48 Hours

City Breaks: All destinations

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...



Travel Time

6hrs 10mins

Home to the Valley of the Kings, layers of civilization and the spectacular river Nile, the former Egyptian capital also has meze feasts in-store, says Mark Sansom

Not one place on Earth can lay claim to the heritage of Luxor. Nearly every tradition we abide by, adhere to and hold in high regard stems from ancient Egypt and to understand it, you have to go. The best thing about it all? More treasures are still being uncovered. Just last December, a skeleton of…

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane Australia and Southern Pacific,

    Travel Time

    20hrs 30mins

    A buzzing museums district, sunny cafés, creative dining and the Gold Coast right on your doorstep – Australia’s third-biggest city has it all, says Alicia Miller
  • Venice

    Venice Europe, Italy,

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Blessed with history, incredible architecture and superb seafood, this city never fails to seduce its guests. Hop aboard a gondola, or get lost amid the labyrinthine streets...
  • Singapore


    Travel Time

    6hrs 10mins

    This island nation has a retail obsession, arguably the best airport in the world, and its vibrant dining scene makes it more than a stopover destination, says Renate Ruge
  • Winchester


    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    England’s ancient capital and home of Alfred the Great, this mini London is a great shopping stop with a plethora of exciting new bars and restaurants, says Renate Ruge
  • Madeira


    Travel Time

    3hrs 30mins

    This Portuguese island, lapped by the Atlantic, has the climate, kitchen, ecosystem and heritage to draw distinguished travellers from all over the world, finds Mark Sansom
  • Mons


    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Waving the flag for Capital of Culture, this Belgian city is not only a gastronomic great, but also wears a tradition of art and innovation on its sleeve, says James Williams
  • Muscat


    Travel Time

    7hrs 10mins

    Oman has one of the Middle East’s most dynamic and forward-thinking, yet traditional capitals. Mark Sansom finds it ripe for culinary, cultural and multi-sensory exploration
  • Cheltenham


    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    Crystalline white, the Cotswold town’s Regency architecture looks to have been sculpted from sugar. And that’s not the sweetest thing about it, finds Alex Allen
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