A European city break can mean lots of different things, from absorbing the sun to sight-seeing. Whether it is visiting Buckingham Palace in London or strolling down the Champs Élysées in Paris, France, could there be anything better than being immersed in the history and culture of one of Europe’s great cities? This mini guide will help you decide which of Europe’s great city destinations will be top of your list.
Don’t forget, in addition to flights and travel insurance, you will need to arrange currency exchange unless the country you’re travelling to uses the same currency as your country of residence. To check the daily fluctuations in exchange rates for the currencies of the destinations listed below, look for the price of GBP (Great British Pound) and EUR (Euro).
Paris: Paris is one of the world’s great style capitals. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the River Seine or soaking up city life from a sidewalk café, it’s easy to see why. Make sure your ‘must see’ list includes the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. But be sure to spend a quiet moment in the Jardin de Tuileries and savour an éclair from a patisserie or a glass of Beaujolais in a romantic bistro. From culinary delights to cultural sights, the romance of Paris is a holiday makers dream.
London: The British capital is simply one of the most wonderful cities in the world. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, take a spin on the London Eye – the giant Ferris wheel overlooking the River Thames. Visit famous landmarks like Big Ben, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Globe Theatre. Spend a day at the Tate Modern art gallery or shopping along Oxford Street. See the Cabinet War Rooms that housed Winston Churchill’s WWII bunker and watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Rome: “When in Rome, do as the Romans,” they say. If you follow that advice, you could find yourself in the midst of the city’s spectacular ancient architecture, dating back to the days of the Empire. Or you could come face-to-face with the artistic genius of Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Then, of course, you could explore the famous seven hills, stop for an espresso by the Spanish Steps, or sip Chianti in a hidden piazza.