The Swiss Alps have presented a silent challenge to the mountaineers of the world since the very beginning of mountaineering itself in the mid-19th century. There are over 250 peaks in the country with altitudes exceeding 3,600 meters (or 11,811 feet). At 14,692 feet, the Matterhorn is not the country’s tallest—it comes in tenth—but it is definitely the most iconic, thanks to the drama and beauty of its unusual profile. Reaching the summit is best left to experienced climbers, but on Exploration’s Switzerland: Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks trip you’ll have two nights and one full day in Zermatt, which sits in the shadow of the peak. You can explore the trails along the Matterhorn’s lower elevations or simply wander amid the boutiques and restaurants of this posh mountain town, admiring the peak from a distance.
Explorations takes travelers not only to the country's highest peaks but also to its corners off the path that most travelers follow. In Neuchâtel you can wander the preserved streets of its historic core in the shadow of the Chateau de Neuchâtel, a 12th-century castle. From Vevey, another stop on the Explorations itinerary, it's easy to explore many of Switzerland's small and excellent wineries.