On the Go: Explore These Cities in Style

City breaks are great fun! A few days to explore a new place that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from home. Notoriously, all that walking can take it out of you. What starts off as relaxing strolls turns into a mission to see as many of the city attractions as possible - and if you’re not in the most comfortable shoes, the experience can become a painful one.

Forget the sore feet and discover how you can explore cities in style.

Amsterdam

Bicycles in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cycling around Amsterdam is just as commonplace as cars, if not more so. With its extensive system of cycle lanes around the city, getting from place to place couldn’t be easier. For many, it’s a bucket list trip. Taking a leisurely ride around the city, stopping off at perfect photo opportunities and admiring what the city has to offer.

Bicycles are available to rent all around Amsterdam. Whether it’s for an hour or two, or if you want to go on a guided tour, there’s something to suit everyone. Take a guided tour of the city, visiting the well-known locations such as the Skinny Bridge over the River Amstel and the Grand Canal Ring – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while listening to your guide sharing stories and history of the area.

Barcelona

Woman taking a photograph of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Getting around Barcelona can be a tiring activity. Its vast grid network of streets hide shops, restaurants and architecture around every corner. Seeing much of the city can prove an impossible task for the average weekend tourist.

Rising trends in alternative ways of getting around are growing. From the super slick metro that stops around the city, to its scenic Segway tours which add fun, freedom and a guide to take you around all the hotspots, without putting pressure on those achy feet.

Take a tour and view the work of Gaudi up close. Seeing sights such as the famous Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and the Passeig de Gracia, on the city’s most beautiful boulevards.

Melbourne

Aerial view of Melbourne with the tram network, in Australia

Named as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne has a culture unlike anywhere else. From its famous street art to its traditional tramlines around the city, its unique identity has made the city a must-visit. As the capital of the Australian State of Victoria, Melbourne has become popular with tourists. With millions flocking each year to experience the attractions it has to offer, including; the Great Ocean Road and the Penguin Parade on nearby Phillip Island.

Thought to have the largest urban tram network in the world, every part of Melbourne is accessible through its 1763 stops. Hop on to a modern electric or restored traditional 1950s tram and explore any part of the city you choose. Why not visit the famous Flinders Street, home to Flinders Street Station, an iconic art nouveau building complete with impressive domes. Or head further into town to one of Melbourne’s many museums and eateries.

Melbourne is committed to staying sustainable. The tram network isn’t only easily accessible around the city, much of it is also free. The free tram zone will take you to many of the tourist hotspots, including; Queen Victoria Market, Victoria Harbour and Federation Square. Making it the perfect way to get around, while keeping your carbon footprint to a minimum, what’s not to like?

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