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You may think that the last thing anyone would want to do on a city break is spend hours on public transport. Yet, the ‘vaporetti’ in Venice – think bus on a boat – are a great way to take in the main sights, discover some of the city’s hidden gems and experience life of the ‘streets’ like a local, all at a fraction of the cost of a gondola. Buy a day pass and get on board!

Venice Vaporetto sign

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Istanbul is in many ways the ultimate weekend break destination. Its location means that visitors from Europe can fly only a few hours from home and yet reach the first fringe of the exotic and mysterious East. Budget airlines have made getting here easy and the history and culture of the city mean that there is more than enough to pack a weekend’s schedule full to bursting.

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The European weekend city break market is quite congested, Western European destinations have to work hard to avoid being undercut by cheaper cities to the East and everywhere is struggling in light of the ongoing economic uncertainty across the continent. Bucking this trend, however, is Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has a year round temperate climate and can compete on price with almost anywhere else in Europe. This is a brief guide to spending 48 hours in Lisbon.

Lisbon Portugal

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The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, derives its name from ‘Dubh Linn’ which means ‘Black Pool’. Founded originally as a Viking settlement, Dublin is a city brimming with history, culture and a whole lot of fun. A weekend in Dublin will offer you plenty to see and do.

Dublin Ireland Castle

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Located at 2,600 meters above sea level, Bogota, the capital of Colombia, stands as one of the new favorite destinations in South America. People from all over are coming to see what this cosmopolitan yet traditional city has to offer.

Bogota Columbia

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