Think of a holiday destination and it's likely that a palm-fringed beach springs to mind, but don't rule out the good old fashioned city break. By definition we're talking short transfers and a perfect distillation of the country in question's cultural highlights in one conveniently accessible destination. Then there are more than likely some seriously slick hotels (both big and boutique), excellent restaurants and top shopping to boot.

So, you might ask, what do Original Travel bring to the party? Well for starters we've been to all our urban destinations, and know them well. Secondly, we have a network of concierges, agents and locals who keep us up to speed on where to eat, drink, party and purchase, all of which information is packaged up into our regularly updated and improved destination dossiers. All this means you can hit the ground running, and avoid that horrible feeling of leaving somewhere thinking you might have missed seeing the site, or visiting the new hot restaurant. Clever, no?

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Cities make for perfect Big Short Breaks, and with our handy dossiers you'll be able to make the most of your limited and precious time in these fab urban haunts.

Tom, Original Traveller

Where to go

New York

New York

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

Rome's rooftops

Rome

The world’s greatest open-air museum is also one of the most alluring and vibrant of modern cities.

Berlin

Berlin

The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.

Colourful street with hanging lantern

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

One of Latin America's sexiest cities combines easily with a taste of rural Argentinian life and a meeting with the iconic gaucho.

Rio Carnival Floats

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Rio de Janeiro has perhaps the most stunning physical setting of any city in the world, with the legendary beachfront neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema the city’s most famous districts.

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

San Sebastian and Bilbao are the two main cities of the Basque Country, or Euskadi as it is known in the Basque language.

The Great Wall Stretching over the Hills - China

Beijing & the Great Wall

A guide is essential to get the most from China's historic capital city, as well as all the nearby attractions.

The Stockholm Waterfront at Dusk

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

Nyhavn waterfront

Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital is home to renaissance castles such as Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg and King Christian IV’s architectural peculiarity, the Round Tower.

The Doorway of the Cathedral on Plaza de la Reina

Valencia and Eastern Spain

Long overshadowed by other Spanish cities, Valencia is fast becoming as stylish as Barcelona and developing into a fashionable short break destination.

Colourful Patterns of Cartagena

Cartagena

One of Latin America's most attractive colonial cities, with boutique hotels and endless photo opportunities.

Havana

Havana

There is nowhere in the world like Havana. The city's time warp 50s American cars, Che Guevara images and fading colonial facades are all instantly recognisable, and an ever-present reality on any wander around the streets of the old town

Aerial View of Cape Town

Cape Town

Surely the ultimate 'winter sun' city break from the UK; endless appeal, and minimal time difference.

Marrakech

Marrakech

Just over three hours away, Marrakech is quite simply the most exotic destination in easy reach of the UK.

Arch detailing in Fez

Fez

The ancient capital of Morocco is one of the most atmospheric cities in the world.

Reflection of Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Welcome to the world’s most northerly capital.

Panama

Panama

The crumbling colonial Casco Viejo is a delight to wander around on foot, and of course, seeing the canal in action is something not to be missed.

Colourful Balconies

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

Winter city view of Amsterdam

Amsterdam

One of Europe's most cultural capitals is back with a bang.

Le Louvre

Paris

The City of Light? the City of Love? Certainly one of the world's greatest cities.

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