City Breaks

Lose yourself in the whirlwind magic of a luxury city break escape

As a team we’ve visited countless cities throughout Europe including Rome, Florence, Berlin, Barcelona, Gdansk, Hamburg and Amsterdam, as well as cities further afield such as Pittsburgh, Dubai and Toronto. The best thing about these city breaks is the ease at which you can get away and experience somewhere new at short notice and with minimal planning.

There are so many incredible destinations to choose from when looking for a city break, and you have the flexibility to really focus in on somewhere that captures your interests, or look for somewhere that has a broader range of things to do. If you’re still undecided on a destination, here are a few ideas to get you started and of course you can always reach out so that we can discuss ideas together!

Our Favourite City Break Destinations

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the quirky alternative when it comes to city breaks in the UK because it has so much variety in what it offers. There are the beautiful views from Arthurs Seat, the world famous Edinburgh Festival and a whole host of Scottish musical talent to take in on a visit to this welcoming, historic city

New York

It’s a good job this is the city that never sleeps because there is so much to see and do that you’ll need all the time you can get! Iconic structures like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are obvious highlights, and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the unique, fast-paced vibe of this incredible city

Seville

With it’s beautifully ornate architecture and wide open public spaces, Seville has become one of Spain’s most attractive city break destinations and is definitely deserving of your time. Plaza de España and the neighbouring María Luisa Park are such lovely places to relax in the sun and just watch the world go by

Copenhagen

This harbour city has successfully combined it’s rich historical roots with more modern attractions to make it a destination that offers something to everyone. Classically Scandinavian in it’s vibrant architecture, it’s also home to innovation such at CopenHill, an outdoor ski slope build above an energy plant

Florence

When it comes to encapsulating Italian heritage, Florence is absolute perfection. With it’s many art galleries, renaissance architecture, magnificent Duomo cathedral and breathtaking views from Piazzale Michelangelo, you’re sure to fall in love with this city and it’ll keep drawing you back

Dubai

Whether you’re relaxing at one of the stunning beach resorts, shopping for world famous brands, experiencing traditional Arabian souks or just marvelling at the awesome feats of engineering, Dubai has it all. No two trips are the same and there’s always something new to experience

Our Top City Break Hotel Recommendations

Through our experience enjoying some fantastic city breaks and working with some of the best accommodation providers in the world, we’ve pick out some of our favourite city break hotel recommendations which provide a real sense of the city you’re visiting.

An intimate boutique hotel with refined elegance and contemporary design. Steps from iconic attractions in the heart of the Rome

A cozy Parisian hideaway in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés, offering warm hospitality, chic design, and a prime location for exploring

Industrial-chic aesthetic, vibrant social spaces, and a unique blend of history and modern style, all within a few yards of Tower Bridge in London

Boutique charm within Old Town walls, with elegant rooms, rooftop dining, and located steps from Dubrovnik’s historic treasures

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Answering Your Top City Break Questions

It completely depends on your interests, but the good thing is that there are plenty to choose from! If you’re new to the idea of city breaks you might want to try somewhere like Rome, Paris or Barcelona as these are nice and easy to find your way around, as well as being packed with things to see and do. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more alternative, places like Gdansk in Poland, Kotor in Montenegro and Cordoba in Spain are all excellent options.

It all comes down to personal preference and your individual interests, but there is definitely a city out there which is perfect for your next adventure!

Absolutely! Sometimes we forget what a variety of culture and history we have at home, so it’s nice to stay local sometimes and experience the best the UK has to offer. One of the biggest benefits of a UK city break is that you can make a spontaneous decision and be there the next day!

With its Roman history and stunning architecture, Bath is a beautiful place to spend a long weekend. And if you’re a bit of a foodie I’d definitely recommend a few nights in Manchester where there are some amazing restaurants like The Sparrows and Dishoom. Or for a livelier break there is of course Newcastle, famous for its epic nightlife but also home to many lovely walking routes which are great if you’re feeling a little worse for wear!

Typically city breaks would be two or three nights over a long weekend as this minimises the number of days taken as annual leave, however this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a longer (or even shorter) city break.

Personally we tend to say one to two nights is about right for a UK city break, two to four nights if you’re heading to Europe, and really a minimum of three nights if you’re looking to travel further afield, just so that you can combat any jet lag and make the plane journey worthwhile.

If you’re able to travel during the week, you’ll probably experience a slightly quieter city as a lot of local tourists will be at work, but if you’re looking for a more vibrant atmosphere then the weekend might be worth considering instead.

When it comes to history, Rome is always the city which stands out because so much of the history is on display at all times around the city. You can turn the corner of a street and come across a column or wall which dates back thousands of years!

Another city steeped in history is Berlin, with an abundance of museums and memorials focusing on the world wars and Berlin Wall, making it a place to learning understand the city’s troubled past.

London of course is home to a plethora of incredible museums including the British Museum, National Gallery and Imperial War Museum, all of which can be visited for free and are easy to get to using the underground network.

And another city with a beautiful historic district to explore is Dubrovnik in Croatia, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world and for many years played host to much of the filming for Game of Thrones.

Of course, this is actually becoming a more and more popular way to travel! City breaks sometimes have the perception of being quite regimented but this absolutely doesn’t have to be the case. We always encourage clients to explore all the options so that we can create the perfect trip, rather than be confined to “traditional” itineraries where you may experience the main sights quite quickly if it’s a small city.

What’s great about many European countries is that the rail network is superb so it’s easy to hop on a train to a different city and back in a day, for example if you base yourself in Rome you can easily get to Florence, Milan and even Venice in just a few hours

There are three key things we always recommend to anyone who is ready to jump into a city break for the first time, but more important than any of these is to just allow yourself to get swept up in the whirlwind that is a city break! It’s sometimes tricky to let yourself go if you’re only away for a few days, but it’ll make your experience so much more fulfilling if you’re able to immerse yourself in the city’s unique vibe.

Pack Light Where Possible

Short haul airlines tend to charge a fortune to check in luggage, so if you’re able to stick to a 10kg cabin bag and a small underseat bag (or just the underset bag if you’re a minimalist!), you’ll not only save money but also be grateful when you don’t have to carry a huge bag around when you arrive.

Consider Public Transport

Most cities have pretty good bus and metro systems, and they can get your around the city quickly and easily. But a top tip is to jump on one of the hop-on-hop-off tour buses because they’re a great way to get a feel for a city’s layout and give you an idea of where to prioritise your time for the rest of the trip.

Build In Some Chill Time

If you’re going somewhere with a lot of sights to see it can be quite an intense experience, so we always recommend factoring in some down time to rest your feet and brain, somewhere like a picturesque park or quaint little cafe is perfect to give yourself time to reflect on what you’ve seen up to that point.

Here are a few of our favourite lesser-visited cities that we believe are well worth experiencing.

Gdańsk, Poland – A beautiful port city in northern Poland, famous for it’s beautiful amber creations and Long Market, which is the perfect place to people watch whilst enjoying some traditional Polish pierogi.

Seville, Spain – An excellent alternative to Madrid, Seville offers endless magnificent architecture to marvel at and spending an afternoon wandering around Parque de Maria Luisa is a great way to unwind.

Hamburg, Germany – Hamburg is going through a bit of a revolution as it transitions from a classic port city to a vibrant hub for arts and culture. The Speicherstadt district showcases this perfectly by housing quirky little shops and museums in the old port warehouses.

Ljubljana, Slovenia – This picturesque city on the banks of the Ljubljana River has an exciting, vibrant atmosphere thanks to it’s many outdoor cafes and bars, and is perfect for enjoying a summer picnic by the river.

Perugia, Italy – Located about halfway between Rome and Florence, Perugia is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy thanks to its lasting authenticity. Wander the cobbled streets and admire the hills whilst sipping your coffee and watching the world go by.

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