Quite simply the best seat in the house to appreciate the beauty & wines of the Wachau

May-Sept Full day Private

The Ultimate Wachau Valley Tour

Running for 33 kms between Melk and Krems, the Wachau is the most beautiful stretch of the entire Danube River. Home to rolling hills, ancient castles, picture postcard villages and steeply terraced vineyards, not to mention the many Wachau Valley wineries that produce some of Austria’s finest wines. Your private Wachau Valley wine tour from Vienna, with our kayaking guide and Austrian wine expert, showcases this amazing natural region like no other. And if you don’t have much interest in viticulture, then that’s also fine, as we can skip the Wachau wine tasting and spend more time in the beautiful medieval villages instead!

Guided by an open-water lifesaver & Wachau expert

Your safety and comfort on the water is our priority. So, in addition to your own previous experience of kayaking, you'll be guided by an experienced guide to ensure each of the Danube's twists and turns are navigated safely.

Wachau Wine Tasting at a local producer

A Wachau Valley wine tasting is an absolute must while in this part of the world. Wachau wineries produce some of the world's best white wines after all. From delicately aromatic dry Rieslings to peppery Gruner Veltliner with a signature vein of acidity - the region has some of Austria's finest wines to sample.

Breathtaking scenery & photo opportunities

There's no better vantage point for stunning photos of the valley than from the Danube itself. With the sun at our backs all day, choose from cliffs, medieval ruins, terraced vineyards, or pretty villages. The Wachau Valley is natural beauty enhanced by the ingenuity of man.


Private Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine Tour
max 2 people per group
  • Relaxing kayak tours through the UNESCO world heritage Wachau
  • Extensive Wachau wine tasting of several regional specialties (e.g. Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service included
  • Spectacular photo opportunities and a private photo service included
  • Double touring kayaks, dry storage equipment & PFD/lifevests provided
  • Free time to wander through the gorgeous medieval village of Durnstein & to explore the ruins of Durnstein Castle
  • Tours taken entirely at your pace alongside your dedicated kayak guide & Wachau wine expert
  • For different start/end times please get in touch via email to discuss options

8:00am - Vienna hotel pick-up
We’ll pick you up directly from your hotel at around 08:00 – just let us know beforehand where you are staying. Alternatively, if you are already staying in the Wachau, we can pick you up there directly at 9am. We prepare the kayaks and launch close to Melk, home of the world famous baroque abbey, at the western edge of the Wachau.
Western Wachau - Apricot orchards, medieval castles and mother nature
The first part of the tour takes us through west Wachau. Here it is a little too cool for wine production, so the hills are covered in carpets of trees with castles and palaces sitting proudly atop many of the valley’s highest peaks. You’ll be in awe of the Wachau’s natural beauty from your privileged position, right at the heart of it on the Danube river!
Wachau Wine Tasting in Spitz an der Donau
The charming village of Spitz, located approximately half way through the valley, marks the beginning of the wine growing region. Noted for its classic expressions of dry Riesling, Austria’s signature wine Gruner Veltliner, and the wonderfully unique and earthy Neuburger, we’ll be visiting one of the best Wachau Valley wineries for an extensive wine tasting.
After continuing downstream briefly, we’ll take another break, this time for lunch in a small yet historically fascinating local hamlet (lunch not included).
Eastern Wachau - Dry stone walls, vine rows and wonderful wines
The further east we paddle, the more the steep valley landscape transforms into visually stunning rows of medieval dry stone walls and vines, separated into hundreds of individual vineyard plots.
Durnstein - climb the castle ruins or meander through the village
Picturesque Durnstein is the undisputed gem of the Wachau. The natural beauty and old world charm of this gorgeous hamlet is further enhanced by the legend of Richard the Lionheart King of England, imprisoned here in 1192 at the top of Durnstein castle, overlooking the Danube. During your free time here you’ll be able to climb the ruins of Durnstein Castle (if you wish!) to get some breath-taking views and photos over the river and the vineyard landscapes below.
Return journey to your hotel in Vienna or the Wachau
After a full day of activity we should arrive back to Vienna around 7pm, although the precise time of arrival will depend on our progress over the course of the day – there’s no rush!

To experience the majesty of the Danube, the medieval history of the valley, and an extensive Wachau wine tasting at one of its best wineries, just choose a day for your private kayak and wine tour using our booking calendar below. Please get in touch via our contact page if you can’t find any availability on the day you’re after – we’ll try our best to accommodate requests outside of our published availability. Unfortunately this activity is only suitable for groups of up to two people, so if you have a larger group then please refer to our Vienna Kayak Tour instead.

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