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Danube Valley - Tour from Vienna

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"Great Trip" paul d williams


  • Visit Wachau Valley and the Abbey of Melk – nominated ′Best Historic
  • Destination′ by National Geographic in 2008
  • View a marvellous monastery in a magnificent landscape
  • See the setting for the legend of Richard Lionheart and his faithful minstrel


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.

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For your Danube Valley Tour from Vienna you will be picked up from your hotel in the morning in an air-conditioned mini-coach. Accompanied by your multilingual guide you will depart from Südtiroler Platz in Vienna at 0945h (09:45am).

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.

During a romantic boat-trip the history comes alive. 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 (13 April - 28 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 1315h (01:15pm) you disembark at Melk where a vehicle will meet you and take you to the glorious Benedictine Abbey.

In winter (01 November - 07 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 State Opera House.

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  • Great Trip

    First class service, pickup/tour. Comfortable coach and splendid lunch at restaurant by the side of the Danube. Visited Krems in morning and Melk in afternoon. Melk was...

    paul d williams
  • Great River Valley Tour

    A wonderful day out. The tour of Melk Abbey was particularly great....

    Peter E Brown
  • Just what it said on the tin!

    From the initial pick up until final drop off this tour was very well organised. There was no rushing around behind stupid flags/sunshades and time allocated to each part of the...

    Anthony D O Jenkins
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

02 Apr - 06 Apr: Daily
08 Apr - 15 Apr: Wednesday & Saturday
28 Oct - 28 Mar: Wednesday & Saturday


8 hours

Start time

Start time: 0945h (9:45am)
Duration: 8 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in Vienna.
(Please advise your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Central departure point: Südtiroler Platz (Wiedner Gürtel/Laxenburger Strasse): Accessibel via U1, 0 and 18 (tram), 13A (bus), S-Bahn (train).
Follow the sign Hauptbahnhof, than Favoritenstraße, than Laxenburger Straße, (follow staircase, exit), Bus platform A7/A8.

Ending point

State Opera House, Vienna

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  • Hotel pick-up
  • Transportation in air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Multilingual Guide (English, German, Italian & French speaking)
  • Boat ride (in summer only 13 Apr - 28 Oct)
  • Lunch (in winter 01 Nov - 07 Apr)
  • Entrance fee to Benedictine Abbey of Melk


  • Hotel drop off

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

Those clients who would prefer to come directly to our main departure point we would like to point out a description to easely find our buses:
Central departure point: Südtiroler Platz (Wiedner Gürtel/Laxenburger Strasse): Accessibel via U1, 0 and 18 (tram), 13A (bus), S-Bahn (train).
Follow the sign Hauptbahnhof, than Favoritenstraße, than Laxenburger Straße, (follow staircase, exit), Bus platform A7/A8.

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Additional info

  • Contact details for the local activity operator will be found on your confirmation voucher.
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