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Very Interested in Traveling to Eastern Europe, to some of the formal soviate states
14 years ago, April 21st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #33209  
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I'm going to be traveling around Europe in August and my main interest is Eastern Europe, , I wanted to go to countries such as



  • Lithuania,
  • Estonia,
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Slovakia.
  • Turkey maybe some other East Europe Country I may have missed, if i left any worth visiting please let me know.

This area is also known as Baltic states , If I'm correct most are former states of the USSR.

Just wondering if anyone can give me any insights on what this area is like , is it save is it cheap, is there much to do, I'm not talking about Slovakia as much as the other places.

I also had an interest in going to Moscow but I've been reading up on it and it seems I will need a visa, is it ok to travel to Russia alone? I'm a young 22 male from Canada, just wondering if I should leave this out of my travel plans. How hard would it be to get a visa?


If anyone has been to any of these places, please let me know how you got there, by air or rail, what it was like , how many Euros you spent per day what the accommodations was like, food, drink and so on.

thanks
Andrew


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14 years ago, April 22nd 2008 No: 2 Msg: #33244  
Hello Andrew 😊

I was in Estonia last year. Yes, it is generally safe. There was more action while I was there than there usually is. Take a look at my blog about Estonia but dont let it scare you. Things like that dont usually happen. :D

I think Slovakia is also safe. I have travelled in the former Czechoslavakia and other former Eastern block countries periodically since 1989. No significant safety problems to report.

The former Eastern block countries and the Baltics are cheaper than Central Europe but they are catching up pricewise.

There is plenty to do in those countries. There is as much to do as there is in Western Europe. Also there is the history element. If you are interested in that you could visit the museums to see how it was in the communist days.

I have not been to Russia but many people travel there alone. You will certainly need a visa. I was going to go to Russia around 10 years ago. I changed my mind because the visa was hard to get and it involved handing over my credit card details to a hotel in Moscow. I heard that it has become easier to get the visas. Use a reputable agent to help you with this.

I go to and from Eastern Europe in various ways. I have flown, gone by train and by car. Go by whichever offers the best prices or whichever is the most convenient.

One thing to beware of are taxi drivers. Avoid them if possible. Public transport is generally good anyway.

I generally spend 30 to 50 Euros per day in those countries. That would be a basic backpackers budget. Food and drinks are as good as in any Western country now, unlike when I first travelled over there. They have their local specialities but if you dont fancy that then there are lots of foreign restaurants and fast food places.

Mel
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14 years ago, May 1st 2008 No: 3 Msg: #34065  
Hi,
I am Czech girls. From 1993 we are separeted with Slovakia, but we are still the same countries. Slovakia is maybe more about nature (mountains), Czech is maybe more about history (Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Karlstejn). But bought countries are about great and cheap food and beer. You will welcome, but please bevare of pickpackers!!! Reply to this

14 years ago, May 13th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #35123  
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Hi, I'm from Lithuania (one of three Baltic countries). If you need any help or advices, pls let me know 😊 This is a cheap country for sure, and there are very beautiful places to visit. It is worth to go by air. We have air Baltic airline. If you wish to visit all Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) they have such product as baltic pass.
Do you like active vacations?
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14 years ago, May 19th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #35796  
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14 years ago, May 21st 2008 No: 6 Msg: #35945  
Of the five countries you mentioned, I don't think any can be classed as "Eastern Europe", and only Latvia and Lithuania were part of the Soviet Union. Your trip will take you to the Baltic states and Central Europe, which will give you a true feel for what Europe is like.

As for Moscow, getting a Russian visa shouldn't be too problematic - there's a fair amount of beaurocracy but they'll give it to you in the end! It's a brilliant city, but daunting if you don't read cyrillic and very expensive.

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