The Durnstein Castle ruins, Melk Abbey, the Krems wine-making region and the stunning Danube and Wachau valleys make this day trip one of the most popular excursions from Vienna. Enjoy a different side of Austria.
Danube and Wachau Valleys Tour
After meeting in the city centre, you'll leave Vienna behind and explore its beautiful natural surroundings. Discover the ancient towns, sloping vineyards and spectacular scenery of the Austrian countryside.
You'll pass the famous Medieval ruins of the Durnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was held captive and later freed by his faithful squire Blondel.
Next, you'll enjoy a boat cruise on the Danube River, allowing you to delve deep into the heart of the Wachau valley, travelling from Splitz to Melk, and passing the Krems wine-making region. Thanks to its fascinating history as well as its stunning beauty, the Wachau valley is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Melk will be the final stop on your tour. In its very small area, this city has an impressive variety of architectural styles from many centuries, and its highlight is undoubtedly the massive baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey. Admire the enormous hilltop building, where you can choose to eat in the abbey restaurant if desired.
The tour will end around 5:30 pm, returning to the original meeting point.
The boat trip on the Danube only runs during the summer, from mid-April to the end of October. When the boat ride is not running, you'll have lunch included instead.
You'll have around 60 minutes free time in Durnstein, as well as an hour and a half river cruise and some 30 minutes in Melk. When lunch is not included, you could make the most of any of these moments to grab a bite to eat at your leisure.
The multilingual guide will accompany you during the bus tour and the visit to Melk Abbey. There will be no guide on the boat trip.
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Children between 2 and 12 years oldUS$ 38.60
Children under 2 years oldFree
8 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is carried out in several languages at the same time, including in English.
Transport by bus.
English speaking guide.
Entrance to Melk Abbey.
Boat trip (from mid April to end of October).
Lunch (from end of October to mid April).
Lunch from mid
April to September.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (11:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.