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From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the stunning beauty of Wachau Valley and sample its white wines on a guided day trip from Vienna. Hop on a river cruise down the Danube from Spitz to Melk. Visit Melk Abbey and Weissenkirchen. Stop at a family-run tavern in Dürnstein to taste liqueurs, wines, and local delicacies. Start the trip from Vienna and travel in a van through narrow countryside roads into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your driver/guide, learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region. Taste a variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies like apricot jams and liqueurs. In summer, take a boat ride on the Danube River from Spitz to Melk to soak up the beauty of the Wachau Valley. During winter, take a guided tour of the beautiful Melk Abbey. Once in Dürnstein, enjoy free time to explore the medieval town and its colorful architecture. Learn about the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Finally, visit a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern, for wine tasting.

Vienna: Wachau Valley Private Kayak and Wine Tour

2. Vienna: Wachau Valley Private Kayak and Wine Tour

Explore the natural beauty of Wachau Valley as you travel by kayak along the Danube on a private tour. See the incredible scenery, enjoy a delicious tasting of local wine, explore picturesque Durnstein, have a tasty lunch, and more. Meet at the main entrance of Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station before a one-hour train journey to Melk, home of the world-famous baroque abbey, or meet there directly. Once there, prepare the kayaks and receive a safety briefing. It’s then time to travel by kayak along the Western Wachau, where the hills are carpeted in trees with castles and palaces sitting atop many of the valley’s highest peaks. You’ll be in awe of the valley’s natural beauty from your position in the heart of the Danube. The charming village of Spitz, approximately halfway through the valley, marks the beginning of the wine region. Noted for its dry Rieslings, Austria’s signature Gruner Veltliner, and the wonderfully unique and earthy Neuburger, visit one of the town’s finest local producers for an extensive tasting, before lunch (own expense) in a local hamlet. After this, paddle further east and see the steep valley landscape transform into visually stunning rows of dry stone walls and vines, separated into hundreds of individual vineyard plots. End the journey in picturesque Durnstein, the gem of the valley. You can climb the famous castle ruins or wander through the village, taking in its old-world medieval charm. After a full day of activity, arrive back in Vienna around 7 PM, although the precise time of arrival will depend on our progress over the course of the day – you won’t want to rush through the beautiful nature.

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What people are saying about Dürnstein

We had a wonderful personally tailored trip to Wachau Valley. It was a small group, just my husband and me, and 2 other travelers. Our guide Tomas was so pleasant and easy going. We went to a couple of wineries and was given time to walk around the town, then went on a boat cruise down the Danube to Melk. The boat cruise only operates until the middle of October, so I'm sure afterwards, there will be more opportunities for wine tasting or other excursions in the wine regions. Since we're there in the fall, we got to see the leaves changing color - spectacular! I learned so much about wine making, the unique regions around Vienna. Definitely worth doing!

This trip was wonderful. The guide Thomas was so nice , helpful and professional . The arrangement was so good and the transportation was very comfortable. Small group of eight of us , all nice people. I had a amazing wine tasting trip . The boat trip was beautiful too . Highly recommend to everyone for Thomas and this trip .

Absolutely incredible. Beautiful views, delicious wine, and Tom was so knowledgeable about both the wine and Vienna as a whole! Would definitely recommend.

A perfect way to experience Wachau valley's gems, meet interesting people, taste Austrian wines and get a fun and informative tour by Thomas.

Excellent tour and great tour guide (Tomas). The Wachau Valley is beautiful and the wines were excellent. We also had a fun group of people.