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Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

1. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna! By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

Vienna and Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

2. Vienna and Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

Enjoy the superb service and personal atmosphere of an extensive 4-hour sightseeing tour covering the very best of Vienna's history and art and including a private guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. A minivan or a limousine with chauffeur is at your service throughout the entire tour. Having a separate guide and chauffeur ensures the best service and maximum flexibility: Hop off the car any time you wish with your guide while car and chauffeur waiting for you. Your guide can give you his full attention with your chauffeur ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. First of all you drive along the famous Ring boulevard. Marvel at the impressive buildings in the style of Historism constructed under Emperor Franz Josef, like the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Art, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Court Theatre and the University. On Heroe's Square, you can take pictures of the vast complex of the Imperial Palace. The former residence of the Habsburgs boasts over 2.600 rooms. Leaving the city center you get to the Danube area with the United Nations buildings and the Danube Tower. You also visit the nearby Prater amusement park with the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Back in the city center, you pass other sights like the City Park with the famous golden statue of Johann Strauss, St. Charles’ church and the concert hall of the Musikverein. On the way to the Schönbrunn Palace, you pass other sights like the City Park with the famous golden statue of Johann Strauss, St. Charles’ church and the concert hall of the Musikverein. The visit to Schonbrunn Palace and grounds (Unesco World Heritage) is another highlight of this tour. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs is Austria's number one tourist attraction. With your guide visit the impressive showrooms of the palace and learn all about court life back in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Then take your time for a stroll through the amazing gardens. Skip the line: your guide will reserve your tickets in advance, so you don't have to wait in line. Other optional stops on this tour include the Belvedere Palace, the Hundertwasser Haus and the lively Naschmarkt. The tour ends back at your hotel. Decide for yourself where to stop and how much time you wish to spend at each location. Your knowledgeable guide shares intriguing stories and anecdotes with you and is ready to respond to (almost) your every request and requirement. Your chauffeur knows the best routes and shortcuts. Lots of photo opportunities.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey Private Tour

3. 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: Wachau Valley Private Kayak and Wine Tour

4. 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.

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Overall very informative. Exactly what we signed. To get great facts on Vienna the city as well as inside the palace. Which we did. The guide was excellent, but his voice is drawing and makes people sleepy as we did before we reached the palace and after on the way back. He was informative nevertheless.

The tour was very educational. The tour guide knows what he is taking about very well. We enjoyed it.

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

Highly recommended, especially with children as you get driven around.

Everything went very well, punctual on time and very professional.