I have made plans to go on an escorted tour of Russia (St. Petersburg & Moscow), and a separate tour on my own to Warsaw & Wroclaw to visit a friend in Poland. Now I am considering adding more countries to the trip (Lithuanica, Latvia, Estonia) which would decrease my time in Russia somewhat, and add 6 days to the total trip, but I am OK with it. I am trying to compare costs of the two options to finalize the decision.
The transfers, entrance fees, etc. are covered in the tour, but not all the meals. The breakfast is covered (buffet) but not lunch or dinner (just 3 dinners are pre-paid). With a 6-day difference, the costs of food & incidentals could be significant.
Initially the cost differential seemed to be within a couple hundred dollars, but when I started thinking of the cost of food, shopping, etc., the difference was more.
One thing that would help is to find out the cost & the type of food available. If anyone has any idea how the food prices in that part of the world compare with the USA, it would be helpful. I am a vegetarian, and I don't know what kind of food would be available there. Do they have plenty of fruit & vegetables? Is bread very common and inexpensive? I am perfectly OK with carrying my peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, but may need a proper meal in a restaurant in the evening, after sight seeing. I plan to look up Frommers and other travel books to get more information, but if anyone on fsu has first hand experience, that would be valuable.
Regardless of which option I choose (Russia + Poland) or (Russia + Poland+ Baltic states), I am excited about the upcoming vacation. If there is something that I should avoid, or should be careful about, I would appreciate knowing that also.