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Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

1. Krems: Wachau Valley River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

Cruise on the Danube river through the 36-kilometer long Wachau Valley. The valley has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site because of its uniqueness. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal on board, while cruising along the river from Krems to Melk and back again. Highlights along the route through the river valley include Melk Abbey, Schönbühel Palace, and the town of Dürnstein with its blue church tower. In the ship's restaurant you will be spoiled with culinary delights made from regional produce, and you can enjoy the spectacular views of the open countryside from the generous sun deck. The ships have been newly renovated using traditional materials, creating a bright, pleasant atmosphere on board. Relax in the lounge area on the upper deck, sit under the flexible sun sail, or enjoy a drink at the bar area on the ship's sun deck.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

2. Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Experience a romantic sightseeing tour by bus and boat from Vienna, introducing you to the beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys in Lower Austria. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk with a guide. In winter, enjoy lunch in place of the Danube boat trip. Explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. Pass by many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river. One of these is the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was kept imprisoned, and was eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Then take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer you a lunch). In the old city of Krems, go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history. Then, follow your guide to the Danube River town of Melk. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings and its cultural and spiritual center.

Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

3. Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

Enjoy riding through Vienna with an optional bottle of the finest sparkling wine. Discover the beautiful city whilst your driver recounts exciting and unknown stories of Vienna's history. The rebuilt electro-vintage car is comfortable and offers 5 seats. This is an enchanting experience for young and old people.  Pass by the most historic Viennese sights in the first district such as Am Hof, Imperial Palace Hofburg, Volksgarten, Burgtheater, Rathaus (City Hall), and part of the famous Ringstraße. Drinks are conveniently served directly inside of the car during your sightseeing tour.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum, the Danube Steam Navigation Company, or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers a choice between 3 routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/Town Hall - University - Schwedenplatz - MAK - Hilton Hotel - Kursalon - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Museum of Military History - Belvedere Palace - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - Prater - Museum of Applied Arts – Museum of Fine Arts – Hundertwasser House – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Monument Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour with an app to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

5. Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

Discover the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley on this full-day biking and wine tasting excursion in Austria’s most beautiful valley, voted the Best Historic Destination in the World in 2008. Enjoy a glorious day of sipping, swirling, and casual cycling through the country’s most famous wine-making regions. World-renown for its quality white wines, stunning villages, and breathtaking scenery, the Wachau Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Arrive by train and then hop on your bike to explore with your expert guide. Breathe in the fresh country air as you cycle by historic towns, charming villages, and spectacular scenery. Stopping at local wineries, you’ll sample dry and fruity whites as well as other delicacies, like the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. During free time, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a well-known Wachau highlight, complete with a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Or perhaps you’d rather swim in the Danube and then enjoy lunch at the local tavern, a traditional family-run restaurant. When your time in the valley is up, take a relaxing train ride back to Vienna. This winery bike tour of the Wachau Valley is the perfect choice for those looking for a unique wine tasting experience that combines fun, biking, and stunning scenery.

From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

6. From Melk: 5-Hour Wachau River Cruise

From the end of March to the beginning of November, the proud red-and-white fleet will take you on a daily leisurely cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau. A boat trip through the Wachau is an experience in every season. In spring, the apricot and fruit trees are in full bloom whilst in the summer you will drive past baroque monasteries and medieval castles under a bright blue sky. In in the autumn you can see a natural spectacle when the vineyards turn red-gold and shimmer in the afternoon sun. Your ship will allow you to travel in comfort through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau. These ships have huge sundecks with plenty of seating, as well as a partial roof and a beautiful all-round view which contribute to the perfect experience. Let yourself be pampered in the on-board restaurants, with a varied food and beverage package being offered. The menu focuses on regional products and modern interpretations of Wachau classics, such as a summer salad with apricot pieces.

Vienna: Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller

7. Vienna: Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller

Take part in a musical journey from the mountains of Tirol to Salzburg, the Salzkammergut and the Wachau to the great final in Vienna. Look forward to spirited Landlers from the Alps, romantic arias from Salzburg, swift polkas and the famous Viennese waltzes. Be enchanted by excellent singers, spirited dancers and a colorful show. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu and look forward to three diverse and enchanting scenes. Experience a hearty musical welcome by the full ensemble followed by evergreens from the operetta "Der Vogelhändler - The Bird Seller" as well as instrumental pieces. Listen to well-known melodies of the film “The Sound of Music“ and enjoy various famous operettas of Vienna.

Vienna: Classical Concert at Eschenbach Palace

8. Vienna: Classical Concert at Eschenbach Palace

Experience a warm welcome to Vienna, the world’s capital of classical music, with this unforgettable concert in one of Vienna’s most beautiful palaces. Enjoy a night of magnificent music performed by the Vienna Supreme Orchestra.  Immerse yourself in delightful Viennese music, be enchanted by its elegant waltzes, its refreshing polkas, romantic arias, and duets. Experience works by Mozart, Schubert, and of course, Strauss, master of the operetta. Eschenbach Palace is a historical building, located in the heart of Vienna, close to the most beautiful boulevard in Vienna. Inaugurated by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria in 1872, it was built in Palladian style, according to the design of the architect Otto Thienemann. The large banquet hall, entirely covered in precious wood paneling and tapestries is a beautiful example of how technical fixtures can blend perfectly in a historical setting.

From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

9. From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the stunning beauty of Wachau Valley and sample its white wines on a guided day trip from Vienna. Hop on a river cruise down the Danube from Spitz to Melk. Visit Melk Abbey and Weissenkirchen. Stop at a family-run tavern in Dürnstein to taste liqueurs, wines, and local delicacies. Start the trip from Vienna and travel in a van through narrow countryside roads into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your driver/guide, learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region.   Taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies such as apricot jams and liqueurs. Take a boat ride on the Danube River from Spitz to Melk, soak up the beauty of the Wachau Valley, and take a guided tour of Melk Abbey. Once in Dürnstein, enjoy free time to explore the medieval town and its colorful architecture. Learn about the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Finally, visit a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern, for wine tasting.

Vienna: Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour

10. Vienna: Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour

Spend your day discovering the Danube Canal on an e-bike ride to Klosterneuburg Abbey. Explore the abbey, enjoy a wine tasting, and discover Danube Island. Meet your guide in the center of Vienna and grab your e-bike. Cycle on the Ringstrasse, past monumental buildings and famous landmarks, such as the State Opera and Heldenplatz. Follow the Danube Canal to Nussdorf, nestled at the base of Kahlenberg. Continue along the Danube to Klosterneuburg. At Klosterneuburg Abbey, enjoy a 30-minute guided tour. Afterwards, taste local wines with explanations about the wines you'll be tasting. Take a ride on Danube Island to complete your experience.

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What people are saying about Wachau Valley

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Brilliant cruise up the Danube to melk . We got our own train tickets from Vienna to Krems which linked nicely with meeting the boat at Krems at 1pm for the afternoon sail. 3 course meal was top drawer and well presented with glass of complimentary wachau white wine . Stunning scenery along the way with good commentary on the boat,

We made the classic car with an electric foldable wheelchair. It worked out perfectly. The guide gave us a lot of nice information. A great thing all around.

What a nice tour! We had nice time visiting all the places. Our guides were very polite, friendly and with a lot of knowledge.

Entertaining concert. Beautiful venue. Variety of classical music, dancers and some opera.

-the area is simply beautiful -the guide was very knowleadgeable