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Best of the Baltics

Town Hall Square, Tallinn, Estonia
Vilnius, Lithuania
Castle Fortress, Riga, Latvia
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Tallinn Historic Center, Estonia
Gauja National Park, Latvia
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £1219 £1069
7 days

Holiday highlights

  • 6 nights in the Baltics. Click for information about Lithuania, LatviaEstonia.
  • 3 UNESCO Old Towns: baroque Vilnius, art-nouveau Riga & medieval Tallinn.
  • Visit the impressive island castle of Trakai and the fabled Hill of Crosses.
  • Delight in the architectural gem, Rundāle Palace, and its flamboyant gardens.
  • Explore the verdant Gauja National Park and the castles of Sigulda and Turaida.
  • Stroll along the vast sandy beaches of Pärnu set on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

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  • Fly from the UK to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and the largest city in the country. Upon arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel just over the river from the Old Town.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning walking tour of Vilnius Old Town, a UNESCO-listed world heritage site and one of the best-preserved in Central and Eastern Europe. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets and admire spectacular architecture in medieval, gothic, renaissance and baroque styles. Key sites visited include Cathedral Square with its neo-classical cathedral, the picturesque Pilies Street (or Castle Street), the ornate Russian Orthodox Church and the impressive Gate of Dawn – a major site of Catholic pilgrimage in Lithuania.

    After free time for lunch, the tour will continue with a visit to Trakai, the former capital of Lithuania, located approximately 30km from Vilnius and located on a narrow 2km long peninsula, between three lakes. The main attraction is the Castle of Trakai, built in 14th century by the most famous ruler of Lithuania – Grand Duke Vytautus. Uniquely built on an island in a striking red-brick structure, the castle is highly revered by all Lithuanians.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of Vilnius Old Town and Trakai Castle.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart Vilnius for the drive towards Riga in Latvia. You drive through the green Lithuanian countryside for around three hours, where you visit the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania, one of the most sacred places in all of the Baltic States. Crosses were placed here from the late 19th century in memory of the unknown fallen victims of rebellion against the rule of Tsar Nicholas I. This tradition continued through the 20th century where the hill become a pilgrimage site for Christians throughout the Baltics. During the Soviet era from 1944-90, authorities attempted to remove the site, however, each time the crosses and rosaries were replaced. Today, the hill is viewed not only as a religious symbol but also as a symbol of peaceful resistance and has become a place of national pilgrimage.

    You continue the journey, stopping for lunch, then crossing the border into Latvia in the afternoon. You visit the Rundāle Palace, a baroque style palace built for the Dukes of Courland and designed by Rastrelli with ornate manicured French-style gardens. It is the largest and most impressive palace in Lativa and houses a series of opulent rooms within.

    Arrive into Riga in the early evening and check in to your hotel. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the capital city at night.

    Included Activities: Guided tours of the Hill of Crosses and Rundāle Palace & Gardens.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included at a restaurant after visiting the Hill of Crosses.

  • Take a half-day tour of Riga, Latvia’s largest city. The city has an extensive history and a rich legacy of fine design including the highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in the world with approximately a third of the buildings showcasing this style. The walking tour will take you to a variety of the city’s most iconic buildings including St. Peter’s Church, the guild houses that once belonged to the merchants of the Hanseatic League, the Sweden Gate and the ensemble of three buildings erected in the Middle Ages referred to as the Three Brothers. The city’s Dome Cathedral is a must visit – the acoustics of which are best heard during an organ recital. Housed within the dominating structure of four old German Zeppellin hangars is the UNESCO-lsited Riga Central Market which is well worth a visit.

    Enjoy a free afternoon further exploring the capital city. Alternatively, it is possible to take a pleasant 40 minute train journey to Jūrmala, a popular Latvian summer and health resort, located on the coast of the Gulf of Riga.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of Riga.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leaving Riga behind, the tour journeys north-east to the Gauja National Park where the historical 12th century castles of Sigulda and Turaida are visited. Located on either bank of the Gauja River, this is a fairytale setting with the red-brick, cylindrical tower of Turaida contrasting against the verdant green of the surrounding forest and hills. Turaida fittingly translates as ‘God’s Garden’ and it is easy to see why this fortification was named so.

    After lunch, depart for the third and final country of the itinerary, Estonia. Journey to the sea resort of Pärnu on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Comprising a long, broad, sandy beach Pärnu is perfect for a relaxed afternoon stroll along the coast or reclining on the beach. Ranna pst, the avenue that runs parallel to the sands, is lined with early-20th century buildings providing a pleasant backdrop. Pop-up bars and cafés are ideal to enjoy people watching. 

    You then continue for another two hours to Tallinn, arriving in the evening.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of the Sigulda Castle ruins and Turaida Museum in Gauja National Park and a visit to Pärnu.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included at a restaurant in Sigulda after visiting Gauja National Park.

  • This morning is devoted to exploring the capital of Estonia, Tallinn - a medieval city famed for its Hanseatic Old Town and incredible panoramic views. Divided into an upper and lower area, the Old Town is a maze of impressive architecture with magnificent limestone buildings chronicling the history of previous rulers from Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Germany. Housed within Toompea – or upper town – is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral built in 1900 and the city’s largest Orthodox cupola. A short walk from here is Tallinn’s oldest church, Toomkirk, built in 1233 and the only surviving building of a devastating 17th century fire that engulfed Toompea. Before descending to the lower town stop to take in the incredible sweeping panoramic views. The highlight of the lower town is the famous Tallinn Town Hall Square with the gothic building taking pride of place. Further unique views can be attained from the 65m high tower.

    The afternoon is free to further explore the Old Town or to venture to other nearby districts such as Kalamaja, a former fisherman’s district that now houses cafés, restaurants and bars in its abandoned factories.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of Tallinn Old Town.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depending on your flight, you will have the morning free at your own leisure. Perhaps enjoy a final wander through the two-tiered medieval town and take in the enchanting ambience, before transferring to the airport for your return flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Vilnius

Courtyard by Marriott

Included

Standard Hotel: The Courtyard by Marriott is located centrally in Vilnius in a striking modern building. The decor of the hotel is sleek and modern and the ensuite rooms are spacious and stylish. Facilities include a good restaurant offering the best of both local and international cuisine and a state-of-art fitness centre.

Why stay here: Positioned just steps away from the medieval Old Town and overlooking the iconic Gediminas’ Castle, the Courtyard by Marriott is ideal for exploring Vilnius city centre.

Hotel Facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • The hotel has a modern gym and fitness centre.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Accommodation in Riga

AC by Marriott

Included

Standard Hotel: The AC by Marriott is a new hotel with an urban, modern style set within easy access of both the beautiful park gardens of Esplanāde and Kronvalda and the Old Town. Rooms are sizeable, comfortable and well appointed.

Why stay here: Conveniently located in a quiet area of the charming Art Nouveau district in Riga city centre, the AC by Marriott is only minutes away from the Old Town and the main attractions of the city.

Hotel Facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • The hotel has a gym and fitness centre.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Accommodation in Tallinn

Kalev SPA Hotel

Included

Standard Hotel: With the Old Town on one side and the greenery of Kanuti Park on the other, the hotel is situated in an unbeatable location just footsteps from the main sites of Tallinn. The rooms are modern featuring all of the expected amenities. The hotel features a 50m swimming pool, part of the swimming centre that was built on the same site in the 1950's. The restaurant serves colourful international dishes made from seasonal local produce.

Why stay here: The incredible location of the Kalev SPA Hotel means that you are seconds away from the charming Old Town of Tallinn.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • The hotel has a swimming pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre, beauty centre and waterpark.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Morocco (020 7724 0624); South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

    Jordan

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate (020 7937 3685).

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

Travelling in the Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia)

  • The three Baltic Countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have a mild continental climate. Being surrounded by the sea, the temperatures differ between inland areas and coastal regions.

    The best time to travel to the Baltics is between May and September. All three capital cities have pleasant springs averaging 12°C and warmer summers averaging 17°C. Temperatures cool down when autumn arrives, with September temperatures averaging 12°C and October 7°C.

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cooler weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended.

    Electricity in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is 230V, and plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • The currency in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is the Euro (approximate exchange rate £1 = €1.20). Credit and debit cards can be used in hotels, shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines.

    All hotels include breakfast and lunches are included on some travel days. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately £15-20 for a two-course meal, £8 for a good bottle of wine, £3 for a beer or soft drink and 75p for a big bottle of water. Throughout the Baltic countries there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose.

    If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. It is standard to tip 10% for table service in restaurants and round up to the nearest Euro for taxi drivers. If you would like to tip guides, €30-50 per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately €20-30 per group per day is usual for drivers or transfer staff.

  • The cuisine of the Baltic countries reflects the influences from Central Europe, Scandinavia and Russia throughout the centuries. Flavours tend to be simple, but the food is filling and hearty. Barley, potatoes, beets, dairy, rye and meat are staple ingredients.

    The national dish of Lithuania is Cepelinai, large dumplings filed with potato and pork doused in sour cream and bacon sauce. The name ‘zeppelin’ due to their resemblance to zeppelin airships. Other traditional dishes include burokėlių sriuba (beetroot soup), potato pancakes and kepta duona (fried bread sticks).

    Pelēkie zirņi ar speķi is the national dish of Latvia. It is a stew made with grey peas (similar to chickpeas), fried onions and diced speck. Common ingredients in Latvian dishes include potatoes, cabbage, onion, eggs, fish and pork while other popular dishes include biešu zupa (beetroot soup), dark rye bread, pelmeni (Russian dumplings) and karbonade (similar to pork schnitzel).

    Estonia’s national dish is verivorst. Typically a winter meal, the blood sausage is accompanied with pork, potatoes, sour cream and sauerkraut. Similar to its Baltic neighbours, the most typical ingredients in Estonian cuisine are rye bread, pork, potatoes and dairy products. Other traditional dishes include kiluvõileib (a sprat sandwich on rye bread), makklihakotlet (meat patties) and eesti kartulisalat (potato salad).

    In the main cities, the price for a two-course meal and a drink in a restaurant is approximately £15-20. There are very good traditional restaurant options in the Old Towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.