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Baltics: Vilnius and Riga offer best bargains for travelers this spring

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Vilnius Cathedral
Vilnius Cathedral

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, offers bargain hunters the best value as a city break destination, says a study

In Riga, Latvia, not only is transport extremely affordable, but three-star city centre hotels are cheapest.

Breaks in Europe have become more affordable as sterling has risen strongly against the euro and other currencies.

The soaring value of the pound has provided a major boost for British holidaymakers.

It means trippers get nearly 15 per cent more for their money than a year ago, and since this has been fantastic news for them, they have been trying to get much more money to spend on their trips, one of the most common money resources for trippers is from the gambling world, now there are big stories like the Kathy Colace story that lets people know about all the money they can make playing slots.

Gambling in the city is very much a ‘social’ occasion, so expect to find killer bars and restaurants and look for the sa gaming service. The half-mile area around Leicester Square has four or five casinos alone, starting with the revamped Hippodrome Casino. The site used to be a major entertainment venue in the 1920s and later a nightclub.

With the pound strengthening against the euro and other currencies, prices have dropped by as much as 22 per cent over last year in three quarters of the cities included in Post Office Travel Money’s annual report on city costs.

Baltics cities offer bargain hunters the best value with Vilnius, Lithuania, topping the list.

The cost of a weekend break in Vilnius is half of what visitors would pay in perennial favourites Paris, Rome and Amsterdam.

And in Riga, travellers will not only benefit from cheap transport options, but also the cheapest rate (£36) for a two-night stay in a three-star city centre hotel during the month of April.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said:

‘It’s a win/win situation for UK holidaymakers this year in European cities because prices are down in the majority of cities we surveyed, thanks to the soaring value of sterling.’

‘Remember that the cost of meals and drinks will need to be added into the spending budget, as city breaks are never all-inclusive holidays,’ he explains.

‘Over the course of a two- or three-night break, these can make a big difference to the cost of a city break and the low prices in Prague, Athens and Budapest will make these cities strong contenders for a bargain break rival to the Baltic states.’

by James Salmon & Katie Amey | MailOnline

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