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According to The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), city breaks are becoming more and more popular each year, and it’s easy to see why. A city break is the perfect option for a short holiday – allowing you to really experience a destination and tick it off your bucket list in a relatively short space of time.
As we get older, there may be more things we have to consider before travelling abroad or choosing a destination – for example are there good transport links between key attractions? Is the terrain easy to walk? Do we have to fly or could we drive/get a train instead?
To help anyone 65 or over planning a city break, here are our top 10 destinations;
One of the most famous cities in the world, Paris is the perfect city break destination. Take a sightseeing tour of the major attractions, stroll around museums, eat delicious food, drink fantastic wine, shop the boutique stores and generally soak up the romantic magic of Paris.
A superb location for lovers of music, fashion and art, not to mention architecture and history; Berlin really does offer something for everyone. Visitors wishing to explore some of Germany’s more recent history can walk along the remains of the Berlin wall and visit the Checkpoint Charlie border control which is now a tourist centre.
Visitors can walk along the canals, explore the (famously flat) little streets and shops or hire a bike to see the city like the locals. A visit to the Anne Frank Museum is sure to be an emotional experience and the Van Gogh Museum is a must for lovers of art and culture.
The administrative capital of the European Union, Brussels in an interesting mix of culture, history and modernity. It is home to one of the world’s most beautiful gothic squares; the Grand Place (which is a must visit), and a relaxed café/bar scene for you to enjoy.
Rambling palaces and cobbled lanes meet cutting edge art and architecture in Vienna, making it the perfect destination to get lost in. Explore the city’s rich history, and then indulge in some amazing food, drink, art and soul-stirring music.
Delicious pastries, an urban beach, art, culture, history – the Danish capital really does offer something for everyone. The streets are relatively flat – making it perfect for walking tours, but, as it is widely considered one of the World’s most bike friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen is best explored and experienced by bicycle.
Great weather, succulent food, brilliant music, interesting museums and heart-racing flamenco dancing – Madrid is the perfect European city break destination. Must-see sights include the Royal Palace, the Museo de Prado art gallery, and the Plaza Mayor.
If you’d rather stay closer to home then London is a fantastic city break option. There are some fantastic tours on offer which will drive you past Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London to name just a few. Make sure you have time to visit some museums and catch a show in the East End.
Just a short trip from the UK, Dublin is a convenient city break destination. Excellent shopping, great food, chic hotels and a buzzing destination make it well worth a visit – Trinity College and the Book of Keils, plus the Guinness Storehouse are must visit attractions (along with at least one Irish pub).
A true ‘must-visit’ destination, you’ll relish the energy and buzz of this busy metropolis. Visit some of New York’s iconic sights, shop till you drop, grab a hot dog in Times Square and catch a show on Broadway. A boat tour is the ideal way to take in the Manhattan skyline including Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty.
Now that you’ve chosen your city break destination, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance to protect you and your trip against any unexpected holiday disasters such as cancellation, lost possessions or medical emergencies. Have a look at our dedicated Over 65s Travel Insurance page here.
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