Planning my holiday to Eastern Europe

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  1. quercusone

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    This summer, probably first part of June, I'm heading to Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. I'll be there for at least 3 weeks. So if anyone has tips on where exactly I should go and what non-typical tourist things to see and do please tell. My main interests are Contemporary Art, Architecture and gardens, although I like old stuff too. Nude beaches??? Tips on inexpensive but decent hotels and resturaunts (I'm vegetarian) are welcomed also.

    I've been to Prague and Tallin before so I'm probably not going back to those places....unless I get an offer I can't refuse...hahahaha.

    I'm also trying to figure out the best city to fly into and out of. Right now it looks like I'll fly into Munich and out of Helsinki. This is because its much cheaper to fly in and out of those cities than directly into Croatia or Slovenia.

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    I hope you have a great trip Q...please keep me informed on the women :)

    ...OB
     
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    Be careful in Eastern Europe (not Helsinki, Finland as that's a very safe country which is not in Easter Europe).

    Pay particular attention when lounging in bars and strip clubs. In Eastern Europe countries, bar and strip club owners as well as pimps have a reputation for charging foreign men with "services" they've never received. And, sometimes, if the men refuse to pay, their lives can be threatened. This happened to a group of British men who went on a stag party to Hungary.

    The scenery is breathtaking in certain parts. Raw beauty at its finest.

    I've always dreamt of going to Romania and Bulgaria.

    There's something so seductive about Eastern Europe despite its noxious corruption and poverty.

    May I accompany you?:biggrin1:
     
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    The only one of the Countries on your list that I have been to is Slovenia. Lake Bled in the North of Slovenia is wonderful for unspoilt scenery. Walking around the lake and the area is fantastic. Here is a link to some pictures Lake Bled, Slovenia Photos

    The Capital city Ljubljana is fantastic for exploring. I'm sure you would enjoy the architecture and the general buzz of the city.

    It is also possible to do a day trip to Venice from Slovenia if that interests you.
     
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    How cool Q.

    Have a great time.

    :cool:
     
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    OK, Lake Bled is on my list...beautiful!
     
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    I highly recommend the botanic gardens in Krakow and Zagreb. They are small but very romantic. Krakow's is a short walk from the city center and Zagreb's is just a few blocks from the train station.

    The island of Lokrum, just off Dubrovnik has a small but not very interesting garden. Adjacent to the garden is a somewhat dilapidated monastery. Climb to the top of the hill on Lokrum for a beautiful view of Dubrovnik. Parts of the island are quite secluded so make an ideal place for nude sunbathing.

    There's a small and very well kept botanic garden in Ljubljana, it was wreathed in fog when I was there so had a unique look you might not experience in summertime.

    I flew easy jet around Europe in 05. It's super cheap but expensive to change dates or flights. Also, they usually only have one or two flights a day. The train from Budapest to Zagreb and onto Split was nice but the scenery was uninspiring. If you're going to Dubrovnik, I'd recommend taking the ferry.

    When in Budapest, definitely go to one of the baths. I can't remember the name, but the one near the old castle on the Pest side was recently restored and very, very nice. Very mixed, young and old and the outdoor pools are great.
     
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    I have been to Munich briefly last year. Why should it be cheaper to fly in there instead of Zagreb, for example? Croatia is very touristic, you should get flights to there from all larger or smaller european airports. Probably try a connection through Italy, you might be able to save another few bucks that way.

    I have heard different. This kind of rip-off usually understands a "No!" if you're firm about it. I've heard from other travellers of dangerous areas that the best way to make it clear who's the boss is tear up their fantasy checks and pay for the services you obtained (The same way it's handled at nearly all African airports: Foreign plane owners will be charged US-$ 70 for chocks - each!). But if you want to be safe, don't go out alone, have acquaintances accompany you. And set up failure-to-show alerts: If you're not back by a certain time, ask someone to make inquiries.
     
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    I don't know why its cheaper. But it is about 30% cheaper to fly into Munich and out of Helsinki rather than into Zagreb or Dubrovnick and out of Latvia or Estonia. Even when I factor in the train from Munich to Slovenia its still a lot cheaper.
     
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    I have once tried to get book a flight to Helsinki from US - it was bloody expensive. Must be the times are changing. But I'd see that I grab a plane from Munich to Zagred, a train ride sounds awful. That must be at least a night's time you're on a rail, I guess? I'm sure you can grab cheap flights into Zagreb. Probably you should check upon your arrival, whether there are any last-minute offers. I'd prefer that over a train ride anytime.

     
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    I LOVE Eastern Europe. Many wishes for happy travels to you. Not sure what to suggest about transit... when I was there I had my own car with me, but cheaper seems better. Once you are actually there you can usually find very cheap flights between European countries, either online or through travel agency stores/booths. Just do a bit of googling.

    As for hotels, the best way to find good deals really varies from country to country. Doing web searches in advance can really pay off in certain areas, but in others you can find much better deals if you just go to the place and look. In all cases, if you go to the places frequented by Western travellers you will be gouged on the price. If you go a couple streets or neighborhoods over from wherever the main tourist strip is... you can usually find hotels that are just as nice for a fraction of the price. In Poland and some other places if you see people out on the road while you are driving and they are waving keys in the air, this means that they are offering rooms for rent in their own home. Usually the rooms are nice and the families are friendly and they will let you stay with them for 10 or 15 dollars American, plus they'll usually give you vodka.
     
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    I was in Gdansk, not exactly a huge hub of international travel, and found flights from there to Zagreb for as little as $100. Intracontinental flights around Europe are extremely inexpensive if you just spend the time looking. Train rides are not much cheaper and take days instead of hours, I would only take rail if you are travelling a relatively short distance.
     
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    Compared to the States, violent crime in Eastern Europe is virtually non-existent. Be wary of people trying to rip you off, particularly around airports or other foreigner-frequented areas. Know your exchange rates well and if something seems expensive, it almost certainly is. Eastern Europe should be extremely cheap. I wouldn't worry about thugs or anything of that sort.... just watch out for pickpockets and thieves. Never leave any personal affects unattended, keep your hands on your belongings at all times, don't put your bag on a table and look away... that sort of thing. But violent crime? Really not an issue. Just use common sense and be vigilant and you should be perfectly fine.
     
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    What I'm saying. During the last 6 years, Europe's market of cheap flights literally exploded, with airlines offering flights for as little as 10 $ or so (add to that fees for service, meals, drinks, airport use etc) and a tough competition. I'm not surprised, NIC, that you found such flights from Gdansk. The airlines I'm talking about frequently use smaller airports or refurbished old Air Force bases for their operations, where landing charges and the lease for installations are lower.

    Quercus, if I was you, I'd ask travel agencies at Munich Airport, or the airport information directly, for flights to Yugoslavia or Slovenia. They should be able to help you out, and from my own experience I can tell you they're not trying to rip you off.
     
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    Or if you really don't like to fly...like me. I do it but it's not my favorite thing to do. I do need to check on the duration of the train trips. But I've been to Europe and Scandinavia several times and have always taken trains. I'll take a night train if its a long distance. Did that a couple of years ago from Berlin to Amsterdam...slept like a baby.

    Good tips about the key waving...I'll keep my eyes open. I'll be with my gf but she is pretty adventurous. We've stayed in people's houses in Tallin and Copenhagen before. It can be a little weird at first but we usually end up having intersting conversations and learning about the locals.
     
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    Take me with you! I wanna go to the homeland. lol

    *points at her freckles!*
     
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    Hmmmm...Czech???.....Quercusone and two hot girls travelinf through Eastern Europe.....That's how porn movies start!
     
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    Don't miss out Belgrade, when you're in that region. 2 milion ppl living there, if u like night life, can't compare with Zagreb or Ljubljana :)
     
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    and these days, probably about half of them actually do start in the Czech Republic. Outrageously beautiful women everywhere willing to do anything for a few hundred dollars American... or less.
     
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    My experience of 'Eastern Europe' is limited to the former DDR and Estonia and they're barely 'Eastern'. But I have a few weeks contract work in Bratislava starting soon spread over the next couple of months, did you get to Slovakia before?

    I've not been to Prague but managed to wangle my flight to get a stopover there on the way:smile:. There are no direct flights from London to Bratislava it seems, most go to Vienna and take a taxi or bus from there.

    If it's good I'll report back with any tips. It seems driving while pumping is a local speciality, if that's of any interest...:smile:
     
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