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Pick your own pumpkins in Ormskirk

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OK imaging this, you just finish work and you are on your way home when your better half calls to ask if you like pumpkins??

Of course I do like pumpkins, what kind of question is that?

Long story short last Saturday morning, we took our 2 year’s old Labrador Max, and we went to Ormskirk to pick up some pumpkins.

Yes, that was the sign on the fence “ Pick your own pumpkins ” £4 each or 3 for £10. We’ve got 3 massive pumpkins for £10 and there was plenty of choice!!

There was also a big crowd in the field, younger and older visitors, families with kids running around and playing but most of them were choosing and picking up pumpkins.

I never saw so many pumpkins in my life, like the sky open and it rain, it rain pumpkins!!!

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If you wanted you could even queue for a wheelbarrow to load your pumpkins and take them to your car. It was a great fun walking around the farm. There was also a van selling drinks and snacks, hotdogs, etc.

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With the pumpkins in the car we drove off trying to decide what to make first. Our first choice was a Thai pumpkin soup and it was amazing.

Pick your own pumpkins

To pick your own pumpkins at Poplar Farm you need to get there between 9:30 to 17:00, the farm is open everyday including weekends until the 31st of October.

The full address is A5147 Delph Lane. Downholland, Haskayne, Nr. Ormskirk, L39 7JJ.

If you wish to make it a long weekend away from home you can even book yourself into small hotel in the area. A quick search at Hotels-Fairy.com we found the “Innkeeper’s Lodge Ormskirk Aughton” at £65. There are around a dozen or so hotels and B&Bs in Ormskirk.

A Survival guide to Vietnam – Travel advice for first timers

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As you know by now Hotels Fairy is a UK hotel comparison website. However, we do like to go beyond the hotel price comparison aspect and offer unbiased local travel advise and tips. Recently one of our fairies spent a month exploring Vietnam in the South East Asia! So here is a unique survival guide to Vietnam by Hotels-Fairy.com

Vietnam is a country that has gone through multiple of wars in the last century and as result the local economy has been devastated. However, Vietnam tries to develop itself and to move forward. And it does that, in a very fast pace.

You can see the optimism on the faces of the people on the streets, huge buildings under construction, thousands of tourists visiting every corner of the country and new roads being opened every day (there is still a lot of work on the last one).

Vietnam offers a variety of experiences to any kind of traveller visiting the country. From amazing forests, rivers, caves and wild animals to a wonderful cuisine able to satisfy even the most demanding guests!

But as always the dream of a perfect adventure or easy going vacations can easily be turned into a hell’s trip if the traveller hasn’t made the correct preparations or doesn’t follow some simple rules.

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Travel Insurance

The first and the most important advice for any travellers is to check that their travel and medical insurance covers them for a trip to Vietnam or if they don’t have one, to purchase one before their trip.

Be sure to check all the small print in the contract (for example some policies don’t cover accidents occurred by motorbikes) and that the policy that is purchased is the correct one for their individual needs.

Most public hospitals (which in some areas are not that easily accessible) offer basic or inadequate health services and the private clinics are quite expensive even for western standards.

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Stay healthy in Vietnam

Make sure you have packed a small medical kit with all the medicines you might need since some medicines may not be available in the Vietnamese pharmacies.

Also make sure you are aware of any allergies that you might have, Ensure that you have the correct medication for them and that you are 100 per cent certain, that you know exactly what you are eating if you are allergic to any food ingredients.

If that’s not possible due to communication issues with the local food vendors choose to eat something simple, so you can be sure that you would not fall ill afterwards. A good doctor or a decent hospital may be hours and hours away from you.

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Transportation Guide to Vietnam

Unfortunately dozens and dozens of travellers I have met during my stay in Vietnam had many parts of their bodies covered with ‘Vietnamese Medals’ which is nothing else than bruises, scars and signs of motorbike accidents.

The roads of Vietnam and the way of driving have nothing to do with what you are used to, no matter where you live. The roads are very narrow, there are no lines, and the only law that exists, is the law of the jungle: only the strongest survives.

Big trucks will overtake other trucks and vehicles on the small narrow roads leaving you only centimeters to drive or sometimes you even have to drive on the side of the road in the gravel to avoid an accident.

If you are intended to use a motorbike (and you would most definitely will) make sure you pay some more money to hire a decent motorbike, and a good helmet. Also make sure you drive very carefully and on the right side of the road.

No matter how strange it sounds use the horn a lot. A LOT!

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Every time a persons try to cross the road in front of you, every time you want to overtake a car or a bicycle, every time you haven’t got a good sight of a turn or any time you feel it needs to.

The locals do it a lot and very quickly you will understand that it is a necessity. Never underestimate what a careless second of driving in Vietnam can cause, not only to your trip but your life as well.

Another option if you are a new motorcycle driver is to use the Easy-Riders. Easy Riders are experienced drivers that will drive you safely to any touristic sight you want for a small fee.

Make sure they are suggested by other travellers or your hotel’s reception. Every city has its own Easy riders club and you should better contact them online when you organising your trip.

monkey-in-vietnamWhile in the big cities, try to move around with taxis that belong to reputable companies. If you are in a rush and you can’t wait make sure you arrange the price from the beginning if a taximeter is not present.

My advice in general is to better wait for a reputable company’s taxi to arrive.

Also be aware of the trick that many local taxi drivers do by asking at the beginning of the ride fifteen but in the end asking for fifty. Use your fingers or better write down the price you agree to pay on a paper.

It might seem funny but crossing streets in big cities of Vietnam can be much more challenging than what you might think.

Dozens of non-stop motorbikes and cars cross the street continuously leaving you wondering how you will be able to pass on the other side of the road. The best way at the beginning is to just follow the locals.

Day after day you will be more used to their ways. Just make sure you have a steady walk and you are not making big directional changes that will confuse the drivers.

Cross the street slowly and constantly looking both sides (there are no one way streets for Vietnamese drivers) and you will see that all the traffic will move around you.

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Cash handling in Vietnam

Before setting off for Vietnam make sure you contact your bank to let them know about your trip, in order to be able to withdraw cash from ATMs abroad without any issues.

Quite often banks flag unusual credit card transactions as suspicious, if they originate in a country away from the cardholder’s residency.

It is also a good idea to have an alternate way of withdrawing and receiving cash, just in case you lose your credit cards. Like Western Union, PayPal, Traveller Cheques, etc.

On your arrival buy a local company SIM card for your mobile phone. It will save you a lot of money and you will be able to access useful apps (such as Google maps, Facebook, Hotels-Fairy.com or Maps Me) any time you want.

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Shopping in Vietnam

Vietnam has amazing souvenirs to offer. Spices, statues, plates, paintings, hats, clothes, bags, anything you can possibly imagine.

Unfortunately though most of the sellers believe that since you are a tourist you can afford to pay many more times the value of anything you wish to buy.

Always follow the rule of ‘three bargains’ and never hurry too much to buy anything. Ninety percent of the time you will find the same things on sale the minute or day after.

The three bargains rule means that when you want to buy something always bargain at least three times in different shops and in different areas. This way the last time you will bargain you will definitely know which is the least price you can pay.

Be warned though! If you spend too much time bargaining with a single seller and make him bring his price really down and you don’t buy he will get furious.

No matter how hard you will bargain you will always pay much more than the locals but Vietnam is so cheap that you don’t need to worry about spending some extra cents.

At the end of the day it is part of the experience and good karma points since you help poor people earn a living. That’s why some travellers try to use Homestay (staying with local people instead of a hotel) or buy souvenirs from small shops and not the big well-known brand shops.

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Health and Safety in Vietnam

Pick pocketing in Vietnam is not a common thing but unfortunately not an unknown activity as well. I speak from my own experience since I had my cellphone stolen in Dalat which made me really sad and my trip much more difficult.

So make sure you always have your trip money in a different (and safer) place from the place you keep your daily cash to spend. A money belt is also a very good idea, try not to leave your stuff unattended or your bags with open zippers.

Bring one or two padlocks from home to use them if you need to. If you are at a beach and want to swim always leave someone to watch your stuff, or ask two different groups of people to watch them for you.

Since the tourism industry has risen very fast, many companies with low or even nonexistent health and safety standards operate in the country.

The best Guide to Vietnam by Spyros

If you choose to go for cannoning, or trekking in the jungle or to do any activity that requires technical equipment and instructors or guides don’t try to save a couple of dollars by choosing an unknown or the cheapest  company.

Spend a couple dollars more and have fun in a safe way. Recently there have been quite a few fatal accidents involving tourists going to excursions with unauthorised travel guides.

During your travelling in Vietnam you will find many more things you need to be aware and careful, so don’t just rest with only these advises. But if you follow all of the above you will definitely be on a good start.

Vietnam is an amazing country. Be smart, cautious and have the best time of your life!

Spyros Skouris profile photoAbout the author

Spyros Skouris the author of the article “A Survival guide to Vietnam – Travel advice for first timers” can help you arrange your dream vacations on your visit to Athens in Greece.

He also owns an apartment in Athens which is available to rent on Airbnb.

Mykonos: The Absolute Party Experience

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The island of Mykonos is one of the most famous travel destinations in Greece. And there is a good reason for that. It’s an amazingly beautiful island offering its visitors a huge variety of things to do while holidaying on the island.

Quiet and remote beaches, some of the best restaurants in Greece with the most famous chefs. A lovely city full of white and blue houses and many small shops selling some of the best and most exclusive brands in the world.

But let’s not fool ourselves!! We are all going to Mykonos for the PARTIES!!!!!

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There are hundreds of bars and clubs where you can dance from the sunrise until the sunset. World class bartenders offering you tasteful cocktails and the most famous DJs making sure that you will get close to dehydration from the long hours of dancing.

How to get to Mykonos

The island of MShopping in Mykonosykonos is easily reachable from Athens by plane (45 minutes) which will cost you around 100 Euros during the high season (if you book earlier you can find much better prices) and by ferry from either Piraeus or Rafina port taking approximately 3-5 hours and costing around 35 Euros.

You can easily reach the airport or Piraeus port by Metro or bus while Rafina port is a little more tricky.

During the summer season, you can also fly to Mykons from most of the European cities, there are direct flights from London, Vienna, Rome, Brussels and many more.

Once you arrived at the airport, the transfer time to the town is approximately 10 minutes.

There is no public transport service operating from the airport, so if you have not booked your own transportation you will have to get a taxi which will cost you around 15 Euros to Chora (the capital of Mykons) or around 20 Euros is you go a little bit further like Panormos or Agios Stefanos.

Stay Safe in Mykonos

I will definitely suggest you stay in Mykonos city (Chora) since all the clubs and bars are located there and you wont have to spend time driving at night where the roads are dark and full of drunk drivers.

Also parking places during the night is a big issue as well.

When you visit Mykonos its better to rent your own transportation since public buses get really full and most of the times it involves a long waiting time.

Be aware though. Every day there are many accidents with motorbikes being driven by tourists. The roads are very slippery and the extreme heat makes them even worse.

The lack of experience in driving on the Greek roads, the narrow roads, the steep turns and the hundreds of people driving drunk makes it a dangerous ‘cocktail’.

So drive carefully and make sure you assign someone from your group to be the driver at night (so no alcoholic drinks for the driver) or even better take a taxi on the way back.

It will cost you some more Euros but at least you will be much safer.

Mykonos Beaches

Event though Mykonos is very famous for its party beaches there are many beaches that will definitely be a good choice for a day that you want to recover from a hangover, just being able to sit on the beach away from the loud music for change.

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Visit the Panormos beach with the golden thin sand and the very beautiful restaurants, Ornos or the very famous Psarou or Paragka beach where you can sunbath on your sunbed having the most famous celebrities next to you (if you can afford it since they are both quite expensive).

Some other beaches are Agia Anna, Platis Gyalos and Agios Ioanis.

Mykonos Party Scene

And finally to the party beaches!!! The two most famous beaches are Super Paradise and Paradise beach.

The most crazy parties are happening in Paradise beach in Tropicana club where the party start at around 15:00 and last until 23:00 and they go really crazy!

Watch your stuff, secure them well in pockets with zippers because they can easily fall down while you dancing.

Better have shoes with you since it gets really crowded and you don’t want to get stepped over or even worse to step on any broken glasses that might not have been collected from the floor.

Once Tropicana closes there are many other small bars around but I would suggest you get back to Mykonos city, refresh and get ready for the bars in the city.

In the city of Mykonos there are hundreds of bars and clubs where you can enjoy every kind of drinks you like. Some of the most famous bars are Scandinavia, Semeli, Space club and Mykonos club where you can go crazy until the next day’s morning.

Don’t forget to visit the most beautiful part of Mykonos called Little Venice where you can enjoy you drink next to the waves.

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If you have time and a car or motorbike, do not forget to visit Cavo Paradiso Club (which is above the Paradise beach) This is one of the most famous clubs in Greece. The club opens in 02:00 am and goes on until 10:00 a.m.

The club has no roof, it has been built on top of a cliff on a cape and the view while you are dancing is just amazing. You can actually observe the sun rising while you dancing, which makes it a unique experience.

Also you need to remember that every summer the best DJs from all over the world arrive at Cavo Paradiso Club for music festivals and special musical events that are spectacular.

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Make sure you wander around the city during the day light as well and don’t forget to go to the famous windmills to take some pictures and the famous pelicans roaming around the streets of the city, but try not to bother them too much for photos, since they can always get angry and bite you!!

Mykonos is one of the best islands of Greece to visit and I definitely suggest you do so. Maybe it’s a place little more expensive than the rest of the Greek islands but it definitely deserves it, especially if you are a party animal.

The Mykonos party scene has attracted a lot of attention in Europe and beyond. These days Ibiza and Majorca are not the only summer party destinations for the young ones or the young at heart.

So get your sun cream, your best clothes and your best friends and get wild in Mykonos!!

Spyros Skouris profile photoAbout the author

Spyros Skouris the author of the article “Mykonos: The Absolute Party Experience” can help you arrange your dream vacations on your visit to Athens in Greece.

He also owns an apartment in Athens which is available to rent on Airbnb.

Rio Olympics – Summer Olympic Games in Brazil

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The Rio Olympics will be the highlight of the summer for most sports fans. The games commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in the Rio de Janeiro, from the 5th to the 21st of August 2016.

Record numbers of fans have already booked their tickets for the events and have arranged flights and accommodation for the 16 days of the Olympics. If you are planing to visit Brazil for the Rio Olympics but you have not booked your hotel and tickets for the event yet, you better harry up.

There are not many tickets left and those tickets that might come up for sale a few days before the events on the streets will be highly overpriced.

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The sporting events will take place across Brazil in 33 venues. Rio will host the core of the athletic events, However, there are five cities that will also host a number of events. These cites are São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.

Now in case that your better half is an athletics mad, who has already booked your flights to Rio for the summer, you do not need to worry. At Hotels-Fairy.com we’ve got you covered!!

When in Rio for the Olympics, the Marvellous City should be at the top of your list. It is one of the most beautiful places with so much diversity. You obviously should plan on seeing the overwhelming statue of Jesus Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Moreover, relaxing at Copacabana or Ipanema (Don’t forget to visit Prainha, a peaceful shore about 20 miles west of Ipanema but what a magnificent view). The fantastic beaches are hard to let go off but you must. As there are so many more places you must not miss!

Here’s a list of sites that will be an experience hard to forget. Take a look:

Hit the dance floor at the Rio Olympics

Prince Harry could not deny the magic of samba, so why should you? Rio dances to the beats of Samba, and you notice it everywhere. Whether you are on the beach or the streets. Women sashay down the street.

For an authentic experience, you have to go to one of the gaffers (dance halls) in Lapa. You’ll notice colonial buildings in what used to be one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods. There are bars and dance halls which will make you feel alive.

Santa Teresa

This neighbourhood symbolizes colonial Rio. The street life is vibrant yet safe. It has this exciting atmosphere adorned with beautiful art and architecture. While you are strolling along cobblestone streets in Santa Teresa, you’ll be fascinated by mosaics, palatial mansions and artsy galleries on the sidewalk. You will find several traditional Brazilian bars, craft stores, and restaurants. It is situated just southwest of Lapa, so you get there conveniently.

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Maracana Stadium

OK, this supposed to be a list for things to do and see outside of the Rio Olympics but this the famous Maracana Stadium!!! You can not come to Rio and miss Maracana. Did you know that this is the only stadium in the world that has hosted two World Cup finals?

 In 1950 and 2014. If you are a sports or “fusebox” fan, you have to visit Maracana. This is an iconic place for football fans worldwide. After an extensive and lavish renovation worth $500 million, there are shops, restaurants, and the capacity has increased even more.

You could buy a ticket for a guided or non-guided tour at the stadium between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. However, for the real experience, watch a match live. The energy and passion are almost palpable.

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Tijuca National Park

For the naturalists, or rather everyone, this extensive, gigantic green rainforest is the place to go. Spreading across 8,300 acres, Tijuca National Park is the largest urban rainforest all around the world.

The natural beauty of this park is varied and unbelievably breathtaking. It has waterfalls, more than 1,600 types of plants and more than 350 different species of all kinds of animals.

The park is open every day from 8 a.m. until five p.m. Even the admission is free, but you will be required to pay to visit Christ the Redeemer. You can get van and tram transportation to Corcovado from Copacabana, Largo do Machado, and Painswick.

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Pedra Bonita

This part of the Tijuca is so astonishingly beautiful that it calls for a special mention. It is surprising how this spot is not known by many. It is located in a way that it offers an aerial view of the whole city. It stands at 2,283 feet and lies between the districts of São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca.

There is a road leading to the Estrada das Canoas; an important take-off point for Hand Gliders. You could take this path to the forest with monkeys jumping on you. The hike is totally worth it once you get to the top. You even get to see the statue of Christ, the Redeemer in the distance.

Even if it is not in your plans to visit Rio for the Rio Olympics you should definitely visit Rio at least once in your life time. It is a city with unique colours, vibrations and rhythm. The rhythm of Samba, which once you experience will be with you for ever.

About the Author

The “Rio Olympics – Summer Olympic Games in Brazil” was written be Joanna, a UK Travel blogger who has visited Rio de Janeiro many times covering local athletic events for international media agencies.

Discover Hotel Boemia Riccione Italy

Riccione map italyOverlooking the Adriatic sea, Hotel Boemia Riccione is only fifteen minute drive from the Federico Fellini Airport.

Boemia Hotel provides an ideal base to explore the near by Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and Cattolica Airfield, as well as everything the local area has to offer.

It is also just twenty minutes’ walk from the Riccione Train Station, and provides convenient access in and around the Riccione region.

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The rooms at the Hotel are bright and airy and come with flat-screen TVs and minibars. Complimentary slippers and bathrobes are provided in the bathrooms as well as hair dryers.

If you need to keep in touch with family and friends back home there is a fast WiFi internet available throughout the hotel. Logging details are provided at reception.

Hotel Boemia Riccione is family friendly, with several rooms especially designed for family holidays in mind. A delicious breakfast is available each morning at Boemia hotel, also there are a number of cafés and eateries nearby if wish to taste the local cuisine.

The hotel also features a day spa with Jacuzzi, a steam bath and a sauna. It also provides a free shuttle bus service and free bicycle for the hotel guests.

Hotel Boemia Spa

Hotel Boemia, is in a great location, just with 2 minutes’ walk you’re at sea and within less than 5 minutes you are in Ceccarini street which is the focal point of the town with numerous cafes, bars and clubs, shops as well as hotels.

What to see in Riccione

San Marino
The republic of San Marino was founded in 301 A.D. and is the most ancient European republic. Situated in the centre of Italy, around 15 km from the Romagna riviera, the republic is located around 700 meters above sea level on Mount Titano, a prominence which gives the first hint of the presence of the Central Apennine Mountains.

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Gradara
Situated at 142 metres above sea level, with the republic of San Marino, Rimini and Carpegna in the background, Gradara represents an extraordinary urban and architectural synthesis. Legend has it that the castle was the scene of the famous and tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca.

They were caught in each others arms and killed by Gianciotto, Francesca’s husband. This love story was immortalized by Dante in his Divine Comedy.

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Urbino
The original capital of the Duchy of Montefeltro (35 km from Pesaro) extends across the top of two hills. Its houses and churches are built on the sides of the hills as far Porta Lavagine on the north-east slope and Porta Valbona to the south-west.

This is one of the major art towns in the world, because of its history and for the many architectural buildings and works of art which are housed in Urbino. It is also the birthplace of the famous Italian painter Raphael Sanzio.

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Kaunas City in Lithuania

For those who want to visit the more undiscovered and unexplored parts of Europe should not hesitate to visit Kaunas city in Lithuania. You will not be disappointed.

Legend claims that Kaunas city was established by the Romans in ancient times. Later on the Russian empire as well as the Swedish army set their eyes on this beautiful city. Through the centuries the Kaunas city was an important trade center across the Northern Europe and the Baltic countries.

Kaunas castle

The city is surrounded by rivers from three sides, the medieval old town of Kaunas is located next to the meeting point of the two major rivers: Neris and Nemunas. This area of the city was once an important market, and it was fortified by the Kaunas castle in the 14th century.

If you are visiting Kaunas city for first time, you could consider a guided tour of the city, even though it is fairly easy to navigate yourself as the central Kaunas is defined by two pedestrian streets, the first one is a 2-km-long Laisvės alėja (Liberty Avenue), a central street of the city, lined by linden trees, and the second one Vilnius Street, leading to the oldest part, the old town of Kaunas.

Guided tours in Kaunas city

The old town of Kaunas: The length of tour is approximately one hour and thirty minutes. During the tour you will see many popular monuments like the Kaunas castle, monasteries of male and female Franciscans, the Saint George the Martyr church, the Vytautas‘s church, and many more important landmarks.

Kaunas Garrison Church LithuaniaUsually the guided tours are in Lithuanian language, as well as in English and Russian. You need to check with your hotel to point you to a local certified tour guide to show you around. The cost of the guided tour is around 30 Euros per person but you can obtain a discount for larger groups.

If you decide to stroll across the city on your own, there are certain monuments and landmarks that you should not miss.
• Governor‘s Palace
• Nicholas Boulevard
• Choral Synagogue,
• Kaunas musical Theater
• Comendant‘s Palace of Kaunas Fortress,
• Kaunas Fortress

Hotels in Kaunas City

Magnus Hotel KaunasMagnus Hotel Kaunas

Situated in Kaunas, this 3-star property is cosy and modern. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to visit local attractions. There are 82 modern rooms at Magnus Hotel Kaunas, each providing all the necessities to ensure a comfortable stay. Each features a flat-screen TV with cable / satellite channels, as well as a private bathroom.

Hotel Magnus features a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to unwind at the end of the day. A variety of breakfast options are on offer in the hotel’s dining room.

Kaunas City HotelKaunas City Hotel

Kaunas City Hotel is situated in Kaunas and offers guests wireless internet. It is moments from the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, restaurants and nightlife options.

Kaunas City has 44 modern rooms that are equipped with a range of essential amenities to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay. Each one features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, in addition to a private bathroom.

Hotel Kaunas

Hotel Kaunas

Hotel Kaunas provides elegant 4-star accommodation in Kaunas. It also offers an indoor pool, a sauna and 24-hour room service. The elegant rooms at Hotel Kaunas include a refrigerator, a mini bar and a private bathroom. All offer a telephone and heating.

A satisfying breakfast is prepared each morning at Hotel Kaunas, and there are numerous cafés and eateries close by. For those wishing to stay on-site for dinner, 55 provides international and local cuisine.

Flight to Kaunas city

Kaunas International Airport is the second busiest civil airport in Lithuania after Vilnius Airport and the fourth busiest in the Baltic states.

The airport is located in the central part of the country, 14 km (8.7 mi) northeast of the Kaunas city centre and 100 km west from the capital Vilnius.

Ryanair is flying to Kaunas city from Birmingham, Bristol, London Gatwick as well as Luton airport. A return flight to Kaunas city from Gatwick will cost 182.00 Pounds in December. From Bristol airport cost 138.00 Pounds.

Flight delayed?

 

 

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Did you know you might be entitled up to £440 in compensation?

Passengers who have experienced a delayed flight of 3 hours or more, may be entitled to compensation between £180 and £440. This was due to a ruling in October 2012 by the European Court of Justice. The ruling stated that passengers who met the set criteria would be eligible for compensation by the airline.

Am I entitled to claim? What are the rules and criteria?

Compensation will only be paid for EU regulated flights. Whilst this may seem straightforward enough, it does get a little more complicated.

For example, compensation is due on any flight which departs from an EU airport, regardless of the airline.

However, for flights leaving non-European airports, the compensation is only entitled if the carrier was an EU airline such as KLM, Air France and so on.

If the flight is a codeshare, so was booked with Qantas Airways but British Airways operated the flight, then British airways are responsible for any delays as it is an EU airline – thus compensation could be claimed.

It can get a little more confusing if different legs of the flight were operated by different airlines. This would usually be resolved by a court who would bear the following factors in mind.

 

  1. Whether the court would consider this as one flight or two separate flights
  2. Which country the cause of the delay took place

 

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The three hour rule explained.

Compensation is based on the arrival time of a flight and not the length of the delay. So if a flight was delayed for fours hour but arrives only 2 hours and 30 minutes late, passengers would not be entitled to compensation.

The amount of compensation payable is based on the length of the delay and the distance travelled. If compensation is due, this is paid per person, although any children travelling free of charge will not be entitled to claim.

 

Was it the airlines fault?

Compensation is only payable when the delay is caused by the airline. In the case of under booking or staffing problems, passengers may be entitled to compensation. However if a flight is delayed by bad weather or circumstances out of the airlines control, compensation will not be paid.

 

I was delayed back in 2005, can I still claim?

The rule states that passengers may make a claim for delays stretching back to February 2005, however older claims can prove trickier.

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FAQ’S?

Does the same apply to package holidays?

The above rules also apply to chartered holiday flights

My flight was not an EU regulated flight, could I claim on my insurance?

This depends on individual insurance policies and compensation usually depends on the type of delay. It is advisable to check with the insurance provider.

I don’t meet the above criteria, can I still complain?

Passengers who don’t meet the necessary criteria but feel they have been treated unfairly should still make a complaint. For example, if a flight has been delayed due to bad weather, although this is not the airlines fault they should take the opportunity to look after their passengers.

I have been turned down for compensation, what should I do next?

If the airline rejects a claim, passengers can refer the matter to the relevant regulator such as the Civil Aviation Authority or European Consumer Centre. The airline will be able to advise you on the relevant regulator. However, unfortunately the CAA and other EU regulators are not ombudsman and therefore cannot force an outcome on the airline.

In cases where the airline will not abide by the regulator’s ruling the compensation is applicable then court action can be the only option left to claim compensation.

If you have had a flight delayed in the last 6 years and don’t have the time or confidence to claim yourself www.airdelay.co.uk can handle the whole process on a no-win, no-fee basis, up to and including court action if necessary.