Baltic Explorer


Baltic Explorer

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Government Travel Warnings

Before booking your tour please familiarise yourself with the country specific information provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes important information such as latest immigration requirements, and details of any travel advisories. 

At the time of writing the FCO does not have any warnings in place against travel to the areas we visit on this tour. 

Non UK nationals should check with their own government, as the information and advice may differ to that provided by British authorities.

Accommodation and Meals 

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. On this tour hotels have private bathrooms. In general, you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar. 

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration. 

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash. 

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry. 

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more. Indicative costs below are per person. 

Estonia

Lunch - £10
Dinner - £15

Latvia

Lunch - £10
Dinner - £15

Lithuania

Lunch - £10
Dinner - £15

Drink

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general, you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive. 

Estonia

Bottle of local beer - £2.50
Bottle of mineral water - £0.50

Latvia

Bottle of local beer - £3.00
Bottle of mineral water - £0.50  

Lithuania

Bottle of local beer - £1.50
Bottle of mineral water - £0.50

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Estonia

Tips for your local guide and driver are appreciated for good service in Estonia. The amount you wish to tip is up to you but as a guideline consider $20 USD per person for the guide and $10 USD per person for the driver on a small group tour. In restaurants tips for good service should be around 10% of the bill but check to see if service charges have been added to your bill. 

Latvia

Tips for your local guide and driver are appreciated for good service in Latvia. The amount you wish to tip is up to you but as a guideline consider $20 USD per person for the guide and $10 USD per person for the driver on a small group tour. In restaurants tips for good service should be around 10% of the bill but check to see if service charges have been added to your bill.

Lithuania

Tips for your local guide and driver are appreciated for good service in Lithuania. The amount you wish to tip is up to you but as a guideline consider $20 USD per person for the guide and $10 USD per person for the driver on a small group tour. In restaurants tips for good service should be around 10% of the bill but check to see if service charges have been added to your bill.

Foreign Exchange

Estonia
ATM Availability: ATM machines are widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted except in rural locations.
Local Currency: Euro

Latvia
ATM Availability: ATM machines are widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted except in rural locations.
Local Currency: Euro

Lithuania
ATM Availability: ATM machines are widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted except in rural locations
Local Currency: Euro

Joining your Tour 

Flight Information 

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme. 

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance 

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude, please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. 

Visa Information 

Estonia: Some nationalities including British, US and Canadian citizens do not require a visa for tourist visits to Estonia. All other nationalities, please consult your nearest Embassy for up to date advice on necessary visa requirements for Estonia.

Latvia: Some nationalities including British, US and Canadian citizens do not require a visa for tourist visits less than 3 months to Latvia. All other nationalities, please consult your nearest Embassy for up to date advice on necessary visa requirements for Latvia.

Lithuania: Some nationalities including British, US, Canadian and citizens do not require a visa for tourist visits to Lithuania. All other nationalities, please consult your nearest Embassy for up to date advice on necessary visa requirements for Lithuania. 

Please be aware that visa information is subject to change, therefore please refer to your nearest embassy for up to date advice. Please note that the price of your tour does not include visa costs but does include visa support documentation if required.

Passports 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages for each country visited, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition, certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively, UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and visit the Entry Requirements section. 

Vaccinations & Protection

Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania

There are no compulsory vaccinations to visit the Baltic States. We recommend that you consult a doctor or travel clinic 6-8 weeks prior to the tour to discuss any recommended vaccinations.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

We operate our small group tour in summer when conditions are most pleasant for travelling. Temperatures can reach the mid 30's in the middle of summer (though usually in the mid to high 20's). In early and late summer temperatures should still be pleasant by day but temperatures are likely to drop more at night and therefore also early mornings can be quite cold. Rain showers and longer spells of rain can occur at any time of the year in the Baltic region.

Clothing

Clothing in general should be lightweight but take warmer clothes for nights and early mornings. Being a maritime climate it can rain at any time of the year so make sure you have a waterproof or umbrella.

Equipment

Take a torch, water bottle, sunhat and sunblock. Binoculars are useful for birdwatching, as is a telephoto lens for keen photographers. In general, you will be visiting in the warmer months so an insect repellent may prove useful.

Footwear

Lightweight trail boots or shoes with grip for walking plus trainers or sandals for general travelling.

Luggage on tour

One main piece of luggage (we recommend a soft bag or holdall) plus day sack.

Luggage allowance on tour: 20kg (please note airline allowances may vary)

Electric Supply & Plugs

Estonia - European two circular pin style plugs

Latvia - European two circular pin style plugs.

Lithuania - European two circular pin style plugs

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes.

These tour notes were prepared on 10/05/16