• The Best City Break Destinations in Europe

    by  • June 11, 2013 • Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Boston, Bruges, Budapest, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Florence, Istanbul, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Naples, New York, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rome, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw • 0 Comments

    Ubiquitous amongst travel professionals and holiday makers alike, Trip Advisor has just published the long-awaited resulted of the Travellers’ Choice survey for 2013 with some perennial favourites and a couple of surprise additions topping the polls amongst those who took part. How many have you been lucky enough to visit and which still sit on the holiday ‘to do’ list?

    Top 25 destinations – Europe

    1. Paris
    2. London
    3. Rome
    4. Barcelona
    5. Venice
    6. Florence
    7. Prague
    8. Berlin
    9. Istanbul
    10. St Petersburg
    11. Amsterdam
    12. Madrid
    13. Vienna
    14. Dublin
    15. Munich
    16. Lisbon
    17. Budapest
    18. Athens
    19. Milan
    20. Dubrovnik
    21. Krakow
    22. Moscow
    23. Oia (Greece)
    24. Zermatt
    25. Naples

    Interestingly, compare this with a recent survey from the Post Office of 25 cities worldwide, 22 in Europe and three in the USA. Compiling a basket of 12 items including a cup of coffee, beer, coca cola, glass of wine, three-course meal for two with wine, return airport transfer, 48-hour travel card, bus tour, heritage attraction, museum, art gallery and two nights’ accommodation at a three-star hotel, these cities were scored for best value for money. Clear winners are the Eastern European cities, with Lisbon cheapest in the eurozone. For a more detailed breakdown, visit the link below:


    Top 25 best value destinations – Worldwide

    1. Budapest
    2. Vilnius
    3. Warsaw
    4. Riga
    5. Lisbon
    6. Dubrovnik
    7. Prague
    8. Tallinn
    9. Istanbul
    10. Belfast
    11. Edinburgh
    12. Berlin
    13. Vienna
    14. Dublin
    15. Barcelona
    16. Paris
    17. London
    18. Bruges
    19. Amsterdam
    20. Rome
    21. Chicago
    22. Stockholm
    23. Copenhagen
    24. Boston
    25. New York


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.

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