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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 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.

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.

From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

3. 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.

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 variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies like 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 winter, 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 Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Melk

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

We absolutely loved our time on this tour. In Krems we only had 45 minutes but we went to both main churches and explored the alleyways and inspiring views! In Durstein we had an hour and I managed to run up the mountain to the castle ruins and had time to quickly explore town and the river after. If you're hoping to see the castle ruins but can't walk very quickly up a steep hill you won't be able to make it in time for this tour. Lastly, Melk Abbey was amazing and so beautiful. We learned a lot about its history and enjoyed our guide. The timing was very prompt. We had a nice lunch too!

It was a 8.5 hrs trip, which covers whole day. Exactly what I was looking for. Visit of an hour to the beautiful town of Durnstein was wonderful. Got to spend an hour over there. Would have loved to climb up to remains of the castle to get a bird's view of the town and Danube, if more time was there. Danube river cruise from Spitz to Melk was amazing and was highlight of the trip. Sunny day and cool breezes made it a memorable experience. Guided visit to Melk abbey was also very nice. Overall, a nice experience.

It is a beautiful part of the country. Melk Abbey is stunning. The guide for the Abbey was very informative. Wachau Valley should not be missed. We plan to stay in the valley next time we visit there. Tasting wines at the local winery taught a lot on the different types of wines.

so glad I found this tour. the guide Tim was AMAZING. he let us go at our own pace, showed usbso many cute less known spots. we had a great lunch and so many wines for the tasting!

Paolo was a fantastic tour guide. Very patient. Very sociable. I highly recommend this tour. Spend your hard earned tourism dollars on good people and good experiences.