Eastern Europe Winter Trip Nov 2014-Feb 2015
My partner & I are hoping to travel around Eastern Europe during our University holiday (before going back to full-time work!)
We've scoured through TripAdvisor, forums, blogs & have a good idea what we'd like to do but thought we'd get other people's opinions on our specific (flexible) itinerary.
*i'll be 25, he'll be 31
*we're interested in most things (e.g. pretty old towns, history, trekking, experiencing local culture)
*we'll be budget backpacking to have more money on decent food, buses, trains, entry fees, etc
As it will be winter, we know it might be difficult (particularly in Jan-Feb) to do things so the set times in the itinerary are just a guide if all were to go smoothly.
Basically the whole month of February is free for catching up on time for weather-stoppages, extra things we find we want to do along the way, or just days of rest!
Here is our rough itinerary, any suggestions of what to add/miss for first-timers is very welcome!
(i'll focus on Lithuania here as i couldn't find a way to post in a generic Europe forum)
Nov 1-2 = fly to Moscow
Nov 3-18 = Russia
Nov 19-24 = Estonia
Nov 25-Dec 2 = Latvia
Dec 3-8 = LITHUANIA
Dec 9-23 = Poland
Dec 24-29 = Czech Republic
Dec 30-Jan 13 = Slovenia
Jan 14- Feb 2 =Croatia
Feb 3-Mar 3 = extra time for anywhere along the way & visiting family in London
Mar 4-6 = fly home
Dec 3 = am bus from Riga to Siauliai, then pm visiting the Hill of Crosses and the rest of the town
Dec 4-8 = am bus to Vilnius, then 3.5 days in the city plus a day trip to Kaunas*
*is a 1 day trip to Kaunas enough time?
Sorry the post is so long!
& Thanks so much for any advice/criticism at all :)