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Highlights of the Baltics

12 days
From historic Poland to the medieval beauty of the Baltics, you’ll experience it all on this tour. Start your trip in Warsaw, the shining city that rose from the ashes of World War II. Journey on to Vilnius, a multicultural Lithuanian capitol with a timeless historic center. Head north to Riga, Latvia, where you’ll find ancient castles alongside Art Nouveau architecture, then continue on to the well-preserved landmarks of Tallinn, Estonia.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Poland today.

Warsaw 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Warsaw

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Poland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw

  Included meals: Breakfast

On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.

• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city

• Behold the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park

• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial

• Walk through the Old Town

• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses

Enjoy a free afternoon in Warsaw or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chopin Recital & Dinner $99pp* Details

This evening, enjoy an exclusive private recital featuring the music of Frédéric-François Chopin. Born in 1810, Chopin is widely considered the world's best composer for piano, an instrument that's featured prominently in his compositions. Tonight, experience Chopin’s genius firsthand as a pianist plays some of his greatest masterpieces. Then, sample local specialties at one of Warsaw’s finest restaurants during an included dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Masurian Lake District 1 night

Day 4: Masurian Lake cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, travel to the UNESCO-recognized biosphere of the Masurian Lake District. Stop in Mikolajki, a resort town on Lake Sniardwy, to enjoy free time for lunch before a scenic cruise through the city’s channels and into the lake.

Vilnius 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Vilnius via the Wolf’s Lair

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Lithuania, stop in Kętrzyn for a guided tour of  the Wolf’s Lair. Built in 1941, this bunker served as Hitler’s first military headquarters on the Eastern Front during World War II and was the site of the “Operation Valkyrie” assassination attempt in 1944.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vilnius

  Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the Lithuanian capital, home to Europe’s largest Baroque Old Town.

• Enter St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

• Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Old Town, Gediminas Castle, Vilnius Cathedral and St. Anne’s Church, as well as Vilnius University

• View the 16th-century Gate of Dawn

Enjoy a free afternoon in Vilnius or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Trakai Island Castle $55pp* Details

Discover Trakai Island Castle, located in the middle of Lake Galve, on this excursion. The red-brick castle has defended the western approaches to Vilnius since 1409. The castle fell into disrepair in the 17th century but has been lovingly restored, and today, it serves as both a cultural landmark and a scenic weekend escape for residents of Vilnius. Please note: This excursion runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Riga 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Riga via the Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Riga, stopping en route to visit the Hill of Crosses, a Lithuanian pilgrimage site. You’ll also stop for a guided tour of Rundale Palace, the largest Baroque castle in the Baltics and former summer residence of the Duke of Courland.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Riga

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get an insider’s perspective of Riga, the center of Latvian politics and culture, with a local guide leading the way.

• Walk through Vecriga, Riga’s Old Town

• Take in medieval sights like St. Peter’s Church and Riga Castle

• Head to the New Town for a look at the Freedom Monument

• Explore the city’s striking, UNESCO-recognized Art Nouveau district

Enjoy a free afternoon in Riga or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cultural Traditions of the Latvian Countryside $65pp* Details

From Riga, travel to the open-air Ethnographical Museum, located on scenic Lake Jugla. A tour guide leads you through the 100-acre museum, whose displays showcase the details of 18th-century rural life through more than 100 reassembled traditional Latvian buildings. From farmsteads and churches to windmills and fishing villages, the museum’s exhibits bring Lativian history’s everyday scenes to life with stunning accuracy. After spending some time exploring, make your way back to Riga.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 9: Free day in Riga

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Riga on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Old-World Latvia: Castles Valleys & Villages $95pp* Details

Experience the rural beauty of the Latvian countryside on a journey to the town of Sigulda, called the “Switzerland of Latvia” for its rolling green scenery and famous caves. Upon arrival in Sigulda, embark upon a sightseeing tour, including a visit to the 13th-century ruins of Sigulda Castle, destroyed during the Great Northern War. Continue toward the picturesque Gauja Valley, home to the Gutman Cave, the largest cave in Latvia, extending more than 62 feet into the rock. Lastly, travel up to Turaida for a visit to the majestic Turaida Castle, built in 1214 by Albert of Riga. Take this time to explore the grounds and exhibitions at your leisure, and grab some lunch before returning to Riga.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Tallinn 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Tallinn via Pärnu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Motor through the countryside, stopping in the seaside resort town of Pärnu to discover its medieval Old Town on your way to Tallinn.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Tallinn

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Uncover the charms of Tallinn on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Travel through the ancient stone gates of the Old Town

• View Toomkirik Cathedral, a Lutheran church founded in the 13th century

• See Town Hall Square and Toompea Castle,  home of the Estonian parliament

• Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore St. Petersburg.

Add St. Petersburg Starting from $649 pp

St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence. Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his “window on Europe,” St. Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the Great Cities of Europe. From the vibrant colors of spring, through the sunny summer days and endless twilights of the famous White Nights, the brilliant golden sun of autumn, and into the crisp and brittle brightness of a St. Petersburg winter, the City casts its own unique spell over visitors.

St. Petersburg 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Travel to St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Cross into Russia as you make your way to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s stunning “Window on the West.”

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for an extensive tour of St. Petersburg, Russia’s grand imperial city. 

• See Palace Square, one of Europe’s great meeting places

• Walk through the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Church

• Drive down Nevsky Prospekt, a tree-lined boulevard 

• Visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

• Discover over three million pieces of art in the Hermitage Museum

Day 14: Free day in St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Peterhof $105pp* Details

Journey to the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland to visit Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer residence. On a guided tour, you'll explore the opulent palaces and gardens of Peterhof and learn how this former retreat of the czars has changed throughout Russian history.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Tallinn, Estonia
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Passport & visa requirements

• This tour visits Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia (plus Russia on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

• We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.

• U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Russian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company,  VisaCentral. If you opt to apply though the Russian consulate and require additional assistance and/or documentation from Go Ahead, you may be charged a fee of $95 per person. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

• You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

• Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

• You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.

• If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Warsaw and depart from Talinn (or St. Petersburg for the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 

• Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

• All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

• Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

• One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

• Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Health

• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

• When in Poland, fill up on favorites like kielbasa and pierogi. Don’t miss out on trying the bagels—they were born here.

• When in Lithuania,be sure to try to some brightly-colored borscht, lingonberry-filled saltnosiukai dumplings and kibinai, a savory puff-pastry dish of onions and mutton.

• Latvian staples include sausages, soups and a variety of smoked foods like herring, eel and flounder. The country’s cuisine is quite heavy, relying on cabbage, eggs, pork and potatoes with little seasoning or spice.

• In Estonia, meat and potatoes anchor most meals, but smoked trout and blood sausages are considered specialties. Local liqueurs are quite popular and strong, particularly the sweet Vana Tallinn.

• (Tour extension) Popular Russian foods include soups, meat casseroles, cabbage prepared many different ways and the country’s world-famous vodka. Try pelmeny, Russia’s version of ravioli. Crepes (bliny) or porridge (kasha) are common for breakfast.

Electricity & air conditioning

• Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (plus Switzerland on the tour extension) operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.

• We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  

• The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 

• Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Time zones

• Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).  St. Petersburg (on the tour extension) is three hours head of GMT. 

• When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm in Tallinn and Riga, and it’s 8pm in St. Petersburg.

Connectivity

• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Currency

• You will use the złoty in Poland and the euro Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia (plus the Russian ruble on the tour extension). 

• Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

• We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

• You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

• Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

• International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

• We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

• Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.

• Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 

• Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates and prices.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

Very interesting places to visit. Weather was good and the tour guide, Marina, made it great. She was always there to assist when needed. All the hotels were very nice and convenient so you could walk around and sight see on your own.

Staff Review


5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

Overall Amazing Experience

Every part of our St. Petersburg & the Baltics tour was absolutely amazing! Our Tour Director, Marina, was fantastic and made us feel comfortable and confident in each city. Every day she had recommendations for us of local restaurants and things to do to make the most of our time. She kept everything running so smoothly that she made it look completely effortless. None of us in the group had to worry about a thing, and we could just enjoy each of the incredible cities on this tour. Riga and Tallinn are now two of my favorite cities that I have visited, and St. Petersburg was even more beautiful and amazing then I had imagined. The pace of this trip and the time you get to spend in each city is so perfect that I think this is the ideal way to see this region.

1 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Whisperers

My husband and I enjoyed our trip to the Baltics and St Petersburg. The group was small so we were able to hear what our guides were saying. The guides were knowlealbe and friendly but were traveling at a pace that was sometimes hard to keep up. The listening devices the guides called whisperers were a big help. It helped me take photos and still was able to hear what they were explaining. The dinners in each town were tasty and gave us an idea of local cuisine. What we liked best about the hotels where we stayed were the breakfasts.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trust me, you will LOVE the Baltics!

Before this tour, I can't tell you how many times I was asked, "Lithuania? Why would you want to go there?!" The Baltics are an incredible and under-appreciated part of Europe. I personally loved to see the mix of medieval history and Soviet influence in these countries. Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn are absolutely beautiful and safe cities. St Petersburg is probably the most majestic city in the world! This tour itinerary truly gives you a great overview of the region. The hotels were all in great locations where you could easily walk to the city center (except for St. Petersburg, which was extremely close to the Metro station). I traveled solo and many times walked back to the hotels by myself. I never once felt unsafe in any of these locations. I particularly loved “The Hill of Crosses.” It was an overwhelming feeling to know that each cross represented a prayer/dream of someone…very moving. Throughout this tour, my fellow tour companions and I kept saying, “Wow!” The Baltics completely exceeded all of our expectations! I absolutely loved the Baltics!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: UT

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Tale of Two Tour Directors

First of all, I absolutely loved visiting some relatively unknown cities in Europe. Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn are beautiful and charming. The local guides for each city were exceptional, especially Edgar in Riga. However, I feel that our tour director, Marija, did not take very good care of us. She always seemed annoyed when people asked questions or needed help. I am a vegetarian and another member of our group had some dietary restrictions but Marija did absolutely nothing to accommodate our needs. Most of the time the two of us went without included meals (which we paid for). At one point, when I refused a main dish made of meat, she ridiculed me for being a vegetarian in front of our whole group (and the entire restaurant). I did not appreciate this. Every other tour guide I have ever had with Go Ahead had bent over backwards to accommodate my needs regarding food. Marija was very disorganized in regards to optional excursions. Some people had prepaid for excursions before the trip but she let anyone go whether they had paid or not. This was nice for people who wanted to go but slightly unfair for those who had to pay. Marija had us fill out the tour evaluations and collected them from us individually. She then proceeded to read them and then made comments to some about what they had written. This is highly irregular. Finally, one member of our group had a problem with her visa at the Russian border and Marija left her there! She kept saying that the situation was not her fault and had a flight to catch. It may not have been her fault but I feel it was her responsibility to help this group member. Once we got to Russia, we had one of the best tour guides I have ever had with Go Ahead. Timofey was calm, efficient, patient, knowledgeable, and extremely accommodating! He went out of his way to take us to a souvenir shop we mentioned and literally had the driver turn around when I mentioned a monument I wanted to see. He was able to get me a ticket to the ballet and even arranged my transportation. I loved having conversations with him about Russian history and literature! My time in St. Petersburg was wonderful because of Timofey! I would recommend this tour for the content but I would hope that Go Ahead would use a different guide for the Baltics.

 

Dear Phaedra, Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today about your recent tour of St. Petersburg & the Baltics. I am glad you enjoyed the charm and beauty of the Baltics! We are so very sorry to hear of the experience you had with your tour director. As you know, this is certainly not in line with Go Ahead’s standards of having the most professional and dynamic tour guides in the industry. Your feedback has been taken very seriously, and I have been in touch with my operations department regarding this matter and this tour director will no longer lead travelers on Go Ahead tours. We again appreciate your feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you next year on your next Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 13, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A different area of the world

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Itinerary, Not the Best Month

5 = The itinerary was great and all the guides were informative. The leader, Maria, was amazing and the guides in Riga and Moscow were especially engaging. The hotel rooms were fine, although the hotels are tour-bus hotels. 3 = July is the wrong month to visit. The key sites (medieval Riga and Tallinn, the Hermitage, Peterhof, the churches in the Kremlin, etc.) were choked with cruise ship and other tourists. The excessive crowding spoiled the Hermitage tour. 1 = GoAhead needs to improve it's processes. I got my visa at a local Russian consulate. GoAhead gave me wrong information for my application; the Invitation from Russia also had my birthday mixed up. My friend and I landed two days early in Vilnius which was approved and arranged by GoAhead. Unfortunately, our written confirmation listed the wrong hotel. The desk clerk called the US without any luck as the staff did not know the correct hotel either. And so on........

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best of the Baltics

I enjoyed the tour immensely. My main objective was to see St. Petersburg and I wasn't disappointed. My only regret is that we didn't spend more time in and about St. Petersburg. I also enjoyed Estonia and would have liked to have started the tour there or St. Petersburg and finish in Estonia.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Best Tour Director"

Thomas was fabulous! Because he grew up "behind the Iron Curtain" he was able to give tremendous insight to this tour. And the fact that he was an history major was even more special because he could answer any of our questions about the geo-political climate in Eastern Europe and Russia.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Thomas

This tour was a fantastic experence. the tour director was very knowlegable, and very accomodating to all the travelers. Thomas was an awesome tour director and very accomodationg to all the travelers. He went the extra mile to make everyone confortable and able to participate in all the extras.

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