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Italian Short Breaks Italian Short Breaks
A range of Italian Breaks perfect for that once in a lifetime experience! See Rome, Florence, Venice and attend one of the leading cultural events. Venice Carnival, Verona Opera or the Siena Palio all offer experiences you are unlikely to forget.
Wedding Anniversary Celebration Ideas Wedding Anniversary Celebration Ideas
If you have a big wedding anniversary looming and are in need of inspiration - let us help! The range on offer is extensive and includes high impact short breaks to many of Europe's most romantic destinations!
Special Birthday Trips Special Birthday Trips
There is nothing like a 40th, 50th or 60th to put what's important into focus! Everyone has their secret bucket list of things they want to do and we have fulfilled many of these for numerous clients.We are great at keeping surprises too!
New Years Eve Celebrations New Years Eve Celebrations
Why not get 2018 with a bang on one of our New Year's Eve Breaks abroad! Just to whet your appetite we can offer a range of once in a lifetime experiences; from majestic Imperial Balls to northern lights hunting in the best places on earth.
Luxury Indian Holidays Luxury Indian Holidays
If you only travel to India once then this Private Tour of India’s Golden Triangle will share the magic of India, with the highlight being the Ranthambore Tigers

Special Occasion Weekend Breaks

For a weekend break away that is truly special and unique, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s for an anniversary, a birthday or simply an opportunity to get away from everything for a few days, Weekend a la Carte can meet all of your needs

Far from your usual weekend package breaks, our bespoke holiday offers will give you an amazing opportunity to take in some fantastic sights and make lifelong memories.  We specialise in fantastic action packed northern lights adventures in Iceland and Swedish Lapland with Abisko sky station being a particular speciality. There’s even the option to stay in two of  Sweden’s icons – the Ice Hotel and Tree Hotel

Further afield we have numerous special occasion breaks to events in Europe. The Opera in Verona, Palio in Siena, Venice Carnival and unique New Year breaks complete our "Once in a Lifetime" short break holidays.

We pride ourselves in  making your weekend break different from any other you’ve had in the past. So let us spoil you and design your perfect, unique break, the Weekend a la Carte way.

Latest Blog Posts

06/10/2017  My Slovenia Holiday
One of the things I love most about this job is seeing different cultures and really getting beneath the skin of a country.
There are three main types of travel. The first are the beach holidays. Flights, car hire and a hotel/villa and you’re all set.
Why St Petersburg has been voted the top European Tourist Destination for the second year in a row
Recommendation of the Golden Triangle Tour for the first time traveler to India
If you are looking for something a little bit different, and off the beaten track, then a trip to Transylvania in Romania is for you. Transylvania offers you stunning wilderness, beautiful historical towns, wildlife, a chance to relax in a superb location of a private estate and the opportunity to feel as if you have stepped back in time.
Jordan is a wonderful country to visit. Everyone knows about Petra, and indeed many have it on their “bucket list” of things to do, but there are so many other delights that this country has to offer as well. As Jordan is such a small country it is possible to explore it all in a relatively short time and truly experience all it has to offer So what are the Top 10 Things to See in Jordan?
Iceland to me is myths and legends, waterfalls, barren landscape, fire and ice, geysers and glaciers. What I didn’t really know is that it is a fantastic place to see whales as well as an amazing place to visit. Husavik in the north of Iceland is picture box pretty with a small port that has several companies vying to sell you the best whale tour that you have ever experienced.
Oman is one of the most beautiful and culturally interesting of the Arabian states. Beautiful coastlines meet soaring mountains in a land steeped in history. It is truly a wonderful place to visit.
Iceland is a well trodden path and certainly at first thought is not ”Off the Beaten Track”, however North Iceland is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by those travelling to Iceland.
For those looking to spend some time on a Budapest short break the Hungarian Parliament is a must see !
Elmayer is Vienna’s most prestigious dance school, and we work with them to provide private dance lessons for our Weekend a La Carte clients attending one of the amazing traditional Vienna Balls. Our two favourites that we offer is the romantic Strauss Ball on the eve of Valentines Day on the 13th February 2016 , held in the historical surroundings of the Kursalon, or the New Years Eve Ball at the Hofburg Imperial Palace, both in central Vienna.
Oman has so much natural wildlife and dramatic landscape to offer to visitors. However what we didn’t expect was to see both the volume and quality of fossils up in the spectacular peaks of the western Hajjar Mountains at Jabal Akhdhar.
North Sailing pioneered Whale Watching in Iceland from Husavik only 20 years ago with their first boat out in 1995 to see the Minke Whales that were visiting the bay. However over the years more and variety of whales have entered the bay, with the Humpback Whale now being the most popular to view.
The Zabola estate in Transylvania, Romania is a firm favourite of ours, and Kevin and I fell in love with the place about 5 years ago. It is a magical place in a beautiful setting with some of Europe's most pristine cultural heritage within reach. In Zabola time slows down to a gentle amble. It is charming and delightful, as well as relaxing and romantic.
In Sept 2015 the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat, Oman is opening a tremedous new Spa for those looking to ease out of the daily stresses. It will offer a huge range of local massages, facials, wellness therapies and body adn beauty treamnets by expert spa therapists. A wonderful place for a couple of days to relax before setting off to explore on your Oman Holiday.
St Petersburg is a beautiful place to visit in the summer and an ideal short break. Why not visit whilst the International Flower show infront of the Hermitage is on?
At Weekend a La Carte we try to develop breaks that will give you an experience of a lifetime. Istanbul with its mix of Spice Markets, Bewildering Bazaars, Stunning Mosques, Sumptuous Palaces all set on the stunning setting of the banks of the Bosphorus easily meets this brief. Many people visit Istanbul with us in order to take a special occasion break to celebrate a significant birthday or anniversary. It’s not hard to find a romantic spot in Istanbul!
Most people who travel to Iceland on a Northern Lights Holiday stay in the countryside to give themselves the best chance to see the Aurora Borealis away from interfering artificial lights. Many also combine with a one or two night stay in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The old town is quirky and fun with many wooden houses and unique shops. However there is so much more to Reykjavik with a vast array of museums to choose from to visit.
One of our favourite destinations is Lake Bled in Slovenia which has a very special atmosphere at all times of the year, with Spring and Autumn being particularly beautiful times to visit.However we have just worked up a new break Lake Bled Holiday that we are very excited about which is in July and coincides with the Lake Bled Lights Festival, so you can experience an even more romantic time.
While attending our Palio Siena package break, you need a good hotel within the city walls, which is within walking distance of the main sites. One of our favourite hotels in Siena is Palazzo Ravizza, which is only 600 metres from the Piazza del Campo – the location of the Palio Siena Horse Race.
With so many of our clients going to Verona to see the Verona Opera at the arena we thought it was time that we offered the Salzburg Music Festival for those music lovers of you out there.
I would definitely recommend a cooking evening in Petra in Jordan
05/03/2014  Dining in Vienna
Dining in Vienna - A choice from Afternoon Cake to Fine Dining
Iceland Highlights - From a Childs perspective
Visiting Husavik Whale museum followed by Whale watching on a Sailing Fishing boat is an excellent day in Iceland
See the Northern Lights and the Golden Circle whilst staying at Hotel Ion
Top 10 things we know about Iceland, but you may not
If you are a lover of nature and beauty, peace and solitude then Husavik Kaldbaks Cottages in North Iceland are for you!
Spending a day with our SuperJeep Tour guide, Saeli in South iceland
My personal Take on what i would recommend you do in Verona ....Having done it myself!
Bathing at the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik in Iceland
Heed the advice given when staying at the Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland at your peril !!
Hunting for the Northern Lights successfully on a dog sledge in a blizzard !
Snowmobiling in Swedish Lapland
Promenading in historical Costume at the Venice Carnival
Why Petra is such a greatplace to visit on a Jordan Holiday.
Reykjavik is renowned for having an excellent night life, superb seafood restaurants and being an amazing place to be on New Years Eve due to the sheer amount of fireworks let off.
Going back to medieval times in Transylvania ...in current days !
If you have ever heard that a full moon means you can’t see the northern lights, here’s some thoughts to the contrary.
However relaxed or energetic you want to be Slovenia and Lake Bled offers fantastic possibilities
Friday (7 June) sees the opening of this year's Fes Festival - AKA 'the world's most spiritual music
My magical experience of driving a husky sled dog team
Pre Planning for photographing the Northern Lights
Royalty visit our key destinations for Northern Lights in Sweden
Oman- Dolphins, Desert, Turtles, Forts and Mountains
How to love Oman if you are a 7 yr old
Stay in Juliets House in Verona
A true Wilderness adventure in Greenland with our youngest daughter.
13/05/2013  Moroccan Cuisine
A Brits view of the food of offer in Marrakech
A great destination for a Ball
Step into ABBA's shoes at the new Abba Museum in Stockholm
A new website that combines great Italian Events with seeing one or more of Italy's beautiful cities
My Experience when visiting Iceland including Hotel Budir on the West Coast
More Palio Balcony Seats just become Available !
What is Weekend a La Cartes trip to Kiruna and Abisko to see the Northern Lights really like? - My personal take
What are the best options for accommodation in Marrakech ?
Get your cameras ready and your tickets booked because Autumn 2013 is set to be the peak time of the current
Mithraeum Temple under Rome reopened after 10 years of restoration!
Tips for taking photographs of the Northern Lights
Whats new in our Swedish Lapland Northern Lights destinations
Where in Italy to go to the Opera to celebrate Verdis Bicentenary of his birth
Eating whilst on a Northern Lights trip in Swedish Lapland is more delicious than you would imagine
What to pack when on a Northern Lights Holiday in Swedish Lapland with Weekend a La Carte
In an attempt to educate visitors on 'historic landmark etiquette', the Mayor of Rome has announced that
The detailed timings of Il Palio race and the events leading up to it
Northern Lights Season already has fantastic sightings supporting Scientists prediction that they could be the best in 50 years.
Northern Lights Apple Apps Update
The finalists for the 69th Venice Film Festival have been announced amid much excitement, bbc.co.uk reports.They
How the Met Restaurant in Venice has evolved to deliver a great evening out
First Weekend of Verona Feedback
Venetian Masked Ball - How do they differ at Venice Carnival 2013
Participating in Venice Carnival 2013 with a smaller budget
Hotel Ranga in Iceland receives TripAdvisor 2012 certificate of excellence
3 Restaurant recommendations for dining in Siena during the Palio
Best Northern Lights Photo chosen from March trips with Weekend a La Carte
Experiencing the Tree Hotel Sweden, Ice Breaker, Hovercraft and Snowmobiling in Lulea
Which restaurants to dine at in Verona where we recommend you pre book
The Top things to see and do in Verona when visiting to watch the Verona Opera
The best Northern Lights photo from February has been chosen from a very high standard entrants
Our Indian partners win The National Tourism Award by Ministry of Tourism for the 21st time!
Best Nothern Lights Photo of January from Weekend a La Carte clients chosen
Vote for the best Northern Lights Photo of the month !
Verona and Lake Garda
A Narnia wonderland visiting Father Christmas, Husky Dog Sledging, Snowmobiling and Reindeer Sled Rides
Northern Lights Hotel Ranga and Superjeep Adventures in the South of Iceland
What to do and see at The Blue Lagoon and the Reykjavik Centrum Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland
Apple have created a Northern Lights forecast App for your mobile phones
Flying out of Delhi set to Increase
Northern Lights 11 year cycle at its peak now!
Watch the Live Web Cam at the Blue Lagoon - the geothermal seawater lake in Reykjavik, Iceland !
Aquapura Douro Valley Hotel in the Douro Valley in Portugal has just been voted 6th of the best 20 hotels in Europe (and 47th of the best 100 in the world) by readers of the Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
The Bareback race in Siena: Palio 2012 - Factors to take into account when booking
New Break offering Best of the last 18 years of the Doges Balls at Venice Carnival
New 3 day Husky Sled Dog Safari north of the Arctic Circle
Is it important to try and see the Northern Lights during a new moon?
22/07/2011  Verona Opera

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