Short Breaks & 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.
Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.
Stay 4 nights pay 3 – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018
This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero (Douro) Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.
With a whole suite of awards recognising everything from its golf course to its thermal spa, this grand Belle Époque dame is a gem hidden among the forests of northern Portugal.
Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.
This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.
Stay 2 or more nights and get 25% discount – Save up to £115 pp
Book by: 23 August 2018
Themed on the world’s finest watches, this is a private collection turned hotel. It’s understated too, with the views of the next-door basilica and luxury rooms allowed to take centre stage.