Seven countries to relax in the velvet season

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From late August to mid-autumn, many countries experience the most comfortable weather: the heat is already subsiding, but the sea is still warm. The flow of tourists is gradually decreasing, as are the prices for accommodation and tickets. Why not plan your trip for this period? We made a selection of beach destinations abroad where you can extend your summer.


How to get to Greece

There are many direct flights from Moscow to Athens and popular resorts. Tickets for the velvet season can be found at a price of 11,000 rubles * in both directions.

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Entry into Greece

All tourists from Russia, including those who are vaccinated, when crossing the border must provide a negative PCR test done no earlier than 72 hours before entry, or the result of an express test no older than two days. In addition, the day before arrival, you will have to fill out a PLF form.

Where to live in Greece

Choose one of the options:

Rhodes, Best Western Plus Hotel Plaza – from 8000 rubles * per night per person;
Rhodes, Oktober Downtown Rooms – from 7200 rubles * per night per person;
Athens, The Stanley – from 8900 rubles * per night per person.

Things to do in Greece

Things to do in Greece

September is warm here in summer, and in October the weather is comfortable for rest. The scorching sun does not interfere with wandering for hours among the ancient monuments. Therefore, the trip is good to start in Athens. Stay here for at least a day – explore the Acropolis, climb the Areopagus Hill and visit the Benaki Museum.

Then you can move to the resort island of Rhodes with a coastline of about 251 km. One of the most popular beaches – Ellie – is washed by the Mediterranean Sea. It is covered with medium-sized pebbles and has all the necessary infrastructure. True, there are also quite a lot of tourists here. The oceanarium and the Archaeological Museum are nearby.

For beautiful views, head to Anthony Quinn Beach in Faliraki. The picturesque bay is surrounded by rocks, and the rich underwater world and the beautiful seabed attract divers here.



How to get to Maldives

Aeroflot operates direct flights to Male on the latest Airbus A350-900. Travel time is about nine hours.

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Maldives Entry Rules

Tourists, including those vaccinated, when crossing the border must provide a negative PCR test done no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. In addition, within 24 hours before entering the country, you will need to fill out a health declaration.

Where to live in the Maldives

We have selected several comfortable housing options for you:

Addu Atoll, Equator Village Resort – from 6000 rubles * per night per person;
Fuvahmulah, Calyx Grand Fuvahmulah – from 7000 rubles * per night per person;
Hitadu, Rekidhiye Inn – from 5700 rubles * for night per person.

Things to do in the Maldives

Things to do in the Maldives

During the velvet season, a strong wind often blows on the islands – it will appeal to fans of water sports. The best waves for surfing at this time are in North Male Atoll. For those who like a quiet beach holiday, the Addu Atoll is a great choice. For a budget family vacation, they often go to the island of Hitadu. Fuvahmulah island also deserves attention – it is of volcanic origin and reminds many of Bali. In addition to the wide sandy coastline, there are freshwater lakes, mango gardens and coconut groves. If you love diving, head to Baa Atoll for stingray stingrays in Hanifaru Bay.



How to get to Morocco

A comfortable Airbus A320neo of Aeroflot will take you to Casablanca in six hours.

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Rules of entry into Morocco

Tourists are required to have a certificate with a negative test for coronavirus, no more than 48 hours before crossing the border, as well as a document confirming the booking of accommodation. Vaccinated Russians are exempt from quarantine, and if they are not vaccinated, they will have to go to 10-day quarantine and take a second PCR test on the ninth day of their stay in the country.

Where to live in Morocco

You can relax in comfort in Casablanca at Novotel Casablanca City Center – from 7,000 rubles * per night. And if you are looking for a good option in Tangier , pay attention to Hôtel Rembrandt – from 3000 rubles * per night.

Things to do in Morocco

Things to do in Morocco

The velvet season in this country lasts until the end of October, temperatures in some areas reach + 30 ℃ .. In Casablanca, be sure to relax on the city beach located close to the Corniche as well as the Ain Diab.

Tangier is also popular – a small colorful port town. Right within its boundaries, you can sunbathe on the golden sand beach, and watch the sunset go to the Hercules Caves – here is the best view of the setting sun. The cultural program should include a tour of the Kasbah quarter with the historical museum of the same name, the market and the Grand Socco square.



How to get to Albania

You can fly from Moscow to Tirana both by direct flights and with transfers. The cost of tickets in both directions is from 17,000 rubles * per person.

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Rules of entry to Albania

Russians do not need a PCR test or a visa to enter the country.

Where to live in Albania

An excellent inexpensive option in the resort Durres – Hotel Durres Hill Side Beach, room prices start at 4500 rubles * per night. Hotel Martini in Vlore – from 3000 rubles * per night per person.

What to see in Albania

What to see in Albania

Since late August the heat has subsided and the sea remains warm until mid-autumn. To combine a spa vacation with a cultural program, go to Durres, which is 40 km from Tirana. Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, it stands out for its fine sandy beaches and gently sloping water entrance. As you walk, see Apollonia (the ruins of an ancient city), the Venetian Tower, and the Mosaic House.

Be sure to stop by in Vlore. There is no beach in the city because of the port, but its absence is compensated by the embankment, along which pine trees are planted and on which it is so pleasant to walk. For swimming, you can drive 10-15 km from the city along the coast in both directions. In the city, visit the Museum of Independence, the historical and ethnographic museums, and the Muradiye Mosque, built in the 16th century.



Getting there

We recommend getting to Larnaca. The cost of the air ticket will be from 25,000 rubles * per person round trip.

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Entry rules

Russians need to be tested before boarding (no later than 72 hours) and immediately after arrival. Testing should be repeated on the seventh day (then every three days).

Tourists who have completed a full course of vaccination (including the Sputnik V drug) are exempted from providing PCR tests for coronavirus. Importantly, authorities reserve the right to randomly test arriving vaccinated passengers.

Where to live in Cyprus

Accommodation options in popular resorts:

Larnaca, Hotel Opera – from 5900 rubles * per night per person;
Ayia Napa, Tasia Maris Oasis – from 7500 rubles * per night per person.

Things to do in Cyprus

Things to do in Cyprus

Almost until the end of October it is sunny and warm on the island – about + 25 ℃. This time of the year pleases with an abundance of fresh fruits. If you prefer parties and loud music, choose the popular youth resort of Ayia Napa. Lovers of noise and entertainment will love the blue-flagged white Nissi Beach with clear water.

Protaras is perfect for a relaxing holiday. There are no jellyfish or algae on the local beach in Fig Tree Bay, and the shallow entrance to the water is a great place to relax with small children. When you get tired of sunbathing, you can go on an excursion to the Historical Museum of Protaras or visit the Underwater Sculpture Park, where statues are flooded in the depths.



How to get to Croatia

You can fly to Split from Moscow for 20,000 rubles * per person round trip.

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Entry rules to Croatia

All tourists upon arrival must provide a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours before entry (or express test – no earlier than 48 hours), as well as confirmation of accommodation booking. Before departure, you need to fill out a special form.

Where to live in Croatia

A good option in the center of Split is Jupiter Luxury Hotel. Room rates per night start at 9700 rubles * per night per person.

Things to do in Croatia

Things to do in Croatia1

The beginning of autumn is a great time to relax in Croatia. Until the end of October, the sea warmed up to a comfortable temperature for swimming. It is also a great time for excursions, so choose resorts with a rich history for your vacation. In Split, you can sunbathe on the Bačvice beach or reach the picturesque Kasuni. Then, wander through the Marjan Park, the city’s natural pride. In addition, Diocletian’s Palace, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, People’s Square and Klis Fortress are worth seeing.



How to get to Georgia

From Moscow to Batumi you will have to fly with transfers. Tickets – from 19,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Entry rules to Georgia

Tourists will need a negative PCR test done no later than 72 hours before departure, or a certificate of complete vaccination, including “Sputnik V”.

Where to live in Georgia

In Batumi, stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi, where a night costs from 6,600 rubles, or at the Mardi Plaza Hotel (from 1,700 rubles * per night per person).

Things to do in Georgia

Things to do in Georgia3

September is one of the best months to visit the country: there is no heat and crowds of tourists, the sea is warm, and juicy fruits ripen in the gardens. In the main resort – Batumi – you can easily find a good hotel and a free spot on the Central Beach. It can be accessed from almost anywhere in the city, simply by following the sound of the waves. Sarpi is also considered one of the best beaches in Adjara, which is 27 km from Batumi on the border with Turkey.

For an excursion, head to the local Botanical Garden, more reminiscent of a huge rainforest, Mtirala National Park, or explore the Gonio Fortress.

* Prices are valid at the time of publication.

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