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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.

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 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: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

3. Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

Experience the capital of Austria on two wheels, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the most famous sights and ride in between them on a well-maintained bike path. Meet your local guide at the meeting point, strap on your bike and start your adventure with an informative introduction about Vienna. Cycle through the Prater, marvel at the Ferris wheel, and listen to entertaining stories about the former royals. Ride along the Danube Cycle Path to the extraordinary architectural creations of Hundertwasser. Discover the Ringboulvard to get a glimpse of the city's imperial history. Enjoy a stop in front of several fascinating historical sites to learn the entertaining stories behind them. Take photos to capture your unforgettable memories of Vienna's landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Cycle back through the multicultural, gastronomically and artistically outstanding Leopoldstadt and get more local hits, tips, and ideas from the staff for the rest of your stay

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. Take a boat ride on the Danube River from Spitz to Melk, soak up the beauty of the Wachau Valley, and take a guided tour of 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: 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.

Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

6. Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

No matter if you are a first-time visitor or have passed through Vienna before, a guided walking tour will help you discover more of the splendor of the city. While you visit some of Vienna’s most stunning sights, this tour will help you discover some of the secrets of the city — stories told that are unknown even to most locals.  Marvel at the opulent grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the leaders of the Habsburg dynasty. Gaze at the unique roofing of Vienna’s most famous cathedral, St. Stephen’s. Learn the macabre history of the Pestsäule, a column erected to commemorate Viennese victims of the black plague. All the while, uncover the underground history of these well-known places from your expert guide.

Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

Hear the spine chilling tales surrounding the city of Vienna on this private walking tour. Discover the strange legends surrounding famous landmarks, buildings, and Vienna's citizens. Be greeted by your local guide in Helmut-Zilk square and start your walking tour. Explore the dark history behind top sights like the Hofburg imperial palace and the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral while they are lit up for the night.  Find out how Bloody Alley earned its name. Navigate through the stories and cobblestoned alleys of Vienna easily with a local guide. Uncover the secrets behind some top citizens of this city like the Blood Countess and the death of Mozart. Listen as your guide casts this city in a new light. Bring everyone in your family, drag your friends, or have an unforgettable date night. Finish your tour at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna: The Historic Center Private Walking Tour

8. Vienna: The Historic Center Private Walking Tour

The walk begins in front of the Vienna State Opera, one of the most important opera houses in the world. Here you are given an overview of the development of the city to the present day. You continue from the Hotel Sacher to the Albertina with a stop at the "Monument to War and Fascism". Your walk then continues to the Hofburg, the former main residence of the Habsburg family. After being given a historical overview, you will go to the Ballhausplatz to see the Presidential Chancellery and the Federal Chancellery. Afterwards you will see the most important shopping streets of the historic center such as Kohlmarkt and Graben where you will hear stories about local coffee houses, pastries and Viennese cuisine. The walk ends in the heart of Vienna where the largest church in the country, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, is located. Here you will learn more about the Cathedral and its destruction during the Second World War.    

Vienna 3-Hour Hiking Tour of Wiener Wald

9. Vienna 3-Hour Hiking Tour of Wiener Wald

Hike the most accessible parts of the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) on the "house mountains" of Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg, visible from many parts of the city and both within the administrative boundaries of Vienna. After you’ve met your hiking guide, walk a rather steep but paved footpath until you reach the top of Leopoldsberg, from where you'll have panoramic views over Vienna and the majestic Klosterneuburg Monastery. Continue on a comfortable path through the forest to Kahlenberg hill, before a hilly descent among hillside vineyards to end at Grinzing, Vienna's best-known wine village, lined with rustic restaurants. Go to Heuriger, where the wine owners of the region sell their wine, and purchase a bottle or two to enjoy later!

Vienna: Full-Day Vienna Woods Wine Tasting Tour

10. Vienna: Full-Day Vienna Woods Wine Tasting Tour

Lower Austria is the cradle of Austrian viticulture, and this private wine tasting tour is your chance to visit the area's beautiful forests and vineyards of the Thermal Region, just south of Vienna. Take a 30-minute train ride to the heart of the Vienna Woods for a wine-filled day. Summer (April-October) Your summer tour will begin with a hike in the spa town of Baden, which was once a favorite country retreat of Beethoven. From there you will walk along forest trails towards a magnificent elevated viewpoint overlooking the Vienna Basin in all directions. This spot alone is a photographer's dream. Continue the trip by entering the neighboring vineyards, wandering through row upon row of lush green vines. As a reward, you'll take a break among the vines for an open-air wine tasting at a local producer. Winter (November-March) Your train will bring you directly to the vineyards of one of Austria’s oldest wine-making institutions, steeped in middle-age tradition and history. While there, learn about how the monastic orders became wine pioneers of their time and their influence on Austrian viticulture. Sample a glass of local sekt (sparkling wine) to toast to your arrival in the Austrian wine country. The afternoon segment of both the winter and summer tours will be the same. You will continue to the picturesque wine village of Gumpoldskirchen for lunch at a traditional Austrian wine tavern. From there, you'll visit a local winery to enjoy an extensive wine tasting featuring all of the region's specialty wines, and to ask questions to local experts about modern-day wine making. Your tour later concludes with a short train ride back to the city center, just in time for your evening schedule.

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What people are saying about Vienna

This is a great way to see the most famous Austrian Wine region! We met at the office in Vienna and then took a 1 hour train to Krems where we picked up our bikes. Then ride to the 1st winery, then ride to lunch in Durnstein (for an extra 13 euros) with some free time, then ride to the 2nd winery, then ride all the way back to Krems for the train back to Vienna. I would say it is a moderate level of biking. This is probably a normal bike ride for Europeans, but as an American who hasn't ridden a bike in years, I was sore the next day! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in white wines and experiencing the local scenery, just make sure you are physically up to the task.

Robert was an excellent guide and we really enjoyed his commentary at the various spots we visited around Vienna. He showed a lot of the highlights of the city and provided great background on those, but also included more unusual locations such as the graffiti walls along the (not-the-Danube) canal and the Gaudì-ish Hundertwasser Village. The bikes were in excellent condition, a basket was provided for me on request, the weather looked iffy so everyone was given a poncho (in the end it did not rain), and the three hour tour was the perfect amount of time. Highly recommend!

The tour itself was great. The only challenge was that the guide was talking in 3 languages : German, Spanish and English. It was difficult to keep up. We understand though that there are still not enough tourists . I would recommend this tour regardless.

The combo Danube River cruise and bus tour to the Melk Abbby was a perfect amount of time spent on each event. The tour guide had enough time built in to do a little exploring on your own.

Spectacular views on the bike and great white wine.