Is it safe to travel to Central and Eastern Europe? What do I need to be beware of?
In these countries there is no particular risk to safety. However, we advise you to keep an eye on your belongings in crowded areas at all times to prevent pickpocketing.
What currency is used there? Where can I exchange money?
In Slovakia, Austria and Germany the official currency is the euro (EUR). In the Czech Republic people use the Czech Crown (CZK) and in Poland the Polish Zloty (PLN). Hungarians use the Hungarian Forint (HUF), Croatians use the Croatian Kuna (HRK) and the inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina use the convertible mark (BAM). In the Russian Federation (Russia) the official currency is the Russian Rouble (RUB).
In all the countries mentioned above you can find many exchange offices and banks where it is completely safe to exchange money. However, when exchanging money at a bank you should be prepared for the possibility of worse exchange rates and exchange fees. On the other hand, exchange offices (especially in smaller towns) may not be able to deal in less common currencies. It is always better to bring your money in EUR or USD and exchange in each country as needed.
What is the weather like?
Balkan countries have more Mediterranean weather - both winter and summer are warmer and there might be no snow in winter. To get more detailed info about the weather you can expect during your trip, please contact us.
Are your pilgrimages suitable for children, older people and people with disabilities?
In principle there is no problem with any of the groups mentioned above. However, our pilgrimages can be a little bit demanding at times. Therefore, if you want to travel with little children let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements. Hotel do provide access for people with disabilities, but again, please, let us know exactly what what your needs are so that we can make all the necessary adjustments. Older travelers need not worry - most of our customers are over fifty (our oldest customer was over eighty :)).
When can I travel?
As you might have noticed, our programmes have no fixed date. It means that you can choose whatever date you like and we will adjust. Do you want to experience Holy Mass at Christmas and enjoy shopping in a Viennese Christmas Market? Or would you prefer a short hike to Basilica Minor on the hill Mariánska hora and enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Levoča in summer? Every season has its own charms! Pick the date you prefer and leave the rest to us.