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We love places where history thumps through the streets like a heartbeat, but some of the world's greatest cities are even greater thanks to contemporary influences. Here's our collection of our favourites that manage to perfectly marry the very old and the very, very new.
1. Brooklyn & Manhattan
In the city that never sleeps you’ll find little occasion to spend too long in your hotel room with all that’s going on around you. This lightning-paced metropolis has no shortage of activity, both indoors and out. From Harlem to Hell’s Kitchen, Soho to NoHo and TriBeCa to NoLiTa, each neighbourhood varies vastly, where the pop-up restaurants and bars change as frequently as the fashions and the pavements are a catwalk. If Wall Street’s not your cup of Joe, take a meander through Greenwich Village or hop over the bridge to Brooklyn and Williamsburg, where you’ll find hip coffee houses-cum-concept stores, warehouses as hotels and more artisan breweries than you can shake a gentrified stick at.
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From one city that never sleeps to another, Mumbai can’t fail to impress. The commercial capital of India can take you on a whirlwind journey through the country’s glorious past and fascinating future; in the best way possible, it assaults every sense. Intoxicating colours and scents mingle with temples, stately hotels, divine scenery and ultra-modern skyscrapers home to inspirational businesses and artistic minds. Blending the romantic old and the thrilling new, get under the skin of Mumbai’s interminable presence of chaos and action by throwing yourself wholeheartedly under its spell: from malls to monuments, parks to museums and all the sights in between.
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From its super-modern skyscrapers to Zen gardens and bullet trains, Tokyo is a world of contrasts in one city and its web of contrasting neighbourhoods (over 50 in total) present hugely different subcultures in the form of music, art, customs and fashion. The child in you will appreciate Akihabara, where anime and manga cartoons stare insolently down from every billboard. Busy, bewildering and in your face, the neighbourhoods of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ginza are lit up in neon, and it’s here you can buy just about anything under the sun. Harajuku, famous for its outrageous fashion sense, is wonderfully eccentric, and you could easily lose an afternoon just checking out the scenery. Escape the bustle in Ebisu and Daikanyama, where the small winding streets are lined with patisseries, coffee shops and restaurants
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Lose yourself in a maze of mosques and minarets, rambling down twisting narrow streets and experiencing the religious heart of Istanbul, a beautiful and diverse city. Hagia Sofia looms large, languishing on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus, a wide ribbon of water that separates Europe from Asia. Just minutes away, the blue Sultanahmet Mosque shimmers with cerulean Iznik tiles, its interior more spectacular still. While the main draw may still be the Byzantine mosaics, the bustling markets or Sultan’s jewels, modern-day Istanbul has decadent restaurants, hip bars and fashionable galleries in abundance. We love taking a few moments to watch the sunset over the domes and spires, taking stock of the city in all its historical glory from the fashionable, once-dilapidated districts of Beyoğlu or Karaköy, which seamlessly blend old and new.
A 4 day trip to Istanbul costs from £1,130pp*
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5. Buenos Aires
There’s a reason why BA is called the Paris of South America – its early settlers came from Europe, colonising the city in a distinctive yet inimitable style. The elegant streets of this loud, Latin metropolis are flanked with stunning examples of Colonial, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, in a city where artists’ quarters sit between slick coffee houses and tango is danced on street corners. Home to the widest avenue in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires doesn’t do things by halves: the heart of the city at Plaza de Mayo is a stately green oasis packed with imposing statues, overlooked by Eva Perón’s iconic balcony. From Recoleta’s grand buildings to Camanito’s pastel hues and the derelict yet beautiful poverty of the barrios, sensual Buenos Aires is like a thousand European towns rolled into one.
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Highlights of Japan
Nights: 8 | from £4,775
Japan has a wealth of treasures, but if are short on time and want to cram as much as possible into your time in this intriguing country, this whittle-stop tour of cultural gems is the solution.
Nights: 12 | from £3,990
You get a lot of bang for your peso in vast and varied Argentina. It has European flair, mountain wilds and subtropical abundance, the latter spattered by the world’s most impressive cascade. Using easy regional flights, you can combine Argentina’s classy capital, its Alpine-esque Lake District, wine country and the plunge of Iguazú Falls.
Peacocks and Palaces
Nights: 15 | from £3,100
It’s tough to top this tantalising two-week tour of India. From big-hitting cities and sacred riverbanks to tiger parks and the Taj Mahal, every highlight is covered