Getting your bearings
All cities have their own landscapes and layouts. Accustoming yourself to a new one can be tricky, especially in a relatively short space of time. However, on all of our City Breaks you will benefit from a city tour, given by an English-speaking guide, to help you find your bearings. As well as showing you some of the highlights, our experienced guides will be happy to answer any questions you might have and recommend other places in the city that you might enjoy visiting.
Of course, there is usually more to a city than buildings. Some, such as Budapest, are blessed with great rivers. Others, like Barcelona and Valencia enjoy beach-front locations. Parks, too, are an important part of many European cities. Krakow, for example, has forty-two from which to choose. A little closer to home, a stroll in Berlin's Tiergarten is a great way of exploring that city's green, beating heart.
A new culture
Visiting somewhere different is always exciting. Sometimes it can be a little daunting too, especially if you do not speak the local language. However, the more you travel, the more you realise how many things are universal. One of these is art, and a visit to a gallery or museum can be a superb way to get under the skin of a new city. Imagine viewing paintings by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bosch and Brueghel in the splendid surroundings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, or admiring Gaudi's artistry in his adopted city of Barcelona!
Food and drink
An enormous pleasure when visiting any new place is the chance to try some of its particular delicacies. Sometimes you may already be familiar with the food from a particular place, such as Spanish tapas or Roman spaghetti alla carbonara in Rome but, even there, there are usually new treats to try. What about pa amb tomàquet (bread, rubbed with ripe tomatoes, salt and olive oil) in Barcelona or fiori di zucca (battered courgette flowers, stuffed with anchovies and mozzarella) in Rome? If you are heading further east, look out for Estonian blood sausages, or black pudding, in Tallin, and the Latvian dish of siļķe kažokā (a salad made from herring and beetroot) in Riga. Back west, there are the famous oranges of Seville and who could resist a Portuguese custard tart in Lisbon!