What is your favourite City?
Many of our clients tell us that theirs is New York… why, you may well wonder? As several of us have been we absolutely know why! In a nutshell it’s the diversity of ‘The City That Never Sleeps’. New York has some of the most awesome attractions, some you will undoubtably have heard of, such as the Empire State Building, Times Square, the 911 Memorial & Museum, Central park, the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park Station and so much more. For some genuine bargain shopping, Black Friday is the perfect time to go – however very busy! The 911 Memorial is both calm and reflective – an absolute must see. Take a look at our Top 10 things to do whilst in New York.
We didn’t need to think much before placing Budapest in our top 5. Budapest is the capital of Hungary and home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Straddling the River Danube, Budapest is famous for its thermal springs, some of which have been used for therapeutic purposes since prehistory. The city is split into two parts – Buda and Pest, Buda is quieter and the place to go for a leisurely sightseeing experience while Pest is best known for being lively and action packed. It’s the place to be touristy, hang out and have fun. We think you can’t miss The Danube Promenade, the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial, Széchenyi Spa or the Hungarian Parliament Building. We would recommend taking the Hop on Hop Off Bus as the two cities are spread out over a vast area. By taking the bus tour you can see everything then visit all the places you want to! Why not take a Danube day or night river cruise? Take a look at our Top 10 things to do in Budapest
Vienna – what a hidden gem! We had no idea that this wonderful city was so fabulous. Renowned for its musical heritage, Vienna has many beautiful concert halls and one of the world’s great Opera Houses. Much of its charm and rich history can be attributed to its splendid location on the banks of the Danube River. Vienna really does have so much to offer including stunning buildings with architecture to stand back and enjoy. On our list of things not to miss are the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the Spanish Riding School, take in a musical recital, take a famous Horse-cabs (Fiaker) and you must take time to enjoy at least one Viennese cake or pastry.
Porto is an utterly charming city in Portugal on the mouth of the River Douro. Picture the cobbled streets, higgledy-piggledy lanes and wonky houses! Charming outdoor cafes line the river bank and the old trams still run through this glorious little place. It seems more of a quirky town than a city! It’s perfect for a short break, situated about 25 minutes from the airport and the town is so compact you won’t need to venture far. Take a look here at our Top 10 things to do in Porto.
Hanoi – hustle, bustle, vibrant and colourful are the best words we can use to describe this lively city. Watch the locals as they encourage all to buy from their unique and jam-packed shops. Watch as the families travel around on their mopeds with often a family of 4-6 being carried at once. See in amazement how traders carry their goods on these bikes, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see things such as sofa’s or a wardrobe between two bikes, quite something and contrasting from UK Health and safety standards…! You can visit temples, wonderful lakes, visit the Old Quarter where tradition and culture are in abundance, Hoa Lo Prison and so much more.
Singapore is one of the safest and most contemporary Cities in the Far East. Often described as quite clinical, we feel over the years it has mellowed and become a firm favourite with many of our clients. Still a city full of colour, culture and spices, yet clean, safe and easy to get around. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Raffles, enjoy the world-famous Botanical Gardens (renowned for its collection of Orchids), the island of Sentosa and The Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its iconic shape infinity pool powering above the city!
Lucca sits in the heart of Tuscany, and within its majestic walls, its Roman and medieval heart is a medley of piazzas, tiny churches, art galleries and cobbled lanes: known as a city “overflowing with everything that makes for ease, for plenty, for beauty, for interest and good example”.
Buenos Aires is a contemporary, fun, foodie’s heaven. Millie visited here in 2017 and to this day it’s her favourite city in the world. She says that it’s a city she felt very safe in, the people were so friendly and the city is so colourful and full of culture. Buenos Aires is a real cultural hub for anyone who loves Latin dancing and music with La Boca (one of 48 barrios – or suburbs) the birth place of the Tango. Each individual Barrio is so individual with little influences from all over the world; it’s almost like Buenos Aires is a collection of lots of little towns all sewn together!
These are just a snippet of the many City Breaks available all over the world. Every day new and exciting destinations are being travelled to. The new ‘in’ place to go to is along the many cities of Persia, and in particular Georgia. Wherever your desire, just let us know and we will happily help plan you a wonderful break.