The Austria Experience
March 2021

Visit our study abroad program in Gaming, Austria, and experience for a week what our students experience for a whole semester!

Join Franciscan University Pilgrimages as we journey through Salzburg, Vienna, the Danube River Valley, and the quaint town of Gaming, the home of our Franciscan University Austrian Study Abroad Program. The breathtaking landscapes, architecture, art, and culture will forge unforgettable experiences, while the deep Catholicity and the glorious churches will lift your spirit.

Join Us in Spring 2021!

Information about the exact dates will be provided. Registration will open the week of October 26, 2020.

Highlights of this pilgrimage of faith include:

  • The Melk Monastery
  • The Marian shrine at Mariazell
  • A Mozart concert in Salzburg
  • Two days in Vienna
  • And, of course, Gaming and the 14th-century Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu which houses our Austria program.

The land-only cost for this pilgrimage is $1,950

  • Early Registration discount of $100 off your final invoice if you send in your deposit by the early registration deadline.The land-only cost is per person, based on double occupancy 
  • Additional $265 per person for a private room in Gaming (four nights) and the last night stay in Vienna after the students leave (five nights total)
  • Additional $210 per person for Salzburg/Vienna (four nights).Single/Private rooms are available on a limited basis:
  • $815 per student based on double or triple occupancy (Salzburg/Vienna portion only)
  • (Early Registration discount of $50 off your final invoice if you send in your deposit by the early registration deadline.)

Please see Terms & Conditions for details on canceling and/or making changes to your reservation.

  • We will fly into Vienna and travel to Gaming where we will spend four days and four nights. In Gaming, we will take day excursions to the Danube River Valley, the town of Durnstein, the Melk Monastery, Mariazell, and nearby sites of interest. Evenings can be spent in the quaint town of Gaming, visiting with students, meeting the staff of our Austrian program, and touring the historical Kartause.
  • We then leave Gaming for two nights in Salzburg. Plan to enjoy time exploring Salzburg and a scheduled Mozart dinner and concert. Free time can be spent exploring the Salzburg Fortress, shopping, visiting one of their many historical churches, or simply sitting in an outdoor café! (For an additional fee, your student can come with you to the Salzburg and Vienna portion of our pilgrimage).
  • Leaving Salzburg, we continue on to Vienna, where we will spend two days and two nights exploring the rich heritage of the Catholic Church and traditions of the Hapsburg dynasty.
  • Accommodations in Gaming will be at the Hotel Kartause right on the grounds where our students are housed and at Hotel Berghof, a short walk away from Hotel Kartause. Other hotels providing accommodations are the HotelBräu Imlauer in Salzburg, and the Hotel Austrian Europa in the heart of Vienna.
  • This is a Land Only Package, which means that you are responsible for making the arrangements for your round-trip airfare with our travel designers, Uniglobe, by contacting either Leigh Ball at [email protected] or Doug Bryant at [email protected] or calling them at 614.237.4488. We ask that you schedule your flight to arrive into Vienna before 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday. This will ensure your seat for the group transportation to the Gaming campus. If your flight arrives at a time that is different than the recommended time, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the airport. Please contact the Franciscan University Pilgrimage office if you are unclear of the arrival time into Vienna to ensure group transportation to the Gaming campus. Please schedule your departure flight from Vienna on the Monday at the end of the trip for 10 a.m. or later.
  • Included in the Land Only Package are hotel accommodations for eight nights, eight breakfasts (daily in each hotel), two lunches and three dinners, transportation when out on excursions with the group, bus from the Vienna airport to Gaming and back, admission to the various touring sites, and gratuities for above.
  • Many parents have enjoyed having their student join us for the Salzburg and Vienna portion of the trip. Please check with them to see if they would like to be a part of this portion with you. Please note, if your student chooses not to join us for the Salzburg and Vienna portion, you will say good-bye to your student on Thursday when we leave for Salzburg. We DO NOT return to Gaming after that.
  • Triple rooms are available when we go to Salzburg and Vienna, so if your student plans to join you and you would like them to stay in your room, please call the Pilgrimage office. Otherwise students are paired with other students in Salzburg and Vienna.
  • Due to the scheduled events on campus and the small community there, we ask that if you choose NOT to attend the Parent’s Week-Austrian Experience with us, please do not plan a visit to Gaming during the days of this pilgrimage.

Should you have additional questions, please call the Franciscan University Pilgrimages Office at 800-437-8368 or 740-284-5812, or e-mail us at [email protected].

Important Documents
  • Pricing & Options (will be posted when ready)
  • Terms & Conditions (will be posted when ready)
  • Sample Itinerary
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