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Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

From US$ 95.07 per person

Enjoy a romantic bus and boat tour of the Wachau and Danube Valleys and visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk on this full-day tour from Vienna. Enjoy scenic views of your tour, and listen to imperial history come alive on the famous Blue Danube.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Take a romantic boat cruise on the Blue Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer lunch)
  • Visit the enchanting Abbey of Melk
  • Experience the scenic beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys
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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.

  • Round-trip Bus tour from Vienna to Danube Valley
  • Boat trip on the Danube (in summer only, in winter a lunch will be offered instead)
  • Entrance fee to Abbey of Melk
  • Lunch (except in winter)
  • No boat trip in the winter, this is replaced with lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes before the tour starts at Operngasse 8 next to the Opernbrunnen (fountain). Representatives will be wearing yellow uniforms. The lines U1 (red), U2 (purple) and U4 (green) stop at the station Karlsplatz. The guests should follow the exit Oper and walk left along the Vienna State Opera to get to Operngasse.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Due to weather conditions the boat trip can only take place between April and October
  • On other dates you are invited for lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 459 reviews

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Guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Plan gives "tastes" of the main sights but in a rushed manner. Personally I would give a bit more time in Dürnstein and less in Krems - we had about 1.5 hours to eat lunch OR see some sights, then a guided tour of the monastery and then another 30 minutes - where you can't fit in anything over a coffee. So it would help to have a bit more time in Krems as well if possible and do the day 9 hours. All in all organization was great as was our guide and driver - everything "ticked".

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October 17, 2021

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.

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October 17, 2021

The day of the trip was September 23, 2021. The time for lunch was planned too short. It would have made sense if the tour guide had advertised lunch on the ship more and made it clear that there was not enough time for the meal in Melk. Otherwise it was a nice day.

September 28, 2021

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