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Top 10 European City Breaks 2018

Whether you're looking to take the trip of a lifetime or simply get away for the weekend - We have a list of Top 10 City Breaks to travel this year, such as:

  • Barcelona
  • Paris 
  • Amsterdam
  • Rome
  • Dublin 
  • Budapest and more...

Explore our top 10 City Break offers below, or use the search to find something to suit you.

1. Barcelona

Discover golden beaches, Gaudi’s masterpieces, Catalan cuisine, buzzing bars and an atmospheric gothic quarter on city breaks to Barcelona.

Explore the serenity of Park Guell and the surrealism of Gaudi’s architecture before strolling around ancient alleyways filled with medieval relics in Barri Gotic. Relax on the golden sands of Barceloneta Beach and explore the bustling promenade up to Olympic Port. A short trip out of the city, you’ll find the charming seaside town of Sitges and the magnificent Montserrat mountain range. After sunset you can sample the best of Catalan cuisine in Barcelona’s tapas bars and show your moves in the city’s pulsating jazz and salsa clubs.

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2. Amsterdam

A favourite for quick escapes and budget city breaks, Amsterdam blends its cultural core with a hedonistic spirit. 

This is a city where Van Gogh’s masterpieces hang in his self-named museum, and treasures of the Golden Age adorn the walls of the restored Rijksmuseum. You can join the locals and spin around the city on two wheels. Or get a different view and take a boat ride along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals. Whether you want to feel cosy in a traditional brown café or explore nature at historical Artis Zoo, there’s plenty to experience in the Dutch capital.

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3. Rome

Combine Roman antiquities, great museums, fine restaurants and buzzing bars for the perfect city break to Rome. 

Discover an ancient world in the Eternal City of Rome. Visit the gladiatorial arena of The Colosseum, a 2000-year-old temple known as The Pantheon; and the largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. See Michelangelo’s famous painting in the Sistine Chapel; explore the boutiques, artisan workshops and traditional restaurants in the medieval neighbourhood of Monti or head out of the Vatican’s borders to check out the high-end shops and smart squares in Prati. 

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4. Paris

City of Love and a mecca for art lovers, Paris is one of the most elegant places on Earth.

Boasting icons such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe, whether you come to shop, eat, wander around or simply muse, there's nowhere quite like Paris in Springtime, or for that matter summer, autumn or winter either. Highlights include museums such as the Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the elegant Champ Elysees. Located nearby for day trips are the Gardens of Monet, the Palace of Versailles and of course, Disneyland Paris.

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5. Dublin

City of literature, music and conviviality, Dublin is a place to both unwind and to get the creative juices flowing.

Nightlife centres around the pubs and restaurants found on the cobbled streets of the historic Temple Bar where locals jam at impromptu gigs. By day head to the library at Trinity College, home of the famous Book of Kells and don't forget to take a literary tour of the city, following in the footsteps of Joyce, Beckett and Yeats. Further highlights include a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or a tour of the Jameson Distillery as well as the National Museum of Ireland and the Dublin City Gallery. This is a city which welcomes visitors with open arms, a place bursting with love and laughter.

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6. Venice

Explore magnificent art galleries and gothic architecture, sail along picturesque canals and indulge in ice-cream for an authentic Venice city break experience. 

Stand in magnificent Piazza San Marco to admire St Mark’s Basilica, ride a gondola along Venice’s quiet canals or take a water bus down the glorious Grand Canal. Find an authentic taste of Venice at Rialto Market, visit gothic Doge’s Palace and follow the footsteps of past convicts over the Bridge of Sighs. Escape the crowds and go island hopping to Murano, Burano or Torcello, and browse local boutiques for Murano glass. 

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7. Krakow

Poland's southern 'capital' and arguably its most beautiful city, Krakow has a marvelously preserved medieval centre as well as a famed Jewish Quarter, both of which are bursting with history.

Cafe culture is big in Krakow where city life centres around the vast Grand Square, Rynek Główny. Further highlights include the majestic Wawel Castle, the fascinating story which is told at Schindler's Factory and the hidden market tunnels of Rynek Underground, today enhanced with audio-visual displays.

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8. Prague

The Czech Republic's enigmatic capital is often seen as a key meeting point of Eastern and Western Europe culture.

The beautiful Old Town and stunning Charles Bridge are both picture postcard spots and some say the beauty of Prague easily rivals Paris, whilst the beer is even better. Beneath a skyline of elegant spires and traditional red roofs lies some of Central Europe's best attractions including Prague Castle, Prague Jewish Museum and St Vitus Cathedral. Fast becoming known as a hotspot for clubbing, by night visitors and locals alike party in the bohemian Vrovice area.

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9. Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is a majestic city, bursting with history, stories and magnificent architecture.

The most famous location, the Royal Mile, transports you from the Holyroodhouse Palace at one end to Edinburgh Castle at the other. Along the way discover medieval Edinburgh, the café where JK Rowling penned Harry Potter and numerous shops, bars and restaurants. To the south is the New Town, not so new now, this Georgian-era part of the city is as grand today as it was when it was first built. Get out by taking a walk up to Arthur's Seat, the highest of four peaks which offer far-reaching views, back on the city itself and also across the Firth of Forth

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10. Budapest

The capital of Hungary, made up of Buda and Pest - divided the Danube, is one of Central Europe's true gems.

This city is largely famed for three things, fine architecture, fine dining and hot springs. Many of the buildings in central Budapest date from the city's Golden Age in the 19th century, making for an eclectic mix of baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau influences. Magyar cuisine is said to be amongst the best in Europe and can be discovered on any budget. The hot springs that were first used by the Romans are located all over the city. Further highlights include the Great Synagogue, the Royal Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Hungarian National Museum.

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