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.
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.
London to Prague Adventure (EELP)
Paris, the Swiss Alps, the Italian Riviera, modern Bohemia—you’d be surprised how much of Europe you can pack into 17 days. This excellent whirlwind tour of Europe for younger travellers reads like a greatest-hits compilation of classic Europe experiences: The bustle of busy London, cultural exploration in the French capital, postcard-worthy scenery in Switzerland, trekking in Cinque Terre and a frosty mug of Pilsner in an authentic Czech hospoda at the end of it all.
Highlights: Visiting six countries in 17 days, Exploring the history-filled streets of European capitals, Eating and dancing your way through Western Europe.