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Melk is one of the most popular destinations in Austria so you certainly won’t be alone on its cobbled streets. It’s also one of the few places in the Wachau that has a pulse in winter, making it a year-round option.

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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Board a coach in Vienna in the morning and relax on the drive out to the Austrian countryside. Travel through the Wachau Valley, a 24-mile (39-km) stretch of the Danube River carving a picturesque path between the towns of Krems and Melk. Characterized by vineyards, forested slopes, wine-producing villages, mysterious castles and imposing fortresses, Wachau’s harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty won the area a UNESCO World Heritage title. Learn about the history of this beautiful part of Austria from your guide on your way to the medieval castle ruins of Burgruine Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned while waiting for his ransom to arrive from England. In Spitz, transfer to a boat and cruise down the Danube through the heart of the valley, passing the old wine town of Krems before arriving in Melk. Here you'll visit Melk Abbey, a magnificent Benedictine abbey on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river. First established in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, Melk Abbey has housed monks for 900 years, and today its architecture is a remarkable example of Austrian’s baroque style. Have time for lunch in town (own expense) before relaxing on the drive back to Vienna, concluding at the Vienna State Opera in the evening.

$142.72 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Wachau Valley Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour from Vienna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vienna Explorer, ViennaYour tour starts in Vienna, at the Vienna Explorer Tour office. Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Wachau Valley, Joching, Lower AustriaLeaving 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.Pass By: Burgruine Duernstein, Durnstein, Lower AustriaArrive 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. Pass By: Vinotake Duernstein, Durnstein, Lower AustriaAfterwards you'll go for lunch in a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern (not included).Pass By: Wachau Valley, Joching, Lower AustriaThen, sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery while driving deep into the valley. On a relaxing 70-minute scenic Danube river cruise from Spitz to Melk, you’ll take in the Wachau Valley from yet another perspective—the middle of the majestic River Danube. Pass By: Melk Abbey, Melk, Lower AustriaBefore 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.

$129.02 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey Tour from Vienna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vienna Explorer, ViennaYour professional driver/guide will pick you up from your centrally locacted hotel in Vienna. Please provide your hotel details. From Vienna it takes approximately 1 hours to get to the Wachau Valley.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Krems an Der DonauThe Wachau Valley stretches from Krems to MelkStop At: Durnstein Castle, Durnstein, Lower AustriaAfter the first wine tasting we visit the medieval village of Durnstein, where King Richard Lionheart was once held captive. Stroll through the tiny cobble stone streets or hike up to the ruins of Durnstein Castle and enjoy a stunning view over the Wachau ValleyDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Weingut Hermenegild MangEnjoy a local lunch at a traditional family-owned winery (not included) and enjoy a glass of wine among the localsDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Yachthafen Spitz an der DonauEnjoy a 1 hours river cruise on the Danube from Spitz to MelkDuration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Melk Abbey, Melk, Lower AustriaMelk Abbey is one cultural and architectual highlights of the Wachau Valley.Duration: 1 hour

$740.99 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Melk Hallstatt and Salzburg from Vienna

We will take you on a private ride to the West of Austria to the famous lake district. With a first stop at a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Lower Austria, which is on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley.The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. Your driver will take you to the top of Abbey where you will have a great view of the town Melk, nearby gardens and the famous abbey.We will then continue further into the Lake district and drive through beautiful towns like Bad Ischl and take a stop in the picturesque village of Hallstatt which is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, a culture often linked to Celtic, Proto-Celtic, and pre-Illyrian peoples in Early Iron Age Europe, c.800–450 BC. After this remarkable visit we will continue to the town of music through other lake towns and visit the, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Salzburg, where you will get the oportunity to see the Fortress,Getreidegasse, Mozarts Birthplace and famous shopping streets, after a memorable day we will take the motorway back to Vienna/or you can stay in Salzburg, depending on your plans/

$92.77 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour of Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg from Vienna

Your private tour will start with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in Vienna at the pre-arranged time. Sit back in luxury vehicle and admire scenery of the West of Austria. Our first visit will be Benedictine abbey, above the town of Melk. Benedictine abbey is on a rocky outcrop and overlooking the Danube river. The abbey contains remains of several members of the House of Babenberg,  Austria's first ruling dynastyand the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau. We will take you to the top of Abbey, from where you will have breathtaking view of town Melk.After Benedictine abbey, we continue or ride into the Lake of District and pass through the picturesque towns like Bad Ischl. We stop at the beautiful Hallstatt village, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village, famous for its salt production. Discover a subterranean salt lake and the mummy of a prehistoric miner - preserved in salt. Hallstatt is such a unique place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village.Our final stop will be Salzburg, Mozart’s birth place and town of music. Feel the atmosphere of Mozart's hometown while visiting Salzburg’s top sights such as UNESCO protected Old Town, Fortress as well as “The Sound of Music” filming locations.In the afternoon drive back to your hotel/accommodation in Vienna.

$55.94 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