OC is Home, but is this trip for you?
The Vienna Alumni Adventure will take us into Viennese culture outside the tourist bubble. It will be a great student-type experience for alumni, emphasizing discovery and adventure rather than creature comforts.
This means: no daily housekeeping service, no TVs in guest rooms, and no air conditioning in most rooms. All rooms have exterior windows and fans are available. Weather during the month of May typically ranges from highs in the mid-60's to lows in the lower 50's.
Most travel will be on the U-Bahn, Vienna's magnificent subway system, with a good deal of walking and climbing steps on all outings.
But, it also means this will be a great trip of DISCOVERY from a wonderful location with mostly morning presentations, outings and special events led by a professor well-versed in Viennese culture and experience. And your afternoons and evenings will be open. You can plan your own activities, rest at the Haus, or participate in optional group outings. All of this gives you the most for your travel dollar!
We are excited that sharing common housing will afford us opportunities for worship, visiting and sharing our OC and Vienna experiences.
Amenities at the Haus
The Haus offers access to free Wi-Fi in common areas, washers and dryers, 4 iMac stations, printer/scanner, a community living/conference area with full size kitchen and dining facilities.
Large, flat screen televisions with Apple TV and associated high-definition options are available on the ground floor as well as board games and DVDs.
The lodgings at Das Millicanhaus accommodate individuals, couples, families and reunion groups. This beautifully renovated structure has received rave reviews from recent OC alums who have stayed there and experienced its many benefits. While all rooms contain bunk-style beds, they are thicker and more comfortable than basic dorm bunks.
Pre-paid Group Escorted Activites
Daily outings are included in the VIENNA ALUMNI ADVENTURE PACKAGE, and will include some of the most popular Vienna attractions such as the Ringstrasse, Schönbrunn palace and gardens, St. Stephens Cathedral, the Klimt collection at the Belvedere Palace, a one day trip to Salzburg, and the State Opera House. NOTE: The prepaid State Opera tour is only offered in the afternoon.
Whether you're a first time visitor or a returning traveler, you'll find these experiences unforgettable! Additionally, the VIENNA ALUMNI ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes a welcome reception and dinner, a special lunch and a farewell dinner. (Note: Unforeseen circumstances may necessitate substitution of activities of equal or greater value.)
Optional Escorted Activities
These excursions will include such sites as exploring the chic shops on Kartnerstrasse, a visit to one of Vienna's famous coffee houses, an afternoon concert in the beautiful Baroque St. Peter's church, a trip to Vienna's Central Cemetery where Viennese masters such as Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss are buried. Some of these excursions are free and some have modest fees.
To allow for use of air miles, fare shopping and flexibility in schedules, participants will book and pay for their own airfare. We will not be traveling to and from Vienna as a group. We'll meet at the Haus on April 29.
Professional Travel Assistance
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with OC Alumna Kate (Millican '01) Hartman's travel agency for those preferring to use a professional travel agent to make their travel arrangements. For those seeking more information on air pricing and availability, or extending your European vacation, Katie can be reached at (405) 694-0506 or Katie@kalikosmos.com.
All Vienna Alumni Adventure Packages Include:
- 7 nights accommodations (Arriving April 29 - Departing May 6, 2017) See details below.
- Welcome Reception at the Haus and Dinner on arrival day
- Daily Continental Breakfast
- Vienna Transportation Pass - subway, trams, trains (Airport transportation excluded)
- First Class round trip rail to Salzburg, with special evening dinner in Salzburg (for more information click here)
- Escorted Daily Outings with morning presentation by Ken Adams, followed by pre-paid excursions
- Optional Daily Outings
- Farewell Dinner at one of Vienna's finest restaurants!