Well we like romantic breaks to elegant Eastern European capitals and scenic strolls by the magical Danube… but we also like the spectacular architecture, ultra-modern buzz and superb shopping malls of Dubai.
Which is better? There’s only one way to find out.
Yes, that’s right, by mixing and matching the two, in one unique seven-night trip combining the splendour of Budapest and the 21st-century magnificence of Dubai.
Today’s Big Deal offers the ideal solution to those squabbles about where to head on your next holiday with a trip that takes in two continents.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, packs plenty into your two-city escape. First you fly to Budapest, Hungary’s romantic capital on the Danube.
After a one-night stopover, you head off to Dubai, the fabulously futuristic city on the Persian Gulf for four nights, before heading back to Budapest for a relaxed two-night stay with plenty of opportunities to explore.
The Big Deal includes return flights from Glasgow International with hand luggage allowance and seven nights accommodation, based on two sharing, in the Three Corners Hotel Bristol, Budapest (one night), the Fortune Grand Hotel Apartment in Dubai (four nights) and the Zora Boutique Hotel Budapest (two nights). All hotels are four star.
The deal also includes shared shuttle transfers in Budapest and a private chauffeur shuttle in Dubai.
The holiday is for seven nights, flying out Mondays and Fridays only from Glasgow International airport. Available dates are from 11th January 2016 until 29th February 2016.
The first night of the trip is spent in the Three Corners Hotel Bristol with handy public transport connections to the historic sights of the city and comfortable en suite guest rooms.
In Dubai you stay in the modern Fortune Grand Hotel Apartment close to the commercial area of Bank Street, the vibrant Meena Bazaar and Sheikh Zayed Road.
Spacious, well-appointed guest rooms are recently refurbished. Amenities include LCD TV, free WiFi connection, fully-equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom.
On your return to Budapest, you will stay in the very central Zora Boutique Hotel. Guest rooms are stylishly decorated with warm contemporary décor. Amenities include LCD TV, high-speed internet connection, mini bar and a modern bathroom.
The hotel’s buffet breakfast includes both international and Hungarian specialities and the Araz Bistro & Bar offers snacks, sandwiches and Hungarian cakes and pastries, along with a wide range of drinks.
Budapest retains all the romance of an old world European capital. Highlights for visitors include the World Heritage site of the Buda Castle and surrounding district, and Trinity Square with the ornate 14th century Matthias Church.
Visitors will be fascinated by the elegant old bathhouses of the city, relics from an era when it was a key city of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Budapest also has plenty of chic old cafes offering strong coffee and elaborate pastries, to keep you fuelled for all that sightseeing.
It’s difficult to avoid gazing perpetually skywards in Dubai, admiring the amazing and lofty architecture. Highlights include the Burj Khalifa, with its spectacular views from the highest levels.
For many visitors, Dubai is a shopping paradise, with plenty of opportunities to flex the credit card in the luxurious malls or the atmospheric local markets.
The trip’s hotels have received positive reviews on TripAdvisor. This recent contribution refers to the Fortune Grand Hotel Apartment Dubai:
‘Comfortable clean beds, friendly staff, classy apartments.’
While this comment covers the Zora Boutique Hotel Budapest:
‘Amazing decor and beautiful seating areas and clean but simply amazing bedrooms to cater all needs. Would highly recommend for romantic city break especially.’
This Big Deal trip to Budapest and Dubai offers a holiday rich in contrasts. The beguiling old European ambiance of Budapest shifts crisply into the vibrant modernity of Dubai. Combining the two destinations offers the best of both worlds, with comfortable 4 star accommodation and convenient transfers.
This offer would make a great festive gift, offering the prospect of a truly memorable adventure to begin 2016.