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City breaks

Who doesn't love a city break? Inexpensive and accessible enough to allow most of us to fit around our annual holiday plans, these quick breaks transports us into the heart of another culture. Europe is bursting with city break destinations. Italy alone boasts some of the most popular city break destinations in the world. With Europe on our doorstep and just an hour or two away by plane and train, we are spoilt for choice. Choose from classic city destinations such as Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Madrid, and Nice. For something a little different, try Scandinavia and Eastern Europe with cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Krakow and Prague.

For a more exotic city break, head to Marrakech or the glittering and glamourous Dubai - one of the most luxurious places in the world. This cosmopolitan city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, where world-class shopping, luxurious hotels, Eastern-influenced food and traditional souks make it the ideal place to stay. An increasingly popular alternative is nearby Abu Dhabi.

Enjoy an American city break in New YorkLas Vegas, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Experience the diverse cultures of New York City and its overpowering energy - you will want to explore every avenue. Or stay in a themed hotel in the glittering oasis of Las Vegas. Make the most of the gambling tables to the white-knuckle rides in this casino in the desert. San Francisco and LA have long been global cultural hubs and are must-see destinations. 

Current city break deals

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SAVE 48% | Athens summer city break with flights from £129pp Check out this great-value trip to Athens starting from £129pp. The package includes return flights and a 2-night hotel stay at one of three options (all have a minimum of 3.5/5 on Tripadvisor). Go for two nights from £129pp, three nights from £179pp or four nights from £199pp and save up to 48% off the regular price!
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FROM £699pp | Portugal: 7-night multi-city tour with flights - 35% OFF

A perfect Portugal all-rounder; history, culture, nature and wonderful gastronomy. The ideal trip to discover coastal charm, medieval villages, and the rolling hills of the Douro Valley with its unique wines.

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UNDER £180 | Chic stay at a highly-rated hotel in Nice with flights

£179pp

Accom only • Flights

3-nights • February

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✈ Berlin: Up to 4 Nights with Return Flights

£149pp

Flights

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Florence: Elegant city break with special summer discounts

£372pp

Breakfast • Flights

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UNDER £140 | Central Krakow Christmas Market break

£133pp

Accom only

2-nights • December

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Athens: Island-hopping tour of gorgeous Grecian landscapes

£602pp

Breakfast • Flights

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Madrid: Between the vibrant capital and the tranquillity of a countryside hacienda

£299pp

Breakfast • Flights

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Luxury Iceland with glacier snowmobiling, hot springs & Jeep ride

£689pp

Flights

3-nights

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Lisbon: 3-night city break with flights

£478pp

Accom only • Flights

3-nights • May

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✈ Paris Break: Up to 4 Nights with Return Flights

£119pp

Flights

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Iceland & Denmark: Land of Ice and Fire & Copenhagen

£2099pp

Breakfast • Flights

9-nights

Posts and articles

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Our BIG List of Competition Winners

12th April 2024 by Stuart

Think nobody wins competitions? Think again! This is a list of all people who have reported winning a competition in our Facebook competitions group. As you can see, there are absolutely loads! This list covers the last 6-ish years and the prize wins amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of trips, from hotel stays to long-haul adventures. Many of our members have won multiple prizes, which I've numbered beside their names. The luckiest person on our list is Dan with a...

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Booking a Christmas market trip

8th February 2021 by Stuart

It's Chriiiiiiiiiiistmmaaaaaaaaasss!! Well, no actually, it isn't. But if you could see my inbox - full up with countless snowy and festive wintery travel deals - you'd definitely think it was close. September is clearly the month for change: hazy sunshiney memories begin to take a backseat, superseded by thoughts of wintery getaways.With all this in mind, and added to the fact it's often more advantageous to beat the rush and book your Chrimbo break early, we're celebrating with a whole...

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The Scoop: Copenhagen

28th June 2023 by Stuart

Denmark and its capital hold the dubious honour of being touted as the happiest places on the planet. A 3-night break is a perfect amount of time to get to grips with the city and work out whether you agree. When to go? Pretty much any time from sunny, breezy spring through to hygge-inducing autumn and twinkly, tasteful Christmas. The largest crowds and the best festivals are in July and August, but this also brings the highest costs/rates. Temperatures rarely reach the mid-20s and so the...

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Booking a Christmas market break

8th February 2021 by Stuart

With late summer daylight beginning to lose its battle with encroaching autumnal darkness, thoughts inevitably begin to turn to the “C” word. Yep, Christmas is fast approaching and, love it or loathe it, it eventually claims us all! While many people look to escape in search of some much-needed winter sun, more and more are attempting to kick-start a full-on festive feeling by booking a Christmas market break. But with more Christmas markets popping up in so many countries every...

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Barcelona, getting off the beaten track

11th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist city destinations in the world. Its streets are always full of people, regardless of the season. It is a favourite city break destination for British tourists: famous because of its good weather, its delicious Mediterranean food and its spectacular architecture - cradle of artists as important as Gaudí. But Barcelona is much more than a simple tourist city. Probably, most of you already know the typical and always crowded tourist streets, monuments,...

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Travel diary: Two days in Oslo

20th January 2021 by Stuart

Norway. Vast pine forests, stunningly beautiful fjords, clear air and prosperous people. It's a winter wonderland and a summertime adventure playground. But if you're anything like me, Oslo has never featured especially highly on your 'bucket-list' (yes, I hate that phrase too!) As it turns out, that was exactly why I ended up choosing to go there! Let me take you back... Black Friday 2017: Ryanair (gulp!) - attempting to claw back a little dignity after their monumental flights cock-up...

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15 ultimate tips for travelling on a budget

26th February 2021 by Andy

You saved your pennies, you packed your bags and now you're are ready to hit the road. Your budget is set. You figured out how much money you will need and determined the length of your trip and the route. Being on the road you realize that travelling can be a lot more expensive than expected. Suddenly the taxi is twice the price than expected and you can’t seem to find the best market so fruits cost you a fortune.But there is good news! With just a few simple tips you can cut your expenses...

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Getting around Amsterdam

4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

One of the surprising things for the first-time visitor that separates Amsterdam from other European cities is the fact that the central areas see very little in the way of traffic congestion simply because cars are not very practical in a city that is crisscrossed by numerous canals. Because of this many visitors find it more practical to walk around the relatively small tourist areas of this city.Amsterdam on footWalking in Amsterdam is a very pleasant experience allowing you to take in all...

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Europes most affordable destinations

22nd February 2021 by Andy

Planning to travel on a budget is always a time-consuming task but there are plenty of destinations in Europe where you won’t have to put so much effort into making sure your Euros go further. Whether you’re looking for a sun holiday, a city break or an adventure getaway - there is something for you in Europe and we’re about to show you exactly where you can go without worrying about emptying your bank account.Lisbon, PortugalLisbon is the capital of Portugal and sits right on the margins...

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This week's successes: 18th February 2024

19th February 2024 by Stuart

There are four new wins and two prize updates to tell you about this week...New winnersFirstly, we were excited to draw the winner of our own competition this week. Julia was the luck winner of a luxurious spa break for two at Boringdon Hall in Devon. Julia and her guest will enjoy Stay & Spa Mayflower Break package that includes one nights accommodation, a 60-minute Gaia treatment each, dinner in the Mayflower Brasserie, full access to the spa and breakfast in the morning. Fabulous!It was...

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Free things to do in Dublin

17th February 2021 by Andy

Also known as Baile Átha Cliath in Irish, the charming city of Dublin is the perfect destination for a quick weekend city getaway. With a compact city centre, it’s easy to take a pleasant stroll to all major attractions, restaurants and shops. Unfortunately, Dublin isn’t one of the cheapest destinations in Europe. But if you’re looking for a way to enjoy this picturesque city without spending a penny, we’ve put together a list of 10 local attractions you can visit for free! We've...

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Free things to do in Paris

18th February 2021 by Andy

Known as one of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris can easily be found on anyone’s Bucket List of places to visit. But city life can be expensive so we've put together a list of some of the best things you can do in Paris - for free!Paris Walking TourSandeman organises an excellent and FREE walking tour of the city of Paris that will take you through the city’s top local attractions. Stroll by the banks of the river Seine, stand in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or discover the...

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