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  • Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

    1. 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. One of the most prominent tourist destinations in Lower Austria, the 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. You will explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. The many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river as a trade and traffic route. 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. You will take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube and go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region at the old city of Krems. A highlight of the to...

    The entire day waa fantastic. The abbey inside is spectacular. The day was very well planned. All went smoothly. Very clean bus. Very good driver and guide. Enough time spent at each point. The transfer to the boat was great and well planned. The cruise on river was amazing

  • Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

    2. 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 wel...

    Fantastic experience in a Wonderful place, really well prepared and nice guide. My young boy met a friend and lives an experience with people coming from many countries. Really fantastic

  • From Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise on the Danube

    3. From Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise on the Danube

    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 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 Wachau. These ships have huge sundecks with plenty of seating, as well as a partial roof and a beautiful all-around view which contribute to the perfect experience. Let yourself be pampered in the onboard restaurants, where a varied food and beverage package offered. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpretations ...

    The only thing we wish is that where we had to go to get tickets was more explained to us in advance. I was led to believe that we could print our tickets at home. Thankfully a stranger helped us not only find the dock our boat would be at but suggest we go ask upstairs at the ticket office. After that all went well. Thank you

  • Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

    4. Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

    Experience the stunning beauty of Austria’s most picturesque valley, noted for its spectacular white wines. The true allure of the Wachau Valley is revealed once you travel outside the city centers and onto the smaller country roads. On this full-day tour you’ll travel in a van that accommodates up to 8, and is able to maneuver the narrow roads that will take you into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your expert driver/guide, you’ll learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region.   During the tour you’ll taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies such as the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. You’ll have free time to explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a highlight of the region. The town is overlooked by a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Enjoy lunch in ...

    An amazing day from start to finish! You don't need to be a lover of wine to enjoy this execurison. It's intimate, due to small group, filled with visits to several attractions along the valley. Our tour guide, Iolo, was great fun, full of stories and always great with answering any questiond. Highly recommend this trip.

  • Vienna: Guided Tour by Kick Bike or E-Scooter with a Local

    5. Vienna: Guided Tour by Kick Bike or E-Scooter with a Local

    Join a local guide on a unique 3-hour tour of Vienna and push your way around the city using a fun kick bike scooter, or opt for a smooth ride on an e-scooter. Scoot over the so called hipster district and discover hidden square and traditional restaurants called Beisl (no stop there). In order to get a perfect overview of the city to visit the places after the tour again. Join the city's youth on Danube Island and become a local for the day. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to suit your mood, the weather, and recommendations from your guide. See much more than you would on foot or by public transportation with the help of your fun guide and convenient mode of transport.   You will have the kick bikes or e-scooters for the duration of the tour and can upgrade to keep them until the end of the day for a small additional fee.

    What an amazing tour. Anna was so knowledgeable. The tour was fun and informative. Highly recommended

  • Empress Sisi Day Trip: Hofburg, Niederweiden & Hof Palaces

    6. Empress Sisi Day Trip: Hofburg, Niederweiden & Hof Palaces

    Learn all about the famous Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Empress Sisi starting with a walk from the Vienna State Opera to Hofburg Imperial Palace to explore the Sisi Museum, the Silver Collections, and the imperial apartments. At the Sisi Museum, discover the world of strict courtly rules and ceremonies in which the freedom-loving empress lived. Afterward, you can explore the Silver Collections and the imperial apartments on your own. Next, take in the special exhibition at the Niederweiden palace through seven rooms and discover objects that have never been shown before. End the tour with a visit to the magnificent rooms and baroque gardens of Schloss Hof Estate. Here you will also have free time to stroll around the impressive gardens and enjoy refreshments at the cafe.

  • Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

    7. 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 Au...

  • Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

    8. 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 product...

  • Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

    9. Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

    Depart Vienna and travel to the historic city of Melk in Lower Austria. See the Benedictine abbey that contains the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau, along with the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, the first dynasty of Austria. Go to the top of the abbey to get a great view of Melk and its surrounding gardens. Continue further into the Lake District and drive through the beautiful towns of the Wachau Valley, such as Bad Ischl. Stop in Hallstatt, famous for its salt production dating back to prehistoric times and a cultural heritage that links some of the oldest civilizations of Europe. Move on to the birthplace of Mozart in the beautiful city of Salzburg. Admire the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress atop the Festungsberg, and discover the busy shopping street of Getreidegasse, with the house where Mozart was born at number 9. Return to Vienna or get the option to sta...

    The tour was nice, Norbert was very kind, polite and patience. He fetch us with VW Phaeton which was a comfortable car, clean and well maintained. In total the tour was 14 hours just to see Hallstatt and Salzburg. He never counting on the hours. He just keep going and entertained us. Show us many things and explained it well. He brought us to the good Italian restaurant in Salzburg, he knew good food too.

  • From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

    10. From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

    Following pick-up from your hotel in Vienna, sit back and relax in the comfort of a luxury vehicle as you make your way to the city of Melk. Visit the Benedictine abbey located on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of the Danube River. See the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and go to the top of the abbey to get panoramic views of Melk. Drive past pretty lakes and scenic towns such as Bad Ischl. Stop at the beautiful town of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See, and learn more about its historic salt production. Visit a subterranean salt lake to see the mummy of a prehistoric miner preserved in salt! Next, visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the city of Salzburg. Explore the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, and discover where the legendary movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed. Return to Vienna and get dropped off at your hotel at the end o...

    This tour enabled us to visit some very beautiful locations in Austria. It was the highlight of our trip - magnificent!

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4.7 / 5

based on 196 reviews

An amazing day from start to finish! You don't need to be a lover of wine to enjoy this execurison. It's intimate, due to small group, filled with visits to several attractions along the valley. Our tour guide, Iolo, was great fun, full of stories and always great with answering any questiond. Highly recommend this trip.

Very good guide and driver, excelent bus. The 3-level cruise ship offered a nice vue, drinks and lunch options.

What an amazing tour. Anna was so knowledgeable. The tour was fun and informative. Highly recommended

It was great, just great organized and great weather. Gladly again!

Highly recommended!!! The price definitely pays off.