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Stag Weekends in Europe - An Essential Guide

Aug 29, 2008
Did you know that stag nights are thought to have originated in ancient Sparta (5th century BC)? They took the form of a traditional bachelor dinner where soldiers would toast each other on the eve of a friend's wedding. Whilst the Spartans probably had a great old time in the way that Spartans did, they certainly wouldn't have had the range of activities or stag weekend destinations now on offer.

The newest and hottest Europe stag weekend destinations are rapidly emerging as Krakow and Budapest. Each city a beautiful Eastern European location, rich in history and each now offering a range of exciting attractions and activities for visitors. If you're struggling over choosing where to go on a stag weekend or what to do to celebrate a stag weekend you could do a lot worse than giving Krakow or Budapest careful consideration. There are a number of specialist online companies now offering a great range of stag weekends in both Krakow and Budapest catering for parties of different sizes and tastes, so it's worth making the Internet your first port of call when organising a stag.

While the essential cornerstones of stag weekends remain largely the same whatever the location - booze, birds, more booze, more birds and some sort of ritual humiliation of the groom to be - there are a couple of essentials that should be considered when thinking about an ideal weekend away.

It's often a case of organisation that can make the difference. A well-organised and planned weekend will not only prove immensely fun but also memorable for all the right reasons. A poorly organised stag weekend can turn into a nightmare. How best to organise a successful stag weekend? The best advice perhaps is to consult the experts. So whether you select Budapest, Krakow or another popular east European destination such as Bratislava or Warsaw there are a number of reasons why it's a wise idea to hand the planning of your stag weekend over to a professional organiser.

1. Local knowledge and guidance: Organising groups of people is tough enough at the best of times. Add copious amounts of booze and high spirits to the fact that your group is in a completely new city in a new country with a new language and the problems spiral. Local knowledge is essential along with an English-speaking guide. There are numerous ways a stag party group will benefit. From being met at the airport and transferred to your tried and trusted accommodation, the organising of taxis, the selection of good quality value for money bars and clubs. Good local knowledge is an essential ingredient of a successful stag weekend. It should shield the party from some of the more unpleasant aspects of a city's nightlife - over-zealous doormen, commission-hungry taxi drivers and unscrupulous club owners.

2. Tried and tested venues and activities: This goes hand-in-hand with local knowledge really. You'll have a far more memorable time if the activities you've organised for the group have already been verified sure-fire winners. From paint-balling, go-carting, pistol shooting, wine tasting, caving, fencing, golf, city tours, pub crawls, it's all there. What's more the professionals have vetted the quality of the activities and the value for money leaving you with only the enviable task of getting on and enjoying them.
About the Author
Josey Walker - The Founder & Managing Director of party organisers Stag Republic and Hen Nation. Stag Republic have been organising made-to-measure stag weekends abroad and hen weekends in Eastern Europe since 2000. More recently popular destinations include stag weekends in Krakow and Budapest. For interviews, images or comments contact: Josey Walker Stag Republic Phone: 00 3630 34 99 015 Email: info@stagrepublic.co.uk
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