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Group A - Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales

 

It’s time to meet Group A. Do you feel that? That's the atmosphere. The undeniable breeze of competitive sport, anticipation, and a return to the stadium after a long time out of action. 

You might be predicting that Switzerland will triumph over Wales in their first match of the tournament, or that Italy will blitz the competition and be a shoo-in to the finals. However, we’ve put our minds together for our own Alternative Euros - a friendly competition based on holiday potential only! So, let’s get started. Who do we have competing in Group A?

  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Wales

 

How do these travel destinations compare?

 

Ah, Italia. It’s hard to say no to a sojourn in the undulating, winery-filled hills of Tuscany, or a summer break at romantic Lake Como. We have customers who are so loyal to the Mediterranean nation that they return every year (minus 2020) without fault. We don’t blame them! Turkey is a destination favoured for similar reasons, with a world-famous cuisine - köfte anyone? - and a vast coastline of pristine Mediterranean beaches.

Then there’s idyllic, mountainous Switzerland. Popular among ski-fiends and hiking lovers, the alpine terrain is the perfect antidote to city life, offering a variety of active, adventurous breaks in nature. Closer to home is Wales, with its stunning mountain range in Snowdonia National Park, and a little gentler in the south, the Brecon Beacons, both of which offer similar opportunities to immerse yourself in a wild, rugged landscape.

So, our first group presents us with myriad opportunities and fierce competition. But for this round, we’re going to have to be tough. Only one nation can win.

 

The winner is...

Wales! The tiny yet mighty country has long remained an underrated travel destination. And perhaps it’s time for it to no longer remain a ‘hidden gem’. Many Brits are likely to have never wandered around the dramatic Pembrokeshire Coast, the peaks of Snowdonia National Park, or the unique island of Anglesey - and we blame certain rumours. Weather-related rumours. And we’re here to set the record straight. 

Yes, it does rain in Wales. A lot. However, this rainfall shapes the landscape, making it vibrant in its green hues and in its springtime display of flowers. A trip to rural Wales is a breath of fresh air.

The Alternative Euros win for Wales might come as a delight to history buffs, who will know that the country packs in more than 600 castles. Some of which are UNESCO listed, including the striking Beaumaris Castle and Caernarfon Castle. Thanks to Edward I’s attempts to capture the country during the 13th and 14th centuries, Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. 

Another reason to head to Wales is the proximity, making for a fuss-free holiday. It’s always a fantastic idea to explore what’s in your own backyard.

 

Suggested tour: Scenic North Wales and Chester

 

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If you’re excited for even more travel predictions in the other groups competing in the 2021 Euros, click below!

Scenic North Wales and Chester
  • United Kingdom, British Isles, Wales
  • 3 excursions included
  • 6 meals included
  • Make your own way to Chester, and spend five days exploring north Wales from your four-star hotel
  • Enjoy a fascinating full-day excursion to Anglesey and mainland Wales, taking in two UNESCO-listed castles and Plas Newydd, home of the Marquess of Anglesey
  • Relaxing two-hour canal cruise on the UNESCO-listed Llangollen Canal across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the largest in the UK
Best seller
    • Tour Only
  • 5 days from: £494pp
  • Was: £520pp
  • 10 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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Lake Garda
  • 4.13 (1769 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 7 meals included
  • Relax and unwind beside the blue waters of Lake Garda
  • Enjoy an optional Grand Circular Tour of Lake Garda
  • Enjoy an optional full-day tour of Venice
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £579pp
  • Was: £609pp
  • 14 airports
  • 19 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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Sicily
  • 3.93 (7 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 7 meals included
  • Enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Discover Cefalu's old town
  • Relax on the beach
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £756pp
  • Was: £795pp
  • 4 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Lake Como
  • 3.7 (10 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 14 meals included
  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Enjoy peaceful lake-shore strolls
  • Choose from six pre-bookable optional excursions
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £803pp
  • Was: £845pp
  • 11 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Venice, Verona & Lake Garda
  • 4.34 (1056 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 4 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Enjoy a full-day visit to incomparable Venice, La Serenissima
  • Explore Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s exquisite city
  • Journey through the dramatic Dolomites
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £841pp
  • Was: £885pp
  • 14 airports
  • 19 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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Lake Maggiore, Piedmont & the Matterhorn
  • 3.92 (21 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Tour Lake Maggiore's exquisite Borromean Isles
  • Cross into Switzerland to stop at the foot of the Matterhorn
  • Visit Verbania’s stunning Villa Taranto gardens
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £879pp
  • Was: £925pp
  • 11 airports
  • 15 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Little Trains of the Dolomites
  • 3.82 (90 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
  • Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £898pp
  • Was: £945pp
  • 13 airports
  • 18 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Christmas on Lake Garda
  • 4.32 (93 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 1 excursion included
  • 11 meals included
  • A scenic Lake Garda boat trip
  • A turkey lunch on Christmas Day
  • A four-course Christmas Eve Dinner
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £898pp
  • Was: £945pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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Portofino, Florence & Tuscany
  • 3.92 (798 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Visit Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive corners
  • Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca
  • Spend a day in breath-taking Florence
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £908pp
  • Was: £955pp
  • 12 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Capri, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
  • 4.01 (930 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend a week in the blissful surroundings of the Neapolitan Riviera
  • Visit the extraordinary ruins of Roman Pompeii
  • Discover and explore colourful, historic Naples
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £946pp
  • Was: £995pp
  • 5 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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Puglia & the South - Undiscovered Italy
  • 4.19 (243 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Relaxing in a comfortable hotel beside the Adriatic Sea
  • A visit to the medieval village of Cisternino
  • Alberobello's traditional, conical trulli houses
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £969pp
  • Was: £1019pp
  • 3 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 11 meals included
  • A Welcome Drink and get-together
  • Celebrate the season in idyllic Château-d'Oex
  • Visit Montreux and its famous Christmas Market
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £978pp
  • Was: £1029pp
  • 9 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
  • 3.73 (227 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover Bellagio, "Italy's most beautiful town"
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como
  • Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £993pp
  • Was: £1045pp
  • 11 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Spend seven nights close to beautiful Lake Molveno
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Discover medieval Bolzano – a wine-producing gem in the Dolomites
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1054pp
  • Was: £1109pp
  • 10 airports
  • 2 dates available
  • May 2022 - Sep 2022
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Etna, Taormina & Classic Sicily
  • 3.73 (470 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover Mount Etna, Europe's most celebrated active volcano
  • Visit Syracuse, one of Sicily’s most important ancient sites
  • Spend a day exploring the beautiful Aeolian Islands
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1136pp
  • Was: £1195pp
  • 3 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Sardinia & Corsica
  • 3.22 (204 reviews)
  • Italy, France
  • 5 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ancient Alghero and the views across to the Capo Caccia
  • The hill-top town of Bonifacio, including a train ride
  • The amazing rock formations of the Calanques de Piana
Best seller
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1349pp
  • Was: £1419pp
  • 4 airports
  • 17 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Swiss Christmas Markets
  • 3.57 (29 reviews)
  • Switzerland
  • 1 excursion included
  • 6 meals included
  • Shopping for Swiss goodies at Montreux Christmas Market
  • Enjoying views of Lake Geneva
  • Staying in a delightful mountain village
    • Flights Included
  • 4 days from: £490pp
  • Was: £515pp
  • 5 airports
  • 5 dates available
  • Nov 2021 - Dec 2021
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  • 1 excursion included
  • 4 meals included
  • Enjoy four nights in beautiful Verona, in an elegant hotel base
  • Discover the exquisite city of Romeo and Juliet
  • Journey by train to glorious Venice, La Serenissima, to soak up the atmosphere of Carnevale
    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £689pp
  • Was: £725pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 21 February 2022
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Lake Como & Alpine Railways
  • 4.18 (54 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 2 excursions included
  • 10 meals included
  • Enjoy the magic of Italy's romantic lake
  • Ride on the historic Como-Brunate funicular
  • Journey on the Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £708pp
  • Was: £745pp
  • 6 airports
  • 5 dates available
  • Feb 2022 - Nov 2022
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Lake Maggiore
  • 4 (19 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 7 meals included
  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Stroll along the picturesque lake-shore
  • Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £718pp
  • Was: £755pp
  • 10 airports
  • 15 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Tuscany
  • 3.97 (198 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 14 meals included
  • The chance to stroll around Montecatini
  • Excellent shopping and a fine array of restaurants
  • Enjoy a host of wellness therapies and treatments
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £718pp
  • Was: £755pp
  • 12 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Christmas on Lake Como
  • 3.59 (11 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 15 meals included
  • Spend time on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
  • Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
  • Como Town Christmas Market and Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £807pp
  • Was: £849pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 10 meals included
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk with the chance to try snow-shoeing
  • An exhilarating horse and carriage ride with a warming fondue lunch
  • Introduction to cross-country skiing and Glacier 3000 on optional excursions
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £860pp
  • Was: £905pp
  • 7 airports
  • 4 dates available
  • Jan 2022 - Apr 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Seven nights on the shores of the blue Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Exquisite, cliff-top Tropea, its dazzling beaches and island church
  • Wander down to the water’s edge in delightful Chianalea di Scilla
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £879pp
  • Was: £925pp
  • 1 airport
  • 11 dates available
  • May 2022 - Sep 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 12 meals included
  • Spend a week in the celebrated resort of Chateau d’Oex
  • Rest and relax in the idyllic surroundings of the Pays d’Enhaut (Upper Country)
  • Discover medieval gem and cheese-making village Gruyères
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £898pp
  • Was: £945pp
  • 6 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Explore historic Palermo's Quattro Canti
  • Visit the volcanic Aeolian Islands
  • Discover Monreale’s monastery, one of Italy’s greatest glories
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £927pp
  • Was: £975pp
  • 4 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy
  • 4.13 (30 reviews)
  • Turkey
  • 5 excursions included
  • 7 meals included
  • Discover colourful Istanbul, straddling two continents
  • See the Blue Mosque and the famed Topkapi Palace
  • Journey south via poignant ANZAC Cove
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £931pp
  • Was: £979pp
  • 6 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 11 meals included
  • Spend a wonderful Christmas in the Italian Dolomites
  • Included excursion to Trento and Riva del Garda
  • Christmas Eve visit to Merano and Bolzano, followed by a special dinner at the hotel
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £931pp
  • Was: £979pp
  • 5 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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  • 2 excursions included
  • 7 meals included
  • Spend a week in delightful Italy, including three nights in Rome and four nights on the Bay of Naples
  • The chance to explore Rome, the Eternal City, on two optional tours
  • Enjoy a wonderful drive on the Amalfi Coast, one of Europe’s most scenic coastal roads
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £959pp
  • Was: £1009pp
  • 4 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • Apr 2022 - Nov 2022
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New Year on Lake Como
  • 3.93 (7 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 18 meals included
  • Enjoying the New Year magic of Italy's romantic lake
  • Crossing Lake Como by boat to discover idyllic Bellagio
  • Como Town's Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 7 days from: £997pp
  • Was: £1049pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 27 December 2021
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • History, Culture & Charm
  • UNESCO-listed Ravenna and its famous mosaics
  • Tiny San Marino, one of the world’s smallest Republics
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1016pp
  • Was: £1069pp
  • 5 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • May 2022 - Sep 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover some of Europe’s most stunning beaches
  • Explore historic island capital, Cagliari, once a Roman stronghold
  • Riding the Little Green Train through the mountainous interior
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1155pp
  • Was: £1215pp
  • 2 airports
  • 7 dates available
  • May 2022 - Sep 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 7 meals included
  • Spend seven nights in three of Southern Italy’s most spectacular castles
  • Discover the hill towns of Umbria, Italy’s green heart
  • Explore majestic Florence, cradle of the Renaissance
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1463pp
  • Was: £1539pp
  • 5 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 4 excursions included
  • 33 meals included
  • Spend time on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
  • Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
  • Como Town Christmas Market and Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 12 days from: £1506pp
  • Was: £1585pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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