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Alpine Splendor

The towering peaks of the Alps serve as the stunning backdrop for our Swiss and Austrian exploration. As our small group discovers mountain villages and European cities, rides the famed Glacier Express, cruises on glassine lakes, and ascends snowcapped summits, borders disappear and the region’s history – and beauty – enchant one and all.

Alpine Splendor

The towering peaks of the Alps serve as the stunning backdrop for our Swiss and Austrian exploration. As our small group discovers mountain villages and European cities, rides the famed Glacier Express, cruises on glassine lakes, and ascends snowcapped summits, borders disappear and the region’s history – and beauty – enchant one and all.

Highlights

  • Journey to Lucerne, Switzerland and take a ride up Mt. Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel train to enjoy the surrounding landscape, take time to explore Lucerne’s old town and the beauty of Lake Lucerne
  • Board the legendary Glacier Express and travel through the Swiss Alps to Zermatt, which is the gateway to the Matterhorn; take a ride on the Gornergratbahn to the summit of Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn
  • Cross into Northern Italy and visit Stresa along the banks of Lake Maggiore, in the Ticino region of Switzerland explore the medieval town of Bellinzona and enjoy a leisurely cruise around Lake Lugano
  • Reach Austria and attend a Baroque performance in the renowned Mirabell Palace, explore Hohensalzburg Castle, then take a trip to Berchtesgaden and tour the Eagle’s Nest, the Nazi Party’s alpine retreat
This is an exclusive U-M departure operated by Odysseys Unlimited.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2: Arrive Zurich | Lake Lucerne
Day 3: Lucerne | Mt. Pilatus
Day 4: Lake Lucerne | Zermatt
Day 5: Zermatt | Gornergrat
Day 6: Zermatt | Stresa, Italy | Lugano
Day 7: Lugano | Bellinzona | Ascona
Day 8: Lake Lugano
Day 9: Lugano | Vaduz, Liechtenstein | Seefeld, Austria
Day 10: Seefeld | Innsbruck
Day 11: Seefeld | Tyrol | Salzburg
Day 12: Salzburg
Day 13: Salzburg | Eagle’s Nest | Berchtesgaden
Day 14: Depart for U.S.

Host

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Susan Rosegrant

Lecturer Emerita

Fun fact

I spent my junior year abroad in Taiwan, studying Chinese, and, while there, I starred in a Taiwanese soap opera about an American girl from Kentucky going to Taiwan to study agriculture.

U-M Role

I was a Lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Residential College (RC) from 2008 to 2022 where I taught narrative journalism, memoir writing, and other forms of creative non-fiction and fiction. I also served as head of the RC’s First-Year Seminar program, which oversaw the college’s first-year writing requirement, from 2016 until retirement. In 2015, I became a faculty advisor, which allowed me to mentor former and new students. I shared my enthusiasm for birding with students and faculty, leading to unexpected connections.

Trip Experience

I’ve wanted to visit this part of the world since reading “Heidi” as a child. This will be the opportunity to learn more about the terrain, plants, animals, and birds of Switzerland, northern Italy, and Austria, as well as the history of the region. I’m also excited about the cheeses, wines, and other foods. Perhaps some fresh goat’s milk, like Heidi and Klara drank regularly! Sharing this with a small group seems the ideal way to experience it.

Available to Book
Aug. 15-28, 2024

Starting price

$6,992

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Switzerland

Activity Level

High
Aug. 15-28, 2024

Starting price

$6,992
*Single supplement applies

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Switzerland

Activity Level

High
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