NANO-BREAKS
maximising your weekend
AtaGLANCE
What isa nano-break? CONTENTS
Page4-5
Travel tips
PAGE6-7
Nano-break
suggestions
Page8-9
Flight map
Page10-11
Is...
Pack light
1. Streamline: We see you there with those five pairs of
heels. That’s a nano no-no. Pack light, worry less, s...
TENTOP NANO-BREAK SUGGESTIONS
Other Suggested NANOS
Nice- 1.5hrs
BArcelona- 2hrs
Warsaw-2.1 hrs
Moscow-3.5hrs
Lisbon -2.5h...
1hr
2HR
3HR
4hr
5hr
6hr
MADRID
GENEVA
FES
PARIS
AMSTERDAM
NEW YORK
REYKJAVIC
NUUK
LISBON
MARRAKESH
TUNIS
DUBLIN
ISTANBUL
M...
ISTANBUL
With its unique position straddling
the cusp of Asia and Europe, Istanbul
is a city of epic contrasts. The old an...
NEW YORK
Sinatra knew it. So did Woody
Allen. New York is hot – even when
it’s packed with 10 inches of
Christmas snow. An...
MAJORCA
If you measure the worth of a hol-
iday destination by the degree of
visual gratification it can deliver,
beguilin...
YORK
The myriad of UK cities are an
obvious choice for the humble
nano-break. Leaving the passport
at home has the potenti...
DUBLIN
One part delicious hedonism, one
part history, and 10 parts pub and
personality, Dublin is less a city and
more a l...
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  • 1. NANO-BREAKS maximising your weekend
  • 2. AtaGLANCE What isa nano-break? CONTENTS Page4-5 Travel tips PAGE6-7 Nano-break suggestions Page8-9 Flight map Page10-11 Istanbul Page12-13 New York Page 14-15 Majorca Page16-17 York Page18-19 Dublin So what’s a nano-break when it’s (not) at home? Put simply, it’s like a mini-break... but even mini-er! “Mini-breaks are already short, you charlatan!” we hear you cry. And you’re right. But the brilliance of a nano-break is you only stay one night away - your entire holiday fits into one of your hard-earned weekends. We’re working on the maximum pleasure for minimum time and expense principle. How? Well, it’s all in the timing. The nano-break starts early and finishes late, giving you two full days for the price of one overnight stay. Nano-breaks: kind on your wallet, kind on your time. A one-night break that gives you two full days away. Magic? No, but it does involve an early journey there and a late one back. ...but that means that you get to spend two full days on your jollies Result: plenty of bang for your buck. Can’t argue with that!
  • 3. Pack light 1. Streamline: We see you there with those five pairs of heels. That’s a nano no-no. Pack light, worry less, see more. You didn’t ask for a nano-lecture, but we’re giving you one anyway. 2. Pack clever: You’re only going for two days - check what the weather is likely to do for both of them and pack accordingly. 3. Keep it cheap: Repeat after us: less stuff= less expense. Hand luggage is always free, hold luggage on budget airlines is most certainly not. 4. Pack for fun: You don’t want to be lugging a big bag around; nano-breaks are about spontaneity - make the most of your time away! Stayclose 1. Central: as close to the main attractions as you can afford – every minute spent travelling is wasting precious gelato-eating time. 2. Economise: nano-breaks aren’t about splurging on fancy accommodation. You’ve got one night in this city, are you really going to sit in a glam boutique bedroom admiring the stand-alone bathtub? 3. Include breakfast: with the first meal of the day sorted, you’ll be ready to get out there and go go go! 4. Just ask: Some hotels haven’t cottoned on to the na- no-breaks trend and insist on two (or even three!) night bookings for weekends. It’s worth contacting them directly to see if they’ll make an exception. Fly clever 1. Early bird: Book the earliest outbound flight you can find. Flights pre-dawn are generally cheaper, plus you’ll land before the croissants have even cooled at your hotel’s buffet. 2. Leave it late: Similarly, your return flight should be the last one of the day. The goal is to spend your precious second day enjoying yourself, not standing in check-in queues. 3. Research: Unfortunately it’s not possible to take a nano-break to all destinations. Sometimes the flight times simply don’t add up. Check the timetable on your local airport’s website and see where’s on the cards for you. 4. Timing: Get to the airport in time. It seems obvious, but with trips this short you can’t really jump on a later flight if something goes wrong. That’s less nano, more non-existent. PLAN SMART 1. Location location location: grab a guidebook and make a note of what you’re sure you want to see and do... and then work out which attractions are near to each other. Congrats. You’ve just saved 30 minutes of travelling, you clever clogs, you. 2. Open for business: Check opening times before you go – nothing kills the holiday vibe like rocking up to a museum that’s been closed all summer. 3. Technology: check out our must-have smartphone apps which will help any traveller make the most of their time away - from local restaurant recommendations to finding your nearest ATM. 4 5
  • 4. TENTOP NANO-BREAK SUGGESTIONS Other Suggested NANOS Nice- 1.5hrs BArcelona- 2hrs Warsaw-2.1 hrs Moscow-3.5hrs Lisbon -2.5hrs Berlin- 1.5hrs Here are some of our top suggestions for a nano-break. If you follow our top tips and get your timings right, you can go further than you think! 6 7 York Culture, Food Culture, Art, Night-life Culture, Night-life Shopping, Food, Art Shopping, Food, Art 1.2HRS 1.2 HRS 2HRS 3.3 HRS 1.5 HRS Amsterdam Paris Beach, Food, Walking 2.2 HRS Majorca Shopping, Food, Music 2.2 HRS Madrid Milan Beach, Culture, Sunshine DUBROVNIK 3.5HRS Culture, Shopping, Spa ISTANBUL 7 HRS Shopping, Food, Culture NEWYORK Dublin
  • 5. 1hr 2HR 3HR 4hr 5hr 6hr MADRID GENEVA FES PARIS AMSTERDAM NEW YORK REYKJAVIC NUUK LISBON MARRAKESH TUNIS DUBLIN ISTANBUL MOSCOW PRAGUE ROME ATHENS MILAN BERLIN OSLO STOCKHOLM HELSINKI NANO-BREAKS HOW FAR CAN YOU GO? 8 9
  • 6. ISTANBUL With its unique position straddling the cusp of Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a city of epic contrasts. The old and the very new jostle for space on its wide streets, weaving a distinctive and utterly alluring tapestry of cultural diversity that makes this Turkish jewel one of the most thrill- ing places in the world to visit right now. It’s a place where east meets west – both literally and symbolically – where the cutting-edge meets conservative. And despite being at least two millennia old, it’s not unreasonable to claim that when it comes to the hip-n-happening, it’s starting to give metropolitan behemoths like New York and Lon- don a serious run for their riches. It’s this fusion of knowing, contem- porary joie de vivre with traditional, old-world charm - plus a relatively short three and a half hour flight - that makes Istanbul the perfect nano-break destination. Where else can you get such an authentic taste of the exotic for so few plane hours and pennies? Hop off the plane and grab a traditional Turkish breakfast at one of the city’s gleaming rooftop restau- rants, taking in views over the winding cobbles of the old city, the Blue Mosque to the Bosphorus and beyond. Then clamber down and explore those wide streets where stylish cocktail bars clamour for space by opulent Ottoman mosques and crumbling, ancient historic buildings. After a day of wandering – this city is one of the finest to get lost in – pull up a pew at a raki-soaked meyhane (tavern) to watch the locals swagger and giggle in the sultry late afternoon heat. We love: - Rubbing shoulders with Istanbul’s glitterati on a stylish rooftop cocktail bar - The fusion of east and west - Ottoman mosques and high- velocity glamour! - A sense of the exotic in exchange for a relatively short flight time! 10 11
  • 7. NEW YORK Sinatra knew it. So did Woody Allen. New York is hot – even when it’s packed with 10 inches of Christmas snow. And it is possible to get there and back in a weekend - although you may be commuting from JFK direct to your desk on Monday morning. Worth it for the city that never sleeps, surely. But how to spend a ‘nano’ amount of time in a city with more options than bagels? The Big Apple is a choose-your-own-adventure kinda place, where a left turn reveals the starry lights of Broadway and right turn plops you right down in the middle of movie-set brownstones. Our tip? Time isn’t on your side here, so choose activities that are distinctly ‘New Yoik’. Once you’ve landed, grab a bite in the energetic Meatpacking District for that most New York-y of mealtimes - brunch! After eggs and mimosas head to MOMA (Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art) in Midtown. After you can grab some goodies from a deli for a picnic in Central Park. Linger at late-night caba- rets. Wander along the Chelsea high-line and grumble about the fact that your city can’t manage something like this. Hop on the free Staten Island Ferry to take in Lady Liberty in all her emerald glory. Lastly –do try to venture past Manhattan. Crossing the bridge to Brooklyn and other neighbourhoods will really give you a sense of the city beyond the usual tourist trail. Plan your time well and this majestic metropolis will reward you with a nano-break that you’ll remember long after the cronuts have cooled. We love: - Grabbing a picnic at the deli for lunch in Central Park - Taking the free Staten Island Ferry to see Lady Liberty 12 13
  • 8. MAJORCA If you measure the worth of a hol- iday destination by the degree of visual gratification it can deliver, beguiling Majorca might just be the nano-break for you. Because one thing that isn’t in short supply here is epic natural beauty. On the coast, enormous, jagged limestone cliffs are married with translucent azure Mediterranean waters, whilst inland are vast plains of verdant green car- peted with olive trees and vineyards. Forget what you think you know about this Balearic beauty – we’ve all heard the horror stories of overdevelopment and mass tourism –Majorca was made for short sunshine sojourns, and not just because of the incredibly short flight time from the UK! So how to spend your two days off from the world? Touch down and head straight to the southern flank of marvellous La Seu cathedral to take a moment in the presence of spectac- ular views across the Bay of Palma. Admire the dramatic buttresses of the cathedral’s exterior before wan- dering through Palma’s pretty streets for a spot of tapas in the Old Town. Spend the next couple of hours working off the manchego cheese on a hike through pine forests and panoramic cliff tops, stopping off in pretty coves and beaches to splash about in the crystalline blue waters of the Med. The freshest seafood, stunning natural splendour and a captivating combination of the modern and the traditional means that when it comes to nano-breaks, Majorca is a holiday force to be reckoned with. We love: - Taking in magnificent views whilst hiking through lush forests on pine-covered mountains - Devouring tapas and sangria in Palma’s beautiful Old Town - Going from pavement-to-beach in under three hours! 14 15
  • 9. YORK The myriad of UK cities are an obvious choice for the humble nano-break. Leaving the passport at home has the potential to save you hours of travel time - which would be better spent as getting-lost-in-a-new- city time! Like the idea of keeping it close to home? Well, they don’t come lovelier than the ancient town of York. It was always going to be a tourist draw: a disarmingly charming cobbled city nestled on the banks of a winding river, bordered by a magnificent tapestry of 13th century walls. Unparalleled history and aesthetic supremacy are two things that York does very well; with a fascinating provenance that stretches back some 2,000 years, its elegantly cobbled streets have seen Roman emperors crowned and battle scars from the English Civil War. Nevertheless, it has matured gracefully; the immaculately preserved Gothic cathedral still enjoys an imperious reign over those historic Roman roads. A virtually traffic-free city centre is carved up by charmingly medieval alleyways that dart between tumble- down pubs and old-fashioned tearooms, all flanked by pretty views and noted archaeological sites. The benefits of York should be obvious for history buffs, and those who prefer to dance with a more contemporary devil will love a city centre that’s ripe with chic boutiques, galleries and delis. It’s a city that’s made for wandering; for admiring, for getting lost in; like Italy’s Venice, its labyrinthine passages will both confuse and delight in equal measure. Go on, get lost. We dare you. We love: - Marvelling at the incredible Gothic York Minster, Yorkshire’s most important historic building! - Getting lost in the labyrinth of shadowy cobbled passages - Tucking into scones and tea in a quaint back-alley tearoom 16 17
  • 10. DUBLIN One part delicious hedonism, one part history, and 10 parts pub and personality, Dublin is less a city and more a large, albeit very cosmopolitan, village. With character by the bucket load and a cast of affable, charismatic locals propping up the bar on a nightly basis, it’s a metropolis that’s as noisy as it is beautiful. Epic Georgian splendour aside, it might not pout and wink like its sexier European counterparts, but it chatters with life and soul all hours of the day – and even more so in the twilight hours! Nano-breaks were made for cities that deliver the goods like this Irish superstar. If you prefer a castle to a Guinness, you’ll find plenty to keep those history muscles in good working order. Remnants of Dublin’s Viking past are there for the taking plus there are a plethora of 18th century castles and cathedrals dotted on winding cobbled streets. A simple wander will unfurl all manner of ancient visual treats so leave that hotel room, lazybones – this is one nano-break you’ll want to spend on your feet! The beating heart of Dublin, though, is to be found in its pubs. Living up to their convivial and sociable reputation, Dubliners are born naturals when it comes to the hosting game and are usually more than happy to usher you into their favourite watering hole to put the world to rights over an ale or three. The nightlife here is second to none so bring your dancing shoes – and some pain killers for the morning after. We love: - Soaking up the local banter with a Guinness in one of the 1000 pubs - Taking in Trinity College’s beautifully preserved Georgian architecture - The nightlife. You won’t find better 18 19
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