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. If you'd like, you can visit the monastery on your own with an English audioguide.
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 of 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. There will be no guide on the boat trip.
Until further notice, you'll need one of the following to be able to take part in this activity:
- Certification that you've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
- A document proving that you've already had Covid-19.
- A negative test result from an antigen or PCR test carried out within 48 hours before the activity.
|Adults||Children between 2 and 12 years old||Children under 2 years old|
Children between 2 and 12 years oldUS$ 44.20
Children under 2 years oldFree
* The price varies based on the chosen date
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It is mandatory to present a complete vaccination certificate. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.
Tours or activities will not consist of more than 25 people per group.
A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Alcoholic drinks are not available.
8 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and other languages.
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)
Audioguide at the Melk Abbey: € 2.99 (US$ 3.40) per person
Lunch from mid
April to September
When to book?
You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Most areas are accessible.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Are there any requirements for participation?
A - To participate in the activity, you must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of full recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours.
Q - Can I bring luggage on the bus?
A - Yes.
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.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
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