48 hours in: Toulouse

La Ville Rose is emerging from winter, making this the ideal time to enjoy the hub of south-west France – as well some exceptional cuisine

48 hours in: Shanghai

This bustling Chinese metropolis, with its soaring skyline, delicious dim sum and colonial relics, can now be visited on a visa-free stopover

Motoring along: Ho Chi Minh's luxury shops

48 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's biggest city packs in fresh flavours, French relics and a futuristic skyline

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48 hours in: Florence

Beat the summer crowds to the Tuscan capital and you'll have room to appreciate its Renaissance riches and flair for fashion

High life: the Alps provide a beautiful backdrop to the city

48 hours in: Turin

The first capital of a united Italy and the home of the Savoy dynasty offers great cuisine, excellent value and some startling cultural gems

48 Hours In: Naples

Southern Italy’s most captivating city makes an  indulgent winter escape, says Simon Calder

48 Hours In: Seville

Once the heart of the Moorish empire, the Andalucian capital is rich with cultural traditions, impressive  architecture and tasty tapas, says Aoife O’ Riordain

Deep freeze: Chicago’s snowy lakefront

48 Hours In: Chicago

This glittering city on the shores of Lake Michigan is already getting into the festive spirit, says Nick Boulos

48 Hours In: Paris

France’s capital celebrates the depths of winter in elegant style, with giant ice skating rinks, festive markets and twinkling lights

48 Hours In: Las Vegas

High-rolling Simon Calder stacks the odds in your favour with this neon-lit attempt to beat the midwinter gloom in the heat of the Nevada desert

48 Hours In: New Orleans

Winter is the ideal time to visit this grand Mississippi city, with its miraculously preserved French Quarter and diverse, delicious flavours

Pool with a view: the Melia Hotel

48 Hours In: Dubai

The searing heat of summer has mellowed in the Gulf states, making this Emirati city an appealing choice for some winter sun, says Nick Boulos

48 Hours In: Abu Dhabi

As winter takes hold in Britain, a short break to the  Emirates looks appealing. But you don’t have to settle for the usual suspect, Dubai, says Nick Boulos

48 Hours In: Boston

The Massachusetts capital provides a feast of history – with side orders of politics, academia and clam chowder. By Simon Calder

The blues: Sheraton Hannover Pelikan Hotel

48 Hours In: Hanover

Lower Saxony's capital is a fascinating place for a weekend break, made even more appealing with new flights and Christmas markets

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