Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the questions we get asked most. If you can’t find an answer to your question, feel free to contact us on
0845 686 0619 or email us at info@stagrepublic.co.uk

Flights and Visas
Bookings
Accommodation
Money Issues
Euro Trip Party Holidays
About Us
Eastern Europe
Other Stuff

Flights and Visas

Do you handle air tickets as well?
Sorry, we don’t. Go here for our online guide to getting to Central Europe cheaply and easily. We will meet you at the airport with cold beers, though!

How long are flights from the UK ?
Direct from London Budapest and Bratislava are just less than two and a half hours, Warsaw is just under three and a half hours, Krakow is exactly three and a half. Riga is between two to three hours, depending on which airport and Kiev is approximately three and a half hours from London.

Do I need a visa?
Not if you’re British or Irish you don’t. Or if you’re from the rest of the EU or North America for that matter. On this page you’ll find a full list of nationalities that don’t require a visa to visit Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia and Poland. But your best bet is to check with your local embassy.

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Bookings

How do I book?
There are many ways. You can fire off an email to info@stagrepublic.co.uk or call us on our UK number: 0845 686 0619.

What are your cancellation fees?

– Cancellations are free until confirmation of payment of deposit.
– Your deposit is non-refundable
– Cancellations made within one month and up to 15 days before your arrival – a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost will be charged
– Cancellations made within 14 and 8 days before your arrival – a cancellation charge of 100% of total cost will be charged
– Your credit card will be charged in the event that you fail to arrive or fail to pay in full

Your credit card will also be charged in the event you fail to show up or refuse to pay for any pre-booked activities or weekend packages during your stay.

What happens if I change my booking?

– Changes are free until confirmation of payment and of deposit. Please note: after the changes are applied to your booking, your quoted price will be recalculated based on the current prices on our website on the date your changes are confirmed.

– If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to alter your itinerary arrangements in any way we will do our best to help, providing that we receive written notification from the person who made the booking no less than 45 days before the original date of departure.

– Please note that if the number of persons in a booking changes, the travel prices will be recalculated on the basis of the amended party size. Also note: if your activities change, your total price will be recalculated based on current prices on our website on the date your changes are confirmed.

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Accommodation

Can you provide me with more information on the hotels you use?
We use only city centre hotels. We continuously update our selection based on past groups’ experiences and on new hotel entrants to the market. We know the hotel managers and can ensure that you get exactly what you pay for.

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Money Issues

Should I bring Euros then?
Bring Euros if you are traveling to Bratislava for your Stag Weekend. For Budapest, Krakow, Riga and Warsaw – don’t bring Euros. Just bring your cash point card. Hungary, Poland and Latvia will be using their old currencies until 2012 or later. Withdrawing local curreny from a cash point machine in your destination will give you the best exchange rate.

What are your payment terms?
A deposit of 25% is required to hold the booking and guarantee pricing and availability. The deposit is payable by credit card or bank transfer. For credit card payments, please call us on 0845 686 0619.
The remaining balance is due in cash (Bank of England GBP) on the first day of your arrival. If you choose to pay the balance by credit card, we can only take credit card payment if it is five working days or more in advance of your weekend. We guarantee 100% financial security, see next question.

What type of financial security can you offer?
We are a British-owned company registered as a travel agent in the UK – not a cowboy operation run out of a basement in Eastern Europe. That means we are accountable to the Travel Trust Association (TTA) and offer 100% financial protection if something goes wrong.

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About Euro Trip Party Holidays

What is it you do again?
We take all the hassle out of planning a lads weekend in a big Eastern European city by giving the best customer service and the best local knowledge. Take a look at the weekend packages and activities on offer, pick and choose what you want, and then all you have to do is get here. We’ll handle the rest!

Do we have to book hotels AND activities with you, or can it be just one or the other?
Either or both, whichever you prefer.

Will we get stuck with other stag tours?
Of course not. You will always get your own guide for any activity that you book with us.

Does my visit have to be over a weekend? Can’t I come mid-week?
You can arrange your trip for any time of the week.

Can I book my trip for extra days?
You can come for as long as you like.

What time do activities start?
It’s up to you. They can start at or after 12 noon, unless otherwise requested.

How many people can I bring? Is there a minimum?
In general minimum group size is between 8-10 people, but this is specified in each activity listed. There is no maximum. Group discounts start at 16 people.

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About Stag Republic

So basically you’re like, err, a tour operator?
Well, yes and no. We don’t lead groups around like children and tell them when they’re supposed to eat lunch. No, what we do is listen to what our clients want, and then make it happen. Plus we get you excellent rates on hotels!

Let me guess: you take groups around to terminally empty bars, and you get a piece of the action. That’s your angle, right?
Wrong! We’re in nobody’s pockets with regards to pub crawls. We suggest where to go based solely on the merit of a place.

How did you end up in Eastern Europe?
Please consult the seminal essay on expat living in Eastern Europe: “Cheap Beer Attracts Them, or, University Never Ends”

How long have you been doing this?
We’re now heading into our tenth year in the business! We have, it should be said, been getting pissed in Eastern Europe for much longer than that.

So, you just get pissed every weekend and get paid for it? What do you do during the week?
We research bars and restaurants, of course.

Company info?
Stag Republic and Hen Nation are Wildcat Enterprises Ltd companies. Wildcat Enterprises Ltd is a registered British company backed by the Travel Trust Association.

In what other countries do you work?
We can help you throughout Central Europe. We have operations in Budapest, Riga, Krakow, Bratislava and Warsaw.

What other types of trips do you run?
We arrange trips for all types of groups – corporate, sports, girlfriend getaways, retirees, hen groups – see our sister companies: Leisure to Taste and Hen Nation for non-stag travel info.

About Eastern Europe

Whoa. Sounds like Eastern Europe is the sort of place where I’ll wake up to find one of my kidneys missing.
No, no, not at all. Sure, you see dodgy stuff aimed at tourists here and there, a bit more so than in Western European cities, but by and large it’s a fairly lawful and honest place. Violent crime here is rare, too, much rarer than in the UK. If you want to be drugged and have your organs harvested, we recommend Albania, or possibly Moldova.

Are the birds in Eastern Europe as good-looking as they say?
Yes!

Is there a bar where I can pull 100% of the time?
That depends on what you mean by ‘pull.’

How much does a beer cost?
On average, you’ll pay about £1 per pint, depending which destination. (at time of writing)

How much does other stuff cost?
Food, drink, and entertainment generally costs about one-quarter to one-half what it does in the UK. (at time of writing)

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Other

Why can’t I just plan and arrange this myself?
There’s no reason why you can’t – it might take you a while, though, and planning a group weekend the DIY way does have its risks. This is Eastern Europe, after all, and things aren’t always quite so reliable. We’ve seen it all. Your “central three-star hotel” could turn out to be a fleabag motel on the outskirts of town. You could get ripped off all weekend by randomly-hailed cabbies. The truly unlucky might be forced by a neck less bouncer to pay the equivalent of 500 euros for a pair of brandies. Worst of all, you might end up at bars, clubs and restaurants that suck! By booking with Stag Republic – and relying on our years of experience here – you rule out having to worry about these sorts of things.

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