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Vienna: Best Day Tours, Activities and Experiences (2021)

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Flowing vineyards, medieval villages, and towering alps – Austria holds within it a spectacular range of attractions to make a visit all the more memorable. Though if you’re visiting for a short time, one of the best ways to experience these destinations is with a guided day tour.

With the help of exclusive, local knowledge, these experiences not only guide you directly to Austria’s most beautiful and fascinating locations, but they also provide a tapestry of knowledge for you to appreciate the destination on a much deeper level.

Here’s a list of the top tours and activities for Vienna to include in your itinerary.

Many of these tours now include Covid-19 safety measures to protect you and others during the activity.

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1. Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

Located around 1 hour from Vienna by bus; this exciting tour to Slovakia’s capital city is a great way to escape Vienna for the day.

The tour kicks off in the morning, where you’ll journey to Bratislava by bus. Upon arrival, you’ll be guided throughout the city’s old town to admire the baroque architecture while you shop.

The journey back to Vienna is just as satisfying – as you’ll hop aboard a boat and float through the Austrian countryside back to the city.

Benefits/Features:

  • 1-day activity with live guide including a walking tour of the old town
  • Bus transfer to Bratislava with return via boat
  • Mobile ticket for convenience
  • Full refund when cancelled up to 3 days in advance
View from Michael's Gate, Bratislava
Image by @mikecleggphoto

2. Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

A trip to Austria is simply incomplete without a visit to the smaller towns of Salzburg and Hallstatt – fortunately, you can experience both of these gems in one day with the “Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour”.

Following a hotel pick-up in Vienna, your first stop on the tour will be to the city of Melk. This small city is located about 1 hour from Vienna. In this medieval town, you’ll see the Benedictine Abbey, the tomb of Saint Coloman Of Stockerau and more. Next, you’ll visit the lakeside paradise of Hallstatt, where you’ll learn of the small town’s history in salt mine production.

The last stop on this tour is to the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Salzburg. Wander through the city’s old town, amongst the narrow lanes and an abundance of shops, before venturing back to Vienna.

Benefits/Features:

  • 12-hour tour
  •  Pick-up at your accommodation in Vienna
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Melk, Austria
Image by @mikecleggphoto

3. Wachau and Danube Valleys Tour from Vienna

Experience a whole new side of Austria with the “Wachau and Danube Valleys tour from Vienna”. You can look forward to an enchanting boat-ride along the River Danube, passing vineyards, small villages, and prehistoric castles – and into the old city of Krems (the centre of the Wachau wine-growing region).

Benefits/Features:

  • Tour guide
  • 8.5 hours tour
  • Boat cruise (summer)
  • Entrance to Melk Abbey
  • Mobile tickets
  • Full refund when cancelled up to 24 hours in advance
Boats and Wachau Valley
Image by @mikecleggphoto

4. Full-Day Trip to Budapest from Vienna

Take a moment from your Austrian getaway to explore Hungary’s capital with this full-day Budapest tour.

This 12-hour tour starts with a beautiful drive among the European countryside within a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Once you’ve arrived in Budapest, you’ll set off on a walking tour of the city with a local guide by your side. Some noteworthy sites you’ll see include the Parliament Building, Vajdahunyad Castle, Heroe’s Square, and the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars.

Benefits/features:

  • 12-hour duration
  • Pick-ups available from Vienna hotels
  • Walking tour in Budapest
  • Mobile tickets
  • Refund if cancelled up to 24 hours in advance
Budapest Parliament, Hungary
Image by @mikecleggphoto
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5. Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

The Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt is the perfect way to admire the iconic alps up close – with this full-day tour starting with a scenic drive among the mountains.

You’ll venture to the small lakeside town of Hallstatt. Here, you’ll weave through the narrow streets and learn of the region’s history while admiring the surrounding mountains and steep valleys.

Benefits/features:

  • Guides included
  • Full day activity
  • Hotel pickups available in Vienna (on request)
  • Mobile tickets
  • Cancellation policy: Full refund when cancelled up to 24 hours in advance
Hallstatt in the Autumn, Austria
Image by @mikecleggphoto

6. Half-day Countryside Wine Tour

For avid wine enthusiasts, this half-day countryside wine tour offers the chance for you to meet some local winemakers and taste a few Austrian wines.

This small-group tour begins with a 30-minute drive to the Weinviertel wine region. During which your guide will deliver a fascinating insight into the country’s wine tradition. After arriving, you’ll visit 3 small, family-owned wineries, catch a glimpse at behind the scenes operations, and taste 4 wines at each location.

The tour finishes with a delicious Austrian dinner in the countryside, followed by a trip back to Vienna.

Benefits/features:

  • 4-5.5 hours duration
  • Tour guide included
  • Traditional Austrian lunch or dinner
  • Small group sizes
  • Hotel pick-ups in Vienna
  • Cancellation policy: Up to 24 hours in advance
Wine and vineyards in Vienna
Image by @mikecleggphoto

7. Salzburg and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip

This full-day tour of Salzburg is the perfect way to escape the bustle of Vienna and admire a smaller city in Austria.

On this 12-hour tour from Vienna, you’ll explore many beloved attractions of Salzburg – including the cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace, and Mirabell Gardens. As well as this you’ll get to visit the pretty Salzkammergut lake region, which includes St. Gilgen and Lake Attersee. In this area, you can sometimes admire the seamless reflection of the alps in the clear lakes.

Benefits/features:

  • Hotel pick-ups in Vienna (on request)
  • Visits to Salzburg, St. Gilgen and Lake Attersee
  • Full day activity
  • Mobile tickets
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance
View over Salzburg from Museum der Moderne
Image by @mikecleggphoto

8. Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

Leave the buzz of Vienna behind and explore Austria’s leading wine region on a bike with the “Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour”.

The Wachau Valley is praised for its amazing views, charming villages, and abundance of white wines – which you’ll be able to experience for yourself on this 9.5-hour tour of the region.

Over the day, you’ll visit various wineries and sample an assortment of wines and other delicacies. During your free time, you’ll also have the option of exploring the nearby town of Dürnstein or cool off with a dip in the River Danube.

Benefits/features:

  • Tour guide included
  • 9.5 hours duration
  • Bike rental included
  • Tasting fees included
  • Mobile tickets
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Villages and vineyards in Wachau Valley
Image by @mikecleggphoto

9. Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half-Day Tour from Vienna

The Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half-Day Tour from Vienna starts with a scenic drive to the Helenental Valley. Here you’ll explore the former hunting lodge of Mayerling and learn about the tragic history surrounding the location.

The tour continues with a visit to the 12th century Cistercian Heiligenkreuz Abbey, before finishing up with a captivating walking tour of Baden.

Benefits/features:

  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fees included
  • 4-hour duration
  • Mobile tickets
  • Cancel up to 24-hours in advance for a full refund
Hiking in the Vienna Woods
Hiking in the Woods

10. Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Another worthy experience for eager wine enthusiasts is the “Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting”.

Travel to this premier wine region with a knowledgeable guide delving into the history and culture of the area. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll taste plenty of dry and fruity wines, as well as various local delicacies.

Finish the day off with either a relaxing drive through the scenic villages and vineyards or with a calming cruise down the River Danube (available from April to October).

Benefits/features:

  • Tour guide included
  • Wine tasting
  • Mobile tickets
  • Full refund when cancelled up to 24 hours in advance
Churches and vineyards in the Wachau Valley
Image by @mikecleggphoto

FAQs

Why book a tour and day for Vienna?

Guided tours and day trips are pre-built by local experts and save you the time and hassle of researching and planning everything yourself. They often include transport, guides, and other features which help you really experience the destination you plan to visit. Some destinations such as Hallstatt is extremely popular, but if you’re visiting from Vienna it’s not that straightforward to get to so a guided tour will definitely help.

Do Vienna day tours include free cancellation?

Many of these tours suggested and others that you can find further below will include free cancellation. This means that should your plans change, or be interrupted such as due to the pandemic then you should be able to cancel at short notice.

I only have a short trip visit to Vienna, what day tours shouldn’t I miss?

If you’re short on time during your visit to Vienna, then we’d especially recommend you taking a trip to Wachau Valley and/or Hallstatt. Wachau Valley is nicer during the spring-Autumn months, especially if the weather is nice.

Which companies offer tours and day trips for Vienna?

A few options for booking day trips, tours and activities in Vienna include GetYourGuide, Viator and Civitatis. Many of these have a vast selection of tours, not just for Vienna, but destinations around the world. They also come with customer reviews and many offer free cancellation too. Read our article Best Places to Book Tours, Activities and Experiences Online to learn more and discover other services.


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