CHECKLIST: CITY-BREAK COST-SAVER
The number of tour operators offering city breaks in Europe has dwindled to a handful of luxury specialists. Most of us have little alternative but to make our own arrangements, but a little inside knowledge can go a long way in ensuring you have a more pleasurable, better-value trip. Here are a few pointers: travel before you confirm your accommodation. Some hotel booking sites, such as Booking. com, allow free cancellations up to a day or two before arrival, but you often have to pay a higher rate for this option. money. But when comparing prices, be clear what is included. Breakfast is often an expensive extra, but you can alternatively pop out to a local café. ballet, you will (normally) mix with more locals than tourists (though beware tourist-trap events such as Mozart concerts in period dress in, for example, Prague, Venice and Vienna). Again, booking ahead is vital.