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The British capital is now home to dozens of fantastic Michelin-star restaurants, and is famous for its luxury department stores like Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Nothing could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea in Mayfair, a guided tour of Buckingham Palace, or a visit to some of London's grand stately homes like the 17th-century Kensington Palace and 16th-century Hampton Court. Famous, high-end hotels in the city include the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, and The Savoy.
Enjoy a slow walk around the striking ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, admire the beautiful evening light over the Tiber River, head inside the awe-inspiring Colosseum, or get tickets to a Roman opera performance. See the intrinsic Renaissance artwork of the outstanding Vatican Museums, throw a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and sample some of Rome's wonderful pizzas and freshly made pasta. You'll be a guaranteed an unforgettable stay at the exclusive Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux hotel, the St. Regis Rome, or the Inn At The Roman Forum - Small Luxury Hotel.
If you've already seen world-famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, consider a romantic walk in the enormous Bois de Boulogne park to escape the tourists, or sit back and relax in the majestic Luxembourg Gardens. For one of the best ground-level views of the city head to the stunning Sacré-Cœur just before sunset, then spend the evening in one of Montmartre's charming bars. Renowned, luxury Parisian hotels include the Hotel Brighton, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, and the Hotel Molière.
In this thriving cosmopolitan Catalan capital, wander around the photogenic Gothic Quarter, see some of the city's famous Modernist landmarks, and relax in the impressive Park Güell gardens. Barcelona is also revered for its Magic Fountain of Montjuïc and astonishing Palau de la Música Catalana palace, and boasts numerous deluxe hotels like the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, the Catalonia Square, and the Olivia Balmes Hotel.
Perhaps the most spectacular and romantic view of Athens can be enjoyed from the top of Mount Lycabettus at sunset, where you can see the city centre and the striking Acropolis transform into luminous shades of pink and orange. See the formidable ancient artefacts of the Acropolis Museum, walk around the ancient Parthenon, and benefit from first-class hospitality in luxury hotels like Stratos Vassilikos, the Athens Lotus Hotel, and the Novus City Hotel.