June 23, 2016 | Kirker Holidays
With summer now officially underway (and the UK weather seemingly having lost the memo), what better time to book a short break to one of Europe’s classic cities? Specialist tour operator for discerning travellers, Kirker Holidays has some superb suggestions, each blending sunshine and sublime cultural experiences with stylish accommodation at one of Kirker’s hand-picked, high-end hotels.
Key to a successful summer city break is selecting the perfect place to stay. Whether you plan to explore galleries and museums, wander historic streets or sample delicious regional cuisine, a hotel with a cool private garden, panoramic roof terrace or refreshing outdoor swimming pool to which you can retreat after a busy day is a must. Kirker’s selection of suggested itineraries features just such properties as well as welcome extra touches such as summer exhibition tickets, complimentary museum entrance or private guided walking tours.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, Kirker Holidays is expertly placed to help clients plan their own special occasion, using the services of the Kirker Concierge to book opera, concert and ballet tickets or a table for dinner at a recommended restaurant for example, all of which are guaranteed to make a magical stay even more memorable. All of Kirker’s short breaks include Kirker Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, and private hotel transfers too, ensuring that your holiday is a delight rather than a DIY endurance test.
Stay three nights for the price of two at the five-star deluxe Hotel De Rome. Close to the Brandenburg Gate, it boasts a spectacular roof terrace with views over Berlin’s historic centre while the building’s former jewel vault has been transformed into an extensive spa with indoor swimming pool.
The price is from £659 pp*- saving £153 pp – including complimentary entrance to the unique collection of five museums on Museum Island, including the Pergamon. Offer valid on stays during July & August.
Stay three nights for the price of two at the five-star deluxe Belmond Villa San Michele, set on the hillside below the small village of Fiesole with breath-taking views of the city as well as a beautiful outdoor summer swimming pool and courtesy shuttle bus running regularly to the Duomo.
The price is from £1,098 pp* – saving £300 pp – including complimentary entrance tickets to a choice of either the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia or Bargello. Offer valid on stays from 10 July – 10 September.
Stay four nights for the price of three at the five-star superior Orfila, an elegant boutique hotel, formerly a 19th century palace, just five minutes from the Plaza de Colon. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the Orfila has an excellent restaurant and a charming courtyard garden where meals and afternoon tea are served in warm weather.
The price is from £899 pp* – saving £149 pp – including complimentary entrance tickets to a choice of either the Prado, Thyssen or Reina Sofia museums. Offer valid all year.
Stay four nights for the price of three at the five star deluxe Hotel Aria, a wonderful hotel overlooking the beautiful Vrtbovska Gardens and a two-minute walk from the city’s iconic Charles Bridge. Musically-themed throughout, there is also a large rooftop terrace from which to enjoy Prague’s unforgettable skyline.
The price is from £669 pp* – saving £112 pp – including a private three-hour walking tour. Offer valid on stays during July & August.
Stay four nights for the price of three at the five-star superior Aldrovandri Villa Borghese, overlooking the Borghese Gardens in the exclusive Parioli district of the city. Enjoy cooling dips in the summer swimming pool, alongside which lunch and dinner are served on the terrace during the summer months. Kirker clients staying four nights or more also enjoy a complimentary gastronomic five-course dinner with matching wines.
The price is from £948 pp* – saving £130 pp – including complimentary entrance tickets to a choice of either the Villa Borghese or the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, as well as the five-course dinner referred to above. Offer valid on stays from 1 July – 4 September.
Or why not combine a short city break with the chance to catch one of this summer’s hottest exhibitions? Kirker can tailor-make itineraries combining accommodation in some of Europe’s most luxurious hotels with tickets to major exhibitions of works by artists from Hieronymous Bosch to Pablo Picasso as well as a whole series of events in Vienna marking the centenary of the death of Emperor Franz Joseph. These include:
Featuring artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, Pollock and Rothko, ‘The Art of the Guggenheim Collections’ runs at Palazzo Strozzi until 24 July, bringing together over 100 pieces of 20th century art from Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim’s much-coveted collections.
Stay four nights for the price of three at the five-star superior Helvetia e Bristol from £958 pp* – saving £180 pp – including entrance to the exhibition. Offer valid on stays from 10-31 July.
Tickets sold out for ‘Bosch – The Centenary Exhibition’ when it visited Den Bosch in The Netherlands earlier this year, and similar demand is expected for an even bigger version of the show that runs at the Prado until 1 September. Featuring over 60 works in the museum’s dedicated Jerónimos building, highlights include the outstanding triptych of the Temptation of Saint Anthony.
Stay four nights for the price of three at the four-star superior Hotel de las Letras from £595 pp* – saving £72 pp – including entrance to the exhibition. Offer valid on stays from 11 July – 31 August.
Until 29 August, Marseille’s striking new museum, MuCEM, hosts ‘Picasso: A Genius Without a Pedestal’, a fascinating exhibition that draws links between loaned works from around the world, including the Musée National Picasso-Paris, and MuCEM’s own collection of traditional and primitive art.
Stay three nights at the five-star deluxe Intercontinental Marseille from £699 pp*, including entrance to the exhibition.
Marking the centenary of the death of the great Habsburg Emperor in 2016, ‘Emperor Franz Josef: Man & Monarch’ runs at the Schönbrunn Palace until 27 November, examining his life as a monarch. Kirker recommends setting aside a full day to enjoy not only the exhibition but also the palace’s magnificent state rooms and gardens.
Stay three nights at the four-star superior Hotel Altstadt from £649 pp*, including entrance to the Schönbrunn Palace and the exhibition.
*All prices include flights (London – regional departures on request), private transfers, accommodation (two sharing) with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing and the services of the Kirker Concierge to book restaurants, expert local guides or tickets to theatres, opera performances, concerts, museums and galleries.
For further information, to hear about Kirker’s latest special offers on short breaks and tailor-made holidays across Europe and beyond, or for a copy of Kirker’s 2016 Short Breaks brochure (online here), please contact Kirker Holidays on 020 7593 2283 or visit www.kirkerholidays.com.