“The meeting place for the tour departure was easy to locate. Our guide was knowledgeable with regards to the city itself and the valley. The wine tastings were informative and the lunch offered some interesting choices on the menu. ...Clare R., Australia – See more reviews
What To Expect
Discover the most beautiful section of the Danube Valley on a small-group tour designed to give you an in-depth view of its unique charms. The true allure of the Wachau is fully revealed once you travel beyond the main streets onto the smaller country roads, and only we can take you there - off the beaten track. In our 8-seater Mercedes minivan we'll drive you through the region's narrow back streets and the even-narrower wine paths that the larger tour buses simply cannot maneuver. You'll explore quiet, historic towns, charming villages and spectacular scenery.
Accompanied by your expert driver/guide, you'll see the whole of the Wachau Valley while learning about its fascinating culture and history. Besides the highlights, you'll break away from the crowds to also see the more authentic and off-the-beaten-track landscapes.
You'll sample a bit of local wine at Domane Wachau and Laglers Winery in Spitz, as well as some other delicacies like the valley's liqueurs. During free time, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a well-known Wachau highlight, overlooked by a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. Then enjoy lunch and wine (own expense) at Mang Weingut, a family owned winery.
Want to take a picture? Sample some grapes from a roadside vineyard? Say hello to a local? No problem. On this personal tour, we can make a quick stop any time you like.
Sit back and view dazzling scenery as we drive deep into the valley. On a relaxing ninety-minute scenic boat cruise from Spitz to Melk you'll take in the Wachau from yet another perspective - the middle of the majestic River Danube.* End your perfect day away from the city by taking a picture of Austria's most impressive baroque monastery - Melk Abbey - before riding back to Vienna.
Day trip from Vienna to the Wachau Valley accompanied by an expert driver/guide
Intimate group setting (8 people maximum!)
Explore country villages and back roads that other tours simply cannot reach
Relax on a ninety-minute Danube boat cruise from Spitz to Melk*
Photo stop at Melk Abbey
Opportunities to sample local specialties such as schnapps
Spend free time in stunning Dürnstein
Domäne Wachau Co-operative is the largest producer of Wachau wines. They are solely focused on wine production and purchase grapes from many well known Wineries in the region. Taste a variety of local wines, from lighter - Steinfeder to the heavier Smaragd wines. It's the perfect winery to warm up our pallet for a day of tasting.
*On occasion we will visit an alternative winery of the same standard.
A day in the Wachau is not complete without a visit to the UNESCO-listed Dürnstein. This medieval town perched atop of the Mountain Dürnberg, made its fame when knights of the town imprisoned Richard the Lionheart back in 1192. Here you will have time wander the streets or explore the castle ruins of Dürnstein, which was once Richard the Lionheart's prison.
Our time in Dürnstein will also include a chocolate, jam and liquor tasting. Sample goodies produced from local stone fruits and other locally grown produce. Specialties include apricot brandy, rabbit droppings chocolate and apple cinnamon liquor. They also produce a range of natural cosmetics and beauty products.
Winery Lagler is a family-operated winery with a more modern approach to wine production. Family Lagler produce a range of high quality wine, typical of the local area, including Riesling from the Tausendeimerberg (1000 Bucket Hill).
The town of Melk is located at the Western end of the Wachau Valley. The picturesque town hosts many authentic gift shops, cafés and the famous Benedictine Abbey. Spend the afternoon wandering the town and explore at your own pace.
Melk Abbeyguided tour during winter months
Melk Abbey or (Stift Melk) is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. The Abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The monastery's scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the 15th century, the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer.
Transport in an 8-seater Mercedes van
Full-day accompaniment by an expert driver/guide
Local specialty tasting
75-minute boat ride from Spitz to Melk*
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children below 5 years old are free of charge.
This intimate excursion is for a maximum of 8 people.
Tour operates in all weather conditions.
This is a public tour where we join you with other small groups of people together to enjoy our Wachau Valley experience.
We recommend you to wear warm clothing in case of cold weather and good walking shoes for dirt roads and uneven paths. You may bring casual and comfortable dress for a relaxed day of wine tasting.
Guests are required to arrive at the tour meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure.
*Danube river cruise is available from May to October (during the summer months). In winter, a guided visit of Melk Abbey will be conducted instead.
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