Short breaks and city breaks

Whether you’re looking to sample one of Europe’s cultural hotspots with a quick city break, fancy a shopping trip to New York, a wildlife and wilderness escape or a long weekend of sun and sea, our short break specialists are here to help you create your perfect mini-adventure.

Find out what’s on in Paris, Rome or Barcelona before you go, discover a romantic spa retreat at Lake Como, or take a weekend break in Lapland on a reindeer safari. Or, if you want to soak up some rays while exercising your mind, your body and your credit card, consider a luxurious beach-and-shopping trip to Dubai.

With the whole of Europe on the doorstep, short break options are limitless, from horse riding in the Dordogne to a pit stop at the Monaco Grand Prix. To get the maximum from your mini-break, ask our experts about the best time to travel for away-from-it-all relaxation or to catch lively festivals and events from Bloomsday in Dublin, the Vienna Opera Festival and the spiritual pilgrimages of Spain and Portugal and carnivals under the midnight sun from Reykjavik to St Petersburg.

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Top 10 city breaks

Gothenburg’s Christmas Markets

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City History & culture Short break

From the middle of November into early January, the beautiful Swedish city of Gothenburg is transformed into a winter wonderland of festive fun. Millions of …

Budapest’s Christmas Markets

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City History & culture Short break

Each year from late November to the end of December, the Hungarian Capital Budapest hosts one of Europe's finest Christmas Markets. Located in Vorosmarty Square …

Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Special offer From £790 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

This 18th century residence, in the heart of historic Florence, provides the perfect balance between bygone, sumptuous luxury and modern comfort.

Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice

Special offer From £435 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

Just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, Luna Hotel Baglioni looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and the San Marco Basin in …

Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

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Beach City History & culture

The Gulf of Thailand offers fine beaches, superb snorkelling and world-class diving in clear, warm seas. Two of its most popular holiday destinations, Koh Samui …

Kuala Lumpur & Tanjong Jara

Special offer From £1,115 pp incl. flights
Beach City History & culture

Malaysia's east coast is a tropical paradise, offering some of the finest sun-kissed beaches in Southeast Asia, where those lucky enough to visit can swim, …

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruise

From £2,550 pp incl. flights
City Escorted tour History & culture

The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers. The seventh longest in Asia, it begins its journey high on the Tibetan Plateau, cutting its way through the heart …

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Safari

Special offer From £1,995 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine Luxury travel

If you've any doubt as to why South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incredible diversity of this 14-day tailor-made …

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

From £3,400 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Escorted tour

This 18-day tailor-made holiday blends a hugely popular mix of Australian highlights, beginning in Sydney, where you'll enjoy a cruise on the city's iconic …

City & Ski - Montréal & Mont Tremblant

Special offer From £1,025 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Luxury travel

Combine an exciting city break in Montréal with a week's skiing in Mont Tremblant - Québec's premier ski resort.

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