3. Vienna: Melk Abbey, Danube Valley, Wachau Private Car Trip
The Danube Valley (Wachau) is a treasure trove of Austrian history and nature with rolling hills, lush vineyards and medieval fortresses. On this private car tour, you will discover its crown jewel - the historic Melk Abbey and nearby attractions, with an optional Danube River Cruise (summer only) or Wachau Wine Tasting. Experience the wonders of Danube Valley from Vienna! Book a 9,5-hour self-guided tour of the Danube Valley with private transfers, a private tour of Melk Abbey and tickets for the Danube River Cruise. This itinerary is ideal for those who want to simply experience the natural heritage and cultural heritage of Wachau, one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria. Our English and German speaking driver will pick you up directly from your Vienna accommodation and take you on a scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes along the Danube River. You will make a stop in the charming town of Dürnstein, which is a well-known wine growing area. Next, we’ll take you to Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will arrange the abbey’s Official Guide to give you a private tour of the Abbey Museum, so you can learn about its history and admire the stunning Marble Hall, the balcony and the Baroque library. There will be a little bit of free time in Melk, then you'll go on a fantastic cruise from Melk to Krems, admiring the highlights of the Danube River along the way. In Krems you can explore the Old Town, do souvenir shopping and have lunch at a traditional Austrian restaurant (at your own expense). At the end of the day, the driver will take you back to Vienna. Choose the 10-hour option for a guided tour of the Danube Valley with private transfers, a private tour of Melk Abbey and tickets for the Danube River Cruise. With a Licensed Private Guide from Vienna you can enjoy interesting and informative commentary at every step of this journey, and truly appreciate the history and cultural heritage of the Wachau region. The guide will tell you about the legend about Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned at Dürnstein Castle, share interesting facts about the sights along the Danube River, and show you the highlights of Krems, such as the Steinertor, Rathaus and Gozzoburg Krems. Choose the 11,5-hour option for a guided tour of the Danube Valley with private car transfers, private tour of Melk Abbey and an exclusive tasting of 2 Austrian wines (instead of cruise tickets). Wachau is a world-famous wine region where most of Austria’s wines are produced as part of the tradition that has been cultivated for centuries. On this tour, your Private Guide will invite you to a local wine tavern or restaurant surrounded by lush vineyards for a tasting of 2 different wines produced in Wachau. It’s a must-do in the Danube Valley!