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. Here, you'll have an hour of free time to visit the fortress at your leisure.
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. Since you'll have an hour and a half of free time here, you can visit the monastery on your own with an English audioguide, if you'd like.
The tour will end around 5:30 pm, returning to the original meeting point in Vienna.
Boat trip on the Danube
The boat trip on the Danube only runs from mid-April to the end of October. When the boat ride is not running, you'll have lunch included instead.
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Children 2-12US$ 42.40
Children under 2Free
8 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English, German and other languages.
Transport by bus
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$ 3.30) 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.
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No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Are there any requirements to participate in the activity?
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 - Is there a guide on the boat?
A - The multilingual guide who will accompany you on the tour will give you numerous explanations during the bus tours. No commentary will be provided during the boat ride.
Q - Where can we eat?
A - In Melk, there are several restaurants where you can eat during your free time, or if you prefer, you can bring food to eat during the boat trip.
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.
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