Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


With just a short flight but a huge change of scene, a few days away in a buzzing city can be a thoroughly revitalising experience.

City breaks may seem simple to organise but with just a short amount of time to play with, meticulous planning is required if you are to get the most out of your break away. Having been organising holidays since 1989, we have great contacts who can find us rooms in hotels and tables in restaurants when, on face value, it would seem there are none.

Explore galleries such as the famous Hermitage in St Petersburg, treat yourself to a romantic dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Rome or get the senses buzzing at a Spanish market or Moroccan souq.

Alexander Column in front of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia


Europe’s beautiful cities are perfect for a long weekend getaway offering numerous interesting things to see and do. From St Petersburg’s exquisite galleries and museums, Seville’s Renaissance/neo-Moorish style buildings, Rome’s sumptuous Michelin star restaurants, or get the senses buzzing exploring Marrakech’s famous Souq’s and bazaars.

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Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain


Seville or Sevilla as the locals know it is a captivating city by day and tremendously atmospheric at night. Visiting some of the city’s historical monuments and grand palaces or just sitting in a bar with a selection of tapas, sipping a cold glass of sangria and watching the world go by, this is a city with a large array on offer for travellers. The old Jewish quarter, Barrio Santa Cruz, is a myriad of cobbled backstreets, lined with traditional tapas bars and restaurants often opening out onto a small plaza draped with colourful bougainvillaea where locals come to sit under the shade of an orange tree.

Expert local guide laughing in the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia
Expert local guide, St Petersburg, Russia

Expert Local Guides

The key to understanding a city is a good guide. Once we’ve got to know the things that interest you, we’ll find you the right local expert to enhance your understanding of a site and its cultural context. Our black book of expert guides includes curators, authors, archaeologists, textile experts, performers and local artisans from around the world. Their passion and knowledge is exceptional and will take your cultural experience to a different level.

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Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra Gardens

Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Bosphorus River, Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise the Bosphorus

Take a boat out on the Bosphorus for a different view of the bustling city.

Colourful building, Buzios, Brazil

People Watch from Cafes

Buzios is home to some of Brazil’s hippest beach-side lounge spots, and visits to the Fishbone Cafe and Patio Havana are highly recommended.

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Winter Palace, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage Museum

Explore hidden treasures of the Hermitage on a private tour.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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