Baltic capitals 'offer best value Christmas market breaks'

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Christmas shoppers hoping for a bargain market break should head to the Baltic, research has revealed.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was the cheapest of 11 Christmas markets in Europe surveyed by Post Office Money.

A two-night break for two in the city costs £538 - making it a third cheaper than a getaway in Stockholm, the most expensive on the list. 

Researchers calculated the cost of return flights, B&B accommodation, airport to city centre transfers, two evening meals for two with wine, coffee, festive drinks and snacks in the Christmas market to rank the cities.

They found that Tallinn was 4% cheaper than a year ago because local prices have dropped, counteracting the effect of the weaker pound.

Riga in Latvia came in second at £547 while Prague, Czech Republic, was ranked third at £582 thanks to the low cost of eating out.

In western Europe, Munich was found to be the best value festive break. A trip to the German city - which boasts one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets - costs £609, researchers found.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: "The great value available in these two Baltic capitals helps to dispel the idea that UK tourists will be seriously out of pocket wherever they travel abroad after sterling's slump in value.

"Of course, this is not the case everywhere in Europe so the challenge for people planning trips in the coming weeks will be to do their homework and book a destination offering a combination of good value package prices and low costs for meals and drinks."