With more countries than Asia crammed into a relatively compact space, Europe is a patchwork of conflicting and surprising ideas, sights, sounds and people. With the wealth of world-class cities and experiences here, there's no way to tour the continent without being awed by the rich heritage and outstanding landscapes that you'll discover.
Classical alternatives include Greece and Turkey, whilst rising stars starting to garner more attention include Croatia, Iceland and the Scandinavian destinations of Finland, Norway and Sweden. If it's somewhere truly original you're after, head to Belarus, Estonia or Montenegro.
With landscapes as varied as the Alps, the beaches of the Mediterranean, the fjords of Norway, the Greek islands, Lapland in Scandinavia and the volcanoes of Iceland, there truly is something for everyone.