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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to the Baltics

WHY BOOK WITH BALTIC HOLIDAYS?

Because we are the longest running UK specialist tour operator to the Baltic region, we have been established since 1999, and we have an excellent track record with our suppliers and clients. 

Our staff. Our friendly travel consultants, managers and directors travel to our destinations at least once a month, we check our hotels, check our ground suppliers and check out all that is new and exciting, this is so we have up to date knowledge to pass on to our clients so you get the very best from your break.

Small but not tiny, we are small enough so you will deal with the same travel consultant from your first quote through to when you arrive home. However we are big enough to meet all your expectations. Our hotels and suppliers know us well and have been dealing with us for years, they know our clients liked to be looked after on their well deserved holiday.

We listen, tell us your ideas and suggestions, we can only continue to improve our excellent service if you tell us what you think. We like to build friendships with our clients.

 Do I need a Visa?

UK, US and Australian Citizens wishing to visit the Baltic Countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia do NOT need a visa.

Other foreign Nationals are advised to check with the appropriate foreign embassy

UK, US and Australian Citizens wishing to visit Kaliningrad and Russia DO need a visa.

Other foreign Nationals are advised with the appropiate foreign embassy.

How do I apply for a Visa?

You will need a 'Letter of Invitation' we provide this letter once your deposit has been paid and booking confirmed.

You can obtain your visa either directly through the Russian Consulate in London or through our prefered agency Visit Russia, which we recommend, costs depend on the service you choose. To go though to Visit Russia please use the this link.

http://www.visitrussia.org.uk/visa/baltic-holidays.php


We recommend an absolute minimum of 4 weeks for a visa application. If you have less time than this you can visit the Russian Consulate in London and apply in person, however the waiting time can be long - you must get there early in the morning and expect to wait for a few hours. Please note the Visa section at the consulate is closed on a Wednesday. Please check their website for other queries and latest information.

 

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY FLIGHT TICKETS, AND A DEPOSIT, AT THE TIME OF BOOKING MY HOLIDAY/VACATION?

Flight prices fluctuate from hour to hour, so when you decide you want to book and when we are confirming your holiday - in order to secure your flight price we have to purchase your flight tickets and pay for them in full. Therefore we ask that you pay this so we cover our costs and a deposit to cover Baltic Holidays should there be any unforseen cancellations.

 

WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF MY HOLIDAY/VACATION?

If you book your holiday with more than 10 weeks to go before your departure date we ask that you pay for your flight ticket price and a deposit of £50 per person at the time of booking. If you have booked an 'accommodation only' tour or holiday we ask that you pay a deposit of £100 per person at the time of booking. Your remaining holiday balance is due 10 weeks before your departure date. We will send you a remainer at 12 weeks before your departure date giving you 2 weeks notice that your full balance is due.

 

HOW DO I PAY MY HOLIDAY BALANCE?

There are several ways you can settle your account.

1) You can ring us and pay by card. We accept all major credit cards (please note that unfortunately we have to pass on to you the 3% charge that credit card companies charge us) and Visa Debit (no charge).

2) You can pay by bank transfer - please call us for details on how to do this.

3) You can send us a cheque - please make payable to Baltic Holidays.

 

Please be aware that we invoice you in pounds sterling any currency change charge incurred will be your responsibilty to pay. 

 

    What money do I need to take?    

Lithuania - LITAS - there are roughly 4 Litas to the pound.

 

Latvia - LATS - there is roughly 0.78 Lats to the pound.

 

Estonia - EUROs - there is roughly 1.20 Euros to the pound.

 

Russia - RUBLES - there are approximately 60 Rubbles to one pound sterling.

Is it easy to get money out whilst on holiday?

Yes - there are many ATM's in the Baltics, Poland and Finland which work just the same as in the UK or US. There is an English language option you can select when you first put your card in.
Please note some machines may charge a small fee for this.

There are also ATMs in St Petersburg, Russia.

When will I receive my booking pack?

We aim to get all tickets and your city information pack to you two weeks before you travel.

If your concerned drop your travel consultant an e-mail or give us a call 0845 070 5711 to find out when to expect it.

Whats the weather like?

As a rule of thumb the summers are hotter than in the UK and the winters are colder.

Spring and Autumn exist but as a season they are a lot shorter than in Britain.

The best summer time is late June to late August, with July usually being the warmest. Temperatures often top 30 Celsius.

The coldest months tend to be January to March where it can go down to -20, however its a dry cold rather than the damp cold we get in the UK, so, although it may be -15 it will feel similar to a damp -5 with a cold wind in the UK!  Please take warm clothing and sturdy boots that can cope with snow. We recommend taking a good coat that covers your legs, mittens and a hat (all the locals will be wearing one) and you'll be ready for anything!

Snow is usual during these months turning these countries into beautiful winter wonderlands.There's nothing better than a snowy walk through a beautiful city, with white capped buildings looking like they are auditioning for a fairytale and then finishing up in a cosy cellar restaurant with a glass of mulled wine, now that should warm you up!

What's the food like?

Lovely! There are all sorts of restaurants in the capital cities traditional and Italian, Indian, Russian catering for all sorts of tastes.

In the countryside and off the beaten track it is more likely to be traditional fare, lots of mushrooms, pork, bacon, potatoes, herrings, pickles, and some weird and wonderful dishes such as cepelinai that shouldn't be missed!

Will vegetarians go hungry!?

Josie one of our directors is a vegetarian so she has a particular interest in this!

"Whilst I would say eating as a vegetarian in the Baltics can on occasion present a challenge, in the capital cities its not a big problem anymore, there are some wonderful restaurants that may offer little vegetarian choice what they do offer is very tasty and great value for money, its certainly easier than it was 12 years ago!

I would say in the countryside you really need to make it clear that you don't eat any meat or fish, as bacon can find its way into most dishes, but some of the best vegetarian food I have ever eaten has been in the Baltic’s. One of our hotels in particular in Estonia has marvellous vegetarian fare, also their mushroom dishes are delicious".

How much is....

How much is a beer?
In the cities 95p - £1.30
Countryside 50p - 75p

How much is an ice cream?
At the beach 20p-40p

How much is a two course meal with beer at a decent restaurant?
In the cities £5-6 a head
In the countryside £3-5 a head

With wine and spirits?
In the cities £7-14 a head
In the countryside £5-9 a head

How much is entry into museums?
In the cities £1-2.50
In the countryside 50p - £1.50

Do museums close on a certain day?

Yes - it is well worth checking if that is what you want to mainly do, especially on a city break. As a rule of thumb museums tend to be closed on a Monday, but as with everything there are exceptions to the rule -so please check.


What’s the best time of the year for Estonia holidays?

One of the great things about Estonia is that it has something wonderful to offer no matter what time of year you want to visit. In the summer, from June to early September the beautiful island beaches of Saaremaa come to life offering exquisite scenery and temperatures of up to 30 degrees. Throughout the summer Estonia is also famous for its white nights, where there can be up 19 hours of sunlight and sometimes never completely goes dark! For Estonia holidays In the colder months, our picture perfect city breaks are not to be missed! Spring and autumn bring fresher weather, which is great for exploring the shops and sights of our historic cities. Estonia holidays are also extremely popular in winter when it turns much cooler and often brings snow. This can turn the already picturesque cities of Estonia turn into a winter wonderlands. If you’re looking for Estonia holidays anywhere between the end of November until the start of January Tallinn Christmas markets are not to be missed, this fairytale city is sure to beguile all! Why not look for yourself!


Latvia holidays: what’s Latvian food like?

Latvia is fast becoming extremely cosmopolitan and especially in big cities it has a wide array of modern and traditional eateries to choose from. You can find German to Asian delicacies and everything in between on your Latvia holiday! Latvia is a country that loves food and this can be seen in their delicious dishes and their hearty portions which are sure to suit any tastes. Latvian holidays wouldn’t be complete without trying some local cuisine! Why not try their kutlettes a type of meat pattie, or for the sweet tooth an Alexander Torte!


What's the best time for Lithuania holidays?

Lithuania holidays are great to experience a culture that is little known! And there’s no better way to do this than visit the host of summer festivals and holidays that go on every year in Vilnius. From film fairs to song festivals, there’s an array of things to entertain you. There is also an exciting winter fair which runs from the end of November, to January which has performers, concerts, exhibitions and fairs. Lithuania holidays are great all year round, with lots going on to keep the whole family entertained! Have a look at our Lithuania holidays and be inspired to try something new!


We’re looking for Lithuania tours and maybe visiting other countries in the Baltics too, but we would also like the option to go at our own pace, which tour would you recommend?

We pride ourselves on providing tailor made Lithuania tours to suit your own specifications and requirements, so why not get in touch to see what’s best for you! Why not take a look at our Fly Drive In The Baltics  Lithuania tour starting in Vilnius, which includes car hire so you can travel at your own pace. This give you freedom to stop off and see sights as you travel, whilst retaining the benefits of having an organised tour when you arrive in Cesis, Riga, Tallinn, Tartu and Vilnius.  


I’m looking for somewhere exciting and fresh to visit, where would you recommend?

All of our destinations are bursting with exciting things to do and see that you will never have encountered before. Why not try our newest edition to the Baltic Holidays family and go for one of our Moldova holidays. Our Moldova holidays are based in the beautiful city of Chisinau and offer an extensive range of activities and sights to visit including exquisite architecture and monasteries. It also boasts a high quality wine history and runs frequent tours of wine cellars. You won’t be disappointed by our Moldova holidays, discover an unspoilt gem today. 


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Why book with Baltic Holidays?

Because we listen to what you want, make recommendations, and can create the best itinerary for you!

We know the quirky places, the hidden places, we are the right people to make things happen for travelling in the Baltics!

Our British-Lithuanian team bring you the best of east and west Europe. Unbeatable local knowledge of the area, and a thorough understanding of what the customer expects from their holiday. We think it's the perfect mix.

Our team is small, focused and dedicated. You will deal with the same travel consultant from your initial inquiry to your return home. Our personal service is second to none.

Where possible we use local suppliers and hotels, who share the same ethos and attitude as us, helping to benefit the local economy.

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