Where to spend summer vacation: 7 options for vaccinated Russians

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Armenia

Foreign countries continue to open their borders for Russian tourists vaccinated with Sputnik V. This means that there are more and more options for where to spend your summer vacation. We have selected several countries where you can go on vacation right now, if you have already gone through all the stages of vaccination.

Armenia

Conditions of entry

Air communication with the country has been restored, the Russians do not need a visa. And for vaccinated tourists, there is a simplified entry into the country without quarantine and a PCR test. If the vaccination has not yet been done, the test must be completed no more than 72 hours before arrival.

The cost of a ticket to Yerevan starts from 18,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Yerevan

We suggest considering several options:

Minotel Barsam Suites – from 2500 rubles * per night per person;
Cascade Hotel – from 3200 rubles * per night per person.

What to see

Armenia has no access to the sea, so locals and tourists prefer to go to Lake Sevan. It is only an hour’s drive from Yerevan to this purest reservoir with blue transparent water. The large coastal area has a well-developed infrastructure, you can easily find where to eat or stay. In summer, the water warms up to + 23 ° C and becomes comfortable for swimming.

We also recommend visiting the Noravank Monastery Complex – the temples look impressive surrounded by rocks near the Arpa River. You can see the majestic Ararat in all its glory by visiting the Khor Virap monastery. The place is considered one of the main shrines of the Armenian Church and the center of attraction for tourists. The monastery offers a magnificent view of Mount Ararat.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Conditions of entry

Russia has resumed regular flights with Bulgaria since June 28. Both vaccinated and coronavirus-infected tourists can freely enter the country (if they confirm this fact with a certificate or a positive test carried out 15-180 days before arrival). Please note that the second dose of vaccine must be received at least 14 days prior to travel. All others do a PCR test no later than three days before arrival or 48 hours before they undergo an express test for antigens. Also, Russians will need a national or Schengen visa. It is important that from July 8, all Russians, including those who have completed a full course of vaccination, will have to provide a certificate with a negative PCR test to enter Bulgaria.

The cost of a ticket to Sofia starts from 25,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Sofia

We offer to consider several options in the capital:

Best Western Art Plaza Hotel – from 4200 rubles * per night per person;
City Avenue Hotel by HMG – from 2800 rubles * per night per person.

What to see

A trip to Bulgaria is, first of all, a vacation by the sea on beaches with the famous golden sand. One of the most popular resorts for family vacations is Slynchev-Bryag or Sunny Beach. It is completely municipal, but you have to pay for the rent of sun loungers and umbrellas. For those who prefer a secluded vacation, Albena is suitable – a resort with a very wide coastline – about 150 meters. It has been awarded the Blue Flag, is equipped with playgrounds and has a gentle entrance to the water. Nearby there are mud baths where you can improve your health.

Take a day to explore Sofia. It is worth seeing one of the oldest mosques of Banya-Bashi, the temple-monument of Alexander Nevsky and the ancient fortress of Serdika. For a walk, head to Borisov Gradina Park with shady alleys and lots of fun for children.

Republic of Cyprus

Republic of Cyprus

Conditions of entry

Vaccinated tourists do not take PCR tests, but may be randomly tested. All others undergo research no more than 72 hours before departure and immediately upon arrival in Cyprus. You can now get to the island from Russia by direct flights, as well as with transfers. In addition, a visa is required to enter.

The cost of a ticket to Larnaca starts from 25,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Larnaca

We offer to consider several options in Larnaca:

Aparthotel Blazer Residence – about 4200 * rubles per night per person;
Hotel Opera – about 5100 * rubles per night per person.

What to see

Cyprus has many beaches with blue flags – they are scattered along the island by the Mediterranean Sea. Ayia Napa resort deserves special attention. Nissi Beach is an ideal place for those who like noisy parties, while Landa Beach and Pantachou Beach are more suitable for a quiet, measured and comfortable stay.

Around Paphos there are many historical sights and a bay where, according to legend, Aphrodite emerged from the foam of the sea. In Larnaca, you should see a salt lake, and on the way to Limassol – relax on the most beautiful beaches surrounded by white limestone cliffs – Governor’s beach and Kalimnos.

You can hide from the heat in Troodos – a mountain range with forests, waterfalls and picturesque villages.

Morocco

Morocco

Conditions of entry

Vaccinated travelers must provide a negative PCR test not earlier than 48 hours prior to departure, and fill out a special form. If the vaccine has not yet been delivered, it will be necessary to undergo a 10-day quarantine with a second test for COVID-19 on the ninth day. You do not need a visa to enter Morocco.

The cost of a ticket to Casablanca starts from 25,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Casablanca and Tangier

We suggest considering several options:

Dar Yasmine – from 3800 rubles * per night per person;
Ibis Casablanca City Center – from 4500 rubles * per night per person.

What to see

The ocean coast stretches almost along the entire country, and in the north you can also plunge into the Mediterranean Sea. Agadir is one of the most famous resorts with a well-developed infrastructure. It offers tourists here – kilometers of sandy beach and many hotels for every budget. Most of them are built on the second coastline.

Essaouira is considered the center of attraction for surfers from all over the world. International competitions are held here, there are many schools and equipment rental shops. And families with small children prefer a resort vacation in Oualidia, where the entrance to the water is gentle and there is practically no wind. For a photo of Instagram-style arched cliffs, head to Legzira Beach near Sidi Ifni.

Tangier, a small port town on the Strait of Gibraltar, also deserves attention. Visit the Grand Socco Square and Market, where most of the food outlets are located. Walk the colorful streets where Jim Jarmusch filmed his films. You can enjoy a beach holiday at the Herculean Caves, which offer a beautiful view of the sunset.

Croatia

Croatia

Conditions of entry

Vaccinated and ill tourists can arrive without testing and quarantine (with a certificate or a positive test 15–180 days before entry). Others provide a PCR test, which must be done no more than 48 hours before crossing the border. In addition, a visa is required to enter the country.

The cost of a ticket to Dubrovnik starts from 25,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Dubrovnik e

We suggest considering several options:

Apartments Topolo Dubrovnik – from 4000 rubles * per night per person;
Mavi Apartments – from 6000 rubles * per night per person.

What to see

The city walls of Dubrovnik, where Game of Thrones was filmed, are an ideal place to walk. Inside the fortress St. Ivana can inspect the coast and imagine yourself as a member of the ruling family. Makarska looks more like not a city, but one continuous beach against the backdrop of mountains and pine groves. There are many restaurants and spas here. If you prefer sandy beaches, come to Medulin – one of the few places in Croatia where they are. For the most beautiful panoramic views of the Adriatic, head to the top of the Biokovo mountain range. Height – 1762 meters. If time permits, visit Split – a city with ancient architecture, palaces and cathedrals. You can enjoy the local nature in the park on the Marjan Hill, and see the best sunsets on the Riva embankment, next to the port.

Moldavia

Moldavia

Conditions of entry

Vaccinated tourists can enter the country freely. The rest – take the PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before departure. No visa required.

The cost of a ticket to Chisinau starts from 17,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Chisinau

We suggest considering several options:

Art-Rustic Boutique Hotel – from 3500 rubles * per night per person
Park Lane Hotel – from 4300 rubles * per night per person

What to see

Perhaps the main attraction of the country is the vineyards. Go to one of the oldest wineries in Europe, Purcari. Visit the Old Orhei Archaeological Park near Chisinau. It is famous for caves that were carved into the rocks by ancient tribes, early Christian cells and the stone monastery of the Assumption of the Mother of God. In early autumn, come to the bank of the Prut, where apple orchards are located and a large-scale harvest takes place. The area is very picturesque with waterfalls and hills – a great place to have a picnic.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Conditions of entry

If you were vaccinated more than a month ago and received a certificate, you can come to the country freely. Those who were vaccinated less than 30 days ago must take one PCR test a maximum of 72 hours before departure. No visa required.

The cost of a ticket to Dushanbe starts from 40,000 rubles * round trip per person.

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Where to stay in Dushanbe

We suggest considering several options:

Hotel Sarvar – from 2900 rubles * per night per person;
Safir Hotel – from 2800 rubles * per night per person.

What to see

Relax by the mountain lake Karakul with crystal clear and cool water even in summer. Go trekking in the Fan Mountains. As a cultural program, you will find ancient monuments associated with Zoroastrianism and the National Museum of Tajikistan.

Another important historical landmark of the country is the Gissar fortress. It is considered one of the oldest architectural monuments in Central Asia. In Nurek, you can relax in nature near the reservoir of the same name – this location was nicknamed the local Cote d’Azur. You can ride a boat along it and admire the magnificent mountain landscape. There is also the Nurek hydroelectric power station – one of the most powerful in the world.

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