12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow

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12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow

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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Vilnius to Warsaw. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Tallinn, Krakow-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Tallinn
    • 2 nights Riga
    • 2 nights Vilnius
    • 2 nights Warsaw
    • 2 nights Krakow
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Discover centuries-old folklore, historic towns and diverse cultures in the Baltics
  • Marvel at the medieval architecture and history in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
  • View Toompea Castle and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
  • In Riga, view the Liberty Monument, St. Jacob's Cathedral and Riga Castle
  • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Church, view Gediminas Tower and the Castle in Vilnius
  • View Warsaw’s Lazienki Park, Old Town, Market Square and visit St. John's Cathedral
  • Visit the Shrine to the Virgin Mary at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa
  • Solemn visit to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum in Krakow
  • In medieval Krakow, visit St. Mary’s Church; view historic 16th century Wawel Hill Royal Castle and visit the Royal Cathedral

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Vilnius to Warsaw. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Estonia
Depart for Estonia

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Tallinn
Arrive in Tallinn and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Tallinn
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Tallinn City Tour
Discover this World Heritage city today with cobbled streets set beneath spires of 14th-century churches. Tallinn, the northernmost Baltic capital, was a favored port location coveted by its more powerful neighbors, starting centuries of war until it finally achieved its own independence. You can see layers of Tallinn's history at Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace with its splendid Royal Gardens, and the private cottage he occupied on his visits. Continue to the Song Festival grounds, and the spectacular ruins of the 15th century St. Bridget's Convent rising along the banks of the Pirita River. Then, a walking tour of the upper part of the Old Town and view the pink Baroque-style Toompea Castle, Estonia's traditional seat of power, and the Gothic Town Hall. Visit the still active Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral built in the style of a 17th century Moscow church. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit some of Tallinn's markets or stop at a lovely cafe or boutiques within the carved stone walls of the Old City. Dinner together tonight
Overnight: Tallinn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Travel to Riga
Morning drive to the Latvian capital of Riga situated at the mouth of the Daugava River. This sophisticated and beautiful historic city on the Baltic coast was named the "Little Paris of the North." The afternoon is at leisure to get acquainted with this charming city's delightful Old Town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll enjoy finding treasures here and exploring the narrow medieval streets, Gothic and Baroque churches and 19th-century buildings. Be sure to visit Riga's lively Central Market, with its abundant displays from all over the Baltics ranging from smoked fish and fresh produce to handmade souvenirs - it's one of the most famous markets in Europe. Tonight, have dinner together and share some of the day's highlights
Overnight: Riga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Riga City Tour
Today, explore Riga's impressive architecture encompassing Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical facades. On your tour, view Riga Castle, dating back to the 1440s, St. Jacobs Cathedral and St. Peter's Church, one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the Baltic States, among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stop at the impressive and very popular Freedom (Liberty) Monument honoring soldiers killed during the War of Independence, bearing a symbolic female holding aloft three stars representing the 3 regions of Latvia during the first republic. The rest of the day is on your own. Or, participate in the optional tour to the open-air Ethnographic Museum* that depicts 18th-century farm life. The over 72 historic structures re-create a proper village preserved from this era. Craftsmen demonstrate various tasks - you'll feel as if you've gone back in time
Optional: Open Air Ethnographic Museum
Overnight: Riga
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Scenic Drive to Vilnius
Depart Riga for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Along the way. stop to visit the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage center. View the many thousands of crosses covering the famous Jurgaiciai Hill, and learn about the events that made this hill sacred. Upon arrival in Vilnius, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Then, a riveting optional tour to the infamous KGB Museum, located in the heart of Vilnius. The extensive photo exhibits and intact secret KGB spying equipment aids you in envisioning imprisonment in these cold, damp and narrow cells. For Lithuanians, this museum symbolizes the 50-year Soviet occupation, site of the Gestapo headquarters and later the control of the KGB. Tonight dinner is at the hotel
*The KGB Museum optional tour will not be available for the Jul 1 departure due to local events
Optional: KGB Museum
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Vilnius City Tour
Tour Vilnius, a vivacious university city, and one of the most beautiful "Old Towns" in Eastern Europe. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city's architectural landmarks are a striking mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical. Visit the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul with its extraordinary sculptural decorations and view St. Anne's Church, a superb example of Gothic architecture. View Vilnius University, Gediminas Tower and Vilnius Castle in the Upper Town. Time on your own to wander along the charming lanes of the town with its quaint shops and enjoy lunch on your own at a local café. Don't miss the optional afternoon tour to red brick Trakai Castle on Galve Lake, regally standing on an island by itself completely surrounded by water. This is truly such a beautiful sight and one you'll always remember. Trakai Castle is one of the most photographed places in Europe. This historic and world-famous Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the Palace Museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius
Optional: Excursion to Trakai Castle
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Scenic Drive to Warsaw
Depart Lithuania and cross the border into Poland. After lunch en route, arrive in Warsaw, Poland's cosmopolitan capital and cultural center of the country on the banks of the Vistula River. The balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this city on your own. Enjoy dinner together tonight
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - City Tour of Warsaw
Today's introduction to bustling Warsaw includes glorious Lazienki Park one of the jewels of the city. Here, stand before the striking bronze monument to Frederic Chopin, the famed Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, born in a small village west of Warsaw. Continue along the Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences to the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto; stop at the inspiring Memorial that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Walk through the Old Town with its cobbled streets to Market Square. Visit the Cathedral of St. John and see the Royal Castle, the former residence of Polish kings, lovingly restored after its destruction during World War II. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, perhaps, join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace*. This former summer residence of the Polish kings was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski III and is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Later in the afternoon, attend an optional Chopin concert, a highlight of the day. A piano recital of Chopin's most favorite works is performed in a stunning setting. Enjoy a glass of champagne during intermission
*If booking both Wilanow Palace & Chopin Concert optional tours, please keep in mind that you may have limited time in between for dinner
Optional: Wilanow Palace
Optional: Chopin Concert
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Czestochowa & Auschwitz Memorial Museum
Depart Warsaw and travel south to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, home of the Black Madonna painting. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the Shrine to the Virgin Mary as it is said to have miraculous powers. Then, continue on a journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there, and who perished in this place, emphasize the scope of Hitler's extermination efforts. The solemn visit includes a guided tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum. After the visit, arrive in Krakow, former residence of the Polish kings for overnight
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Krakow City Tour
Begin the day in medieval Krakow with a visit to historic 16th century Wawel Hill; view the Royal Castle and visit the Cathedral. A walking tour then takes you to the Old Town with its lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. The afternoon is at leisure or, participate in the interesting optional tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. In the evening, return to Krakow in time for dinner
Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Poland
Transfer to the Krakow airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Estonia
Depart for Estonia

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Tallinn
Arrive in Tallinn and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey that awaits you. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tallinn
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Tallinn City Tour
Discover this World Heritage city today with cobbled streets set beneath spires of 14th-century churches. Tallinn, the northernmost Baltic capital, was a favored port location coveted by its more powerful neighbors, starting centuries of war until it finally achieved its own independence. You can see layers of Tallinn's history at Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace with its splendid Royal Gardens, and the private cottage he occupied on his visits. Continue to the Song Festival grounds, and the spectacular ruins of the 15th century St. Bridget's Convent rising along the banks of the Pirita River. Then, a walking tour of the upper part of the Old Town and view the pink Baroque-style Toompea Castle, Estonia's traditional seat of power, and the Gothic Town Hall. Visit the still active Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral built in the style of a 17th century Moscow church. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit some of Tallinn's markets or stop at a lovely cafe or boutiques within the carved stone walls of the Old City. Dinner together tonight
Overnight: Tallinn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Riga
Morning drive to the Latvian capital of Riga situated at the mouth of the Daugava River. This sophisticated and beautiful historic city on the Baltic coast was named the "Little Paris of the North." The afternoon is at leisure to get acquainted with this charming city's delightful Old Town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll enjoy finding treasures here and exploring the narrow medieval streets, Gothic and Baroque churches and 19th-century buildings. Be sure to visit Riga's lively Central Market, with its abundant displays from all over the Baltics ranging from smoked fish and fresh produce to handmade souvenirs - it's one of the most famous markets in Europe. Tonight, have dinner together and share some of the day's highlights
Overnight: Riga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Riga City Tour
Today, explore Riga's impressive architecture encompassing Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical facades. On your tour, view Riga Castle, dating back to the 1440s, St. Jacobs Cathedral and St. Peter's Church, one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the Baltic States, among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stop at the impressive and very popular Freedom (Liberty) Monument honoring soldiers killed during the War of Independence, bearing a symbolic female holding aloft three stars representing the 3 regions of Latvia during the first republic. The rest of the day is on your own. Or, participate in the optional tour to the open-air Ethnographic Museum* that depicts 18th-century farm life. The over 72 historic structures re-create a proper village preserved from this era. Craftsmen demonstrate various tasks - you'll feel as if you've gone back in time
Optional: Open Air Ethnographic Museum
Overnight: Riga
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Scenic Drive to Vilnius
Depart Riga for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Along the way. stop to visit the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage center. View the many thousands of crosses covering the famous Jurgaiciai Hill, and learn about the events that made this hill sacred. Upon arrival in Vilnius, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Then, a riveting optional tour to the infamous KGB Museum, located in the heart of Vilnius. The extensive photo exhibits and intact secret KGB spying equipment aids you in envisioning imprisonment in these cold, damp and narrow cells. For Lithuanians, this museum symbolizes the 50-year Soviet occupation, site of the Gestapo headquarters and later the control of the KGB. Tonight dinner is at the hotel
*The KGB Museum optional tour will not be available for the Jul 1 departure due to local events
Optional: KGB Museum
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Vilnius City Tour
Tour Vilnius, a vivacious university city, and one of the most beautiful "Old Towns" in Eastern Europe. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city's architectural landmarks are a striking mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical. Visit the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul with its extraordinary sculptural decorations and view St. Anne's Church, a superb example of Gothic architecture. View Vilnius University, Gediminas Tower and Vilnius Castle in the Upper Town. Time on your own to wander along the charming lanes of the town with its quaint shops and enjoy lunch on your own at a local café. Don't miss the optional afternoon tour to red brick Trakai Castle on Galve Lake, regally standing on an island by itself completely surrounded by water. This is truly such a beautiful sight and one you'll always remember. Trakai Castle is one of the most photographed places in Europe. This historic and world-famous Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the Palace Museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius
Optional: Excursion to Trakai Castle
Overnight: Vilnius
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Scenic Drive to Warsaw
Depart Lithuania and cross the border into Poland. After lunch en route, arrive in Warsaw, Poland's cosmopolitan capital and cultural center of the country on the banks of the Vistula River. The balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this city on your own. Enjoy dinner together tonight
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - City Tour of Warsaw
Today's introduction to bustling Warsaw includes glorious Lazienki Park one of the jewels of the city. Here, stand before the striking bronze monument to Frederic Chopin, the famed Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, born in a small village west of Warsaw. Continue along the Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences to the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto; stop at the inspiring Memorial that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Walk through the Old Town with its cobbled streets to Market Square. Visit the Cathedral of St. John and see the Royal Castle, the former residence of Polish kings, lovingly restored after its destruction during World War II. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, perhaps, join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace*. This former summer residence of the Polish kings was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski III and is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Later in the afternoon, attend an optional Chopin concert, a highlight of the day. A piano recital of Chopin's most favorite works is performed in a stunning setting. Enjoy a glass of champagne during intermission
*If booking both Wilanow Palace & Chopin Concert optional tours, please keep in mind that you may have limited time in between for dinner
Optional: Wilanow Palace
Optional: Chopin Concert
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Czestochowa & Auschwitz Memorial Museum
Depart Warsaw and travel south to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, home of the Black Madonna painting. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the Shrine to the Virgin Mary as it is said to have miraculous powers. Then, continue on a journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there, and who perished in this place, emphasize the scope of Hitler's extermination efforts. The solemn visit includes a guided tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum. After the visit, arrive in Krakow, former residence of the Polish kings for overnight
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Krakow City Tour
Begin the day in medieval Krakow with a visit to historic 16th century Wawel Hill; view the Royal Castle and visit the Cathedral. A walking tour then takes you to the Old Town with its lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. The afternoon is at leisure or, participate in the interesting optional tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. In the evening, return to Krakow with your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Poland
Transfer to the Krakow airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Open Air Ethnographic Museum

Visit the open-air Ethnographic Museum that depicts 18th century farm life. This unique museum is set on 100 hectares of land on the outskirts of Riga, in a pine forest on the banks of the Jugla Lake. The over 72 historic structures including farmhouses, windmills, fishing villages, churches and other historic structures have been rebuilt and preserved here to re-create a proper village preserved from this era. Local craftsmen demonstrate various tasks -- you’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 $43.00
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Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights (KGB Museum)

Begin your sightseeing of Vilnius with a riveting visit to the infamous Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights, located in the former KGB headquarters in the heart of Vilnius, used as a top security prison from 1940 to 1989. The extensive photo exhibits and intact secret KGB spying equipment helps you in envisioning imprisonment in these cold, damp and narrow cells. For Lithuanians, this museum symbolizes the 50-year Soviet occupation, site of the Gestapo headquarters and later the control of the KGB.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #6 07 Jul 2022 - 01 Nov 2022 $31.00
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Excursion to Trakai Castle

Afternoon tour to red brick Trakai Castle on Galve Lake, regally standing on an island by itself completely surrounded by water. This is truly such a beautiful sight and one you’ll always remember. The castle is furnished with an excellent collections of armor, furniture and decorative objects. Keep your camera ready -- Trakai Castle is one of the most photographed places in Europe. This historic and world-famous Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the Palace Museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 $49.00
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Chopin Concert

This evening head to one of the many private palaces in Warsaw for a piano recital featuring the music of Frederic Chopin. As a child growing up in Warsaw, Chopin quickly established himself as a prominent musical prodigy of his time and today is considered a father of Classical Romantic music. During the break, a glass of local sparkling wine will be served.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #9 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $62.00
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Wilanow Palace

This former summer residence of the Polish kings is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Wilanow was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski. It stands for the splendor of Poland in the past and is considered one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and may not be available for purchase locally.

Day #9 16 Aug 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $52.00
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Legend has it that the salt mines in Wieliczka were part of a dowry from Kinga, the Hungarian princess, when she wed Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago, making the Wieliczka Salt Mine one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The tour will be conducted with a group on a route that takes you through three levels of underground galleries and chambers.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Times to be arranged locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

There are a total of 800 steps to descend to the underground mine, with convenience stops along the way. After a short break, all visitors will return to the surface in a mining elevator. This tour is not recommended for travelers that have difficulty walking on uneven and/or steep terrain.

Day #11 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $74.00
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum

Visit the open-air Ethnographic Museum that depicts 18th century farm life. This unique museum is set on 100 hectares of land on the outskirts of Riga, in a pine forest on the banks of the Jugla Lake. The over 72 historic structures including farmhouses, windmills, fishing villages, churches and other historic structures have been rebuilt and preserved here to re-create a proper village preserved from this era. Local craftsmen demonstrate various tasks -- you’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 $43.00
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Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights (KGB Museum)

Begin your sightseeing of Vilnius with a riveting visit to the infamous Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights, located in the former KGB headquarters in the heart of Vilnius, used as a top security prison from 1940 to 1989. The extensive photo exhibits and intact secret KGB spying equipment helps you in envisioning imprisonment in these cold, damp and narrow cells. For Lithuanians, this museum symbolizes the 50-year Soviet occupation, site of the Gestapo headquarters and later the control of the KGB.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #6 07 Jul 2022 - 01 Nov 2022 $31.00
03 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022 $31.00
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Excursion to Trakai Castle

Afternoon tour to red brick Trakai Castle on Galve Lake, regally standing on an island by itself completely surrounded by water. This is truly such a beautiful sight and one you’ll always remember. The castle is furnished with an excellent collections of armor, furniture and decorative objects. Keep your camera ready -- Trakai Castle is one of the most photographed places in Europe. This historic and world-famous Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian Dukes and once served as their residence. Time to stroll the grounds and visit the Palace Museum to see the extensive display of medieval exhibits before returning to Vilnius.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 $49.00
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Chopin Concert

This evening head to one of the many private palaces in Warsaw for a piano recital featuring the music of Frederic Chopin. As a child growing up in Warsaw, Chopin quickly established himself as a prominent musical prodigy of his time and today is considered a father of Classical Romantic music. During the break, a glass of local sparkling wine will be served.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #9 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $62.00
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Wilanow Palace

This former summer residence of the Polish kings is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Wilanow was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski. It stands for the splendor of Poland in the past and is considered one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited and may not be available for purchase locally.

Day #9 16 Aug 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $52.00
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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Legend has it that the salt mines in Wieliczka were part of a dowry from Kinga, the Hungarian princess, when she wed Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago, making the Wieliczka Salt Mine one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The tour will be conducted with a group on a route that takes you through three levels of underground galleries and chambers.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Times to be arranged locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

There are a total of 800 steps to descend to the underground mine, with convenience stops along the way. After a short break, all visitors will return to the surface in a mining elevator. This tour is not recommended for travelers that have difficulty walking on uneven and/or steep terrain.

Day #11 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $74.00
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Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

Example:
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555


WiFi Access
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.


Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Poland - Spring and Autumn: 40–65°F; Summer: 55–75°F; Winter: 20–35°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Poland Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe/default.aspx#central-europe-weather

Estonia - Spring and Fall: 35°F–50°F; Summer: 55°F–70°F; Winter: 20°F–30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Latvia - Spring and Fall: 35°F-50°F; Summer: 55°F-70°F; Winter: 20°F-30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Lithuania - Spring and Fall: 40°F-55°F; Summer: 55°F-70°F; Winter: 20°F-30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

Check-In
If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Transfers
Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Hotels
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Gratuities
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $7 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Poland - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. Restaurant bills often include a service charge. Taxi drivers do not expect gratuities and rounding up the fare is usually sufficient.

Estonia - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Latvia - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Lithuania - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Auschwitz - Advance reservations are required to enter Auschwitz and will be made based on the name provided on your Gate 1 Travel reservation. Upon entry to Auschwitz, passengers will be required to present photo identification matching the name on your Gate 1 Travel reservation.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

Currency
We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Poland - The Zloty is the currency of Poland.

Estonia - The Euro is the currency of Estonia.

Latvia - The Euro is the currency of Latvia.

Lithuania - The Euro is the currency of Lithuania.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Shopping
Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Poland - Poland offers a variety of quality goods including fine enamel pieces, silver, genuine amber jewelry, woodcarvings, dolls, and sculptures in assorted media. Handwoven textiles are another Polish specialty.

Estonia - Tallinn has both large department stores and smaller boutique shops, situated in medieval buildings, where handmade goods that have been made on location can be purchased. Leather, glass, and textiles are the most popular items. Another shopping option is the outdoor markets, best suited for those who enjoy haggling for deals.

Latvia - Riga offers many high-end shopping venues, from mall stores carrying designer labels to boutique shops offering more unique and eclectic selections. Latvia is also known for its charming home décor accessories, especially amber, ceramic, silver, and fine linen.

Lithuania - The Old Town district of Vilnius offers an opportunity to find finely crafted Baltic amber and intricate works of folk art, especially carved wooden masks. Embroidery, silver jewelry and specialty liqueurs are also Lithuanian highlights.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.


Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Poland
  • General Emergency: 112 or 999
  • Fire: 998
  • Police: 997

Estonia
  • Ambulance/Fire: 112
  • Police: 110

Latvia
  • General Emergency: 112

Lithuania
  • General Emergency: 112

Languages
Poland - Polish is the local language. German and limited English are generally spoken in tourist areas.

Estonia - Estonian is the local language.

Latvia - Latvian is the local language. Russian and limited English are generally spoken in tourist areas.

Lithuania - Lithuanian is the local language. Limited English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Electricity
Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Poland - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Estonia - The voltage used is 230 volts.

Latvia - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Lithuania - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Poland - There is a marked difference between city and rural life in Poland, with rural people maintaining a more traditional, conservative religious lifestyle. Jokes at the expense of the Roman Catholic church are considered to be in poor taste. Normal courtesies should be observed and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Estonia - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Latvia - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Lithuania - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Food and Meals
As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Gate 1 cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. Terminology for dietary requests can vary from country to country and options may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you make your wishes known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant.

Latvia - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Lithuania - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Holidays
On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Poland

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 3: Constitution Day
Jun 5: Whit Sunday
Jun 16: Corpus Christi
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 11: Independence Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 3: Constitution Day
May 28: Whit Sunday
Jun 8: Corpus Christi
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 11: Independence Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas

Holidays - Estonia

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 24: Independence Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
May 28: Pentecost Sunday
Jun 23: Victory Day
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Aug 20: Restoration Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Boxing Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 24: Independence Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
May 28: Pentecost Sunday
Jun 23: Victory Day
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Aug 20: Restoration Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Boxing Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Latvia

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter Sunday
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 4: Independence Restoration Day
May 8: Mother's Day
Jun 5: Whitsunday
Jun 23: Midsummer's Eve
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Nov 18: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter Sunday
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 4: Independence Restoration Day
May 14: Mother's Day
May 28: Whitsunday
Jun 23: Midsummer's Eve
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Jul 8: Last Day of the Song and Dance Festival
Jul 10: Last Day of the Song and Dance Festival observed
Nov 18: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day
Nov 20: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day observe
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Lithuania

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 16: Independence Restoration Day
Mar 11: Independence Day/National Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 24: St. John's Day
Jul 6: Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 16: Independence Restoration Day
Mar 11: Independence Day/National Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 24: St. John's Day
Jul 6: Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve


Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

Example:
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555


WiFi Access
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.


Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Poland - Spring and Autumn: 40–65°F; Summer: 55–75°F; Winter: 20–35°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Poland Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe/default.aspx#central-europe-weather

Estonia - Spring and Fall: 35°F–50°F; Summer: 55°F–70°F; Winter: 20°F–30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Latvia - Spring and Fall: 35°F-50°F; Summer: 55°F-70°F; Winter: 20°F-30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Lithuania - Spring and Fall: 40°F-55°F; Summer: 55°F-70°F; Winter: 20°F-30°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

Check-In
If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Transfers
Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Hotels
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Gratuities
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $7 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Poland - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. Restaurant bills often include a service charge. Taxi drivers do not expect gratuities and rounding up the fare is usually sufficient.

Estonia - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Latvia - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Lithuania - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Auschwitz - Advance reservations are required to enter Auschwitz and will be made based on the name provided on your Gate 1 Travel reservation. Upon entry to Auschwitz, passengers will be required to present photo identification matching the name on your Gate 1 Travel reservation.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

Currency
We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Poland - The Zloty is the currency of Poland.

Estonia - The Euro is the currency of Estonia.

Latvia - The Euro is the currency of Latvia.

Lithuania - The Euro is the currency of Lithuania.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Shopping
Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Poland - Poland offers a variety of quality goods including fine enamel pieces, silver, genuine amber jewelry, woodcarvings, dolls, and sculptures in assorted media. Handwoven textiles are another Polish specialty.

Estonia - Tallinn has both large department stores and smaller boutique shops, situated in medieval buildings, where handmade goods that have been made on location can be purchased. Leather, glass, and textiles are the most popular items. Another shopping option is the outdoor markets, best suited for those who enjoy haggling for deals.

Latvia - Riga offers many high-end shopping venues, from mall stores carrying designer labels to boutique shops offering more unique and eclectic selections. Latvia is also known for its charming home décor accessories, especially amber, ceramic, silver, and fine linen.

Lithuania - The Old Town district of Vilnius offers an opportunity to find finely crafted Baltic amber and intricate works of folk art, especially carved wooden masks. Embroidery, silver jewelry and specialty liqueurs are also Lithuanian highlights.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.


Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Poland
  • General Emergency: 112 or 999
  • Fire: 998
  • Police: 997

Estonia
  • Ambulance/Fire: 112
  • Police: 110

Latvia
  • General Emergency: 112

Lithuania
  • General Emergency: 112

Languages
Poland - Polish is the local language. German and limited English are generally spoken in tourist areas.

Estonia - Estonian is the local language.

Latvia - Latvian is the local language. Russian and limited English are generally spoken in tourist areas.

Lithuania - Lithuanian is the local language. Limited English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Electricity
Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Poland - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Estonia - The voltage used is 230 volts.

Latvia - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Lithuania - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Poland - There is a marked difference between city and rural life in Poland, with rural people maintaining a more traditional, conservative religious lifestyle. Jokes at the expense of the Roman Catholic church are considered to be in poor taste. Normal courtesies should be observed and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Estonia - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Latvia - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Lithuania - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Common courtesies should be observed, and conservative casual dress is appropriate.

Food and Meals
As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Gate 1 cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. Terminology for dietary requests can vary from country to country and options may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you make your wishes known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant.

Latvia - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Lithuania - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Holidays
On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Poland

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 3: Constitution Day
Jun 5: Whit Sunday
Jun 16: Corpus Christi
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 11: Independence Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 3: Constitution Day
May 28: Whit Sunday
Jun 8: Corpus Christi
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 11: Independence Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas

Holidays - Estonia

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 24: Independence Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
May 28: Pentecost Sunday
Jun 23: Victory Day
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Aug 20: Restoration Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Boxing Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 24: Independence Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
May 28: Pentecost Sunday
Jun 23: Victory Day
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Aug 20: Restoration Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Boxing Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Latvia

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter Sunday
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 4: Independence Restoration Day
May 8: Mother's Day
Jun 5: Whitsunday
Jun 23: Midsummer's Eve
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Nov 18: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter Sunday
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day/May Day
May 4: Independence Restoration Day
May 14: Mother's Day
May 28: Whitsunday
Jun 23: Midsummer's Eve
Jun 24: Midsummer Day
Jul 8: Last Day of the Song and Dance Festival
Jul 10: Last Day of the Song and Dance Festival observed
Nov 18: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day
Nov 20: Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day observe
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Lithuania

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 16: Independence Restoration Day
Mar 11: Independence Day/National Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 24: St. John's Day
Jul 6: Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 16: Independence Restoration Day
Mar 11: Independence Day/National Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 24: St. John's Day
Jul 6: Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve


12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, May 2022
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Amazing trip, went with our friends on our first Gate 1 adventure. Your tour guide Mario is the best guide I could ever have imagined. Knowledgeable about the Baltics and it's rich, rich history culture and sites. Mario had thoughtful treats for us that represents the country we were in (a 'yum' box). We know a lot goes I behind the scenes, ie driver, baggage, comfort stops, local guides and much more. Gate 1 went beyond our expectations!

Michael D.
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, April 2022
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My husband and I completed the 12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow tour. It was a wonderful trip with an excellent tour manager, Leva. She was organized, efficient, educational and fun. She made us feel very welcome and safe. Everywhere we went, the people thanked us for coming and supporting their countries. Our favorites were the stop at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, visiting the pilgrimage site in Czestochowa in Poland, the somber visit to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka salt mines in Krakow. A great trip!

Jane D.
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, October 2019
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The trip was great. We loved all five cities, wished we'd had more time in each. Our tour guide, Ieva was wonderful. And Joseph, the bus driver was a great driver and a really nice guy. We love Gate 1 and recommend it often.

Paula B. Davenport, FL
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, September 2019
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Our trip was wonderful, we love Gate 1 and have taken many trips with your company. Our tour guide Mario was outstanding. He was professional, humorous, gregarious and truly a joyful tour guide.

Aleyda K. Vienna, VA
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, August 2019
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We thoroughly enjoyed the Gate-1 Baltics with Krakow tour. Accommodations, group dinners, tour bus were very good. We liked the itinerary. We were especially pleased by our guide, Chris. What a marvelous storehouse of knowledge. We have Baltic and Austrian roots, and Chris’ knowledge about ethnicity, history, emigrations and languages was superb. We had many long and learned discussions with him about some rather narrow areas of the people and events connected with these areas. He is a jewel in your cadre of guides. This was our 4th Gate-1 trip, and your organization continues to provide a high value experience. We are beginning to prepare planning for one of your Southeast Asia tours in late 2020.

George B. Richmond, TX
10 Day Classic Baltics, July 2019
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We had a great time! Our tour director, Mario, was so passionate, hardworking and caring! He really spoiled us with some goodies from these four beautiful countries. Mario, you are the best! Our driver, Piter, was a very good man and a gentleman. Thank you both for keeping us safe and showing us these amazing places! This was our 14th trip with Gate 1, and you remain consistent with nice hotels, wonderful itineraries and sumptuous dinners. Thank you Gate 1 for showing us the world for less!

Rosemarie E. The Bronx, NY
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, June 2019
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Our trip was amazing. We were surprised by the accommodations, the food, and our transport for the whole trip. Mario, our tour guide, was exceptional and knowledgeable and looked after everyone's needs. He was the first one up, and the last one in bed when it came to our arrangements. He provided us with local information on the use of buses and trams, places to visit on our own time, and inexpensive places to by food,clothing, souvenirs, and even do laundry if needed. Mario told us many stories and had us laughing much of the time even when we were tired from our packed schedule. We were fortunate to meet new friends even though we had fewer travelers on this trip. Even Marek, the bus driver, was a gem. He drove carefully and cautiously throughout or trip and made the drives pleasant. We were fortunate to see him several times and talk with him personally about life and work. A real gentleman, he accommodated us and made us feel welcome. We even had the good fortune to meet Kim, a Gate 1 employee, who was along with us for this trip. She gave us a real insight to how Gate 1 works and sets up trips and itineraries. She even provided us with information regarding the different jobs she has had with Gate 1 and other trips she has been on with the company, including conventions and trade shows. We thank you and will be traveling with you again soon.

Anita & John B. Ocala, FL
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, June 2019
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Our trip to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland was awesome. Our hotels were excellent. The optional tours were better than expected. Our driver "Chris" was incredible. He was friendly, professional, welcoming and accommodating! Our guides throughout the trip were awesome. They were extremely knowledgeable, they answered all our questions we posed and they were very interesting as well. Our main guide "Agnes" was the complete package all around. Pleasant, accommodating, friendly, cheerful, intelligent, informative, all the above. We loved her so much that we will be returning to Poland to tour the entire country and we want her as our guide. She was the absolute BEST!! Thank you for wonderful memories that we will never forget!

Beth and Peter B. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
10 Day Classic Baltics, October 2018
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Our trip was absolutely great; first class all the way. The hotels were all excellent as were the meals. The tours and tour guides were also all excellent. The overall tour leader, Chris, was absolutely great, very knowledgeable and professional ... Chris was the best overall trip organizer/tour guide that we have ever encountered. Kudos to Gate 1 for employing such a consummate professional. Thanks for a great trip to the Balkans.

John C. Getzville, NY
10 Day Classic Baltics, May 2018
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Hi Daniel, Thank you very much for your assistance from my recent travel with Gate 1. I tried many tour companies already to Europe but, Gate 1 is the best so far. The services and accommodations are excellent. The tour guide and the driver are knowledgeable, patient, kind, caring and all the positive adjectives to describe with. Looking forward to join another trips with Gate 1 in the future.

Cheryl U. Ontario, CA
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, September 2015
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Our trip to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland was fantastic.  Our Tour Manager "Victor" was great.  He was always at our service, and all hotel/city transitions, tours and group meals went without a hitch.  All the sightseeing in the Baltic countries was great due to the quality of the local guides.  All were very knowledgeable.  Victor was a great guide during our time in Poland.

We thank Gate 1 for providing professional staff, quality hotels, and a very nice bus for us to ride in the 9 touring days.  Adam, our driver was very safe and courteous. Plus we feel the pricing for all we received was very reasonable.

We look forward to our next adventure with Gate 1.

Melinda B. San Diego, CA
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, September 2015
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The trip was fantastic!  We couldn't believe the trip was coming to an end; the time flew by.  Our guide, Yolanta, was impressive.  She certainly is detail oriented.  The location of the hotels, except for Warsaw, was delightedly close to all the Old Towns.

I will definitely book another trip with Gate 1 Travel.

Marjorie M. Kingman, AZ
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, May 2015
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The trip was more than I expected.  It was inspirational, educational and memorable.  Our leader Agnes was excellent and although the group was large, it was the best group I have traveled with.  Many had some background related to the area we traveled.  We all traveled as one and everyone shared their travel experiences.  The people, food, museums, palaces and castles were all interesting.  

I am glad I took the options.  The location of the hotels was perfect and within walking distance of major areas and town squares.  I just wish I had another day in Krakow and would recommend that.

Katherine B. E Brunswick, NJ
12 Day Classic Baltics with Krakow, April 2014
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The tour guide/manager Agnes was exceptional and one of the better guides I have traveled with. The interaction between her and the bus driver also contributed to the smoothness of the trip. Most of the local guides were very good although one was at best average.

It was a pleasure to go and after the first day realize that there would be no worries so we could simply sit back and enjoy. Gate 1's people on the ground are quite exceptional. The hotels were all very good and I cannot think of a single complaint that I could make with a straight face and I tend to be a harsh critic.

You can be assured that we will be traveling with Gate 1 in the future and I have passed on the company information to several friends.

Thomas B. Clinton Township, MI
8 Day Classic Russia, April 2014
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My trip was amazing! My tour guide, Galina, was fantastic, and she definitely went above and beyond what was expected of her. She was kind, thorough, knowledgeable, and genuinely concerned about all of us... she even went so far as to buy me a bottle of champagne for my birthday. I honestly cannot say enough good things about my incredible adventure. I will definitely rely on Gate 1 again for my future travel needs!

Laura V. Gainesville, FL

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