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Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

1. Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

Cruise on the Danube river through the 36-kilometer long Wachau Valley. The valley has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site because of its uniqueness. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal on board, while cruising along the river from Krems to Melk and back again. Highlights along the route through the river valley include Melk Abbey, Schönbühel Palace, and the town of Dürnstein with its blue church tower. In the ship's restaurant you will be spoiled with culinary delights made from regional produce, and you can enjoy the spectacular views of the open countryside from the generous sun deck. The ships have been newly renovated using traditional materials, creating a bright, pleasant atmosphere on board. Relax in the lounge area on the upper deck, sit under the flexible sun sail, or enjoy a drink at the bar area on the ship's sun deck.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

2. Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Experience a romantic sightseeing tour by bus and boat from Vienna, introducing you to the beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys in Lower Austria. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk with a guide. In winter, enjoy lunch in place of the Danube boat trip. Explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. Pass by many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river. One of these is the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was kept imprisoned, and was eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Then take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer you a lunch). In the old city of Krems, go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history. Then, follow your guide to the Danube River town of Melk. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings and its cultural and spiritual center.

From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

3. From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

From the end of March to the beginning of November, the proud red-and-white fleet will take you on a daily leisurely cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau. A boat trip through the Wachau is an experience in every season. In spring, the apricot and fruit trees are in full bloom whilst in the summer you will drive past baroque monasteries and medieval castles under a bright blue sky. In in the autumn you can see a natural spectacle when the vineyards turn red-gold and shimmer in the afternoon sun. Your ship will allow you to travel in comfort through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau. These ships have huge sundecks with plenty of seating, as well as a partial roof and a beautiful all-round view which contribute to the perfect experience. Let yourself be pampered in the on-board restaurants, with a varied food and beverage package being offered. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpretations of Wachau classics, such as a summer salad with apricot pieces.

Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

4. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

5. 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.

Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

6. Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

Depart Vienna and travel to the historic city of Melk in Lower Austria. See the Benedictine abbey that contains the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau, along with the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, the first dynasty of Austria. Go to the top of the abbey to get a great view of Melk and its surrounding gardens. Continue further into the Lake District and drive through the beautiful towns of the Wachau Valley, such as Bad Ischl. Stop in Hallstatt, famous for its salt production dating back to prehistoric times and a cultural heritage that links some of the oldest civilizations of Europe. Move on to the birthplace of Mozart in the beautiful city of Salzburg. Admire the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress atop the Festungsberg, and discover the busy shopping street of Getreidegasse, with the house where Mozart was born at number 9. Return to Vienna or get the option to stay in Salzburg and explore independently.

From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

7. From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in Vienna, sit back and relax in the comfort of a luxury vehicle as you make your way to the city of Melk. Visit the Benedictine abbey located on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of the Danube River. See the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and go to the top of the abbey to get panoramic views of Melk. Drive past pretty lakes and scenic towns such as Bad Ischl. Stop at the beautiful town of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See, and learn more about its historic salt production. Visit a subterranean salt lake to see the mummy of a prehistoric miner preserved in salt! Next, visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the city of Salzburg. Explore the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, and discover where the legendary movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed. Return to Vienna and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of a memorable day

Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

8. Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

Travel in comfort to the picturesque Wachau and Danube Valleys following the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Site status, enjoying a full-day trip from Vienna. Explore fabulous places and hidden gems along the way. Sightsee each different village on your own and discover beautiful sights. Stop in Krems where all looks like time has frozen. Walk through Krems Old Town and see Steinertor, Rathaus, and Gozzoburg Krems. See ancient ruins of Dürnstein Castle. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, and eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Get to the Spitz and experience a fantastic boat cruise to reach Melk. See wild Austrian landscapes while relaxing. Walk to the ruins of Hinterhaus Castle dated from the XI century, with some prime views of Lower Austria from the top. Walk around and explore the beautiful Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at exceptional architecture from outside and step inside the Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with amazing chapels and decorations. Stroll around the village and see the hidden local gem of Parish Church of Assumption of Mary, a peaceful place with nice decorations. No worries about return, sit back and relax, the driver will drop you off at your hotel in Vienna.

Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

9. Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

Travel through Lower Austria and enjoy local, stunning scenery during your full-day trip. Discover the beauty of Lower Silesia with views of the salt lakes, vineyards, and mountains. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Vienna and follow the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes to reach the famous Melk Abbey, Salzburg, and Hallstatt. Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles and is located on top of the hill. Walk around Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at the architecture. Step inside where your guide will lead you through Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with its amazing chapels and decorations. Move to beautiful Hallstatt village, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village famous for its salt production. See the Lake of District and the picturesque town Bad Ischl. Discover Old Town, gorgeous Lutheran Church, landscapes with steep mountains, and waterfalls. Explore Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the town of music. See the highlights such as UNESCO-protected Old Town, Cathedral, Fortress, and “The Sound of Music” filming locations. Choose if you want a guided tour of Melk Abbey and Salzburg city, or if you want to experience the essence of the whole trip with an accompaniment of a guide on board in each place with you. After the tour, sit it back and relax with a transfer back to your hotel in Vienna.

From Vienna: Private Day Tour of Salzburg,Hallstatt and Melk

10. From Vienna: Private Day Tour of Salzburg,Hallstatt and Melk

Melk Abbey After arriving to Melk, introduce yourself to the history of almost one thousand-year-old Benedictine Abbey. Overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River, the impressive baroque-style Abbey is home to the famous Melk Abbey library and contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau as well as the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. During the visit, you can also explore the Abbey church and the garden pavilion. After approximately 1 hour visit of Melk, your journey continues through the Austrian countryside towards Salzburg. Salzburg The tour continues with a visit to Salzburg. Upon arrival, independently explore the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens which was used as a filming location for popular "Sound of Music" movie, Mozart Museum, the UNESCO protected Old Town, and catch a spectacular view of the city from the Hohensalzburg fortress. Surrounded by mountains, Salzburg is well known as the birthplace of Mozart and the architecture is heavily inspired by Italian designs. After approx. 2 to 3 hours, the tour continues with a scenic drive through the Salzburg Lake District to Hallstatt. Lake Wolfgang The road to Hallstatt offers some spectacular panoramic views of the lakes within Salzkammergut region. We will offer you a photo break opportunity at Lake Wolfgang at the town of Sankt Gilgen. You are welcome to ask the driver for any other short stops along this route, so you can capture the picturesque scenery of Austrian lakes. Hallstatt Hallstatt is located directly on Hallstattersee. Hallstatt is known as one of the most photographed villages in Europe. During approx. 1,5 hour visit of Hallstatt, stroll your way along the Promenade into the colorful town center with numerous small shops, cafes and restaurants. In order to make your visit to Hallstatt more memorable, you have the opportunity to visit the Skydeck directly above the town as well as the Salt Mines for more scenic photo opportunities. In the late afternoon, drive back through the beautiful Austrian countryside to your accommodation in Vienna. The tour is fully customizable, and time spent at each location is decided by the client in coordination with the driver.

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What people are saying about Melk

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Tour guide was very informative! The Tour Bus was easy to locate as per the directions! Loved the overall Tour experience! Looking forward to meeting again tom for my upcoming tour Flora Dubai

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.

Awesome trip. Hallstat is quite overrated & this is just nice for someone who are looking for outskirt Vienna that are not too common

Excellent boat ,very clean . Nice staff and good food. Definitely should go this trip if u have enough time in Melk.

Relaxing day with very interesting tour of the abbey.