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1. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Hi all,

I've planning backpacking trip and have booked a contiki tour from Berlin to Budapest and this finishes on the 11th of January in Budapest. I then have until the 24th January to explore somewhere else on my own. I fly out of Warsaw on the 24th January and I am looking for suggestions of things to do and places to see?

Is this a bad idea doing this in January? I may change the date to fly out earlier if it is not worth it in the cold months.

I would like to stick to the cheaper countries. I was thinking about Romania then Poland or possibly catch a flight up to Estonia and travel by train through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and then to Poland.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


[ Edit: Edited on 14-Apr-2009, at 17:58 by phatpat ]

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 7y

It will be very cold at that time of year - I spent a few days in Budapest at the end of December/beginning of January and it was around -8 every day and snowing. I enjoyed it and it was still beautiful but I wouldn't go to Eastern Europe again at that time of year. I think it would be more enjoyable in the summer months.

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Please be aware, places like Romania and Poland are not the cheap places they used to be - and expect temperatures to average well below 0c that time of year.
You talk of backpacking - what sort of bed are you contemplating?? A room in all the countries you mention won't be less than €20 a night and camping just won't be an option that time of year.

4. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Thanks, I have heard that.... but still cheaper than westeren Europe yeah?

20 euro should be ok I think.

I have budgeted 4000 Euro for all my accomodation, food, drinks, travel for 1 month (9 days of my accomodation and travel will be taken care of during the contiki though. Do you think that sounds ok?

Do you think I will need to bring a sleeping bag or will the rooms be warm enough?

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Apr-2009, at 17:37 by phatpat ]

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

You won't need a sleeping bag. All hotels, regardless of size and quality, will supply you with extra blankets if you need them.
A very handy tip.... Do some overnight travel on the trains - rather than in the day. That way you can sleep in your seat and avoid a night's fee in a hotel.

6. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

thanks redpaddy.

Do you think I will need thermal underwear/long johns?

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Certainly not - unless you're planning on camping!! In which case, you'll need a space suit.

8. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

thank you, you have been a great help :)

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

You're welcome. I've been doing Eastern Europe for many years and if I can be of any help at all - please just ask.

10. Posted by da12 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

It can be very cold in January ijn Poland. Sometimes -20 Celsius in the night, during the day it's usually between -10 to +5 degrees. You can get some information on - there are links to weather information and official travel websites.