Enjoy a full-day tour travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery in Austria. Follow the course of the mighty Danube through the lovely Wachau Valley with its neat vineyards, attractive villages and imposing castles.
See the romantic ruins of Dürnstein Castle where the King was incarcerated by the Emperor of Austria. Hear the legend of the faithful minstrel who discovered through the power of song where his royal master had been imprisoned.
In summer, board a boat for an unforgettable Danube cruise and revel in the beauty of your surroundings. In winter settle for a memorable meal in the idyllic market town of Emmersdorf.
During the afternoon you will visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk with its magnificent Baroque buildings, fabulous frescos and priceless medieval manuscripts.
01 May 18 - 31 Oct 18: Daily
01 Nov 18 - 31 Mar 19: Wednesday & Saturday
8 hoursStart time
Tour starts at Operngasse 8, 1010 Vienna.
Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time.
Tour ends at Operngasse 8, 1010 Vienna.
For your Danube Valley Tour from Vienna will start from the meeting point. Accompanied by your multilingual guide you will depart from Südtiroler Platz in Vienna.
You will drive through the beautiful Wachau Valley, which has the magnificent Danube River winding through it. You will pass neat vineyards, attractive red-roofed villages and imposing castles. The castles reflect the importance of the river and valley as a trading route in the Middle Ages.
Through this romantic scenery full of history and legends the Danube winds its way past charming old villages and steep vineyards. The old castles tell us about the former importance of this trade- and trafficway, one of them Dürnstein especially famous, because here King Richard Lionheart was imprisoned, while waiting for his ransom to arrive from England, raised by his faithful Minstrel Blondel.
The heart of the Wachau is the old wine-merchants’ town Krems. The highlight of this excursion will be the visit of the Benedictine abbey of Melk, one of Austria´s most famous Baroque buildings, which together with the Wachau area, won the award for "Best Historic Destination of the World" in 2008.
In summer (15 April - 29 October) you will board a boat at the town of Spitz for a 1 hour 30 minute cruise on the River Danube to Melk. At 1:15pm you disembark at Melk where a vehicle will meet you and take you to the glorious Benedictine Abbey.
In winter (30 October - 14 April), the Danube cruise is omitted and instead you will be taken to Emmersdorf for lunch at the Zum Schwarzen Bären restaurant.
You will board your vehicle for the return to Vienna. At the end of your tour you will be dropped back at the drop off location.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details
We enjoyed this trip a lot. The cruise down the Danube was beautiful, with great scenery along the way. The abbey is awesome. Relaxing pace. Highly recommend!...Lori J Gariepy, Canada, 08/Oct/2016
We arranged a local pick up at our hotel which was easy to do. The initial part of coach trip was on a motorway and like most motorway journeys not much scenery. However, when we...Mr B J Baillie, United Kingdom, 15/Aug/2016
Efficient pick up and transfer to luxury coach with guide fluent in English, German and Spanish. River cruise was good but heavy rain and thunder spoiled what would have been a...Harold Spencer, United Kingdom, 15/Jun/2016
They were supposed to pick us from the hotel. The pick up was by foot to the Opera. Than we were taken by a very crouded bus to a gathering point. The place was caustic no one knew which bus he is supposed to mount. That whole part was very poorly managed. Further the trip was nice although we could not get off the bus until we arrived the boat and there were places we wanted to see on the way. The monastery was very beautiful and was worth the trip.