When planning a short break many people won’t think further than the usual European short breaks such as Paris, Rome or Madrid. In fact, there are many more places to go for luxury short breaks with a huge amount to offer. TUNIS With exotic food, a medieval souk lightly touched by tourists, five star hotels at three star prices, Roman ruins and one of Europe’s top museums, a weekend will reap rich rewards. Specific highlights include the 18th century Bardo Palace which houses the world’s finest collection of Roman mosaics, exquisite, 2,000 year old snapshots of daily life, the much pillaged ruins of Carthage, Hannibal’s birthplace, and the seaside suburb of Sidi Bou Said, an Arabian Capri with white villas, pale blue doors, frilly iron window grills and flowers everywhere. The souk, the city’s innermost maze of historic lock ups, is brilliant both for handicrafts and atmosphere. VIENNA Most people go for the amazing stock of museums, from Freud to funerals, topped by the MuseumQuarter, a vast complex of culture housed within the former baroque stables of the Hapsburg emperors. Other stellar sights include the Spanish Riding School, the Cathedral and the Hofburg, former winter residence of the Hapsburgs, and the Belvedere Palace. But we particularly love Vienna for its scores of historic cafes where you can sit on a bentwood chair, at a marble topped table, and watch the world go by, all of them about as far removed from a speedy, frothy Starbucks as you can go. Favourites include Central, an old literary/politicos hangout, and the 18th century Demel, a gateaux grotto of dark panelling, gilded and pockmarked mirrors and chandeliers. Good news for travellers this year, in addition to the events and exhibitions celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt’s birth, will be the summer opening of the new Skylink extension to the airport. STOCKHOLM What’s pink and green and blue all over? The map of Stockholm. Sweden’s capital is a jigsaw of fourteen islands afloat on the silver-plated water of the Baltic. You can swim right in front of the City Hall, fish for salmon opposite the Royal Palace and hop on a fleet of ferries to heavenly islands. Stockholm has the pros of a metropolis - designer shopping, interesting restaurants, historic going on fairy-tale architecture, hip hotels, lots of museums and plenty of nightlife - with all the advantages of small town living. Gamla Stan, the city’s medieval downtown with narrow cobbled alleyways, munchkin houses, spikey towers and erratic skyline, is a good place to wander, have coffee, shop and lunch. Djurgarden, the old royal hunting grounds thick with ancient oaks, is home to the warship Vasa, the Titanic of the Middle Ages which sank in 1628 just minutes into its maiden voyage. All images copyright of the Ultimate Travel Company © Total 0 Shares Share 0 Tweet 0 Pin it 0 Related Topicsdestination inspirationluxury short breaksshort breaksStockholmtravel tipsTunisunique short breaksVienna Jules Previous Article Travel Resources Top 5 Things to do in Stoke-on-Trent this Winter December 3, 2013Jules View Post Next Article Sea Dog Tales Top 10 Must-Visit Destinations Right Now… December 4, 2013Jules View Post You May Also Like View Post Travel Resources Where to find the best Caviar JulesNovember 11, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Travel Tips for a Hassle-Free Vacation with Your Loved Ones JulesOctober 23, 2020 View Post Travel Resources 3 Most Useful Items for Traveling Musicians JulesOctober 23, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Local vs Home: What currency should you use to pay when travelling adminSeptember 7, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Careers that Allow You to Travel adminSeptember 7, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Best Holiday Destinations to go after Covid-19 adminSeptember 3, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Tips – How To Furnish Your Restaurant to Create a Comfortable and Inviting Atmosphere adminSeptember 3, 2020 View Post Travel Resources Finding the Best Cruise Ship for Your Vacation adminSeptember 1, 2020 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.