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Discover Switzerland, Austria, and More Through a Guest’s Eyes

August 09, 2023

First-time Odysseys guest Ellen Outten and returning guest Wayne Shaw recently completed our Alpine Splendor: Switzerland and Austria small group tour – and Ellen documented it all in a series of captivating posts on her blog, Traveling with Ellen.

Click the links below to read about their adventure in Ellen’s own words, and to see some of the best photos she took of their adventure.


A map showing the route of the exciting adventure ahead.

Prologue: We’re Off Again – Another Adventure

Day 1: Monday, July 17 – Lots of Travel

A beautiful shot of Lake Lucerne with snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Day 2: Tuesday, July 18 – Lake Lucerne

A needle dam in the foreground and Chaple Bridge in the background on the Reuss River in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Day 3: Wednesday, July 19 – Old City of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus

Ellen’s first glimpse of the fabled Matterhorn.

Day 4: Thursday, July 20  Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne and Train Ride to Zermatt

Downtown Zermatt, a charming ski resort town in the Swiss Alps.

Day 5: Friday, July 21 – Zermatt and the Base of the Matterhorn

Ellen’s stunning view of the Alps en route to the Italian town of Stresa.

Day 6: Monday, July 22 – Zermatt to Lugano – Driving Over the Alps

Taking a stroll around the lakefront promenade in Ascona, Switzerland.

Day 7: Sunday, July 23 – Lugano and Ascona Wine Tasting

Ellen’s view from the boat during her group's private half-day cruise around picturesque Lake Lugano.

Day 8: Monday, July 24 – Boat Ride on Lake Lugano and the Town of Morcote

The Torre Bianca – or “white tower” – of Castlegrande in the historic Swiss town of Bellinzona.

Day 9: Tuesday, July 25 – On the Road – Lugano to Liechtenstein to Austria

The Hofburg in Innsbruck – a former palace of the Hapsburg dynasty – is considered one of the three most significant cultural buildings in Austria.

Day 10: Wednesday, July 26 – Innsbruck

Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe – or the “Museum of Tyrolean Farms”– in Austrian Tyrol.

Day 11: Thursday, July 27 – Seefeld to Salzburg

This fountain – located just outside Mirabell Palace in Salzburg – was featured in the 1965 film The Sound of Music.

Day 12: Friday, July 28 – Salzburg and Sound of Music Tour

Aerial view of Kehlsteinhaus – or the “Eagle’s Nest” – former mountainside retreat of Adolf Hitler.
"Obersalzberg/Kehlsteinhaus" by az1172 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Day 13: Saturday, July 29 – Berchtesgaden, Germany

Marienplatz in Munich’s city center.

Day 14: Sunday, July 30 – On Our Own in Munich*

Want to experience the history, culture, art, and cuisine of the region for yourself? To learn more about our Alpine Splendor: Switzerland and Austria small group tour – and to view available 2024 departure dates – click here.


*Please note: Day 14 in Munich is not part of our Alpine Splendor: Switzerland and Austria itinerary – Ellen and Wayne added a day in Munich to their trip independently and spent time in the city after the rest of their group returned home.

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