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1. Posted by chrisnich (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

I'm planning a trip round eastern europe in July, and have booked flights to prague and flying back from Tallin, Estonia.

Traveling around by bus and train

Does this sound like a good plan?

Prague - 3 Nights

Bratislavia - 2 Nights
Piestány - 1 Night
Tatry Mountains - 2 Nights

Krakow - 2 Nights
Warsaw - 1 Night

Vilnius/Kaunas - 2 Nights

Riga - 2 Nights
Jurmala - 1 Night

Parnu - 1 Night
Tallin - 2 Nights

The other option I thought of would be to skip out Slovakia (Bratislavia, Piestány and Poprad) and spend time in Zakopane to see the mountains and more time in Latvia and
Estonia

Any suggestions or ideas would be great, thanks!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 6y

Your second option sounds better, altho I love Slovakia but you missing out on same good nights in the Baltics,

Do 2-3 nights in Vilnius atleast - I spent a week there and one of the best traveling ever did, its a great city not over run with tourists yet. Good Hostel and good vibne in the town for Jazz and underground music.

3. Posted by damon_75 (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

yes go to zakopane its very pretty. i was there in january trying my arm at skiing :)

4. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

I think Slovakia is somewhere you should consider to spend some time at, however missing the Baltic countries would be a shame. I think that if you go to Slovakia you should reduce your stay in Bratislava, 1 night would be enough, and put this other spare night you'd get somewhere else.

5. Posted by chrisnich (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Thanks for all the info. I think I may go with the 2nd option, and visit Slovakia on a seperate trip.

Does anyone know the easyest way to travel from Krakow or Warsaw to Vilnius? it seems a little limited.

And... would it be better to try and book trains/buses before hand or book when abroad.

Many thanks,

Chris

6. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 6y

From Krakow to Vilnius the IMO best and most fun way is to take the train to Berlin and fly with airBaltic from Berlin to Vilnius.

There is also the option of train, but it runs only 1 once a day from Warshaw and takes forever. See seat61.com for the details of the connection.

[ Edit: Edited on May 19, 2008, at 8:19 AM by t_maia ]