based: Lancashire, UK
Coach tour operator with city destinations at value for money prices in the UK and Continental Europe. Alfa specialise breaks for the over 50's and offer convenient local pick-up points from the South East, Midlands, North West and North East of England. Packages include half board quality hotels, excursions and entertainment. Check for exclusive web discounts!
| bus/coach holidays | sightseeing | city breaks | seniors/silver surfers | England | Scotland | Wales | Ireland | Western Europe |
artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations
based: Prague, Czech Republic
An unequalled active-arts and adventure-learning vacation to renew your mind, heart, and spirit, midst the most beautiful city in Europe. artbreak gives you intimate access to Prague's brilliant artistic world via hands-on art workshops, gallery tours, plus the best of Prague's music, theatre and dance performances.
| city breaks | art appreciation | painting/drawing | music tours | concerts/music festivals | ballet/opera | theatre/shows | groups | Czech Republic |
Azenart Painting Holidays
based: London, UK
Unforgettable painting holidays in Italy and France, in small groups (5 to 10). Destinations include: Venice, Capri, Amalfi-Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Florence, Sicily, Rome, South of France (French Riviera), Chateaux, Brittany and Paris. Holidays include plein air tutoring with materials, equipment and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the art.
| painting/drawing | art appreciation | groups | city breaks | Italy | France |
based: Suffolk, UK
City break vacations and packages in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Lebanon) and Europe. Including city fashion and shopping breaks and romantic city breaks.
| city breaks | shopping | Middle East | Europe |
Lastminute Featured Site
based: London, UK
City breaks and short holidays everywhere! Including Eurostar and discounted breaks with up to 40% off. Save money by booking your flight and hotel together. Where do you fancy? Paris, Rome, Dublin, Barcelona, Venice or Prague. Or a further afield? How about New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Cape Town?
| city breaks | weekends/short breaks | France | Italy | Sweden | UK | USA | Ireland | Spain | Czech Republic | Egypt | Poland | Worldwide |
One Traveller Ltd
based: Norfolk, UK
Escorted holidays and cruises from a caring family-run business established over 10 years; multiple British Travel Award Winners. Offering 54 holidays to 31 different destinations. Specialists for mature single travellers in small groups, no single supplements and exclusive sole occupancy rooms/cabins. Quality hand-picked hotels and experienced knowledgeable tour managers. Over 77% repeat guests.
| singles holidays | seniors/silver surfers | city breaks | sightseeing | escorted tours | ballet/opera | Christmas & New Year | art appreciation | architectural | theatre/shows | music tours | tailor made | ocean cruises | lake & river cruises | Worldwide |
Plymouth City Breaks
based: Devon, UK
For a short break in the city of Plymouth with information on where to stay, local events, and a suggested two-day itinerary for visitors. Plymouth is a great city break destination with a variety of city-based entertainment, surrounded by the ocean and the rugged Devon countryside.
| city breaks | England |
Saga Featured Site
based: Kent, UK
Wide range of holidays and escorted tours for mature travellers aged 50 and over. Includes many escorted hotel based city breaks and sightseeing holidays in the UK, across Europe and Worldwide. Popular city destinations include Bath, Bournemouth, Oxford, Harrogate, Glasgow, Barcelona, Berlin, Marmaris, and Madrid.
| seniors/silver surfers | sightseeing | city breaks | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
Choosing a city break destination can be difficult, there are so many inspiring cities vying for attention, what criteria do you use for selection? Travel-Quest is all about specialisms so, keeping with that tradition, here are some city break destinations to inspire you:
• Florence, Italy – birthplace of Renaissance Art.
WHY: The Uffizi Gallery (with works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Titian, Botticelli, Raphael, ... ); Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's 'David'); sculpture at the Bargello Museum; frescoes at the Duomo di Firenze Cathedral (and in numerous other churches and chapels in the city); the Pitti Palace galleries; contemporary art at Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea, Il Ponte and the EX3 Contemporary Art Center and modern sculpture in the Marino Marini Museum.
• Paris, France – often refered to as the 'City of Art'.
WHY: The Louvre Art Gallery (home to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo); Musee d'Orsay; the Picasso Museum; the Rodin Museum; the Pompidou Centre; Jardin de Luxembourg; Museum of Decorative Arts; local and street art in the Place du Tertre and Montmartre; art stalls on the banks of the Seine; and the Eiffel Tower – of course.
• London, UK – where you're spoilt for choice.
WHY: The Royal Academy of Arts, Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. And for modern art, the White Cube Gallery, the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Tate Modern and the sometimes controversial Saatchi Gallery. For British art there is Tate Britain. And then there is Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth (with its specially commissioned artwork), the Bayswater Road Artist's Gallery (with works on the railings) and the regular Spitalfields Art Market – just for starters!
• Tokyo, Japan – fabulous fish!
WHY: Tsukiji Fish Market (over 450 varieties of fish/shellfish sold daily, arrive by 5am to watch the tuna auction and follow that with a fresh sushi breakfast); more Michelin-rated restaurants than Paris; impressive depachika food floors in department stores; top restaurants (like Tsujitome and Waketokuyama); French-Japanese fusion food (try Chatelain Taillevent-Robuchon or Chez Matsuo); Izakayas (Japanese sake bars with food). The food blog Tokyo Eats has plenty of info on the city's best eating places.
• Bologna, Italy – Italy's culinary capital, not nicknamed La Grassa (The Fat One) for nothing!
WHY: So many good places to eat it's hard to go wrong (try resturants such as Pappagallo, Trattoria Del Rosso, Da Leonida, Da Gianni, Anna Maria, ...); classic Bolognese ragu; tagliatella Bolognese; the Bologna sausage; the Culinary Institute of Bologna (for cooking lessons); ice cream (gelato) and the Carpigiani Gelato Museum; city gourmet walking tours; the Mercato Centrale food market.
• Marrakesh, Morocco – food for the senses, big on flavour and aroma.
WHY: A wonderful mix of North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean styles; open-air Djemaa el-Fna street stalls for atmosphere and value; local cuisine including tajine (especially the local tanjia marrakshia), couscous, pastilla and harira soup; Middle Eastern desserts in the markets; mint tea sellers in Djemaa El-Fna Square; cooking workshops at La Maison Arabe hotel; eating from beautfully decorated traditional creamics and tajine pots; tasting samples at Bab Doukkala local food market.