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1. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 11y

Myself and a few friends are planning to leave the uk in august on a rtw trip. we are going to pass through europe and the baltic states frist on route to russia. Aside from Tallinn, is there anywhere worth going in lithuania, latvia or estonia?? and also what budget can i expect to get by on per day?

Also, is their first language russian?

any help would be appreciated,

Stumpy

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi Stumpy,

I've never been to the Baltics, but my grandmother is from Lithuania and some of the family have gone over to visit. The main language is Lithuanian, which is supposed to be a little bit like Polish, Russian and Ukranian. I think they all have similar root words and the like. My grandmother used to correspond to family there in French, so that may well be a second language there.

Lithuania is supposed to be beautiful and very affordable. I've only heard good things about it. Let me know how you like it, if you decide to go. It's one of the countries on my Top Ten list!

Tway.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Kevin,

I guess you already heard Tallinn is a great city (especially the walled old town).
In Latvia, I also enjoyed Riga.
In Lithuania, I'd recommend a visit to the "Hill of Crosses". Its a hill with millions of crosses brought by the faithful. In its totality its quite an impressive sight. Vilnius has some nice churches but I prefered Riga and Tallinn.

4. Posted by anon ali (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

hey,

riga is pretty cool, although i was there with a huge group of people which always distorts your opinion. I'd go there either in the middle of summer (when the weather is great) or sometime in winter (when there is snow on all the rooftops and its beautiful) say hello to guys in MacDonalds for me... i wasn't much of a fan of latvian food...

5. Posted by Taya (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hello Stumpy,

My name is Tanya. I am from Tallinn Estonia. Old Town of Tallinn is very beautiful. I think you will like it. You can visit the site http://www.tallinn.ee where you find all necessary information about cultural events and get some practical information. The price of accommodation is different. It depends on accommodation rate (hotel, hostel, apartment) and location (Old Town, center or near the center) If you describe you wishes I can help you with finding suitable accommodation. The charges on a meel are also different. The restaurants in Old Town are more expensive than cafe at the centre. On the average your budget for accommodation is from 15 EUR for the place in dormitory till ..., for the meal 25 EUR. The entrance to night club starting from 6 EUR, drinks in club as a rule expensive enough. The state language is estonian but russian speakers are about 40% in Estonia. You will not have problems with communication using english. Estonia is open for tourists.

If you have some questions please ask. I will answer with pleasure.

Best regards,
Tanya Estinn

6. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y

Hiya Stumpy,

The Baltic states are definitely beautiful. If you are planning to visit all three and still have some spare time, you may want to consider travelling to Saint Petersburg in Russia and/or Helsinki in Finland. Both are beautiful cities. Finland is served best with daily ferries between Tallinn and Helsinki.

Have fun!

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

hey!

to date my best travel experience has been Lithuania. Fantastic city, brilliant nightlife, and people are great. Russian is very common there. Stay at the Old town hostel, right near the Gates of Dawn. theres a nightclub there in an old underground nuclear bunker - i dont recall the name and its a bit outside the city center but a must see really!

if i can think of the name - ill repost.

jeff

8. Posted by andrey (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi,
I am from Russia and must say that Lithuanian language has nothing common with Russian. Also it is wrong about French as a second language. French is used in Baltic countries no more frequently than in any other non french speaking country.
About McDonalds - could you say me guys why?? you eat this junky food? If you can't eat national traditional food I can open your eyes and say that must be 90% of local food everywhere is an international healthy and what much more important TASTY food. And not much more expansive than junky.