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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.

$134.10 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.

$46.28 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Wachau Ship Cruise with Bus Transfer from Vienna

Get your ticket at the landing stage at Schwedenplatz. The employees of the DDSG Blue Danube will then take you to the departure point of the coach. Transportation from Vienna to Melk by a comfortable coach.Wachau-ship-cruise with the newly renovated MS Wachau from Melk to Dürnstein1,5 hour long individually designed stay in DürnsteinReturn by coach to ViennaBus Trip: 09:00 - 10:45 am from Vienna Schwedenplatz to MelkCruise: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm from Melk to Dürnstein. Optional lunch available on board (not included).Stay: 12:30 - 14:00 pm in Dürnstein, individually designedBus Trip: 14:00 - 15:30 pm from Dürnstein to Vienna SchwedenplatzTravel relaxed in the Wachau. The bus will take you directly to the boat pier in Melk. Switch to the MS Wachau, which was put back into service in the spring of 2018 after a complete refurbishment. The ship was designed with noble maritime elements and shines in the colors blue, white and silver.At the ship you can also have your lunch (not included). The chef prepares delicious meals using local produce. The ship is fully air conditioned. Free folder with route information in 12 languages. The ship has giant sun decks with panorama-view and covered seats. Enjoy the ride on the Danube down the valley.In Dürnstein you have around 1.5 hours available, which you can freely design. Stroll through the medieval city and let the impressions affect you.The coach brings you back to Vienna. If you have any questions about the return journey, please contact the staff of the DDSG Blue Danube on site (best still on board during the cruise).

$35.01 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?

$35.01 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?