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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

Durnstein, Austria

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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See the heart of Austria’s wine region on a private day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, visit a traditional wine tavern to sip and swirl local blends. Then head to the medieval town of Dürnstein to taste local chocolates, schnapps and more. Summer travelers also enjoy a cruise to Melk along the Danube River, while winter trips include a leisurely lunch at the wine tavern. Before returning to Vienna, top off your day at Melk Abbey to admire the town’s historic Benedictine Monastery.
  • Visit a heurigen for a wine tasting and sip on fragrant Wachau Valley wines
  • Sample locally produced schnapps, jam, chutney and chocolate in the medieval town of Dürnstein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a Danube River cruise along the most scenic stretch of the river from Spitz to Melk (summer months only)
  • Explore Melk's Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private minivan
Private guide
1 wine tasting
Tasting of local specialities
1-hour River Cruise on the Danube (Summer only:May 1 - October 5)
Lunch (Winter only: October 6 - April 30)
Entry / admission to Melk Abbey
Lunch in Summer (May 1 - October 5)
River Cruise in Winter (October - April)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travelers from their central Vienna hotel. Please provide your hotel details upon booking.

Departure Time

10:00 AM
Begin your private day trip with pickup from your Vienna hotel. Hop aboard your luxury minivan and journey west toward the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beloved for its scenic countryside, castles and monasteries, the region is also renowned for its wine.

Stop first at a local heurigen, a traditional wine tavern, and taste up to five prominent wines. Learn about the characteristics of each from your guide as you sample rich reds and aromatic whites.

Afterward, travel to the UNESCO-listed town of Dürnstein to try local specialties like chocolate, chutneys, jam and schnapps, while learning about the ingredients of each. Then enjoy some free time before reuniting with your guide for lunch (own expense) or a visit to another wine tavern.

Venture next to the beautiful village of Weissenkirchen, named after its white church. Enjoy another wine tasting at a heurigen, and soak up the surrounding vineyards and hills.

Continue to Spitz for a cruise along the blue waters of the Danube to Melk (May to October only), passing vineyards, medieval castles and monasteries.

Upon arriving in Melk, take some free time to wander around Melk Abbey, the unique Benedictine monastery perched above the town. Your private day trip will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.
Stop At:  
Vienna Explorer
Your professional driver/guide will pick you up from your centrally locacted hotel in Vienna. Please provide your hotel details. From Vienna it takes approximately 1 hours to get to the Wachau Valley.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Krems an Der Donau
The Wachau Valley stretches from Krems to Melk
Stop At:  
Durnstein Castle
After the first wine tasting we visit the medieval village of Durnstein, where King Richard Lionheart was once held captive. Stroll through the tiny cobble stone streets or hike up to the ruins of Durnstein Castle and enjoy a stunning view over the Wachau Valley
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Weingut Hermenegild Mang
Enjoy a local lunch at a traditional family-owned winery (not included) and enjoy a glass of wine among the locals
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Yachthafen Spitz an der Donau
Enjoy a 1 hours river cruise on the Danube from Spitz to Melk
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey is one cultural and architectual highlights of the Wachau Valley.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Vienna Explorer

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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna?
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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  • "Outstanding, be prepared to wear comfortable shoes and take your time." See review


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Fantastic tour led by James. Wachau...
, Sep 2018
Fantastic tour led by James. Wachau Valley should not be missed! James was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out points of interest along the one hour drive to and from the Valley. We plan to do this tour again on our return visit to Vienna. He also did a great job with the wine tasting and ordering lunch consisting of local products. Just a great day!
, Sep 2017
BEST ADVENTURE OF OUR TRIP. This was a private your with two wine tasting and a boat cruise on the Danube to Melk Abbey. Outstanding, be prepared to wear comfortable shoes and take your time. Our guide was amazing and we thoroughly loved everything about this tour.
Highly recommended! Stelios is our...
, Sep 2017
Highly recommended! Stelios is our guide and very knowledgeable.
Marco I think that's his name was...
Maath A
, Jul 2017
Marco I think that's his name was very nice and friendly guy and we enjoyed the tour.
The tour was great. However it was...
Elaine W
, Jul 2017
The tour was great. However it was extremely expensive because it was a private tour for my husband and me. It was my mistake, which I realized a couple of days before the tour, and it was too late to add other guests to bring down the price. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful day. Jonas was a very nice guide. Knowledgeable and patient, he made sure we got everything we were looking for. We enjoyed seeing the terraced slopes of the Wachau Valley. We had a good tasting at Domaine Wachau. Then, we went to a very pleasant wine garden where we had lunch and tasted tasted a few more local wines. Then a 1-hr boat trip up the river and finally a self-guided tour through the lovely Melk Abby. Thanks again to Jonas for a very fine experience.
Stelios picked us up at our hotel...
, Jul 2017
Stelios picked us up at our hotel promptly at 10 and off we went to spend a FABULOUS day exploring the wine valley and Melk Abbey. Our first stop at a small winery was delightful. The first winery offered some delicious wines and fortified wines that were yummy. We then went to lunch at a charming restaurant, sitting outside in a beautiful green space. Lunch was reasonably priced and delicious. We then went to a another winery where we tasted yet again. Again, good wines. We then took a Danube cruise to reach the Melk Abbey. The abbey is beautiful. Stelios gave us the right balance of talk and silence and we were very comfortable with him. He also knows his wines and paid attention to our tastes as we tasted. Overall, this tour was awesome!
Wonderful tour and tour guide. Only...
Barry F
, Oct 2016
Wonderful tour and tour guide. Only negative was the weather as it rained most to day
Highly recommended, Mario was an...
Johann S
, Oct 2016
Highly recommended, Mario was an excellent guide.
Marco was a great guide...
Bruce M
, Sep 2016
Marco was a great guide. Knowledgeable and gave us time to be flexible yet kept us on schedule to make all connections. Marco was friendly and a great sense of humor. The six of us would recommend Marco in the future. Bruce
Very enjoyable and informative. Nice...
Duane K
, Aug 2016
Very enjoyable and informative. Nice relaxing pace. Stelios had wonderful info for wine tasting!

Product code: 3943WACHAU_P

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