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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
Vienna Explorer , 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.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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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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Tim was our guide who put...
, Aug 2022
Tim was our guide who put 120% to make sure the guests have a good understanding of the wine history, styles and varietals in the Waichau region. The 2 wineries that we visited provided a good opportunity for both wine drinkers and novices a chance to sample what are bing offered in the area. Tim was very enthusiastic and approachable throughout the experience. I had a blast.
Boring wine & boat tour
, Aug 2022
Best:: engaging 10 year old boy in our van. Overall: tour was boring and wines average. Guide was uninformative and uninspired, picked us up late. Tour driver should NOT drink.
Great day trip!
, Aug 2022
We had a great time seeing Wachau Valley. The wine was superb, and the area itself was beautiful. Very peaceful. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and very friendly. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Tour Wachau Valley with Tim! You won’t regret it!
, Aug 2022
Our guide was spectacular. His name was Tim. Personable, friendly, patient, and an overall great guy. He was knowledgeable of the region and the history of the wineries and all things Wachau Valley. He prepared us for the day by advising us of what to expect. Our expectations were met and exceeded. The wine tasting was fantastic! The cruise down the Danube was a perfect way to end the day. The view is breathtaking. Everywhere you look is picturesque. I would highly recommend this!
Excellent tour
, Jul 2022
Thomas our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the wines. He made us feel welcomed. The wine tasting was wonderful. The wineries were very friendly and beautiful. Highly recommend this tour. Had no idea Austria had wines. Learned a lot!!
Lovely day in the Wachau Valley!
, Jul 2022
Our driver/guide Tim was an absolute delight and the day was fun, informative, and surprisingly relaxing. The day was full but well-paced so it never felt hectic. The tastings were fun, the town stop was beautiful and the Danube river cruise broke up the trip nicely. Limiting the tour to eight people makes it more intimate. I highly recommend the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day-trip. Value for money.
, Jul 2022
It was a wonderful trip. Did not know that Austria had such wonderful white wines. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. And the entire tour was very well coordinated.
Enjoying Wine
, Jul 2022
Nice trip, delicious wine and food, enjoying time with friend. Thanks a lot! I will recommend . Do again next time
Wachau and wine
, Jul 2022
Tom was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Austrian wine. This is a perfect tour to get out of the city for a day and see the beautiful Wachau valley. I highly recommend this this tour!
Great time!!!
, Jun 2022
All the places we went were excellent and all of the wines tasted good. We had a great time. The tour guide was really nice and knowledgeable.
A wonderful time
, Jun 2022
Wonderful tour guide Tomas was knowledgeable about all things Vienna, Austria, Wachau, wine, etc. You can tell he enjoys his job. We had wonderful wine tastings and lunch, with great recommendations by him. The river cruise along the Danube was a nice way to enjoy the sunshine and chat more with fellow tourists.
Once a lifetime experience!
, May 2022
Visiting Wachau is a bucket list. So, this summer, I travelled 33 hours to visit Austria and to join Viator's Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting tour. The intimate experience this small group tour provided made the entire experience special. I made friends with three other couples who were part of this tour. My son and I had a great time. Our guide, Thomas, is excellent! His professionalism is admirable. His "product knowledge" made this trip educational and cultural. I highly recommend Thomas and this tour to anyone seeking historical and cultural experience.
An amazing experience definitely recommend.
, May 2022
Thomas and Curro our guides were amazing. They showed our group the beautiful vineyards the wine of course, the local towns and went to a beautiful boat ride on the river. They made the experience fun and they were knowledgeable. Thank you for making the experience memorable.
Try it and you will be enchanted
, May 2022
It was very nice to see such beautiful landscapes, taste good wine and have also some free time to explore by your own. Nice spent day. Special thanks to Tomas, very friendly, accurate and enjoyable as a guide!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great time
, May 2022
Beautiful countryside with a knowledgeable guide about wine and the area. I would highly recommend for adults looking to get outside Vienna for the day
Overpriced and Poor Experience
, May 2022
We were very disappointed with our experience. 1) We booked this tour because it had a river cruise. Nothing on the info page indicated the cruise begins on a specific date in May. On pick-up we were told sorry no river cruise. Also, for the alternative, the description stated there’s a one hour guided tour of the Abbey. We did not receive a guided tour. We were dropped at that location for an hour. Most of the signage is in German. We were unable to understand and truly value the exhibition. 2) Ride was very cramped and uncomfortable. 3) After completing several other excursions in the area, we concluded this is way overpriced. I can’t believe lunch is not included and I can’t believe we paid additional 40 euro for hotel pickup/drop off.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Chelsea, We are deeply saddened to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. We apologize that the information about the tour was not clear for you. Your feedback is valuable and will take into consideration going further.
, Apr 2022
Very interesting trip and friendly host Tomas!!!! THANK YOU! Good wines and good stories. Take this trip!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Lauri, Thank you for taking the time to leave such an AWESOME review! We glad you had a wonderful time with Tomas on your tour. :)
Incredible tour. Day flew by!
, Apr 2022
What a fantastic day trip. Tom was a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable the landscape was incredible and the wineries that we went to were terrific! The van was comfortable and the sites were great! The day flew by! Terrific! Well worth the money!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Michael, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, Tom is truly a gem to have on our team! Cheers!
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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Jennifer, Thank you for writing a short review about us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to see you again when you are in Vienna. Kind regards, Vienna Explorer
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
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Anat, Thank you for writing a short review about us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to see you again when you are in Vienna. Kind regards, Vienna Explorer

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