Beaches in Kazakhstan and Nights at Kyrgyzstan: 5 Unexpected Ideas for Kaliningrad Dreams Vacationers

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) has compiled a ranking of popular destinations for holidays abroad in 2022. The list includes Abkhazia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Uzbekistan. Klops found 5 reasons to travel to these countries and found out how much the trip costs.

Abkhazia: nature and buildings.
Photo: Anastasia Lebedeva

5 reasons to go

  • You do not need a passport or a visa to enter Abkhazia. PCR testing for coronavirus or vaccination certificate is also not required.
  • Beautiful nature: picturesque mountains, milky waterfalls, Lake Ritsa with clear waters.
  • Ancient temples and abandoned buildings, the only cave of Neos Athos.
  • Warm Black Sea with wild pebble beaches.
  • Hospitable hosts and homemade wine.

What is the price?

A week at a leisure center on the outskirts of the resort Gudauta in a country house among the subtropical green will cost a couple of tourists 53,206 rubles, excluding the road from Kaliningrad to Moscow: departure only from the capital. The country has hotels of any star category for all tastes and budgets.

2. Kazakhstan

5 reasons to go

  • To visit the country, you do not need to apply for a visa, just a passport and a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
  • Swim in the flooded forest – Lake Kaindy and hear the sound of the wind in the Altyn-Emel National Park.
  • See the Baikonur Cosmodrome live, walk on the seabed without space costumes in a place called Big Aral and visit the Dragon Nest – Ak-Mechet Cave.
  • Try traditional Kazakh sweets: baursaki, zed, halva and chuck-chuck.
  • This year, for the first time, Kazakhstan entered the top countries where people go diving in the sand and swimming. Operators are advised to pay attention to the hotels in Aktau on the shores of the Caspian Sea or to relax on the banks of the Kapchagai Reservoir.

What is the price?

A week in Aktau in a 5 * all inclusive hotel will cost two tourists from Kaliningrad 141,193 rubles. Do not forget to add tickets to Moscow and refund.

3. Kyrgyzstan

Photo: Ekaterina Titova

5 reasons to go

  • You can enter the country with a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation, no visa is required, but you must present a negative PCR test for covid.
  • Swim in Lake Issyk-Kul, go hiking in the mountains and ride a donkey.
  • See the drawings of ancient people in the town of Cholpon-Ata.
  • Visit a felt rug maker and take a stroll through the lively oriental bazaar.
  • Have fun on an original holiday: among the highlights are the National Equestrian Festival in July and the Birds of Prey Festival in August.

What is the price?

For a 15-day tour for two with a rich excursion program and accommodation in a comfortable yurt, you will have to pay 209,424 rubles. Departure from St. Petersburg, add the cost of tickets from Kaliningrad.

4. Armenia

Walk in Yerevan.
Photo: Olga Yakovleva

5 reasons to go

  • You do not need to apply for a passport. You need an up-to-date PCR test or coronavirus vaccination certificate.
  • Experience the extreme mountain: rafting, parachuting or ziplining.
  • Take the longest cable car ride in the world over Vorotan Gorge.
  • Discover the world’s first Christian country with 3,000 ancient and modern churches and monasteries.
  • Try pomegranate wine, shish kebab khorovats and lavash, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

What is the price?

6 days in a 3 * hotel in the resort of Arzni, 23 km from Yerevan at an altitude of 1,250 m, will cost a couple of tourists 73,213 rubles, a flight from Moscow.

5. Uzbekistan

Photo: Anvar Umarov

5 reasons to go

  • There is a visa-free regime between Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation, you will need a passport and a 72-hour PCR test or a Covid vaccination certificate to enter.
  • Visit three pearls: Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara, enjoying the national cuisine – soup, lagman, mandi and pilaf.
  • Visit the tomb of Tamerlane and visit the Savitsky Museum, where there are more than 90 thousand exhibits.
  • Admire the ancient city from a height, flying with a balloon.
  • Go fishing on the turquoise lake Aydarkul.

What is the price?

A tour of a 4 * hotel in the center of Tashkent with pool and breakfast for two will cost 152,161 rubles.

For the May holidays, most Russians were going to Uzbekistan, Turkey and Armenia. On April 30, charters will open to Turkey from Kaliningrad. “Klops” understood how much the tour costs and how you can save money on travel.

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