious landmarks along the way, such as the Old Town Hall, Collegiate Church, and DomQuartier. Admire the grand Salzburg Cathedral and hear the legends about the Fortress Hohensalzburg. The final must-see sight of the tour is St. Peter’s Abbey, built in the 7th century. Before the end of your visit, there will be free time to do souvenir shopping or grab lunch in the city before going back to Munich. Lunch can be arranged the day of your trip for a surcharge.

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We enjoyed roaming around the city and learned so much about the history of Vienna. Our tour guide Horst is really friendly and gave a lot of recommendations about food to try and places to visit.

Brilliant tour of the main sights of the city with our fabulous guide Horst who was informative and entertaining!

Very informative guide who gave us an insight into the royal family and the history of Austria

Excellent day out, didn't know we were going to Durnstein wish was well worth the stop off.

The pick-up point was excellent and near our lodging.