Tourists from Russia go to Greece "roundabouts". Best Options

Tour operators note that, despite the lack of direct flights and sanctions, the Russians still seek to relax in Greece. Dimitris Charitidis, Managing Director of TEZ TOUR, says:

“We see that demand is slowly growing. We order accommodation and ask you to find suitable air tickets. Some do it on their own.”

Ambotis CEO Vitaly Stamatov agrees with him:

“They book mostly 5* and luxury hotels.”

According to the online travel agency, the average check for this destination is about 170,000 rubles.

According to experts, the stability of visa issuance and the lifting of anti-coronavirus restrictions in the country to a large extent “warmed up the interest” of Russians in the Greek direction. In this case, there are practically no failures:

“As a rule, if tourists handle air tickets on hand, there are no problems.”

Dimitris Charitidis emphasizes:

“Russians are treated very well in Greece! Despite the fact that the authorities of the country, within the framework of the policy EU, hold a tough stance, the Greek people are friendly towards the Russians, as always. There are exceptions, but they happen in all countries.”

Greek hotels, like Italian ones, accept deposits from tour operators. That is, while still at home, tourists will be able to pay for additional services in rubles to the maximum. At present, given the Russian cards that do not work abroad, this is very convenient.

The most difficult thing in the current conditions is the choice of transport: logistics has become more complicated, and the cost of air tickets has grown significantly. Flight options from the Russian capital to Athens via Istanbul and Yerevan are popular. In the first case, a round-trip ticket from May 14 to 21 costs 210 thousand rubles, the flight takes 7 hours, in the second – 60 thousand rubles, but it will take longer to get there – from 9 to 13 hours.

Some fly to Athens with a transfer in Dubai or Belgrade, but tour operators do not consider these routes to be optimal – the first takes too much time, the second is convenient only on some days of the week. Another original route is through Bodrum. From here by ferry – to the nearest islands of the Aegean Sea, Kos and Rhodes. The cost of a ticket for Turkish Airlines Moscow-Bodrum-Moscow is 97 thousand rubles. Ferry tickets to Kos – 30 euros in both directions, reports GreekReporter.

Tourist business experts recommend routes from Moscow to the island of Crete (Heraklion), to Rhodes and Halkidiki via Yerevan. Anatoly Garkushin, the head of Pantheon tour operator, plans to put such programs in his booking system in June. He also predicts the possibility of forming tours to Santorini due to the assembly of flights a / to Etihad via Abu Dhabi.

So there is always choice and opportunity. Recall that from May 1 to September 1, as announced by the Greek authorities, all restrictions are lifted for the entry of tourists, including from Russia. The dates for this decision have been officially announced by the Greek Ministry of Health. In accordance with the rules, after May 1, tourists do not need to take a PCR or antigen test before traveling and undergo an express test at the airport after arrival. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens. Tourists will not be required to wear masks either on the street or in public places.

According to Greek Health Minister Thanos Pleuris, this easing is a temporary measure, while it will be in effect from May 1 to September 1, 2022. In autumn, taking into account the epidemiological situation, the rules will be revised by experts.

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