Isolated by mountains like a pinnacled island in the sea of Europe, polyglot Switzerland is a natural home for the United Nations - in the centre of Europe and yet decidedly aloof. Synonymous with mountains, Switzerland is the quintessential alpine destination, and Matterhorn and Zermatt are household names the world over. With ancient towns on turquoise lakes, glaciers and waterfalls throughout the country, the legendary scenery doesn't disappoint. Nor do the Swiss just sit back and enjoy the view; there can be few people who revel in their geography more, and roaming the endless hiking trails, schussing down off-piste ski slopes or soaking in outdoor spas you are as likely to run into locals as you are tourists. Not to mention that due to their much-ballyhooed penchant for precision, stuff just works. If you can afford it.
Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)
Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland on this active 10-day adventure. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking circuits and uncover the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible journey.
Highlights: Hiking the soul-stirring Mont Blanc massif, witnessing alpine meadows and rocky peaks, conquering windswept cols and steep trails, earning that hearty Savoyard supper
London to Rome Adventure (EELR)
Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history into eight days without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris, gape at the Swiss Alps' natural beauty, hike the verdant hills of Cinque Terre and more, for less than you’d ever dreamed possible.
Highlights: Exploring historic cities and their galleries and museums, Sampling regional wines and delicacies, Hitting four countries in eight days.