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11. Posted by SHG (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Thanks for that:) i tried, but no flights from dubrovnik to athens, guess we'll have to go overland...damn!
but it did give me some ideas for other mini-plane trips i might like to try, so cheers very much:D

12. Posted by schept (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Your Eastern Europe trip is mainly focused on the geographical "east". The political east (eg former sovjet) is pretty cheap. You'll not spend much more than 30 euro's per day. Greece and Eastern Germany get close to the budget standards of Western-Europe. Austria is pretty expensive.

there are plenty of people speaking English, especially in the tourist industry. Outside of capitals/university towns, the english will be less common.

Things are pretty safe. I was warned by relatives etc, when I went to Poland. But then I heard that the Poles (or any tourist) were warned against crime in Amsterdam. So, no extra crime measures I think.

History Freaks should spend a lot of time in Poland. The Poles seem to be all Histrory Freaks!!!

13. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Have u considered going by ferry from Dubrovnik to Athens? I know there are some cos i looked into it for mtself this year. Unfort i didnt have enough time to squeeze it in, but is meant to be a nice, if a slightly long, journey.


14. Posted by SHG (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

hehehe, yip poland will be a long stay for many historical events to be very interesting.
thanks for the advice on the cost issue, im rethinking east germany becos it does sound more expensive than the others....:(
as for the safety issue i think tourists are always targets in some way becos we tend to stand out more than locals....will try and fit in more when travelling around (ie no large cameras and fanny packs for us!!:P)

thanx for the tip nickla, but can you please post the website you found info on that ferry between dubrovnik and athens?

cheers guys

15. Posted by tcjohans (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Here are my few cents about Czech Republic.

I have been living in Prague for a year now and been visiting a few smaller cities in Czech Republic and that's what I base the following on.


-- Accomodation --

A hostel (western backpacking youths, "hip" atmosphere style) in Prague is btw. 300 and 400 Ck. (Czech crowns) per night. (1 euro = 30 Czech crowns) (There are cheaper hostels available, around 200 per night, but mainly for immigrant workers from Russia, Ukraine, etc. and my Czech source for this info was deeply sceptical about security at such places.) In Prague, try Sir Toby's hostel, it's nice.

Similar hostel in Olomouc was 300 Ck. Olomouc is a large city. I am currently staying in Pardubice, a medium-sized city, at the university hostel, which rents out rooms over the summer as students are gone and here it is 250 Ck. per night.

-- Food --

Restaurant in Prague btw. 80 and 150 Ck per meal, excluding drinks. A cup of coffee is btw. 20 and 40 Ck.
Bread: 10 - 20 Ck.
12 egg: 19 - 25 Ck
1 l milk: 9 - 14 Ck

-- Transportation --

Tramway, 1 trip, Prague: 14 or 20 Ck. depending.

For travels in Czech Republic, buses are cheaper and quicker, I think.
2 hour bus ride is about 140 Ck.


I have had no problems here. Just use common sense as you would home, avoid suspect places, don't flaunt money or valuables, etc. and you should be fine.


Among many young Czechs there is a wide spread opinion that all young Czechs know English. That's completely wrong. You will run into many, many young Czechs who don't speak English at all or at most can handle a few words or simple lines. Especially outside Prague but also in Prague. Most English-speaking persons you will find in the youngest age groups. Very few people above 30 speak English. The few people who speak English in Czech Republic are those who personally have taken special provisions to learn the language, normally because they believe it's required for the type of job they would like to have.

16. Posted by PnkNBlu345 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

greece is great i used to live there and i've heard ljubljana, slovenia is really beautiful

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