Many of us often dream of the chance to get away from it all; to spend a weekend lapping up the rich history and stylish culture of Europe’s most elegant cities. However, those jet-setting fantasies are often pushed behind our to-do lists and regulated to the far-flung future of “someday, when the timing is right.”
If you’ve been letting those somedays pile up, then consider this a prime opportunity to live out your luxury travel aspirations in these breathtaking cities.
Maybe it’s the city’s eclectic mix of cathedrals, castles, and cozy cafes, but “The City of a Hundred Spires” truly feels like something out of a storybook. Prague is the perfect city for a romantic couple’s retreat or just a little bit of self-indulgence.
Take a tour of the city’s unique architectural wonders like the Wallenstein Palace and the famous Astronomical Clock or enjoy an evening meal on the scenic Vltava River with a dinner cruise. Finish up each day with a trip to Corinthia Prague’s award-winning Apollo Spa—included as part of your stay in their spa package.
St. George’s Bay, Malta
If you feel relaxation means warm sun and a glittering beach, you’ll love this Mediterranean getaway. This beautiful island paradise is made even more intriguing by its layered imperial history: the island has been an ideal getaway for the Phoenicians, Romans, British, and even prehistoric visitors.
Explore the island’s many landmarks and ancient ruins by land or air with an off-road jeep or seaplane tour, then cool off in the water with a snorkel or scuba trip to Malta’s famous reefs and wrecks.
Hungary’s “City of Baths” is the perfect place to plan a relaxing spa retreat. The city’s famous thermal and Turkish style bathhouses offer hot and cold, public and private pools for rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit.
Play water chess in the Széchenyi Baths in City Park, take a trip to Margaret Island and the Danubius Health Spa’s hot spring, or just enjoy a pampering at the Corinthia’s Royal Spa. Then, when you’re ready for more action, head out for a shopping spree and privately chauffeured guided tour of the town.
Soak in the daring, diverse, and adventuresome energy of Portugal’s most colorful port city. Start off your trip with a mini-cruise around town; a tour on the water is the perfect way to get in tune with Lisbon’s extensive maritime history.
This coastal metropolis also hosts some of the finest art museums in the world, including the Calouste Gloubenkian Museum and its collection of art from around the world, and the contemporary Berardo Museum. Those interested in Catholic art and architecture will also love the Sao Roque Church and Museum—the world’s most expensive chapel.
For a posh and enjoyable metropolitan experience, there’s few choices better than London. Make a day of shopping at Harrod’s, visiting historical and cultural landmarks like the Tower of London, the Old Vic Theater, and 221b Baker Street. For lunch, enjoy champagne and a spectacular view of the city from your private pod on the London Eye; finish with dinner and dancing atop Kensington at the Roof Gardens and their award-winning restaurant, Babylon.
Which of these European experiences would you prefer?
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