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5 European City Breaks to Book this Year


International Vacation Home Exchange offers many charming European properties located in city center of some of Europe’s most visited cites.  Consider using your IVHE credits to book several short getaways this year and enjoy the rich history and architecture of some of the most popular destinations around the world.

Barcelona
Book one of these exclusive homes in Spain when visiting Barcelona to enjoy all the rich Gaudi architecture this amazing city has to offer.  Visit Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, or just walk the bustling sidewalks of Las Ramblas and wander the cobblestone side streets.  Offering both city life and beach life, it’s no wonder Barcelona is a favorite among travelers. 

Paris
Experience “The City of Light” from one of these great vacation homes in France.  If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame or climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower then add Paris to your City Break list. Of course you could never visit this city too many times.

London
If you fancy a castle tour then put London on your must-see list and stay in one of these charming properties across the UK.  Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham palace and a flight on the London Eye are just a few of the attractions to experience.  You may even run into one of the Royals as you make your way from one attraction to the next.

Rome
If you’re in need of a little Dolce Vita in your life then select a special vacation homes in Italy, you may not want to leave.  Rome offers so many well know attractions all within a short distance of one another.  Whether you are taking in the history of the Colosseum, throwing a coin over your shoulder into Trevi Fountain or just people watching in Piazza Novona, Rome is a get away you’ll never forget.

Amsterdam
Experience all Amsterdam has to offer and at the end of the day return to one of these fun properties.  If you’ve never had an opportunity to tour the Anne Frank House you’ll want to be sure to add Amsterdam to you travel plans.   Along with its many other museums and active nightlife, this beautiful canal city makes a great stop on your City Break tour.

Wondering what’s the best way to see all that these cities have to offer? You’ll find there are many options available to you.  Walking tours are always a great way to learn history and little known facts about an area.  Almost all European cities offer bike rentals to visitors.  Biking is always a great way to get a real feel for an area.  If you prefer giving your legs a rest, Hop-On-Hop Off Bus Tours are an easy, relaxing way to see all the attractions while offering a great means of transportation.  Don’t rule out getting the true “living like a local” experience by learning the public transportation system and walking to your desired destinations.

IVHE has properties in 70 countries around the world.  That’s a lot of city breaks.  Consider spreading out your accumulated credits with several short trips by staying in some of IVHE’s smaller city properties and watch how quickly your passport will fill up with stamps.


Thank you to travel blogger Lisa Medeiros.  Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_

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