Time for a city break?

31 October 2019

Time for a city break?

Our travel planning typically involves sun drenched summer holidays by the pool and snowy winter escapes spent on the slopes, but what about the months in between?  A city break is a great way to dodge reality for a few days and completely immerse yourself in a new part of the world. Every city has a unique story and with so many incredible ones to choose from in Europe alone, the only decision you need to make is which to visit next!

The Oxford Private Travel team are here to ensure you get the very most out of your trip, no matter how long you are away. Read about our favourite city break destinations below and contact us today to start planning.



Venice is easily one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. From the moment you arrive you’ll feel as if you’ve wandered straight into a picture-perfect postcard. Step aboard a gondola for an iconic journey traveling down the city’s canals to get a real feel for life in this culture-packed haven. 

Head to the Venetian Lagoon to seek out Venice’s two famous exports; blown glass and hand sewn lace. Stop by Murano to witness world renowned glass making then visit Burano, an island of colourful houses which is also home to famous lace makers.

Back in the city centre, explore the greenery and secret gardens of Venice with a guided walking tour. You’ll get to see the small, tranquil gardens at the back of the palazzo’s – often a welcome contrast from the bustling streets! For more insider information on Venice, read our latest blog from Jess who visited earlier this month.

Where to stay in Venice?

Hotel Heureka

Located in the Sestiere of Cannaregio, away from the hustle and bustle of St Mark's Square, but close enough to explore all that the city has to offer, Hotel Heureka Venice is a boutique property with just 10 luxurious bedrooms to choose from.

Il Palazzo Experimental

Il Palazzo Experimental is in the perfect location for exploring all that Venice has to offer. Situated in Dorsoduro, most of the 32 rooms and suites offer views of the Giudecca canal opposite, and are kitted out with comfortable beds, decorative bathrooms and original palazzo style windows.

Offer: Venice Autumn Offer - 20% off stays of 2 nights or more, plus complimentary breakfast. Prices from €250 per night. (Terms & conditions apply, offer valid for stays up until 19th December 2019, min. stay 2 nights)




Often considered the number one destination for a romantic getaway, Paris is next on our list. So easily accessible from the UK without even needing to board a plane, Paris is great for an effortless last-minute break.

Café culture was born here and one of our favourite things to do is to find a sun-drenched spot on a café terrace and while away the hours people watching. Be prepared for plenty of walking as you move around the city ticking off famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and the Arc de Triomphe!

Where to stay in Paris?

Le Bristol

Traditionally French and unashamedly grand, Le Bristol has maintained a classic 18th Century style, with antique furniture, original paintings and authentic wallpapers as well as the finest fabrics. A stay is not complete without trying the fabulous three Michelin star restaurant Epicure.
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
With just 68 rooms, Grand Hotel du Palais Royal offers boutique luxury at its very best, with the onsite Le Lulli Restaurant and Lulli's Bar providing an excellent option for food and drinks. Better still, it's just a stone’s throw from the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.

Offer: Book a Superior Room for a 2 night-stay or more & enjoy an upgrade to a Junior Suite, plus a complimentary 1 way private transfer from/to the airport or train station. Prices from €425 per night. (Terms & conditions apply, offer valid for stays up until 25th February 2020, min. stay 2 nights)



Lisbon and Porto

For our final city destination, we’re pairing the Portuguese capital Lisbon with the romantic city of Porto as a multi-city break. These culturally rich cities are of a walkable size allowing you to explore at your own pace. Take your time engaging with the varying architecture and historical monuments, but most importantly we recommend stopping frequently to sample the countless gastronomic highlights and of course make time for a wine and port tasting!

Where to stay in Lisbon and Porto?

Valverde Lisbon

Located in the heart of Lisbon's high end Avenida da Liberdade, just a 10 minute walk from the city's Rossio Square, Valverde Hotel Lisbon is a luxury boutique hotel with 25 beautiful rooms and real character.
Yeatman Porto
Excellent food and wine offerings from the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, paired with its fabulous city centre location, make this hotel a top choice if you're looking for somewhere luxurious to stay in Porto.