Check out our top picks for a short break to one of our top city break destinations! Why not explore the busy streets of The Big Apple, take a dip in the famous thermal baths of Budapest, discover hidden gems in the charming streets of Dubrovnik or watch the world go by in the old town of Bratislava. With a mix of culture, art, architecture, shopping, and endless entertainment, there is something for everyone!
New York has fast become one of the most popular choices for a city break, attracting over 50 million tourists per year! Home to many iconic attractions such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of liberty, as well as it’s famous shopping areas such as Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, you will never be short of fun and exciting activities.
If delicious food is your thing, then New York is the place for you! Its unlimited supply of restaurants, bars, and fast food venders will leave you spoilt for choice. Take time to soak up the city vibe, sights and sounds in Chinatown and Little Italy, enjoy the ambience of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and have a taste of the real New York with a hotdog from the world famous street vendors!
Top 10 things to do in New York
- View from the top of the Empire State Building
- 9/11 Memorial
- Visit Grand Central Station
- Travel over the Brooklyn Bridge
- Natural History Museum
- Times Square at night
- Visit Central Park
- Shopping on 5th Avenue
- Eat in at least 1 deli
- See a Broadway show
Average Flight Time: 8 hours
Currency: US Dollar
Time Difference: The UK is 5 hours ahead of New York.
Transfer Times: Average transfer time is 45 mins.
Average Prices: The average cost of a 3-course meal for 2 people is approx. £40 and £5 for a beer.
Departure Points: Direct flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Belfast, and Edinburgh.
Initially two separate cities – Buda and Pest – sat on either side of the river Danube, the two were united in 1872, and have since grown into one of the most inspiring and beautiful capital cities in the world.
Many of Budapest’s buildings have survived for several centuries giving the city endless character. These include the enormous basilica of St Stephen – whose viewing platform offers panoramic views across the city, and the palatial Parliament building with its lavish gold trimmings.
Take a break from exploring the city, and relax at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, This natural hot spring is over 100 years old and is also one of the biggest natural hot springs in Europe.
Average Flight Time: 2.5 hours
Time Difference: GMT +1hr
Transfer Times: The city centre is only 16km from the airport with a transfer time of approx. 20-30 mins
Average Prices: The average cost of a 3-course meal for 2 people is approx. £25 and £2 for a beer.
Departure Points: Departing from 8 regional airports with a choice of 4 different airlines.
Top things to do in Budapest
- Try the authentic Hungarian treat, Langos (deep-fried pizza-type bread)
- Historical Buda Castle, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Quirky ruin bars (Szimpla Kert is our favourite!)
- Walk across Chain Bridge
Dubrovnik is a beautiful enchanting city has famously been described as “the pearl of the Adriatic”. It really is a stunning city with an amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
The Old Town and its many sights are one of the top attractions here. If you are visiting in the summer, do not miss the world-renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival, with music, theatre, and dance performances.
The Old Town is also famous for Stradun (also known as Placa), the main thoroughfare which acts as the main local promenade – one of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by.
Average Flight Time: 3 to 3.5 hours
Currency: Croatian Kuna
Time Difference: GMT +1hr
Transfer Times: The city centre is only 20km from the airport with a transfer time of approx. 30 mins
Average Prices: The average cost of a 3-course meal for 2 people is approx. £24 and £2 for a bottle of beer.
Departure Points: Departing from 14 regional airports with a choice of 5 different airlines.
Top things to do in Dubrovnik
- Walk around the spectacular city walls
- Take a day trip to nearby islands- Lokrum, Cavtat or The Elafiti Islands
- Visit the Stradun promenade
- Visit Rector’s Palace
A perfect destination for a short city break, Bratislava has it all; history, architecture, tradition, culture, art, drinks, food and nightlife- need we go on! This small historical city offers excellent value for money for someone looking for something a little different.
Enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders Bratislava has to offer as a re-emerging sparkler of history, culture, business, and recreation.
Inexpensive by comparison to Western Europe, small enough to manage on a short visit, with charm enough for a longer one, Slovakia’s capital offers a variety of activities to travellers with any goal. In beautiful Old Town or elsewhere, the Bratislava area offers a wide variety of very good standard hotels.
The historic old town in Bratislava is a must. It’s easy to find, downhill from the hill-top dominating medieval castle, and past the tall spire of St. Martin’s Cathedral. The maze of cobblestone streets is mostly limited to pedestrians. Shade trees and fountains decorate small parks, and you have an abundant choice of cafes and restaurants, with outdoor seating in appropriate seasons and places.
Average Flight Time: 2 hours
Time Difference: +1 hour
Transfer Times: By bus will take 25 mins or 10-15 mins by private transfer
Average Prices: The average cost of a 3 course meal for 2 people is approx. £20 with the price of a beer £1.20 each
Departure Points: Departing with Ryanair from a choice of 5 regional airports.
Top things to do in Bratislava
- Explore the old town
- Visit the Blue Church
- Bratislava Castle
- Take a day trip to Vienna
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