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Holidays 2018: These European breaks are CHEAPER than UK staycations as train prices soar

Holidays 2018: These European breaks are CHEAPER than UK staycations as train prices soar

Castle holiday: Aberdeen, Scotland vs Munich (and Bavaria) Germany

Aberdeen Castle, Dunnottar Castle and Castle Fraser are just some of the Aberdeenshire fortresses built in the Middle Ages, with displays of archery, falconry, jousting and battle re-enactments.

Famous castles can also be found in Munich, in the heart of Germany’s Bavarian region and include Neuschwanstein, Blutenberg and Hohenschwangau, and with many built directly into the mountainside, and featuring characteristic spires and turrets, Bavaria is truly a castle paradise.

UK train cost:£269 (off peak return, 7hrs)

Europe flight cost: London Gatwick to Munich (to visit Bavaria) £125 (1.5hrs) with easyJet

Saving: £144

Wine holiday: Bodmin, Cornwall vs Pisa (and Tuscany) Italy

English wine is experiencing a boom in popularity, with more than 450 vineyards and 3.15 million bottles produced every year. For wine lovers, award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard in Bodmin, Cornwall, offers tours and tastings, and recently became the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant.

Tuscany, however, is a wine-haven, with vineyards dotted all along the Tyrrhenian coast, home to Italy’s most notable wines.

UK train cost: £147.90 (off peak, 4 hrs)

Europe flight cost:London Gatwick to Pisa (for Tuscany) £86 (2 hrs) with British Airways

Saving: £61.90

Adventure holiday: Buxton, Lake District vs Slovenia

The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is a gateway to the Peak District; ideal for hiking, camping and zip-lining.

Alternatively, outdoorsy folk could fly to Slovenia, known for its ski resorts, lakes and mountains, for only £289. The town of Bled, famous for the glacial Lake Bled and cliffside medieval castle, is a hikers’ paradise. Journey across the iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) for spectacular views across the Ljubljanica River.

UK train cost: £376 (anytime return, 3 hrs)

Europe flight cost: London Stansted to Slovenia £289 (2 hrs) with easyJet

Saving: £87

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