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The Danube Valley - Tour from Vienna

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Key Highlights

  • Visit Wachau Valley and the Abbey of Melk
  • View a marvellous monastery in a magnificent landscape
  • See the setting for the legend of Richard Lionheart and his faithful minstrel
  • Includes either a boat trip or traditional lunch depending on the season
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    02 Apr 15 - 13 Apr 16: Wednesday & Saturday
    16 Apr 15 - 26 Oct 16: Daily
    29 Oct 16 - 29 Mar 17: Wed & Saturday

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    9:45am

    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)
    You can also join the tour from Südtiroler Platz Bus Terminal (platform A7A8) which is at the junction of Wiedner Gürtel and Laxenburger Strasse.
    Südtiroler Platz can be reached via U1, 0 and 18 (tram), 13A (bus) and S-Bahn (train). Upon reaching Südtiroler Platz, follow signs for Hauptbahnhof, then Favoritenstraße, then Laxenburger Straße.

    Ending Point

    State Opera House, Vienna

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    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.

    Download the list of Vienna Hotels from which hotel pick up is offered.

    Itinerary

    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 9:45am.

    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.

    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 (16 April - 26 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 1:15pm 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transportation in air-conditioned mini-coach
    • Multilingual Guide (English, German & Spanish speaking)
    • Boat ride (in summer only 16 Apr - 26 Oct)
    • Lunch (in winter 01 Nov - 07 Apr)
    • Entrance fee to Benedictine Abbey of Melk

    Exclusions

    • Hotel drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details

    Additional info

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

      ...

      Ms J Scerinene
    • A trip you must make while in Vienna

      Efficient pick up and transfer to luxury coach with guide fluent in English, German and Spanish. River cruise was good but heavy rain and thunder spoiled what would have been a...

      Harold Spencer
    • Eg. Best tour experience i had in my life!

      We had a great day. Coaches very comfortable. Great scenery. The boat was very smooth and also saw some great scenery and the food and drink on board was very good value. We then...

      Mrs. T. Brown
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