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Top weekend breaks

You’ve got a long weekend coming up, and rather than doing the usual stay-at-home things like grocery shopping and DIY, you want something different. Something exciting. How about a weekend break exploring the boutiques of Istanbul, or relaxing in a luxury spa hotel in Sri Lanka?

Weekend getaways are a great way to recharge your batteries and give yourself a little boost before tackling the next working week. Travel packages offering short breaks are affordable, full of variety, and often include both flights and accommodation. So if you want to click-and-book and escape the usual weekend woes, where are the best places to visit in April? Here are our top picks, all of which you can discover with Qatar Airways Holidays.

1. The city of Lights – Paris, France


A short plane hop to central Europe will take you to one of the most romantic destinations on earth, Paris. Filled with cafés where you can sip a latte and just watch the world go by, it’s the perfect impromptu romantic getaway for a weekend break with a loved one. City breaks are a chance to explore the culture of this most glamorous of cities, too, with world-famous paintings and exciting entertainment all at your fingertips. Choose a boutique hotel in the centre of Paris and you’re just minutes from famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Gallery. Book a holiday to Paris now. 

2. City breaks - Istanbul


Weekend getaways are the ideal opportunity for you to explore a different city. If you’re looking for delicious food, boutique shopping, and stunning attractions, you can’t get much better than Istanbul. One of the most convenient nearby places to visit if you’re travelling from the Middle East, this exciting and fascinating city has to be right at the top of your must-see list. Wander around the shops and boutiques of upmarket Nisantasi, or stare in wonder at the artwork in the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Book a holiday to Istanbul now

3. Further afield – Sri Lanka


While nearby places to visit like Istanbul may be ideal if you just have a couple of days to fill, if you can squeeze an additional day or two into your short breaks then why not jet off to Sri Lanka for a few days’ relaxation in the gorgeous Taj Samudra? With exquisite views of the Indian Ocean and the busy city of Colombo just a short trip away, this is one of the best places to travel to for a spur-of-the-moment, romantic break away for two. Book a holiday to Sri Lanka now