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The Danube Valley - Tour from Vienna

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat

  • Duration

    8.5 hours approx.

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point
    Opposite Operngasse 8, 1010 Vienna (next to the fountain)
    Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time.
  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at Operngasse 8, 1010 Vienna.

Key Highlights

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


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 will start from the meeting point. Accompanied by your multilingual guide you will depart from Südtiroler Platz in Vienna. 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 (15 April - 29 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 (30 October - 14 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 drop off location.


  • Transportation in air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Multilingual Guide (English, German & Spanish speaking)
  • Boat ride (in summer only 14 Apr - 31 Oct) Lunch (in winter 30 Oct - 14 Apr)
  • Entrance fee to Benedictine Abbey of Melk


  • Hotel pick-up & drop off

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.Via Subway: The lines U1, U2 and U4 stop at the station "Karlsplatz". You need to follow the exit "Oper" and walk left along the Vienna State Opera to the Operngasse. Our on-site staff wearing yellow Vienna Sightseeing uniform will be there to help you find the correct bus.

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    Great tour!
    10/08/2016 Lori J Gariepy, Canada
  • 4
    Wonderful trip with very knowledgable tour guides
    08/15/2016 Mr B J Baillie, United Kingdom
  • 4
    A trip you must make while in Vienna
    06/15/2016 Harold Spencer, United Kingdom

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