14 February 2019
If you want a quick break, yet you’re yearning for far-flung lands, why not try a short long-haul break? Whether it’s four nights in the Big Apple or six days in Singapore, here are some of our favourite long-haul destinations that you can visit in under a week.
With iconic landmarks and tantalising culinary delights, the Big Apple is on just about everyone’s must-visit list. Visit classic sights including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, and stroll along the High Line and through Central Park. Take in a Broadway show and head to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field to get caught up in the family-friendly atmosphere of a baseball game.
New York is also a popular wintertime destination for Christmas shoppers, and there’s plenty of places to make your purchases. Whether you’re going to a Manhattan-based department store such as Macy’s or Century 21, or you’re heading out of town to a discount outlet village like Woodbury Common, you’ll be able to find plenty of bargains and gifts for your loved ones.
“Never travel anywhere without doing your research. New York is easy to navigate, but get your Travel Counsellor to help plan your itinerary to make sure that you don’t waste a minute. Book the main attractions in advance, walk everywhere that you can, enjoy local food and embrace the culture. It’s a place not to be missed.”
Adalaine, Travel Counsellor
Flight time from UK: 7 hours
Time difference: GMT -5
Where to stay: Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affina, Hilton Times Square, The Roosevelt Hotel
Known as the Garden City due to its extraordinary number of parks and urban greenery, Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, welcoming over 10 million tourists each year.
For the culturally-minded, Singapore is home to an impressive range of museums, while the areas of Chinatown, Little India, and the Arab Quarter pay homage to the city's roots and play host to some of its top cultural sights, events and cuisine. There’s also the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel which serves up breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and beyond.
“I recommend a visit to Sentosa Island to see various attractions for all the family, among them, Universal Studios. For the adults, a trip to the famous Raffles Hotel to sip a Singapore Sling is a must.”
Richard, Travel Counsellors
Flight time from UK: 13 hours
Time difference: GMT +8
Where to stay: Marina Bay Sands, Raffles Hotel, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Enjoy an eclectic mix of British and Chinese culture in Hong Kong. Known as a top shopping destination, the city’s bustling markets and shopping malls offer everything from souvenirs to designer favourites. Hong Kong also has a pulsating restaurant and nightlife scene, with plenty going on to fill up an evening.
However, Hong Kong is not all skyscrapers and shopping malls – the Outlying Islands and New Territories are a sharp contrast to the fast pace of city life, offering travellers serene landscapes of mountains and meadows dotted with hidden temples and traditional villages.
“The Peak Tower is an absolute must for fabulous views over the amazing skyline of Hong Kong, and you can pre-book this to avoid queues. Take a trip over to Hong Kong Island on the Star Ferry, then pay a visit to Stanley Market to get some lovely souvenirs. Make sure you bring an extra bag to take all your purchases home with you.”
Debbie, Travel Counsellor
Flight time from the UK: 12 hours
Time difference: GMT +8
Where to stay: Harbour Grand Kowloon, InterContinental Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental
The UAE is home to multiple stopover destinations. From glittering hotel lobbies dripping with ornate furnishings to the simple hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp, Dubai has experiences to suit a wide variety of tastes and preferences. Head up to one of the observation decks inside the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, visit a multitude of designer stores at Dubai Mall or soak up the sun along La Mer, the city’s newest beachside hotspot.
There’s also Abu Dhabi, which offers guaranteed sunshine and no shortage of attractions. Beach lovers will find nine kilometres of pristine white sand on Saadiyat Island, while shoppers can find jewellery, carvings and hand-made carpets in the city’s assorted souks, or designer clothing in its air-conditioned malls. Culture vultures will love Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which came third in TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of the world’s top 25 landmarks, and the historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort, one of the oldest and most celebrated heritage sites in the UAE.
If you’re looking for something a little different, head north of Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah. Combining gorgeous beaches, mountains, desert scenery and luxury resorts, you can relax, indulge, actively explore and discover ancient history and traditions.
"Ras is fast becoming one of the Middle East’s top year-round sun destinations, with the recommended best time to travel being from October to May as the summer months can often be too hot. As a destination, it appeals to couples, families, groups and adventure seekers, with a sumptuous coastline, stunning mountainscape, beautiful desert, natural springs and enchanting mangroves."
Emma, Travel Counsellor
Flight time from UK: 7 hours
Time difference: GMT +4
Where to stay: Atlantis, The Palm (Dubai), Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi), Waldorf Astoria (Ras Al Khaimah)
Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is a dazzling, neon-lit metropolis. Stretching for more than four miles, its centre, the Las Vegas Strip, encapsulates the city’s over-the-top nature, with many themed hotels, musical fountains and replicas of the Egyptian Pyramids, Eiffel Tower and Venice’s Grand Canal. Vegas is also synonymous with gambling, and its casino scene is unrivalled, with plenty of resorts offering roulette, poker and slot machines on which you can play away your days and nights.
“The whole Las Vegas experience is a lot to take in – all the sights and sounds are just totally intense. Visiting every hotel on the strip is like having a day out at a theme park for every style you can imagine. From Excalibur Hotel’s Medieval England vibe to the great Pyramids of Egypt at Luxor, it feels as though there is a hotel for everyone.”
Lizzie, Travel Counsellor
Flight time from the UK: 11 hours
Time difference: GMT -8
Where to stay: The Venetian, Bellagio, Luxor Hotel & Casino
Toronto is a melting pot of cultures and is vibrant, exciting and full of fun. It has more restaurants and cafés per head than anywhere else in Canada, so you won’t go hungry or thirsty on a visit here. You’ll also be kept entertained by an exciting theatre scene, fantastic shopping and renowned sites such as the CN Tower, with its glass floor from which you can see 342 metres down to the city streets below.
Canada’s biggest city is also the gateway to the iconic Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s most-visited attractions, where over 2.5 million litres of water a second cascade over 46 metres of rockface to the river below. Take a cruise to get close to the action and feel the spray of the falls, and visit Niagara-on-the-Lake for its old-world charm and local wineries.
“There are many attractions to see in Toronto. I recommend the hop-on, hop-off bus which runs from early to late and goes past all the major hotels. It’s a great way to get to all the major points of interest while also learning about the history of the city.”
Richard, Travel Counsellor
Flight time from the UK: 7 hours
Time difference: GMT -5
Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Fairmont Royal York
If you would like to book a short break to one of these long-haul destinations, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and after your stay.