From Athens to Venice, our guide to urban enjoyment with 21 city breaks for 2021


OUR love affair with a cheeky city break has taken a huge hit in the wake of the pandemic – and many of our favourite capitals are basically deserted.

But with promising news of vaccines coming daily, now is the time to dream of travelling again.

New York tops our guide for the best city breaks


New York tops our guide for the best city breaksCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The chance to escape for a short shot of culture, food and drink has always been a great-value way to enjoy a break from the norm.

Here are our top choices for a city break in 2021 when hopefully we’ll be able to return to these metropolitan marvels once more.


THE Big Apple remains the No1 bucket-list city break, with good reason. With must-see attractions such as the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, and streets straight out of our favourite TV shows, a long weekend will never be sufficient to cover it all. 

Spring is the perfect time to stroll its diverse neighbourhoods or the High Line Park disused railway line that winds its way through Manhattan.

Three nights’ room-only at the 3-star Yotel New York is from £450pp including flights from Manchester or London on April 17. Book with a deposit of just £79 at


THE capital of Tuscany is an art lover’s dream, home to masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Botticelli. Its architectural treats include the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. 

Yet there is so much more to explore, with fantastic retail therapy. Prada, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo all have factories and headquarters there. 

There is something magical about strolling through its many piazzas with a gelato in hand. 

Inghams has a specialist Italian programme and recommends the 3-star Hotel Corona d’Italia. Three nights’ B&B is from £344pp including flights from Gatwick on August 11. Deposit of £75 if booked before December 18. See or call 01483 698 051.

Budapest, the Hungarian parliament at night


Budapest, the Hungarian parliament at nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty


THE original sin city is the ultimate party playground and remains a huge hit with Brits looking for fun in the sun.

R&B legend Usher begins a new residency at the recently renovated Colosseum at Caesars Palace in July. Also set to open next year is Area 15 — a blend of high-tech attractions, restaurants and bars. 

Off the strip, the Fremont Street area gets its latest mega-resort, Circa, the first over-21-only venue in Vegas. 

The slots and sports-themed hotel will feature a multi-tiered pool amphitheatre complete with vast screen for showing games. 

Four nights’ room-only at 3-star The D, which is also near the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Vegas, is from £605pp including flights from Heathrow on May 24. See


A WINNING combination of ancient archaeological treasures and buzzing modern nightlife, the Greek capital has increasingly become a city break option for those looking for something a little different.

From the Acropolis, you can soak up the city’s rich history with a fantastic 360-degree view. 

Join Athenians getting their caffeine fix in the many bars by day or search out the secret rooftop bars for sundowners.

A Greek city break offers the chance to combine culture with oodles of sunshine and some great-value food and drink.

The 5-star St George Lycabettus Hotel has views of the Acropolis as well as a rooftop pool and even its own cinema. Three nights’ B&B is from £219pp including flights from Gatwick on February 19.


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