“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
Selecting This Trip and Itinerary:
When I began to look for a trip to take, there were a few criteria that I wasn't willing to compromise on:
Cover Multiple Countries Across Europe
Include Mountainous Terrain (i.e. the Alps)
Don't Be Confined to Constant Tour Groups and Long Bus Rides on a Daily Basis
Visit Smaller/Local Towns Rather than Big Cities
Finding Rick Steves' MyWay Alpine Tour hit all of those and saved me a ton of planning.
Below you'll be able to find an overview of the trip itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Salzburg
Day 2: All Day in Salzburg
Day 3: Dolomites Drive to Italy
Day 4: All Day in the Alpe di Siusi
Day 5: To the Zugspitze and Bavaria
Day 6: Bikes, Hikes, and Castles
Day 7: On to the Best of Switzerland
Day 8: All Day to Explore the Swiss Alps
Day 9: Another Day of Swiss Adventures
Day 10: To the French Alps
Day 11: Aiguille du Midi Dreamin'
Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast
I'm going to keep this site feeling like a scrapbook, but if you like what you see and/or want the nitty gritty details on the tour, definitely check out https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/europe/my-way-alpine.
Getting Off the Ground... Well, Sorta...
As the day for my departure from New York came, I arrived at the airport all packed and ready to go. Heading straight to the departure boards, I looked to see what gate my flight was departing from. The only problem was that my flight wasn't on the board! I eventually found the correct check-in desk (where other passengers were already complaining) and asked about the situation. The flight was cancelled last second without any notifications or warnings. After a few stressful hours of searching multiple travel agency sites, I finally secured a ticket on the last possible flight that would still get me to Salzburg on time, given no delays. Once on board the new flight, I could finally breathe again.