European City Luxury Holidays

Cultural Powerhouses

Discover the perfect luxury city-break

Explore one of Europe's cosmopolitan metropolises in the perfect weekend getaway.

We offer a range of luxurious hotels in stunning city locations across Europe. With their stylish designs, unforgettable service and top-class amenities, they provide the ideal setting from which to explore your destination of choice. Whether you’re planning an extended stay or you’re simply looking for a weekend break, we should have the perfect hotel for you.


Famed for its historic ruins, lively street life, stunning art and mouthwatering food, Italy’s capital has plenty to entertain and enthral visitors. Step back in time at the Roman Forum, Pantheon and Colosseum, where you’ll get a glimpse of what life was like during the golden era of the ancient empire. Other must-sees include Vatican City, St Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain and the Palatin. Soak up the atmosphere of the picturesque piazzas and streets, indulge in some shopping and feast on Italian delicacies in the trattorias, pizzerias and fine dining restaurants.


Exuding romance and sophistication, Venice offers a getaway unlike any other. This Italian city of marble palaces perched on a lagoon is celebrated for its waterways. Travel along the Grand Canal in a gondola and admire the stunning architecture as it unfolds along your route. Take a trip to the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco, and discover the Renaissance masterpieces and charming churches that hide behind every corner. Raise a glass of Venice’s signature bubbly, prosecco, to toast this unique city.


The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence abounds in stunning architecture and art. Everywhere you look, there’s something wondrous to feast your eyes on. This Tuscan city has hardly changed over hundreds of years. Take a walk along the cobbled streets lined with palaces that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Visit medieval chapels, marble basilicas and world-renowned museums boasting masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo and Botticelli. It’s not surprising that the entire city has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site.


Spain’s second city and the capital of Catalunya, Barcelona has an experimental, modern and at times almost magical vibe. Offering world-class art museums and galleries, along with stylish shops and designer restaurants and bars, this thriving port and commercial centre has something for everyone. No visit to Barcelona is complete without seeing Antoni Gaudí’s surreal church of the Sagrada Família. Other highlights include the Gothic Quarter and the famous La Rambla boulevard. If it’s cool eateries and nightlife you’re after, make your way to the vibrant area of El Born. You’ll find everything from secluded tapas bars to unmarked gourmet restaurants.


With its iconic Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum, which houses the best collection of Greek antiquities anywhere in the world, Athens is undoubtedly a history lover’s paradise. The Greek capital has much more to offer besides though. Take a stroll through neighbourhoods such Monastiráki, Pláka and Psyrrí, and explore the city’s vibrant bazaars, chic malls, tavernas, clubs and open-air cinema to see what really makes this sun soaked metropolis tick.


From the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral to the Arc de Triomphe and avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris is packed with stunning attractions. Other highlights include the Louvre museum, Pompidou centre and Jardin du Luxembourg. The French capital is also a great place to indulge in some serious retail therapy, offering haute couture houses and designer boutiques galore, as well as flea markets and vintage shops. Embrace your inner gourmand too, sampling dishes served up in establishments ranging from simple neighbourhood bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants.

If you like the sound of these European city breaks and you’d like more inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and experienced team. You can reach us by phone or live chat and we’ll be happy to help you plan the perfect holiday.

where to stay


We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.

  1. Villa Agrippina, A Gran Meliá Hotel

    Villa Agrippina, A Gran Meliá Hotel

    Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá is named after the first Roman Empress Agrippina the Elder and is surrounded by history and culture.
  2. Hotel De La Ville

    Hotel De La Ville

    Hotel De La Ville opened in May 2019 and astonishingly positioned in the heart of the city, atop the splendid 18th century Spanish Steps, with stunning views over the Piazza di Spagna, it’s sure to become a gilded honeypot for the most cultured and discerning.
  3. Ca' di Dio

    Ca' di Dio

    A romantic resort in the most romantic destination, Ca’ di Dio is located at the entrance of the Arsenale area, the city’s design district, where art and architecture meet.
  4. Heureka Hotel

    Heureka Hotel

    The breathtakingly beautiful Heureka Hotel stands in one of the most lively districts of Venice and encapsulates the spirit of this ancient city and the magic of a 16th century Palazzo while also offering all the comforts of a contemporary boutique hotel.
  5. St. Regis Venice

    St. Regis Venice

    Avant-garde in outlook and design, The St. Regis Venice merges striking, modern interiors with its historic provenance as the best address in the city. Flanked by the Grand Canal with views across iconic landmarks, the hotel has stood in this privileged position for over a century and a half.
  6. Relais Santa Croce by Baglioni Hotels & Resorts

    Relais Santa Croce by Baglioni Hotels & Resorts

    The dreamy Relais Santa Croce by Baglioni Hotels & Resorts can be found in an 18th century palazzo that lies at the historic heart of Florence.
  7. La Réserve, Paris

    La Réserve, Paris

    Found just off the Champs Elysees, La Reserve Paris is the ideal location for a decadent vacation in Paris. With extraordinary suites and rooms, Michelin-starred restaurants and a spa oasis, it’s to be expected that this enchanting hotel is a favourite for international guests visiting the nation’s capital.
  8. Hotel Camiral At PGA Catalunya

    Hotel Camiral At PGA Catalunya

    Perfectly placed between two world-class courses, Hotel Camiral is a golf lover’s dream and an exclusive option for a luxury vacation in Catalonia, Spain.

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A former 12th century Venetian Palazzo, Baglioni Hotel Luna is the oldest hotel in Venice. Situated near the San Giorgio Island and the San Marco Basin, this grand hotel offers magnificent views, lavish accommodation and first-class facilities.

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