Wachau Valley
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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. 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.

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Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

2. 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 a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern. Sit back as your driver takes you through quaint villages and picturesque vineyard landscapes. End the day with a 1 hour River Cruise down the Danube River from Spitz to Melk (28th April 2018 - 7th October 2018).

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Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

3. 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.

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Imperial Vienna: Full-Day Tour from Budapest

4. Imperial Vienna: Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Travel to the Austrian capital on a full-day tour from Budapest. Vienna is just a 2 to 2.5-hour drive by motorway. When you arrive in Vienna you’ll drive along the famous Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to get an overview of the city and a look at many of its important sights. See the State Opera House, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the City Hall, and the Votive Church. Your guide will take you on a short walk to see the most beautiful parts of the city center. You’ll visit the Museum Quarter and the Hofburg, which was the winter residence of the Habsburgs. Walk along Kärtner Strasse, Vienna’s main shopping street, and see St. Stephen's Cathedral. After the tour you’ll have time for shopping in the elegant pedestrian area. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to visit Schönbrunn Palace or any of the other museums, or to head to the Prater, Vienna’s well-known amusement park. On the way back to Budapest you’ll stop at Hundertwasser House, which is a journey into the world of creative architecture.

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What people are saying about Wachau Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 634 reviews

This was a superb trip. Charles our guide was very informative and kind. The bus was clean and got us to and from our destination on time. The boat ride was fun and the food on the boat was better than expected. We arrived in Melk an hour before our tour so I was able to walk around. The Abbey is exquisite and I am so glad I took the day and make this special journey. Definitely eat on the boat so you have time to walk around Melk. Also there is no bathroom on the bus but a stop was made at a cute town. This day trip is a great time and value.

Great to get out of Vienna and see/learn about grapes, wine, the Danube River, and Wachau Valley. For me the tour was much more than the wine. The lunch under walnut trees was great. I think the two-hour "cruise" on the Danube was fine too. It was soo relaxing sitting in the sun on the top deck I soon fell asleep!! I wish we could have gone into the abbey at Melk.

Yolo was great! Yes that is his name! He was very informative from the start of the tour. He even changed the pick up location the day before in concern of protestors the day of the tour. Yolo loves the Wachua Valley as they do him. Knows his way around the valley and the really good wines. Great tour!

This was an amazing tour! Definitely wear athletic clothes and be prepared to bike a ways, but it's totally manageable for the average person. Highly recommend going in the fall if possible, the colors were gorgeous!

Good services and a lot of details from the guide.