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 Creative Travel Ltd
based: London, UK
Unforgettable painting holiday workshops in Italy and France, in groups of 4–10. Destinations include: Venice, Rome, Capri, Pompeii – Amalfi, and South of France. Azenart Painting Holidays include 5 full days of plein air tutoring in beautiful renown sites, in the heart of the art, all materials and equipment included.
| painting/drawing | art appreciation | groups | city breaks | Italy | France |
based: London, UK
Dubai specialists dedicated to creating inspiring holidays – at the right price. They aim to find exactly what you're looking for in Dubai, be it a luxury holiday in one of Dubai's grand hotels, a romantic boutique getaways, or a fun family holiday at a top theme parks or resorts.
| sightseeing | city breaks | United Arab Emirates |
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 |
Go Scotland Tours
based: Scotland, UK
Online one-stop-shop for tours in Scotland; offering various tours from the most recommended tour guides in Scotland. Scotland sightseeing tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and selected cruise ship ports. Many different tour types including: coach tours, city breaks, historical, student travel, landscape, whisky tours, film locations and much more.
| sightseeing | escorted tours | tailor made | weekend/short breaks | bus tours/coach holidays | city breaks | shopping | student travel/discounts | historical tours | whisky tours | cinema/film/TV/celebrity | Scotland |
Hoseasons Holidays Featured Site
based: Suffolk, UK
City break apartments in all major UK cities and towns, with stays of any length available. Most city apartments include: DVDs, home cinemas and fully equipped kitchens; with garden accesss or a balcony in many. The 'Ultimate Collection' offers the very best, each with its own character and special features.
| city breaks | UK | 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 |
based: Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Tours offer tailor-made private guided cultural tours in Istanbul.
| city breaks | Turkey |
Russian City Breaks
based: Cheshire, UK
Russian city breaks specialist, arranging bespoke tours to Moscow and St Petersburg using expert local guides, for individuals and small or large groups.
| city breaks | Russia |
EUROPE: Eurostar city breaks
Easier, faster, better value, more flexible and greener – Eurostar city breaks are an ideal way to enjoy some of the best European cities. Destinations such as Paris, Antwerp, Lille, Brussels, Ghent, Ypres, Bruges and Ostend are available as a Eurostar city break. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of hotels, from 2* 'value' hotels, right up to 5* boutique and luxury hotels; some come with extras too, like free sightseeing or museum entry!
Start the holiday right from home and make the most of a short time away. Travel from your local station (or from London), enjoy an easy check in, reserved seats and a bar buffet with drinks/refreshments, allowing you to sit back and start to relax right from the start. The journey is fast and from London Lille is just 1 hr 30 mins, Brussels is under 2 hrs and Paris is 2 hrs 20 mins.
If you want to make it even more special, a small supplement will get you an upgrade to 'Standard Premier' where you'll get roomier seats, magazines and complimentary drinks/meal served to your seat.
SCOTLAND: Edinburgh city break offers
A 'Discover Edinburgh' city break package from Parliament House Hotel. The hotel is in a central but quiet location, ideal for exploring this historic city and its famous castle (see photo).
The city break package includes accommodation for 2 nights (twin or double), a full Scottish breakfast, a private walking tour of the city and tickets for the hop-on/hop-off Edinburgh City bus tour. Parliament House Hotel is close to the heart of the action and most of the main attractions are within easy reach; Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Princes Street luxury shopping, art galleries and museums and some of the finest restaurants, bars and pubs.
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.