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Winter Travel: UK Domestic Break vs. European City Break

While thousands of people flock to Europe each year for a weekend city break – partly due to cheap airfares offered by budget airlines – thousands more are opting to remain in the UK to take advantage of domestic short breaks instead. In this blog post we're going to look at three great domestic breaks and three amazing European city breaks that might just pique your interest…Plus, if you're looking for the best deals and biggest savings check out the offers lower down the page. Click here to read more...


London

Perhaps the most famous city in the world, London appeals to tourists and visitors from all corners of the globe. We're extremely lucky to have London right on our doorstep – and even from the most northern areas of the UK, travelling to London is fairly simple thanks to strong transport links via bus, train and air. There is a lot to see and do in London – and nothing beats walking along the Mall on a crisp, snowy day.

Paris


The city of love –renowned for its thousands of cafes, delicious pastries and expensive restaurants. Just a short hop from the south of England, getting to France is quick and easy thanks to cheap flights and brisk train journeys. Sights and attractions to see in Paris include the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland. Paris is magical and best of all it's close enough for a short weekend break, should you be that way inclined!

Edinburgh

One of the UK's most northerly, major cities – Edinburgh is a hugely popular destination for tourists from the UK and further afield. Home to hundreds of quality hotels and attractions including the Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe Festival, getting to Edinburgh is easy thanks to great coach and train links.

Cologne

If you're a big fan of traditional Christmas markets, you'll love Cologne! During November and December, Cologne plays host to half wood cabins selling everything from handmade trinkets and gifts through to mulled wine and cooked-to-perfection bratwurst (that's sausages to you and me!). Cologne is the ultimate destination for Christmas market fans – getting there is cheap and easy thanks to short flights from budget airlines that fly from various regional UK airports.

Manchester

If Cologne is a little too far for you to travel, Manchester also plays host to a fantastic Xmas market, right outside the town hall. Manchester also boasts a string of fine hotels, lots of lovely restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene. Travelling to Manchester couldn't be easier – the city is served by an international airport, and a large train terminal at Piccadilly.

Milan

Although Milan is a destination frequented by tourists throughout the summer, things tend to quieten down a little during the cold, winter months. The great thing about Milan is that many of its most popular attractions are all indoors – so while snow falls outside, you can marvel at the beauty and rich history of this city without having to endure the cold all day, every day. Milan is also located close to some of Italy's most popular mountain ski slopes – it's the perfect place to base yourself for a long weekend spent skiing.

We hope that helps you decide. If you're still not swayed, we've handpicked some of the very best money saving offers for all of these amazing cities, so whatever you decide to do – European city break or UK staycation, you'll find prices to suit your budget. Don't forget to check out the incredible discounts on hotels, flights and holiday packages in our Travel Category

  • Exclusive Extra 5% Off Bookings - Rooms From £29

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    Registering to this merchant's site will allow you to get a great discount on your bookings.

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    The 5% discount code will apply on our saver rate or flexible rate if your booking meets the conditions stated in these terms.
    After you enter the discount code, and if the booking complies with these terms and conditions, a new discounted value will be displayed on the website before you proceed to pay for the booking.

    1 The booking must be made on our website https://www.travelodge.co.uk.
    2 The stay must be booked and paid between 3 April and 30 September 2017.
    3 The booking must be for a stay at a participating UK Travelodge hotel (as listed in section 9 below).
    4 1 night or up to 2 consecutive nights at the same participating hotel in the same room during a stay will be eligible for this Promotion
    5 The stay must take place during the stay period, which is from 4 April and 31 December 2017, excluding selected blackout dates (https://www.travelodge.co.uk/sites/default/files/promotion-black-out-dates-2017.pdf).
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    This Promotion is not valid in the following situations:
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    Only one voucher code may be used per individual. Only one voucher code may be applied per booking.
    The voucher code representing this Promotion may only be used 10,000 times in total in aggregate by all new Travelodge customers who sign up. Travelodge reserves the right to change such total number at any time without notice.
    8 General
    In addition to the terms and conditions applicable to this Promotion, all bookings are subject to Travelodge's standard terms and conditions which can be viewed at www.travelodge.co.uk/terms-conditions.
    Should you need to amend your discounted room booking by changing your stay dates or hotel choice to those outside the terms of this Promotion, or amend your booking after the expiry of this Promotion, you may be required to pay the value of your original discount so that you pay the full amount of the booking without discount.
    Travelodge's standard amendment terms for saver and flexible rate room bookings, as applicable, will apply. Should you cancel your flexible rate booking, you will be refunded the price paid, subject to any standard cancellation terms that apply to a flexible rate room booking. Saver rate bookings are non-refundable.
    Rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking. Travelodge reserves the right to change or cancel this Promotion at any time without notice.
    The voucher codes issued for this promotion are not redeemable for cash or any other form of credit and have no value until presented for redemption in accordance with the terms and conditions of this promotion.
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    All UK hotels - excluding Ireland and Spain
    10 Blackout dates
    For many or all of the participating hotels, not all dates will be available for this Promotion. You will be notified during the checkout process if this is the case.

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    Fly to your desired destination for a discounted price with the help of this coupon code from Tripsta.

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    1. Valid for bookings made until October 31.
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    5. The voucher code could not be combined with any other offer or discount.

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    Apply this code and get £10 off flights across the world that are over £275.

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    Only 1 redemption per passenger. Offer is only valid on return Student/Youth airfare. Only redeemable online and NOT in store or over the phone. Minimum spend of £275 on a flight fare. Cannot be redeemed with any other offer.

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    Sit back, relax and enjoy some quality time away discovering interesting places like Wales, Europe and more. Book your holiday for a reduced price via this coupon code.

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    9% off all breaks excluding air breaks and supervalue.

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    Booking via the Hotels.com App is the easy way to get a saving on your accommodation booking. Upload the voucher code to save!

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    Hotel stays from 15/09/17 to 19/12/17. Minimum stay 5 nights. Valid for bookings made at least 15 days in advance. Excludes Iberostar Sunny Beach.

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    1. 10% off all Topdeck trips excluding limited edition trips and events, short breaks and pre/post accommodation booked between 1-30 September 2017.
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    Saver rates are subject to availability and not available at all hotels or at all times. Excludes 'hub by Premier Inn' and Premier Inn hotels operated by franchisees (Preston West, Wakefield Central, Warrington Centre, Wigan West (M6 jct26) and Wirral Bromborough). For full details of a Saver rate, please see the terms and conditions when booking.

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    1. Save an extra £100 per booking with code - Save an extra £100 per booking on long haul package holidays including Multi Centres.
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    5. The offer is not valid on bookings made through any Call Centre.
    6. The offer does not apply to group bookings of more than 9 people, hotel only, flight only, any package which is using a non Thomson Airways flight and cruise or ski bookings.
    7. This offer is only valid for new bookings and can only be redeemed once.
    8. Enter the code in upper case when on the holiday payment page of our website.
    9. Normal booking terms and conditions apply.
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    11. This promotional code is non-transferable and not valid in conjunction with any other discount code.

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    £100 off per booking: Offer valid on Winter 2017 and Summer 2018 sailings from 1st November 2017 to 31st October 2018. No minimum spend applies. Use discount code. Offer must be selected at time of booking and applies to new bookings only made by 2nd October 2017, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn without prior notice. All Inclusive across all ships sailing in Summer 2018. Not combinable with any other offer. Please see www.thomson.co.uk or the relevant brochure for full booking terms and conditions that apply. All the flights and flight inclusive holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you book (flight, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.

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    Upload this promo code at the checkout to claim an additional discount on autumn sale bookings from Sandals Resorts.

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    Booked for 20th July 2017 – 7th April 2018 and must be booked by 3rd September 2017.