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Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna

Leave Vienna behind and hop on the train to Krems in the Wachau Valley with your guide. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this part of the Danube River Valley is renowned for its quality wines, agriculture, stunning villages and picturesque landscapes.When you arrive, you’ll be outfitted with a bike and helmet for your leisurely paced 14-mile (23-km) bike ride. Breathe in the fresh country air and take in the spectacular scenery as you ride through charming cobblestone villages, pausing to take pictures and learn about the region’s history and culture from your guide. You’ll cycle on a mostly flat route for no more than 20 minutes at a time, with a few small inclines leading up through the villages.Break up your bike tour with visits to two or three local wineries, where you'll relax and enjoy samples of local Austrian wine and other specialities.In between wine tastings, make the most of some free time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval village of Dürnstein, one of the most-visited destinations in the Wachau region. Above the town, you’ll find the ruins of Kuenringer Castle, where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Meet with your group and guide again and head to your last stop, a family-run winery. Finish your time in the Wachau Valley with a scenic ferry ride across the Danube River, then board the train with your guide to get back to Vienna.

$129.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey Tour from Vienna

Leave Vienna by luxury minivan in the morning and head west out of the city into the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Renowned for its romantic countryside, complete with castles and crumbling ruins, the area is equally well-known for its winemaking heritage, and has gained a name for itself as Austria’s premier winemaking region.After roughly an hour on the road, stop for a wine tasting at a much-loved local heurigen (typical Austrian wine tavern) and sample up to five prestigious Wachau Valley wines. Sip on typically fragrant whites and note the rich minerality of the reds as your guide explains their characteristics.Continue your tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Dürnstein, for a tasting session of locally produced delicacies like jam, schnapps, chutneys and chocolate. Learn about the area’s use of quality ingredients from your guide, and then enjoy some free time in the town. Perhaps walk around Dürnstein Monastery (entrance own expense) or take a stroll around its pretty medieval streets. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then visit another wine tavern or restaurant for lunch (own expense).Hop back into your minivan and travel to the hills above Weissenkirchen – a picturesque Wachau Valley village named after its pretty white church. Stop at another heurigen for your second wine tasting, and then pose for pictures against the backdrop of rolling hills and pristine vineyards.Travel along the scenic backloads from Weissenkirchen to Spitz, where you’ll board a riverboat for your 1-hour Danube River cruise to the town of Melk (May to October only). One of the most scenic stretches of the magnificent Danube, the river valley is home to quintessential Austrian scenery, so get your camera ready to capture charming little villages stacked into the hillsides, separated only by vineyards, medieval castles and monasteries. If you travel on this tour during the winter, when the river cruise does not take place, your lunch at the wine tavern will be included in the price, and more time will be spent there instead.Step back onto dry land in Melk, and enjoy an hour of free time to explore Melk Abbey – a beautiful Benedictine monastery overlooking the town – before returning to Vienna, where your tour ends.

$44.85 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Wachau Ship Cruise with Bus Transfer from Vienna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: DDSG Blue Danube, ViennaArrive by bus in the Wachau, discover the world cultural heritage of the ship and in the afternoon back to Vienna.> Travel by comfortable coach from Vienna to Melk> Wachau cruise with the newly renovated »Wachau« from Melk to Dürnstein> 1.5-hour, individually designed stay in Dürnstein> Return by bus to ViennaBus travel: 09:00 from Vienna / Schwedenplatz | 10:45 am to MelkCruise: (»MS Wachau«) 11:00 am from Melk | 12:30 at Dürnsteinoptional lunch on board (not included)Stay: 12: 30-15: 00 in Dürnstein, individually designedBus ride: 15:00 from Dürnstein | 16:15 clock at Vienna / Schwedenplatz

$35.07 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Grand Wachau Cruise Krems - Melk - Krems

Following the motto ‘Moments of Happiness’, DDSG’s red-white fleet depart for numerous journeys during the day and at night. The fleet is all about relaxation, recreation and experiences. The friendly crew is dedicated to making your stay on board unforgettable. Between late March and early November, the proud red and white DDSG fleet departs for relaxed cruises through the Wachau region, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, up to 3 times per day in each direction. A cruise in the Wachau region is always a special experience – no matter if in spring when the apricot and other trees are in full bloom, in summer when you can enjoy bright blue skies, or in autumn when you can watch the afternoon sun bathing the vineyards in red and gold. The dense timetable gives you many options of experiencing the region from the water between Krems, Dürnstein, Spitz, Emmersdorf and Melk.During the cruise you will see imposing buildings such as the Benedictine Abbey Göttweig or the Dürnstein Abbey. The ruins of Dürnstein Castle, which is known from the legend of Richard the Lionheart, sits enthroned on the mountain.The English King Richard the Lionheart tore the Austrian flag on the return journey of his crusade and refused to share the war booty with Leopold V. Then Leopold V captured the English king in the built castle 1192-1193.The royal prisoner was allowed to receive moving singers for his conversation, which later became the legend of singer Blondel. His faithful minnesinger moved from castle to castle until he discovered his king in Dürnstein by singing a song stanza, which the prisoner supplemented. Richard the Lionheart was set free again after paying a ransom of 150,000 marks of silver.Then you pass the fortified church of St. Michael and the ruins Hinterhaus in Spitz. The castle and monastery Schönbühel you can still see beautifully placed on a rock. Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, later Empress Sisi, visited the monastery in 1844. In the first part of the Sissi films this scene is also re-enacted.Arrived in Melk it goes back after a short stay through the Wachau to Melk. The ride downstream takes only half as long as upstream. You arrive at the starting point again.Let yourself be pampered in the on-board restaurants. The gastronomy offers a varied food and beverage offer at moderate prices. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpreted classics from the Wachau. How about a summer salad with apricot pieces, a Wachauer Brettljause or a captain's burger accompanied by a matching Wachauer wine?

$35.07 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Grand Wachau Cruise Melk - Krems - Melk

Following the motto ‘Moments of Happiness’, DDSG’s red-white fleet depart for numerous journeys during the day and at night. The fleet is all about relaxation, recreation and experiences. The friendly crew is dedicated to making your stay on board unforgettable. Between late March and early November, the proud red and white DDSG fleet departs for relaxed cruises through the Wachau region, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, up to 3 times per day in each direction. A cruise in the Wachau region is always a special experience – no matter if in spring when the apricot and other trees are in full bloom, in summer when you can enjoy bright blue skies, or in autumn when you can watch the afternoon sun bathing the vineyards in red and gold. The dense timetable gives you many options of experiencing the region from the water between Krems, Dürnstein, Spitz, Emmersdorf and Melk.You can see the castle and monastery Schönbühel beautifully placed on a rock. Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, later Empress Sisi, visited the monastery in 1844. In the first part of the Sissi films this scene is also re-enacted. You pass the ruins Hinterhaus in Spitz and  the fortified church of St. Michael. During the cruise you will see imposing buildings such as the Dürnstein Abbey or the Benedictine Abbey Göttweig. The ruins of Dürnstein Castle, which is known from the legend of Richard the Lionheart, sits enthroned on the mountain.The English King Richard the Lionheart tore the Austrian flag on the return journey of his crusade and refused to share the war booty with Leopold V. Then Leopold V captured the English king in the built castle 1192-1193.The royal prisoner was allowed to receive moving singers for his conversation, which later became the legend of singer Blondel. His faithful minnesinger moved from castle to castle until he discovered his king in Dürnstein by singing a song stanza, which the prisoner supplemented. Richard the Lionheart was set free again after paying a ransom of 150,000 marks of silver.Arrived in Krems it goes back after a short stay through the Wachau to Melk. Let yourself be pampered in the on-board restaurants. The gastronomy offers a varied food and beverage offer at moderate prices. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpreted classics from the Wachau. How about a summer salad with apricot pieces, a Wachauer Brettljause or a captain's burger accompanied by a matching Wachauer wine?

$798.51 Kid Friendly

Private tour from Munich to Vienna including Innsbruck and Salzburg

ItineraryDay 1: Munich, Germany - Innsbruck, AustriaStop At: Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Swabia, BavariaNeuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace are considered among Bavaria’s top attractions, but organizing transportation to visit independently from Munich isn’t easy. On this private tour, begin with pickup at your Munich hotel and explore both castles in a day. Gain insight into the life of colorful Bavarian King Ludwig II, and customize your itinerary to your own preferences. Arriving at the Castle Neuschwanstein you’ll go first to Mary’s bridge with your guide, the best view point and also a top highlight at the castle. Go to a few hidden photo spots after that before you will drive on a very scenic, off the beaten track road to Linderhof, the only Ludwig Castle where every room is finished. Due to all the crowds visiting Neuschwanstein Castle we do not recommend to tour the inside. Take the time it would take to visit the less known, but probably most interesting Ludwig Castle Linderhof.Duration: 2 hours 30 minutesStop At: Linderhof Palace, Ettal, Upper Bavaria, BavariaContinue on a scenic backroad, along Lake Plansee to Linderhof Palace, which is smaller than Neuschwanstein, but for what it lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur! Linderhof Palace, the eventual result of a long period of building and rebuilding, is the only finished castle of King Ludwig II. After a day filled with spectacular Bavarian Alps scenery, world famous King Ludwig II Castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof the tour will conclude with drop-off at your Innsbruck Hotel.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Innsbruck, Tirol, Austrian AlpsAt the end of the day enjoy a stroll through the old town of Innsbruck. Arrange with your guide at what time you want to depart next day to Salzburg. We recommend a departure between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.Recommended Luxury Hotels in Innsbruck:Stage 12The Penz HotelBest Western Plus Goldener AdlerDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Innsbruck - SalzburgStop At: The Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, BavariaWith this skip-the-line ticket, you'll spend 3 hours exploring some of the world's great WW II sites the Eagle’s Nest and the Obersalzberg with the ruins of Hitler’s Berghof, the coal bunker and the bunkers at Hotel zum Tuerken (if opened, private property). You'll avoid the long lines and hassle of purchasing tickets onsite, which gives you more time to sightsee. See highlights like the access road to the Eagle’s Nest, the original tunnel and elevator, the former conference room and the red marble fire place given to Hitler by Mussolini, and more.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: MirabellgartenCheck in your Salzburg Hotel and relax at the beautiful Mirabell Gardens where a lots of Sound of Music Scenes (Do-Re-Mi) got filmed.Recommended Luxury Hotels in Salzburg:SacherGoldener HirschBristolImlauer Hotel Pitter SalzburgDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: SalzburgStop At: Gollinger Wasserfall, Golling an der Salzach, Austrian AlpsThe drive goes on backroads to a hidden gem of the area, the natural wonder of Golling Waterfalls. It is an easy hike of 15 minutes to the Waterfall.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen, Austrian AlpsThe 11th century Fortress Hohenwerfen, known is one of the most magnificent mountain fortifications in the Alps. Access easy with funicular straight to the fortress.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Sound of Music Trail, Werfen, Austrian AlpsA little bit above the Salzach River valley is a great view point with view to Werfen Castle and the Alps. At this meadow the beginning of the world famous Sound of Music Song Do-Re-Mi was filmed.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Villa Trapp Thae original Sound of Music Family Home, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsVisit the original Sound of Music Family Home.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sound of Music World, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsDiscover the true story of the Trapp family. Between Fiction and Reality. The tour ends that day right at the Sound of Music World located in the town center of Salzburg right next to the Goldener Hirsch Hotel (Getreidegasse).Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: SalzburgStop At: Hallstatter See, Hallstatt, Upper AustriaWe are thrilled to unveil this new itinerary that will take you to our favorite places located in the Austrian Lake District. You'll experience the natural beauty--and bounty--of the region we call "Salzkammergut Lake Area". Our Private Full Day Hallstatt Tour will get you to those "must-see" spots, and bring you to some local gems that only locals know about.Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Salzburg CathedralThis day you will return to Salzburg at 4.00 pm. Take the rest of the day to relax at your hotel or visit the things you still want to see in the old town.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Salzburg - Vienna via the World heritage Region WachauStop At: Lake Attersee, Austrian AlpsTo begin this amazing experience, you will depart Salzburg after hotel pick up by your private guide and head east to tour the beautiful region of Salzkammergut lake area with emerald green lakes Mondsee and Attersee.Your first stop will be the quaint and charming village of Mondsee. The village is home to the Sound of Music Wedding Church, where the wedding scene of the world famous movie Sound of Music was filmed. Departing Mondsee, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Salzkammergut Lake Area and its beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery.The tour will continue to the lakeside village of Unterach at lake Attersee. Unterach, sometimes referred to as "Little Venice" in the 19th century, is situated at the southern end of Lake Attersee. The world known artist Gustav Klimt was spending every summer between 1900 and 1916 at Lake Attersee and most of his landscape pictures were painted here. Enjoy the drive along the entire lake on your way to Vienna.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Melk Abbey, Melk, Lower AustriaMelk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles. Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage. The Baroque building situated on a rock overlooking the Danube, in the Wachau region, ranks as one of Austria’s most visited art-historical sites. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Burgruine Duernstein, Durnstein, Lower AustriaThe second part of the tour takes you through the Danube River Valley with a stop at Duernstein, the second highlight of the day. Duernstein is a small Austrian town, located in the gorgeous Wachau region. Explore Duernstein and the Legend of Robin Hood. Richard the Lionheart Richard was captured shortly before Christmas 1192 near Vienna, it was here at the Castle of Duernstein, where Richard was kept captive. Lunch will be at your own expense but there will be ample of time to go to one the many local restaurants, choose between an typical inn or a Micheline star restaurant.After eight hours exploring one of Austria’s best Sightseeing Routes, your private tour will conclude with drop-off at your Vienna City hotel.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Historic Center of Vienna, ViennaThe tour ends at your hotel in Vienna around 6.00 pm. Get your first impressions of Vienna with taking an evening stroll through 'Kaerntner Strasse'. Here at Kaernterstrasse is the location of Vienna's oldtown landmark, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna. Vienna has got an international airport and also Budapest is closeby.Recommended luxury Hotels in Vienna:KempinskiRitz CarltonSacherDo&CoPalais CoburgImperialDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.