Tourism

Russia is trending: Aussies get World Cup fever

Apparently you guys are going MAD for the World Cup this year.

According to data from KAYAK, this year’s host country, Russia is experiencing a huge boom in destination searches, particularly Moscow which is currently the number one trending European destination for Aussie searches with a 485 per cent year-on-year increase in flight searches!

Here’s a quick look at what to do and where to stay, if you’re planning to travel to one (or all!) of the 11 cities that will be hosting the action.

Moscow

Portrait of a Beautiful Mature Woman Photographing Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Russia’s capital is home to world-renowned ballets, theaters and operas, as well as iconic sites such as the Kremlin, Red Square and Gorky Park.

The city will host a multitude of football matches at its Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums. And though there’s high demand for hotels, you can still find deals if you’re quick.

Take a look at Aerostar Hotel Moscow and the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow Krasnoselskaya, both of which have easy access to public transportation.

Saint Petersburg

Tourboat in St Petersburg

Home to the Hermitage museum, the spectacular Church of the Saviour on Blood and charming canals lined with baroque buildings, Saint Petersburg is a cosmopolitan hub with so much to see.

Matches for the tournament will take place at Saint Petersburg Stadium, which boasts a capacity for 67,000 football fans.

For a mid-range hotel with good public transportation access, check out the Russ Hotel or try the Station Hotel M19.

Sochi

SOCHI, RUSSIA - JUNE 18, 2017: Stadium "Fisht" in the Olympic Park.Football stadium decorated with symbols of the FIFA Confederations Cup

Sochi, located on the Black Sea, is Russia’s top resort city. Many call it the “summer capital” of the country.

When you’re not watching soccer matches at Fisht Olympic Stadium, you’ll enjoy warm seas, hiking in the Agura Valley and top-notch nightclubs.

Stay in the heart of the city at Mercure Sochi Centre or Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre.

Ekaterinburg

Sevastyanov House in Yekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg, or Yekaterinburg, sits at the foot of the Ural Mountains, with a vibrant arts, music and theater scene.

It also has a super-fast underground Metro system that can get you to the matches.

Find budget rooms at the central Ural Hotel or try the Hyatt Regency for a touch of luxury.

Saransk

Mordovia Arena

Saransk is a comparatively small host city, filled with picturesque mosques, orthodox churches, museums and charming squares. Soccer fans will head to Mordovia Arena for the action.

For a central, budget accommodation check out Hotel Meridian and Sarin.

Rostov-on-Don

Rostov on Don

Along the River Don, fans can enjoy sandy beaches and a seafood feast before or after watching a match at Rostov Arena.

This port city is home to top universities, a fresh vibe and a booming technology industry. Indulge in a plush room at the Bellagio or the great-value Hotel Elbuzd.

Kazan

Kazan from the air

One of Russia’s oldest cities, Kazan is no stranger to sports. It’s home to some of the best soccer and hockey teams in the country, as well as the Kazan Arena.

Visitors can explore gorgeous cathedrals, mosques and a diverse culture. Make your base a room at the Ramada Kazan City Center or the Center Hotel Kazan Kremlin.

Kaliningrad

Fishing Village. Kaliningrad, Russia

In Kaliningrad you can take a ride on the Pregolya River, enjoy fantastic fishing and explore the dynamic amber jewellery industry.

For accommodations that are near the action at Kaliningrad Stadium, check out ibis Kaliningrad Center and Hotel Kaiserhof.

Samara

View on old beer factory Zhiguli Brewery in Samara city, Russia.

The Volga region is on the tourist map for its famous Russian aerospace centre and beautiful beaches along the Volga River. Check out budget rooms at Hotel Livadia or at Holiday Inn Samara, where you’ll be close to the the river.

Volgograd

Stella pointer installed next to road at entrance to hero-city Volgograd with flags and decorative eternal flame

Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is most famous for its place in World War II history, during which it was besieged and much of the city destroyed.

Now, the city welcomes tourists with beaches, monuments, museums and vibrant culture. If you’re planning on watching the action at Volgograd Arena, check out rooms at the Hotel Volgograd with a spa and indoor pool onsite, or the budget-friendly Parallel Hotel.

Nizhny Novgorod

The building of the Nizhny Novgorod Fair. Nizhny Novgorod, Russi

World Heritage-listed Nizhny Novgorod is located in the hills overlooking the Volga River. History shines throughout the city, especially at its 16th-century Kremlin. A brand new stadium will host the action, so look for rooms at central hotels.

Try Marins Park Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott Nizhny Novgorod City Center to enjoy the matches and some vacation fun at the same time.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Tiny Away opens up mini Tassie getaways

Tiny Away has opened the doors to its first Tasmanian tiny houses, growing its network of rural getaways. The ‘Quirindi’ […]

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Colorado Tourism Office say G’day to the industry

The Colorado Tourism Office joined media and travel titans last Friday at Bentley’s in the Sydney CBD to reconnect with the Aussie travel industry.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bonza calls on Aussies to name its first plane

Some of the names suggested so far include Purple Rippa, Bonza Bruce, and Kimbo. We challenge you to come up with something more Aussie sounding than that!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas increases international connection time to reduce mishandled baggage

The upside of all these missing bags is that you no longer have to sprint through the airport to catch your connecting flight. Although we’ll miss the rush.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Missed the Visit USA Expos? Fear not, we’ve got your biggest questions covered.

by sponsored by Visit USA Australia

No more FOMO! These hot tips will get you in top-tip shape to visit the USA.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers’ TCF Launch Applauded by PTMs

by Sponsored by TravelManagers

We hope you’re an AL (acronym lover), because this headline has plenty to go around!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

G Adventures to relaunch Bhutan trails

These trails are kind of like the Bondi to Bronte walk, except completely different in almost every aspect.

Share

CommentComments

News

Industry movements: New hires at Intrepid, TravelManagers, Silversea and more

Keep tabs on all the latest movements in the industry, find who you need to shmooze at the next networking event and suss out all the latest gossip right here.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Coral Princess brings cruising back to Newcastle

Cruising has returned to Newy, marking more opportunities for the locals to hang out by the water and wear thongs.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Soneva introduces cryptocurrency payments at its resorts

This new update could mean that other travel companies may soon accept crypto, and then someone may finally buy our Travel Weekly NFT!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Paul Hogan gets top Tourism Australia honour

Hogan was reportedly quite happy with the award, but quietly disappointed that it wasn’t a knife which he could compare with his larger knife.

Share

CommentComments

News

Jucy to expand rental car fleet with $40m worth of new inventory

Jucy is a vehicle rental operator, not the company that makes those pink velour track pants, in case you were also a bit confused.

Share

CommentComments