Baltics to St Petersburg

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2014 Last Updated:
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Introduction

Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, this 2-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing into Russia by land. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

  • Explore the charming and enigmatic Baltic countries
  • Ride a bike around the coastal dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit
  • Picnic in beautiful Riga
  • Live like a local on a farm in Estonia
  • Wander through back alleys in St Petersburg
Duration: 14 days
Start/Finish City: Vilnius to St Petersburg
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Physical Grading: 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Classic
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Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Baltics to St Petersburg (EXVS)

Day 1 Vilnius

Arrive at any time. There will be an important welcome meeting around 6pm where you'll meet your CEO and fellow travellers. Please look for information about where and when this meeting will take place in the lobby of the hotel.

We recommended arriving a day or two early to fully explore this charming city. If you arrive early, there's no reason not to wander through the small streets and enjoy some time in a café on the main square or start your sightseeing early. The Occupation Museum is definitely worth a visit.

Day 2 Trakai Castle/Vilnius (1B)

Enjoy a visit to Trakai Castle, about 45 mins out of town by bus, built in the late 14th century. Getting out of the capital and visiting this historic treasure is a great way to experience a little more of Lithuania.

Fall under the spell of delightful and quirky Vilnius, with a thriving alternative artistic culture alongside a beautiful Baroque old town.
Here you will find a Royal Palace, a Castle, the churches painted in pastel colours and cobblestoned streets of old Vilnius. Yet this fascinating town is not stuck in the past – it is a haven for artists, dreamers and alternative lifestylers who have created their own "Independent Republic of Uzupis' – complete with its own constitution and a magnificent modern statue called the "Angel of Uzupis".

Vilnius also has statues to Frank Zappa (much loved in Lithuania) and the Communist statues of Green Bridge, which the inhabitants of the city refused to tear down after winning independence from the Soviets, not for political reasons but because they had developed a soft spot for them! Multi-faceted, puzzling, a heady mix of old and new, Vilnius has all the glories of a royal past, the troubling reminders of wartime and Communist atrocities and a vibrant forward-looking outlook. It truly is a must-see!

Days 3-4 Curonian Spit (1B)

Travel by public bus and ferry to the Curonian Spit. The journey will take all morning, so stock up on some snacks. Settle in and grab some lunch before heading to the Parnidis Dune. On Day 4, enjoy an included bicycle tour around Hill of Witches,and a visit to sea bird colonies.

The Curonian Spit is a 98km long, thin sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This will be your first brush with Russia as the spit is shared by Lithuania and Kalingrad, Russia's westernmost oblast. The spit is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to mythology, the Curonian Spit was formed by a giantess named Neringa, playing on the seashore. Somewhat more scientifically (and boring!), the spit is known to have been formed originally as a glacial moraine with wind and sea currents contributing to the rise in the sand.

Today, the spit is home to the highest drifting sand dunes in Europe- with some reaching 60 meters. This is also an ideal area for birdwatching as between 10 and 20 million birds fly over during the seasonal migrations, and many stop to rest and breed. The spit is also known for its beautiful beaches and both the Lithuanian and Russian sections are national parks.

The area is also known for its ties to Paganism and an included bike tour around the Hill of Witches (Raganų Kalnas) in the village of Juodkranté. The forested hills used to be the site of dancing and gathering during Pagan festivals. Now, the hills are dotted with wooden statues created by local artists- depicting witches, dragons and the elements. Some of the statues as well tell stories of the local legends and folklore, bringing the region to life with these intricate carvings.

Estimated travel time: Vilnius to Nida approx. 6 hrs

Days 5-6 Riga (1B,1L)

Cross the border into Latvia and head to the capital, Riga. Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Options for this city include visiting the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists' district or just wandering the cobblestoned streets.

From medieval trading city to lavish turn-of-the-century splendour to life under Soviet rule, Riga has a varied and fascinating story to tell. Wander the medieval cobblestoned lanes and marvel at the contrasting Art Nouveau architecture of this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage city. Explore the narrow streets on foot and get better acquainted with the city known as "the Paris of the East". Opt to visit St Peter's church, where we ascend the spire by lift, for a fantastic view over the city.

Estimated travel time: Nida to Riga approx. 7 hrs

Days 7-9 Saaremaa (3B)

Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm stay. Saaremaa is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage. In the area there is hiking, cycling, mustard-making, fruit-picking and folk evenings with traditional music. Don't miss an included tour of the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.

Though part of Estonia and ruled over at different times by Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia, the island of Saaremaa remains totally unique due to its isolated location. Thatched roof houses, stone walls and windmills make up this fairytale landscape. There are plenty activities located in the rural countryside and the capital (and only city!) Kuressaare.

In the area you'll find a naturally growing oak forest with rare flora (like orchids) and a bird watching platform. Visit a group of windmills and try traditional baked goods like sipping on local beer. Opt to visit some of the churches, some dating back as far as the 1300s and others boasting ancient wall frescos still intact. Natural sites include the lake, the Panga Cliff and the Pühatu Springs.

Estimated travel time: Riga to Saaremaa approx. 6 hrs

Days 10-11 Tallinn (2B)

Travel to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Fall in love immediately with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace and use your free time to visit the Museum of the Occupation, the Dome Church, the open air museum, go sea kayaking, visit the beaches or bask in a sauna.

Located on the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn is only 70km from Helsinki. The medieval heart of the city looks like something out of a fairytale with cobblestoned streets, castes and high city walls with pointed watchtowers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town is superbly well-preserved with shopping streets and small alleyways winding around the city.

After being passed back and forth throughout the 20th century between the Soviets and the Nazis, Estonia eventually gained their independence in 1991. Luckily the culture, language and charm of Tallinn survived the fighting and now you can witness Old Europe beauty, harsh Soviet architecture and newer, modern European sophistication evident throughout the city.

With lots to see, you'll want to use every spare minute in Tallinn. We visit the famous old palace together and then set you loose to do what you want with the rest of your time here. Choose between wandering the Old Town, soaking in the 15th to 17th century feel, and visiting the Raekoja Plats where you can try cafés and restaurants lining this square. Opt to visit the Town Hall, which is now the Tallinn City Museum or hike up Toompea Hill to get an amazing view of the city. For some Russian flavour, visit the onion-domed Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral and get a taste of what's to come in St Petersburg.

Visit the Museum of the Occupations to learn more about life under the Soviet and Nazi regimes, then head to the ex-KGB Headquarters.

Estimated travel time: Saaremaa to Tallinn approx. 4 hrs

Days 12-13 St Petersburg (1B)

Travel by bus to St Petersburg, the "Paris of Russia". This opulent, sprawling city will enchant with its history, architecture and vibe. An included walking tour exposes the secrets of this captivating city, bringing its history and culture to life. On Day 13, visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Opt to take a canal boat tour at midnight, experience "white nights" in June when the sun barely sets, ride the deepest subway in the world, lounge in the city parks or relax in a café with some tea and traditional Russian fare.

Estimated travel time: Tallinn to St Petersburg approx. 8 hrs

Day 14 St Petersburg

Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this vibrant city has to offer.

What's Included

Trakai Castle visit (Vilnius). Curonian Spit bike tour. Riga city tour with lunch from the local markets. Rural Estonia farm stay. Saaremaa guided village tour. Kadriorg Palace visit (Tallinn). St Petersburg walking tour. Hermitage entrance. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Explore the charming and enigmatic Baltic countries, ride a bike around the coastal dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit, picnic in beautiful Riga, live like a local on a farm in Estonia, wander through back alleys in St Petersburg

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included

9 Breakfasts, 1 lunch.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow EUR300-350 for meals not included.

Transport

Public bus, ferry, walking, bike

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (10 nts), farm stay (3 nts).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

Joining Hotel

Hotel Comfort LT
Mindaugo Str 27
Vilnius
Lithuania
+370 5 250 5111

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

What to Take

You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (try to stay under 10kg / 22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Please, note that we use public transport on this trip - the walking distance is never too far, but having a backpack makes travelling easier. We don't recommend bringing suitcases.
It is important that your bag can be locked. You will also need an overnight pack for the Terelj ger stay. This should be big enough to carry a spare set of clothes and basic necessities (approx. 30 litre/8 gallons capacity).

Checklist

Travel documents and their copies: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher.
Health requirements arranged.
Money: cash/credit card
Money pouch
First aid kit
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock
Torch or flashlight
Lightweight travel towel
Mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle
Phrase books
Raincoat or umbrella
Lock for your bag

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

RUSSIA: all nationalities require a visa to visit Russia

All nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Russia visa.

You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in Russia. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details.

Please note, the company, that provides us Letters of Invitation is based in Russia. Please make sure to check your SPAM folder - emails from addresses with .ru Russian server address are often redirected to SPAM.
The visa support letter often lists hotels that may not be the exact hotels that you will be staying at during your trip. It is critical however, that when you complete your Russian visa application that you copy the hotels that are on your LOI rather than those that are on your G Adventures voucher or dossier.

Important Notes Russian Visa Application:

1. As stated above the Visa application must exactly match the LOI sent to you.

2. The type/purpose of visa: Tourism

3. Company or organization in Russia to be visited: Karelia Plus Travel Agency

4. Name of Russian Travel Agency: Karelia Plus Travel Agency

5. Reference number of Russian tour agency: 001695 (This is in the top right hand corner of your visa support letter)

6. Route of Journey: Copy the dates and cities that appear below your name on the left hand side of your visa support letter

HOW TO FILL IN RUSSIAN LOI FORM ONLINE:

As Russia visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. We also recommend you add on an extra day to both the start/end of your trip so your visa length will cover any unexpected delays. Please, remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Russian embassy.

Please do not submit an application until 3 months prior to your entry into Russia. The details will then be forwarded to our local agent in Russia. As a Russian visa is only valid for 90 days once it is issued, you will be emailed your Russia Invitation Letter (and travel service voucher) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date.

Please Note: Once we are within 60 days from departure it takes 10-15 business days to obtain a Russian LOI from the supplier, but this process can be delayed due to holidays or unexpected circumstances.

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Russian embassy. Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful - remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work. You should be aware when purchasing products or services on a credit card, that a fee usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros and one or two cards is best. Avoid relying on traveller's cheques as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little, though bring one or two may be worthwhile in case of emergencies. If you bring USD or EUR, please ensure they are new bills, with no rips or tears. Money exchanges are very particular about which bills they will accept, so when purchasing USD or EUR before your trip, please specify you need new, crisp bills.

Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

Please note that in all countries visited, you will need local currency. Below are listed the currencies for each country with an approximate exchange rate.

Lithuania- Litas (LTL)
Latvia- Lats (LVL)
Estonia- Euro (EUR)
Russia- Ruble (RUB)

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

Tipping

Although not compulsory, tipping is expected and is an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you throughout your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be several occasions during this trip where there is the opportunity to tip the local guides that we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides range from 3-5 USD/EUR per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also, at the end of your trip, if you felt that your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 20-25 USD/EUR per person, per week can be used.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

There are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information about before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please click here.

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEO has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout the area. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and practical. As a general guideline shoulders and knees should be covered at all times - shorts, singlets and tank tops are not suitable.

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