In case you didn’t already know, Europe's cheap right now. If you DID already know that, well, thanks for reading Thrillist Travel! To reward you, here's a more detailed itinerary of which cities are the cheapest -- including ones that don't use the euro.
A new TripAdvisor study says a weeklong vacation in Europe is 11% cheaper this summer than it was last year -- and you'll make the most of your dollars in Istanbul. According to the site's TripIndex, it'll cost Americans about $1,877 to spend a week marveling at ancient architecture, haggling with market vendors, and maybe even spending a night in a Turkish prison, if you play your cards right.
To determine the cheapest Euro summer spots, TripAdvisor calculated the cost of a seven-night hotel stay, roundtrip airfare from the US, and general expenses for a week in 25 cities, before comparing them to last year’s prices.
While Istanbul's 25% more affordable than it was in 2014, the Romanian capital, Bucharest, is the second-cheapest place for a vacation, costing Americans approx. $1,894 for a week of gawking at Art Nouveau buildings and museum-hopping, down 16% from last year. Krakow, Poland, is the third-best value, with a week’s vacay costing $1,983 -- though it's only 5% cheaper than last year, it's still worth visiting the city’s rustic Old Town and famous market square.