Summer Guide 2013: Cities
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Head to Amsterdam's canals as the city marks the 400th anniversary of these waterways, and take a look, too, at the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl), which has just reopened following a 10-year restoration. Doubletree by Hilton (00 31 20 5300 800; doubletree.com) is offering a Canal Tour Package throughout summer, including two nights with breakfast and a one-hour canal tour. Price €338 (£286) for two people sharing. International travel extra.
Munich's art gallery, the Lenbachhaus (lenbachhaus.de), has just reopened after an extensive renovation and the addition of a modern wing by Norman Foster. The museum is named after the artist Franz von Lenbach – whose former home is now Rocco Forte's The Charles Hotel (00 800 7666 6667; roccofortehotels.com). To mark the occasion, the hotel is offering a special package, the Lenbach Experience, starting 13 May. A three-night stay starts from €1,370 (£1,158)pp, based on two sharing, including breakfast, a guided tour of the museum and a themed cocktail. International travel costs extra.
Get a different perspective on New York with a foraging tour of its green spaces, courtesy of nyma hotel (0808 178 6363; nyma.com). Your guide will be "Wildman" Steve Brill, who has spent more than 20 years exploring the city's edible landscape. A night's B&B and the tour costs $275 (£183) for two people, with additional nights at $205 (£137) per room. Flights extra.
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