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Eastern Europe Winter Trip Nov 2014-Feb 2015

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Eastern Europe Winter Trip Nov 2014-Feb 2015

Eastern Europe Winter Trip Nov 2014-Feb 2015

Hi :)

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.

So, us:

*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

Lithuania:

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 :)

-Steph

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1. Re: Eastern Europe Winter Trip Nov 2014-Feb 2015

In the beginning of December it's almost 90% guarantee that the weather will be unpleasant. Like in this picture: http://img3.diena.lt/sites/default/files/styles/didele/public/Vilniausdiena/Vartotoju%20zona/V.Oskominiene@diena.lt/fb-ua76644.jpg?itok=P5mu6K5e . Not a proper winter.

In your list of interests (old towns, history, trekking, experiencing local culture) i don't see religious sites. Hill of Crosses is a religious site, first of all. Will be very unpleasant visit, unless the sun will appear (quite unusual phenomenon in December). In Šiauliai itself there are no possibilities to trek, to experience local culture, no old town nor history (Šiauliai was bombed during WWII, so all history has gone).

Old towns can be found in: Klaipėda, Kaunas, Kėdainiai, Vilnius. Not sure what is "history" in your opinion. Trekking is possible in both Vilnius and Kaunas.

In Vilnius - 2 easily accessible places: vilnius-tourism.lt/en/… and vilnius-tourism.lt/en/… .

In Kaunas - large area around Kaunas Reservoir - kaunomarios.lt/20726/…specialieji-planai.html and in English …wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaunas_Reservoir_Regiona… .

Every visitor is able to see the Old Towns automatically, just walk across 2 or 3 times different directions and it's done. Weather will be crappy.

You also have time to visit a typical tourist places like Trakai, Rumšiškės (Kaunas' suburb), maybe Druskininkai (i'm mentioning it because the trekking is among your interests, and Druskininkai is surrounded by one of the largest forests in the country suitable for that - …cepkeliai-dzukija.lt/19665/…maps.html .

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