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Wachau Valley Tours

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Wachau Valley
With rolling vineyards of grapes and apricots, plus a collection of more than 5,000 historic monuments, it's no wonder that the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions. The Danube River carves a picturesque path through the valley's towns of Melk and Krems, uniting a harmonious blend of wineries, Gothic churches, and medieval castles.

The Basics

The Wachau Valley (Danube Valley) is most commonly visited on a day-trip from Vienna. Wine tasting is regularly at the top of Wachau Valley tours' itineraries, as is Melk Abbey, an 11th-century Benedictine monastery adorned with bright frescoes. The valley is also a popular place for a bike tour thanks to its flat paths and stunning scenery.

Full-day tours typically combine visits to the castle ruins of Burgruine Durnstein, the village of Spitz, and the medieval town of Krems with a Danube River cruise. Energetic sightseers can also add Salzburg — the birthplace of Mozart and setting for 'The Sound of Music' to their schedule on an excursion that covers the Salzkammergut Valley and Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Lower Austria's close proximity to Bratislava and Budapest, the respective capitals of Slovakia and Hungary, make the region an ideal launchpad for exploring more of Europe.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • History buffs and wine lovers are spoiled for choice of things to do in Wachau Valley.
  • The region can be explored by car, coach bus, or bike.
  • Most tours include hotel pickup and dropoff in Vienna.

How to Get There
From Wien Westbahnhof in central Vienna, catch the REX train to Melk Bahnof (a one-hour journey) or to Krems, which requires changing trains at St. Polten. If visiting from Salzburg, you should also change trains at St. Polten for the REX line destined for Melk. Although catching the train to Melk is a breeze (especially from Vienna), it's best to explore the valley with a tour guide as part of a sightseeing or biking tour. With more than 5,000 historic landmarks, it's tough to see the best independently.

When to Get There

The spring months of March to May are undoubtedly the best time to visit the Wachau Valley, when wine and food festivals such as the Wachau Gourmet Festival and Wachau Weinfr¸hling take place. In late March and early April, the area's landscapes are awash with the pastel-pink blossoms of apricot trees.
Address: Between Melk and Krems 3390, Austria
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from ViennaDay Trips

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from ViennaDay Trips

Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from Vienna

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This full-day bike tour from Vienna gives you the opportunity to enjoy the idyllic Austrian countryside and sample locally produced wines. Feel energized on a state-of-the-art bike, as you cycle past lush valleys, quaint villages and rolling vineyards. Take a gentle route with regular breaks, enjoy free time to relax by the Danube or climb to a hilltop castle, sit down for lunch enjoy and numerous wine samples included in the tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from ViennaDay Trips

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Wachau Cruise Krems - Melk - KremsDay Cruises

Grand Wachau Cruise Krems - Melk - Krems

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Embark on a boat tour of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, and admire some of the area’s loveliest scenery as you wend your way along the Danube River. Pick from several daily departure times, and set sail from Krems. As you travel to Melk and back, you’ll spy the grand Gottweig Abbey, will see the Schonbuhel Castle, and will even glimpse the ruins of Durnstein Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. As you go, you can also dine at the on-board restaurant, if you wish (own expense).
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Wachau Bike Tour with Wine-Tasting from ViennaDay Trips

Small-Group Wachau Bike Tour with Wine-Tasting from Vienna

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Pedal through the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Wachau on this full-day bike tour from Vienna. Glide through the patchwork vineyards of the Danube Valley, marvel at landmarks like the Stift Melk monastery and Aggstein castle, and ride a ferry across the Danube River. Finally, sample an array of Austrian wines during a traditional wine tasting and tuck into a delicious dinner (optional) of typical Austrian cuisine.
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  • 8 hours
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Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine TourWine Tastings

Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine Tour

Running for 33 kms between Melk and Krems, the Wachau valley is the most beautiful stretch of the entire Danube River. Home to rolling hills, ancient castles, picture postcard villages and steeply terraced vineyards, the Wachau also produces some of Austria's finest wines. Your private kayaking excursion, with our specialist kayak instructor and Austrian wine expert, showcases this amazing natural region like no other...
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Grand Wachau Cruise Melk - Krems - MelkDay Cruises

Grand Wachau Cruise Melk - Krems - Melk

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Nestled along the beautiful Danube River, the UNESCO–listed Wachau Valley is home to some of Austria’s most impressive historic attractions and landmarks—but the sites can only be best admired from the water. On this round-trip sightseeing tour, cruise from Melk to Krems and admire uninterrupted views over top attractions including Dürnstein Abbey, 12th-century Schönbühel Castle, and the fortified church of St. Michael.
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  • 5 hours
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Wachau Ship Cruise with Bus Transfer from ViennaDay Cruises

Wachau Ship Cruise with Bus Transfer from Vienna

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Swap the cosmopolitan city of Vienna for the quaint charm of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a sightseeing cruise from Vienna. Rather than requiring you to arrange multiple transfers separately, this package takes care of all travel logistics and gives you free time to spend in the village of Dürnstein.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day Trip to Wachau Valley & Melk Abbey from Vienna with a localDay Trips

Private Day Trip to Wachau Valley & Melk Abbey from Vienna with a local

The Wachau Valley is one of the most scenic areas to travel as a day trip from Vienna. The banks of the mighty Danube River are littered with castles, small charming villages, and some of the best vineyards in Austria. Perched on a bluff above the Danube River, the fortified Melk Abbey is one of the true gems of Austria. Not only is the Abbey one of the best Baroque buildings in Austria, but knowing the history gives you better insight into the founding of Vienna, making it an excellent side trip. Our fun and entertaining guide will make this a memorable experience for you filled with offbeat sightseeing, visitng local popular hangout places and trying the local food & drinks. It is one of the best experiences to immerse yourself into the rich Austrian culture.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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