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Agence France-Presse
June 13, 2013
After looking at the cost of a one night’s stay abroad that includes cocktails, dinner, and a short taxi ride, TripAdvisor has come out with the most expensive  -- and most affordable -- travel destinations this summer.
Topping the most expensive cities list on their TripIndex Cities 2013 list? Oslo, Norway, which was also named the most expensive city to live in recently.

Not only will dinner for two that includes two courses and a bottle of wine set you back US$266 in the Norwegian capital, but according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Index, a loaf of bread costs $6.

The Economist’s index also pegs the cost of a “high-end” three-course dinner for four with wine at $813.

Here’s a look at the most expensive, and cheapest cities to visit this summer, based on a one-night’s stay at a four-star hotel for two; a pair of martinis at a five-star hotel bar; a round-trip taxi ride of 2-mile (3.2 km) each way; and dinner for two that includes two courses and a bottle of wine:

Most Expensive Cities:

1. Oslo, Norway US$581
2. Zurich, Switzerland $523
3. Stockholm, Sweden $522
4. New York, USA $516
5. Paris, France $511
6. Sydney, Australia  $460
7. London, England $451
8. Copenhagen, Denmark $444
9. Cancun, Mexico $441
10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $436

Least Expensive Cities:

1. Sofia, Bulgaria $158
2. Hanoi, Vietnam $176
3. Warsaw, Poland $187
4. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt $191
5. Budapest, Hungary $193
6. Bangkok, Thailand $201
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  $218
8. Tunis, Tunisia $219
9. Cape Town, Africa $219
10. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $220

Meanwhile, according to Hotels.com's annual club sandwich index, Geneva emerged as the priciest destination this year.

The 'CSI' as it's called, uses the hotel menu staple of the club sandwich as a barometer to gauge the most expensive cities in the world. In Geneva, the double-decker sandwich will set you back an average of US$30.45 (€23.15) this year.