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Mediterranean Countries Top Vacation Spots For Russians

Published: May 27, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • Mediterranean countries are the most popular foreign tourist destinations for Russians this year.
    Photo: Carlos Wang / Flickr

Spain, Italy and Portugal have been named the top three tourist destinations for Russians traveling abroad this summer with Ukraine's Kiev having been dropped from holiday wish lists, a survey shows.

The survey published Monday by one of Russia's biggest hotel-booking websites, St. Petersburg-based Oktogo.ru, showed Greece, Turkey and France among the top 10 most popular destinations for Russians traveling independently of a tour operator between June and August, Interfax reported.

Germany and Britain also featured on the top 10 list, with the latter's capital city London ranking first in terms of where Russians will spend the greatest amount on hotel bills, at 6,400 ($188) rubles a night, the survey showed.

On average, Russians heading abroad this summer will spend about six days away and are willing to spend about 4000 rubles ($118) a night on accommodation, Oktogo head of operations Olga Favarizova said, Interfax reported.

Unsurprisingly, Russians have a soft spot for beach holidays and will spend an average of 15 days by the sea in Bulgaria this summer, 13 days on Spain's Tenerife and Majorca, and 12 days on one of the Greek islands, the survey showed.

For Russians heading away on city breaks, popular destinations include Barcelona, Rome and Paris. The Baltic cities of Riga and Vilnius also feature on the list of preferred cities, though Ukraine's capital Kiev — where pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power by anti-government protesters in February — has fallen out grace after featuring prominently on last year's list, the survey showed.

St. Petersburg is among the most popular destinations within Russia this summer, where tourists say they plan to spend an average five days per visit.

Within Russia, vacationers will also spend most time at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics — 12 days — with Tatarstan capital Kazan and the southern resort of Anapa also listed as popular destinations for longer vacations.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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