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 +36 30 349 9015 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 to Budapest is just less than two 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. But your best bet is to check with your local embassy.

Bookings

How do I book?
There are many ways. You can fire off an email to info@stagrepublic.co.uk or call us on: +36 30 349 9015.

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
– You will be charged in the event that you fail to arrive or fail to pay in full

You 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.

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.

Money Issues

Should I bring Euros then?
For Budapest, Krakow, Riga and Warsaw – don’t bring Euros. Just bring your cash point card. 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 up to 25% or 100% is the total booking is less than £300 is required to hold the booking and guarantee pricing and availability. The deposit is payable by PayPal or bank transfer. For credit card payments, please call us on +36 30 349 9015.
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 fully complied of all Hungarian tourism requirements. We offer 100% financial protection if something goes wrong. On the other hand, we have offices in Budapest and operations on the ground in all our destinations (Krakow, Riga). In other words, we not only help arrange and book your hotel and stag activities, we also give you the personal touch from the moment you land.

  • 100% booking confidence
  • Fully registered
  • Compliant with all regulations: member of MUISZ (Hungarian permit number: U-000623)
  • Pro tip: a tourism company must have a ’’U’’ number to be legitimate

About EuroTrip 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.

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 15th 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 Impact Leisure Kft. companies. Impact Leisure Kft. is a registered Hungarian company (part of MUISZ – Association of Hungarian Travel Agencies).

In what other countries do you work?
We can help you throughout Central Europe. We have operations in Budapest, Riga, Krakow (and soon: Athens!).

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 £2 per pint, depending which destination.

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)

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.