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City break suggestions

Hi all,

Currently looking at destinations for next year (me/wife) and we've already booked one for January which is Budapest.

We are looking to go Krakow in August and was considering doing Lisbon/Madeira but I'm not completely convinced on Madeira?

We also looked at Rome and Athens.

Can anyone give any suggestions or ideas or experiences they've been on.

We were also looking at Rhodes in October due to a good price.

Thanks
 

reiteration

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if you want to go to Maderia - then funchal is the place to stay, and the old town at that...

we stayed in this little street (twice).. :)

plenty of cheap restsurants around...

what about Malta - and Valetta?
 
We did prague last January and it was great. We have ended up booking Krakow, Rome & Athens but at the same time we are combining Athens with 4 days in Rhodes.
 

deantown

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We did prague last January and it was great. We have ended up booking Krakow, Rome & Athens but at the same time we are combining Athens with 4 days in Rhodes.
We did Madeira in the spring and Krakow in the autumn this year and I can highly recommend both.
 

Lukas3428

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Krakow is great, I was there a few months ago. I heard good things about Lisbon and Porto in Portugal aswell.
 

mjn

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Ghent in Belgium. Lovely place for a long weekend.
Been there loadsa times. Once you get past the food, beer and chocolate. There isn’t much there. A pretty small city, but very nice.
 

zeppelino

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Rome - book everything in advance. Don’t trust people offering tickets outside metro stations. Try and see the Trevi Fountain at night - it’s far better than daytime.
 
What's the prices like for food and drink in Rome compared to Krakow? I've heard Krakow is cheap as chips and Rome is not.

Looking forward to them all, never really done city breaks but think we've done the canaries and them type of holidays to the death. Vegas in May this year was great but cost an absolute bomb.
 

zeppelino

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Rome is definitely not cheap. Get a lonely planet guidebook (or app if they have one) - they’re useful for finding places off the beaten track that cost less. We paid £20 for two bottles of Peroni near the Colosseum.
 

mjn

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Rome is definitely not cheap. Get a lonely planet guidebook (or app if they have one) - they’re useful for finding places off the beaten track that cost less. We paid £20 for two bottles of Peroni near the Colosseum.
Geneva is just as bad. Two kebab sandwiches and 2 Heineken......IIRC, £43.
 

zeppelino

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Geneva is just as bad. Two kebab sandwiches and 2 Heineken......IIRC, £43.
Switzerland is extremely expensive. Granted I haven’t been there in 15 years but when I traveled through I did so as quickly as I could due to the cost.
 

reiteration

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Rome is definitely not cheap. Get a lonely planet guidebook (or app if they have one) - they’re useful for finding places off the beaten track that cost less. We paid £20 for two bottles of Peroni near the Colosseum.
yep, plenty of videos on youtube, as I saw one about some café and it's a tourist trap scam, no prices on the menus (always a no go anyway) and 2 guys got charged something like 50 euros for 2 pasta ready meals and some juice...
 

domtheone

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Switzerland is extremely expensive. Granted I haven’t been there in 15 years but when I traveled through I did so as quickly as I could due to the cost.
i went to Switzerland several years back. Was pretty pricey at 2 - 1 exchange rate.

Now i see it’s 1.28 - 1 :eek:

I’d like to go back but it wont be any time soon.

A strong country (economically) has a strong currency (in general).

Our economy (despite what the numbers say) has been in terminal decline for ages.

Pish poor for wanna be holiday makers.:thumbsdow
 

mjn

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You don’t wanna know what it costs for a roast lamb dinner :laugh:
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

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What's the prices like for food and drink in Rome compared to Krakow? I've heard Krakow is cheap as chips and Rome is not.

Looking forward to them all, never really done city breaks but think we've done the canaries and them type of holidays to the death. Vegas in May this year was great but cost an absolute bomb.
Rome like every other major city can be very reasonable. But you got to be clever and not be drawn in by the big piazza with lots of tourists. Go off the beaten track, be aware and go where romans go. You’ll be amazed by how good value for money it can be.
 

DJT75

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We had 1 very upmarket meal in Rome, the rest we didn't find that expensive and generally avoided the really touristy places.

Done Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian, Porto, Lisbon, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma in recent years (as well as Rome). Seville the best in Spain by a mile and Porto was great too. You could go to Seville for a fortnight and not see everything or drink and eat on the same areas. Loved it
 

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