Let's go exploring
With thousands of cities across the globe, and with no two alike, there’s ample opportunity to discover exciting new locations and immerse yourself in new culture. With public transport linking many of the major sights, getting around on a city break can be easy too. From jumping on the metro in Barcelona or the subway in New York, to taking a gondola in Venice or using your own two feet to discover Budapest, the finest examples of breath-taking architecture, incredible historical monuments and mouth-watering cuisine can be at your fingertips.
The beauty of a city break is that there are locations around the world that can suit all tastes. From looking out from the balcony of a high-rise in Tokyo to the vast shopping malls of Dubai, the urban sprawl of Los Angeles or the glistening sands of Rio de Janeiro, there’s an astonishing array of apartments, hotels, private rentals and other quirky accommodation to choose from. Here at Questor Travel, we have an abundance of partners with property around the world, meaning we’re perfectly placed to help you craft the ultimate city break experience.
Options, options, and more options
So whether you long for a romantic trip for two, a city with something for all the family, or simply want to get away from the hustle and bustle at home, there’s something out there for you. Tailor your trip with us and you could be wandering the streets of a new city, relaxing in its lush green spaces and getting to grips with the local transport in no time at all. With different catering options covering everything from half-board to fully-inclusive, you can shape your next trip in line with your budget, while keeping funds spare for those must-see attractions and must-do experiences.
And given the connected nature of the planet, more destinations are available to visit than ever before, as low-cost airlines secure new long- and short-haul routes to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. If you have flexibility over when you travel too, you may find that your budget can stretch even further too.
What to expect from a city break
Cities often reflect the culture of a given country, housing stunning architecture from throughout the ages, as well as captivating museums and a raft of restaurants serving up delightful regional delicacies. In historical sites, with the natural landscape and the chance to meet friendly locals, it’s easy to see why city breaks are such a popular holiday option. You can either discover the sights and sounds of what’s on your doorstep or use your chosen city as a base from which to explore further afield.
Visiting different cities at different times of year brings benefits too – especially in terms of accessibility, weather and price. Visiting Rio during the Carnival might sound appealing, but you can expect to pay more for the privilege. It’ll be a similar situation if you plan on celebrating New Year in Sydney, or on visiting Beijing for Chinese New Year. Likewise, you may want to avoid Bangkok during the rainy season, or Abu Dhabi at the height of summer. However, these locations have plenty to offer at other points in the year, and we can guide you on what to expect from any given city at the point when you’d like to travel. At Questor Travel we appreciate that different people want different things from a holiday, which is why we take great care to find the city break experiences that are right for you.
As already touched upon, the wealth of different options out there can make picking your ideal destination tricky. But your city break also represents an opportunity to discover new places, perhaps even those off the beaten track, or the hidden gems that don’t make the cover of travel magazines.
For stunning natural landscapes and culture to match, look to Eastern Europe. The rolling green hills and mountains of Montenegro offer a picturesque romantic escape, while Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana has a rich art scene and plenty of glorious cafes dotted along the banks of the Ljubljanica River – ideal for relaxing after a day exploring. Or perhaps you’d like to explore the souks of Marrakesh, Agadir and Fes, before venturing out to explore more of Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains and sands of the Sahara – renowned for camel trips, sandboarding, cycling and more. The Italian city of Venice is renowned for its waterways, but so too is Stockholm or Copenhagen, or even the scenic French alpine town of Annecy, complete with cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and winding canals. Or take in Turin if fashion is your fancy, discover the Renaissance charms of Florence or dive into history in the ancient capital of Rome. A city break really is the ideal opportunity to think outside the box and to open your eyes to the world around you.
Or perhaps you’d like a city break to help tick something off your bucket list? Embarking on a winter voyage to Iceland or Sweden may provide a glimpse of the fabled aurora borealis (northern lights) during certain months of the year. Another popular pick if you’re in Sweden is the Ice Hotel, a hotel built entirely from ice that is painstakingly rebuilt each year when the temperatures drop! With thrilling excursions on top, it’s an enthralling experience that you won’t find elsewhere!