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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
  • Small-group day trip from Vienna to the Wachau Valley
  • Visit beautiful villages and historical sites with your expert guide, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Dürnstein
  • Enjoy a Wachau Valley wine tasting at a traditional winery and lunch at a wine tavern
  • Admire the picturesque landscape as you tour the Austrian countryside by comfortable coach
  • Relax on a Danube River Cruise from Spitz to Melk (May to September)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Tour Wachau Valley in a comfortable vehicle, and enjoy a sightseeing and wine tour limited to eight people.
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Transport in luxury 8-seater vehicle
Full-day accompaniment by expert driver/guide
Wine tastings and local specialties
70-minute Danube river cruise (May to September only)
Lunch and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Franz-Josefs-Kai 45, 1010 Wien, Austria

This tour starts from our tour office, located at Franz Josefs Kai 45 (Metro U2 / U4 Schottenring, take exit “Schottenring” or “Salztorbrücke”. Hotel pick up can be arranged upon request. Please contact the local tour operator directly.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in central Vienna and venture out to the Wachau Valley by coach. The heart of Austria’s wine heritage, this region is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its delicious wine, charming villages and stunning scenery.

Arrive in the medieval town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Soak up some free time to roam the castle ruins and wander the charming streets. After working up an appetite, get cozy in a local wine tavern and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

Hop back aboard your coach and view the passing scenery as you head deeper into the valley. From May to September, relax with an hour-long river cruise from Spitz to Melk along the Danube River.

Continue to Melk Abbey (admission included during winter months), a renowned Benedictine abbey dating back to 1089 and home to stunning views of the Danube.

Before returning to Vienna, you’ll also have the chance to sample local blends at a small winery, as well as other regional specialties. Visit the valley’s oldest church, founded in 987, all while learning the rich heritage and history behind the Wachau Valley.

Your day trip will conclude at your original departure point in the evening.
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Wachau Valley
Leaving Vienna behind you, travel in a comfortable vehicle to the country’s best winemaking region, the Wachau Valley for a fully guided day tour. Renowned for its quality wines, stunning villages and breathtaking scenery, it is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the city. You’ll see the whole of the Wachau Valley while learning about its fascinating culture and history and sampling local wine as well as some other delicacies like the valley’s famed local specialties. Besides the highlights, you’ll break away from the crowds to also see the more authentic and off-the-beaten-track landscapes. You also have the chance to visit the valley's oldest church, dating back to the year 987.
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Burgruine Duernstein
Arrive in the UNESCO-listed Dürnstein – a picturesque medieval town famous for being where Richard the Lionheart was held captive in 1192. There, enjoy some free time to explore the streets and the castle ruins.
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Vinotake Duernstein
Afterwards you'll go for lunch in a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern (not included).
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Danube River
Enjoy a one hour river cruise on the famous Blue Danube between the small villages of Spitz and Melk. (Summer itinerary)
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Melk Abbey
Before returning back to Vienna, you'll see Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) - entrance included during the winter months, a world-famous Benedictine abbey founded in 1089. Located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop, this impressive monastic site boasts stunning views of the Danube river down below. (Winter Itinerary)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Danube river cruise operates between May and September only. In the winter months entrance and one-hour guided tour of Melk Abbey will be included as a replacement
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vienna Explorer
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "Highly recommended trip if you want to get out of the city for a day!" See review


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Grape Harvest
, Oct 2021
This trip did not enjoy the best weather conditions, but the tastings and tours made up the lack of sunshine. It was a well spent day away from Vienna, learning more about the Wachau Valley and appreciating all the labor that goes into growing and harvesting each year.
We had a wonderful time...
, Sep 2021
We had a wonderful time in one of the most beautiful places with a professional and nice guide - Yolo who made this trip very pleasant. We tasted delicious local wines, heard interesting stories
Great tour and good wine!!
, Sep 2021
This tour was very special, the wine tasting was very nice. The scenery during the drive was so beautiful and green. The towns Krem, Durnstein and spitzer were all so interesting and super old. It was so fun to enjoy lunch with our tour guide and the other guests on the tour. The tour guide Iolo, was knowledgeable and funny! We enjoyed his sense of humor, he made sure we all had a great time! The river boat ride was another very nice part of this tour, there is so much to look at out the window.
Wachau Wine tour
, Sep 2021
Overall a great experience and beautiful day with a nice host. I was a little disappointed not being able to see more of Melk and the abbey. I would suggest one longer wine tasting to enable more time to see the town of Melk. I was also quite angry that although the tour specifies ‘lunch not included’ -which is fine, I had brought some lunch with me-I felt ‘put upon’ into buying a lunch from the winery and embarrassed to admit that I didn’t want to buy any food as I had a sandwich with me. Something to consider would increasing the price of the tour to cover a lunch perhaps. That said, the day was lovely.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello R_W, Thank you for writing a short review about us. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We understand your concern regarding the lunch and we are sorry for the inconveniences. For the future, please just note that you can always eat your own food and you do not have to choose restaurant option. We hope to see you again when you are in Vienna. Kind regards, Vienna Explorer
Go on this tour!!!
, Aug 2021
Lolo was an awesome guide . Enjoyed every aspect of this tour . The wines are wonderful. There are not long boring drives but a series of short ones from stop to stop. The longest was one hour. In the summer you get a nice Danube cruise. . I truly recommend this tour .
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello James, thank you for taking the time to give us such a nice feedback. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour and everything went well! We hope to see you again in one of our tours! All the best, Vienna Explorer
Great out of the City
Jim R
, Oct 2019
While the weather wasn't the greatest but what one would expect this time of year, traveled an hour plus outside of Vienna to the valley where we were able to visit 2 wineries for tastings a large coop and a small boutique both of which were very nice. Lunch at your own cost was provided at a beautiful location highly recommend the smoked trout and meat platter! because of the time year we visited Melk Abby which quite frankly should be a can't miss on your trip to the area. Overall the tour was very nice we had plenty of free time throughout the tour whether to shop or sample more wine! the guide was engaging and provided a lot of interesting information about the wine industry in the valley. for day away from Vienna highly recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Jim, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are really happy that you enjoyed your tour in the Wachau Valley despite the weather not being so great. We hope to see you again in Vienna ! All the best, Vienna Explorer
Perfect Excusion into the Austrian Countryside
, Oct 2019
This was one of my favorite tours of all time. Small group of 6 with a great guide. It gave us to get to know each other and bond over good wine and food. The guide was charming and knowledgeable. A must if you only have 1 day outside of Vienne.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are glad you had an amazing time on your tour in the Wachau Valley and we would love to welcome you back in the future :) Kind regards, Vienna Explorer
Kevin H
, Oct 2019
Great tour. Ivan was a wine maker and a great guide. Well informed and well expressed. Boat ride was fun as well. A great day had my all.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Kevin H, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Ivan will be very pleased to read this. We are glad you had a good time on your tour through the Wachau Valley and would love to welcome you back in the future :) Kind regards, Vienna Explorer
Fantastic tour, fantastic guide!
jackie a
, Sep 2019
We had a wonderful, very informative and fun trip to the Wachau Valley with our guide, Tomas. He was a wealth of information without being overwhelming. The size of the trip was perfect, the stops well timed, and Tomas was very considerate of everyone's needs. What a beautiful valley with quaint towns.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Jackie a, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Tomas will be very pleased to read this as well. We are glad you had an amazing time on your Wachau tour and would love to welcome you back in the future :) Kind regards, Vienna Explorer
Beautiful tour and wonderful guide and wine!
Anne S
, Sep 2019
I highly recommend this tour. We were driven in a comfortable van with a wonderful young man as a guide. I do not recall his name but he was from France originally. He was professional and respectful and very knowledgeable on the wine region. The wine pours were generous at the few tastings. If you want to escape the city for a day I encourage you to book this. We stopped in a little village that was out of a fairy tale. The Melk abbey was stunning. There is not a lot of time at this stop, but enough to give you photo opps and to decide if you want to come back for a whole day. The boat ride was amazing. It was scenic and relaxing. Lunch offered options for all tastes. I rate this a trip a 10

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