City break vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

We have 135 city break vacations in the world’s most fascinating cities. From bicycle tours of townships in Cape Town and London tours led by professionally coached homeless guides to culinary tours in Marrakech and seeing wildlife in Wellington, our city breaks will give you a truly different view of these great cities. Our city break accommodations are carefully selected so that they help minimise their impact on the environment while helping support local communities through employment and charity involvement.
Istanbul self catering apartment, Turkey
A studio flat with unmatched views in Istanbul, from €150 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Barcelona city centre bed & breakfast, Spain
Luxury B&B in the center of Barcelona, from €70 - €110 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Porto city hostel, Portugal
Best accommodation in Oporto, very close to the beach!, from €20 - €30 per person per night incl breakfast
Short breaks to Istanbul, Turkey
Explore this fascinating, magical and exciting city, from £455 (4 days) ex flights
Rome organic bed and breakfast, Italy
Organic breakfasts, coazy rooms, garden in central Rome, from €70 - €85 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kensington hotel in London, England
Innovative, sustainable concept city centre boutique hotel, from £95 - £250 per accommodation per night
Barcelona self catering apartments, Spain
Stylish apartments, in the heart of Gothic Quarter Barcelona, from €95 - €120 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Wellington backpackers accommodation, New Zealand
Centrally located comfortable hostel accommodation, from NZ $26 - NZ $108 per person per night
Suomenlinna hostel in Helsinki, Finland
Spend the night in Helsinki's most memorable youth hostel, from €23.50 - €82 per accommodation per night
Istanbul vacation accommodation, Turkey
Beautiful Istanbul apartments with character, from €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR 400 - MYR 1000 per accommodation per night
Bangkok cycle tour, Thailand
Explore the heart and soul of Bangkok by bike, from US $42 per half day
Marrakesh riad bed & breakfast, Morocco
Beautiful Marrakech riad, peaceful & very central location, from £55 - £65 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Quito hotel, boutique hotel in Ecuador
Luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Quito, from US $200 - US $250 per room per night
Reykjavik short break, Iceland
Adventure and cultural trip in the northernmost capital!, from €500 (5 days) ex flights
Cambodia boutique hotel, Siem Reap
Natural ambiance Dyna Boutique Hotel in downtown Siem Reap, from US $78 - US $150 per accommodation per night
Zagreb activity city break, Croatia
A quick active vacation in Zagreb, Croatia's capital., from €460 (4 days) ex flights
Melbourne wildlife day tours, Victoria, Australia
See wild koalas, kangaroos & birds near Melbourne, from AU $190 per day (1 day)
Paris city break, walking & culture
Four magical days in Paris, Versailles and Chevreuse Valley., from £493 (4 days) ex flights
Siem Reap boutique hotel, Cambodia
Boutique accommodation in Siem Reap., from US $100 - US $180 per room per night
Siem Reap hotel in Cambodia
Excellent accommodation in the heart of Siem Reap, from US $18 - US $50 per double room per night
Morocco villa near Marrakech
A beautiful and spacious villa just outside Marrakech, from £250 - £428 per accommodation per night
Boutique hotel in Melbourne, Australia
Carbon neutral boutique city hotel - Eco Smart, from AU $168 - AU $245 per double room per night
Istanbul small group tour
Epic cradle of civilisation sat astride two continents, from £2185 (8 days) ex flights
Family accommodation in Istanbul, Turkey
Vacation apartments with elegance & character in Beyoglu-Galata, from €90 - €300 per apartment per night
Marrakech city break tour, 4 days
A 4-day city break of Morocco, from £249 - £425 (4 days) ex flights
Adelaide Hills luxury self catering accommodation, South Australia
Tranquillity, romance and seclusion on 20 acres, from AU $280 per couple per night
Angkor Wat tour
Comfortable 5-day small group tour through Cambodia., from US $1040 - US $1295 (5 days) ex flights
Angkor Wat cycling tour
Cycle among a thousand years of Khmer history, from US $350 (3 days) ex flights
Adelaide cycling day tour, South Australia
Get a different perspective of South Australia, from AU $125 per half day

29 reviews for city break vacations4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent city break vacations reviews are from travelers who have booked directly through They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travelers below.

Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best vacation ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Istanbul vacation accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant vacation and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Angkor Wat tour
Memorable parts? First sight on Angkor Wat before sunrise, silhouetted against a dark sky. Tips? Bring sunscreen! Local benefits? We had a great local guide, but I was concerned about the impact of our big, air-conditioned bus & noisy diesel longtail boat during the trip up Tonle Sap. I'd like to know more about how money from tourism actually infiltrates the local economy. I'm concerned that tourism is creating a dependent, vassal class of native servants & merchants. (more)Diane Pittman
From US $1040 - US $1295 including domestic flights only
Short breaks to Istanbul, Turkey
Excellent. I now want to find out more of Istanbul's history and return. (more)Wendy Gerbi
Very good -- I really liked walking across the Galata Bridge & getting to see a neighborhood that was not quite as touristy as Sultanahmet. (more)Johanna Novales
Istanbul is such wonderful city, we loved all the amazing sites and having our own guide meant that we got the most out of our time. The food was really good, and we enjoyed going around the spice market collecting the ingredients we needed to cook them ourselves at home. (more)Jane Edwards
From £455 excluding flights
Angkor Wat cycling tour
Memorable parts? Cycling through rural villages with all the children running out calling hello! Tips? If traveling with children you might want to limit the temples. Local benefits? Definitely. (more)Vanessa Morley
From US $350 excluding flights
Marrakech medina riad, Morocco
Memorable parts? The way to walk from Djemaa-el-Fna through the narrow streets to the Riad Shaden. The Riad is about 15 minutes walk away, right in the heart of the medina among the local people. I really enjoyed walking there at nights and seeing the life the morocconas live and buying wonderful mandarines and organges on the streets. Tips? Just enjoy the Riad: the rooms are beautiful, the courtyard lovely and the people working there very helpful. Take full advantage of the roof. Local... (more)Kristina Mδnd
From £50 - £70 per double room per night
Porto city hostel, Portugal
Memorable parts? This clean and simple accommodation was in a great location for those interested in the best Porto has to offer. The E metro line is a 5 min walk away. But you should ask Pedro, the proprietor for directions on how to get there first beforehand, it can be a little tricky to find. The metro stop is not in the city centre, though it is only a 20min ride away. The 205 and 504 buses stop right outside their door. The 205 bus takes you all along the Matoshinhos coast line... (more)Aileen Cornelio
From €20 - €30 per person per night incl breakfast
Lisbon city centre hostel, Portugal
Memorable parts? Carcavelos Tips? Public transport is excellent Local benefits? Not really! Overall rating? Good but very disappointed that our agreed transfer from airport to hostel was cancelled on day of travel :-( (more)Bev Blythe
From €8 - €25 per accommodation per night
Marrakesh riad bed & breakfast, Morocco
Memorable parts? The way to walk from Djemaa-el-Fna through the narrow streets to the Riad Linda. Tips? Just enjoy the riad and its great location. Local benefits? Yes, because all the people working in the riad were local and extremely helpful. Overall rating? Very good. Marrakech is a fantastic city with many interesting places to visit, things to do and streets to walk. Staying in a riad is part of an experience along going to hammams, eating tajine and couscous,... (more)Kristina Mδnd
From £55 - £65 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Kensington hotel in London, England
Memorable parts? Walking in London and looking at the beautiful houses in Kensigton. Tips? The hotel is adequately explained in the website. Local benefits? I hope so. Overall rating? Nice hotel. (more)Kristina Mδnd
From £95 - £250 per accommodation per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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