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.
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.
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
A wonderful day out. The tour of Melk Abbey was particularly great.... Peter E Brown
08 Apr - 28 Oct: Daily
01 Nov - 07 Apr: Wednesday & Saturday
Start time: 0945h (9:45am)
Duration: 8 hours
Your hotel in Vienna.
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State Opera House, Vienna
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