We spend a lot of time recommending hotels, creating personal itineraries and giving good travel advice, so we decided to put together six of the best offers, from Beach hotels to favourite destinations to special occasions. Please take a look at our recommendations for six of the best classic city breaks, and don’t hesitate to contact one of our travel experts for more information, we pride ourselves in helping to create a unique travel experience for our customers and we give the best customer service possible.
Venice is built on 117 islands with over 150 canals and 400 bridges. The city is divided into six quarters (sestieri) Cannaregio, Castello, San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo and Santa Croce. Public transport is via the canals, on vaporetti (water buses), the other mode of transport is your feet. You can walk from the train station (ferrovia) to San Marco along the main thoroughfare, Lista di Spagna and this takes about 30 minutes, in fact the secret to discovering Venice is walking, Dorsoduro and Castello rarely see many tourists so you can explore for hours.
We suggest the Ca’ Dei Conti as being the perfect place from which to explore Venice. A four night break including flights starts at £746pp and includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.
Ca’ Dei Conti **** Superior
This former patrician palace is a family-run, boutique hotel with just 35 rooms and a small terrace. The Ca’ Dei Conti overlooks a small canal and is a five minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. All bedrooms are decorated in classic 18th Century style.
If you had one city you could visit in a lifetime, then make it Rome, romantically beautiful, rich with history and with such an amazing amount to see you wouldn’t be disappointed. Modern Rome still shows evidence of the Western world’s two great rulers, the Roman Empire and the Christian Church. Rome is a very walking friendly city, most major sights are within the small historic centre, just west of Stazione Termini, the central train station.
The Tiber runs through the centre of the city and has been the soul of rome since its very birth. The fact that the city owes its existence to it is described already in the first scene of the ledgend of its foundation, with Romulus and Remus who, running aground under the ficus ruminalis, suck the sugary essence from the fruits pending a proper feed of milk. The symbiotic relationships between Rom and the Tiber went on through the centuries, until the Seventies Romans used to spend their smmer Sundays on the river banks, as recounted for example by Dino Risi in his famous film 2 Poveri ma Belli” (“Poor but Beautiful”), while to this day at midday every first of January, courageous divers carry out the propitiatiry rite of hurtling down into the cold water.
Why not try the d’Inghilterra, this delightful hotel has the best location of any in Rome. Close to the bottom of the Spanish Steps, this hotel was a favourite of Hemingway and Mark Twain and has been described as among the 20 most charming hotels in the world.
d’Inghilterra **** Deluxe
This special offer of 3 nights for the price of 2 for Sunday arrivals from £898pp, includes entrance tickets to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese.
Berlin, Germany’s largest city, has more to offer visitors than almost any city in Europe. Rapidly maturing into a major world capital, historically, culturally and politically this is a unique place and a must for anyone passing through Germany.
Literally split in two for 40 years the city has reintegrated more quickly and easily than the country and has resumed its role as capital without much effort. You can still tell there is a difference between the old eastern and western districts, but this is less of a divide and more of their individual identity.
There are many good quality hotels in Berlin, and one of which located in the heart of Berlin is the De Rome, a luxurious and historic hotel.
De Rome ***** Deluxe
The De Rome has 146 bedrooms, a restaurant serving Italian cuisine, and the Bebel Bar with excellent views over the famous Bebelplatz. The stunning ‘Spa de Rome’ features an indoor swimming pool.
Take advantage of this 3 nights for the price of 2 offer for stays including a Sunday night all year, price from £759 saving you £159.
Prague is an unmissable stop on any trip through Eastern Europe, with its magic and mystical charm, Prague is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Dominating Prague’s skyline is the Czech capital’s number one attraction, Prague Castle, the biggest castle complex in the world, according to the Guiness Book of Records. It is still the seat of Czech power, both political and symbolic, housing the presiden’s office as well as the ancient Bohemian crown jewels. Prague is a beer drinker’s paradise, amd Bohemian beer is probably the best in the world, the most famous brands being Budvar, Pilsner and Prague’s own Staropramen.
All the main sights of Prague are in the city centre, and are easily reached on foot, you can take in the castle, Charles Bridge and Staromestske nam in a day.
Aria ***** Deluxe
We can recommend the Aria for your trip to Prague, located just two minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge, the Aria is a celebrationof music and this theme resonates throughout the hotel. Each bedroom is dedicated to a particular artist or composer. The rooftop terrace has spectacular views.
4 nights for the price of 3 all year round from £819pp
Lisbon is one of Europe’s smallest and most beguiling capital cities, a city of hills offering views over the sparkling Tagus River. The streets and alleys of this once great port city are filled with a sense of history and tradition, There are many great places to see at your leisure, providing you have a good pair of boots and don’t mind hills as most can be explored on foot, otherwise you can jump on the funicular, tram or metro.
Bairro Alto *****
We suggest the Bairro Alto for a visit to Lisbon. This majestic yellow ochre building sits on one of the city’s prettiest squares, stylish and contemporary. There is a Portuguese inspired restaurant, two bars and a superb roof terrace with views over the city and river. This offer Includes 48 hour ‘Lisboacard’ for entrance to the city’s best museums and monuments, and free public transport
With 3 nights for the price of 2 for Sunday arrivals to 30 Jun and a price from £639 this is a wonderful city break offer.
One of Europe’s most exciting cities, Barcelona sits right on the Mediterranean. Placa Catalunya is the heart of Barcelona and the marker between the historic city and the modern one. The city of Barcelona boasts great shopping, a lively nightlift and some of the most amazing cuisine in Spain. One of the main attractions is strolling down Las Ramblas, a pedestrian boulevard exploding with lift, it stretches from the Placa Catalunya to the waterfront, Las Ramblas is lined with street artists, new kiosks and vendors selling everything you can think of.
Grand Hotel Central **** Superior
This striking, contemporary hotel is a very stylish property and is near the Cathedral and the fashionable ‘Born’ district of Barcelona with its many bars and restaurants. Large windows provide bedrooms with plenty of natural light to complement the stylish modern decoration. There is a small rooftop terrace and summer swimming pool with superb views over the city and a popular restaurant.
4 nights for the price of 3 all year round from £698pp