10 countries, which need to rest during the crisis
The crisis in the Russian economy - not a reason to refuse to travel. Rest with pleasure and you can save both the European resorts, as well as in the CIS countries. Presenting your attention the ten directions, which should look in 2015, and explain than attractive - from the point of view of the purse - these countries.
Why do you need to go here: it does not have to communicate with either the euro or the dollar. Georgian National currency is Georgian Lari exchange rate which this winter ranges from 27 rubles, and in exchange offices and banks are quick to accept Russian money. Georgia, as a welcoming hostess, which lodges and tasty feed for a nominal sum. Liter of wine is worth about 3 GEL, overnight in a cheap hotel in Tbilisi will cost 30-40 GEL, however, for the same money, and sometimes cheaper, you can rent a separate apartment in Batumi. Hostels cost from 8 to 25 GEL per day.
What to do: measure the steps Tbilisi Rustaveli Avenue, walk on super modern glass bridge of the World and the ancient streets of the Georgian capital, coming down the stairs of the fortress Narikala, see the highest, 101-meter temple in Georgia under the name of Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi. And climb up the mountain Mtatsminda, on top of which offers a beautiful view of the city, stroll around the block Abanotubani, which once housed the Tbilisi baths, and look at the most ancient urban structure of the surviving - Anchiskhati Church. And, of course, plenty to eat meat and drink wine, because the locals claim that it is perhaps the best in the world.
Visa: is not required, the period of visa-free stay - up to 90 days, the period of validity of the passport - not less than three months from the end of the trip.
Flights: flight Moscow - Tbilisi - 11 000 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: even though the appreciation of the euro Greece remains one of the most cost tourist destinations in Europe. Due to the ongoing economic crisis, the average level of housing and food prices are almost twice lower than in other European resorts. Remove the double room of Rhodes is a 30 euro per night, dinner - 15-20 euros. In 2015, Greek hoteliers promise tourists significant discounts on accommodation and services. Already, tour operators offer to issue early booking tours with a 45-percent discount. What to do: sunbathe on the beaches of Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Kos and swim on Santorini, the most romantic place of the Mediterranean. Adventurers and adventurers will be interesting wreck diving and the ruins of the ancient world tour. Gourmets will discover an easy and delicious Greek cuisine. Lovers of history and art will appreciate the many interesting museums - the famous Acropolis and the Numismatic Museum in Athens to the wine museum in Santorini. The Acropolis is always a quiet and pleasantly cool, so here is worth a look in the midday hours, to get a good look at the ancient sculptures and original ancient marble sculptures; at night you can see the illuminated Parthenon.
Visa: need, Greece is one of the member countries of the Schengen agreement. Visa fee - 35 euros.
Flights: flight Moscow - Athens - 13 500 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: Latvia flying one of the major European low-cost airlines - AirBaltic, known for its great offers (for example, the action "Summer prices" flight on the route Moscow-Riga will cost 79 euros). Ground transportation is inexpensive, will be pleasantly surprised, food prices, and the average bill in a restaurant will be about 20 euros. The main expense item in this Baltic country will stay in a hotel.
Things to do in summer - relax on the coast of the Baltic Sea, on the sunny beaches of Jurmala, quiet and comfortable, and cultural Saulkrasti Liepaja. In winter - ski in Cesis, where the ski resort Žagarkalns with experienced instructors and five slopes of varying difficulty and length. Year-round - a walk through the ancient streets of the Latvian cities, relax in the spa hotels and Riga spas, discover all the beauty of the "Latvian Switzerland" - National park Sigulda, go on a cruise ferry to Stockholm and go around the knight's castles, palaces barons and small manor houses. But the main thing that is worth to come to Latvia - it is, of course, its capital city, beautiful medieval Riga. It is distinguished by a special elegance of architecture and unique atmosphere that you can feel, exploring Old Center, starring Soviet blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes" and "17 Moments of Spring." Visa: for a trip to Latvia need a Schengen visa, you can get it yourself at the embassy or arrange through a travel agency. Visa fee - 35 euros.
Flights: flight Moscow - Riga - 6 500 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: in Armenia, everything is cheaper than in Russia - from hotels and restaurants to the products on the markets and shops. Here, in the course of its own currency, the rate of which looks very attractive against the background of the dollar and the euro (1 ruble = 12 drams). So, a hearty meal in the cozy restaurant in the heart of Yerevan will cost mere pennies by Moscow standards - only 4,000 drams (about 480 rubles), a bottle of 6-star cognac "Ararat" - 1,000 drams (about 120 rubles), a kilo of juicy apples - 850 drams (about 120 rubles). Housing prices start from 10 000 AMD, but you can save if you book a hotel or apartment for 5-6 months prior to the trip or stay.
What to do: Armenia - beautiful and very ancient country, which combines the pristine nature and ancient architectural buildings. At least three days should be spent in sunny Armenia, who is older than Rome for 29 years (the Italian capital was founded in 753 BC, and Yerevan -.. In 782 BC..). And then off to explore an impressive collection of cultural and natural Antiquities: see the ruins of ancient monasteries and fortresses dating back 1700 years comes to a dip in the clear waters of Lake Sevan and drink mineral water from healing springs of Jermuk. Winter in Armenia come to ski and snowboard. The local ski resort of Tsaghkadzor - the main Olympic center in the former Soviet Union - a well-groomed slopes, oriented to skiers of all skill levels. Here you can relax only 24 000 AMD per person per night. The price includes accommodation in a budget hotel, dinner at a cafe and a ski pass for the day. Visa: is not required, it is replaced with a stamp in the passport, which is put at the border. Maximum stay in the country - no more than 180 days within six months.
Flights: flight Moscow - Yerevan - from 10 700 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: thanks to the fact that Finland is located on the border with Russia, to get to this country simply and cheaply. The bus ride from the St. Petersburg - Helsinki - St. Petersburg will cost an average of 800-1800 rubles. By train - more expensive, but faster and more comfortable: the cost of tickets for the train "Allegro" and "Leo Tolstoy" starts from 3000 rubles one-way. Prices for goods and services in Finland is quite democratic, the level of service - guaranteed high. Wanting to save money on accommodation, should give preference to the cottages, lodges and tourist campsites (from 20 euros per night). If we do choose this classic hotel, you should opt for a local chain Cumulus, Scandic, Finlandia, Sokos and Omena (from 126 euros per night for two people).
Finland is famous for its Mega-Sale: Christmas (from 27 December until the end of January) and summer (from June 23 to mid-August), when the clothes, shoes and household appliances can be purchased with a 70-percent discount. Russian buyers are often arrange races on department stores Stockmann, supermarkets and shops Prizma Sokos trading network. In addition, popular among our compatriots enjoy the Forum shopping center (takes a quarter) and Kamppi with democratic prices.
Things to do in Finland - an ideal place for lovers of wild nature of the north. You can go to the lake Saimaa and there dvuhkilogrammovy catch trout, ride reindeer to Lapland, go to multi-day safaris Husky sled dogs. Children will be interested in the village of Santa Claus and Moomin park. Skiers and snowboarders - on the slopes of Ruka and Ukko-Koli. In summer it is made to rest on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, to fish in the cleanest lakes in North Karelia, gather in the forests of cranberries and blueberries, or arrange trips to numerous nature reserves. And yet, this northern country for shopping. They come here not only for the democratic Finnish stamps, but also European brands that during sales are much cheaper than in Russia. Visa: need, Finland is one of the member countries of the Schengen agreement. Visa fee - 35 euros.
Flights: flight Moscow - Helsinki - 10 840 rubles there and back.
Why here need to go in a crisis: the national currency of Azerbaijan - manat - directly depends on the fluctuations of the euro and the ruble is 84, but the prices for products and services is lower than in Russia. For example, a complete meal with wine in the Azerbaijani restaurant will cost AZN 20 per person, a trip by bus or train from Baku to Ganja - the second largest city in the country with a variety of architectural and historical monuments - will cost 6 AZN. The only thing you have to spend money properly - Hotel accommodation: prices for double rooms in the heart of the capital will start from 50 manat.
What to do: In the past, one of the stops of the Silk Road, now this country offers exciting and affordable vacation on the coast of the Caspian Sea. The best beaches are located on the Absheron Peninsula, where the bathing season lasts from May to September. Unique black sand can be found in the south in the town of Lankaran, which is on the border with Iran. The interests of Azerbaijan and its collection of archaeological monuments and sites. For example, in the cosmopolitan Baku is Historical-Architectural Reserve Icheri Sheher, Baku is also known as an acropolis or Inner City. There remain fifteen oldest mosques of the country, here filmed the famous scene from "Damn it!" From the movie "The Diamond Arm". In Nakhichevani - one of the oldest cities Earth - located mausoleum November whose Ark (the Bible) washed Ararat mountains. A 50 km from the hospitable town of the country, Ganja, you can see one of the wonders of nature, akin to our Lake Baikal - Lake Goygol.
Visa: is not required if duration of the trip does not exceed 90 days, enter only passport. Flights: flight Moscow - Baku - 13 000 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: in Israel are using the new shekel, which costs about 15 rubles. Almost all restaurants and shops you can pay with Visa and MasterCard payment systems. It should be borne in mind that the banks in Israel are working only from Sunday to Thursday, Friday - until noon, and Saturday - closed. If the amount of purchases, with the exception of rental housing and the vehicle exceeds $ 100, 16% VAT will be returned to the special offices. Hotels in Israel are quite expensive, an average of $ 60-120 per night, so it is very popular hostels, which provide beds, breakfast and free internet for 20 dollars. It is possible for a relatively small amount of money to rent accommodation in the private sector. The cost of lunch or dinner, is highly dependent on the place where you stay (from 50 to 300 shekels), so you need to know in advance the order of prices in some cities.
What to do: sunbathe and dive and snorkel on the sandy beaches of Eilat, take your first diving lessons or hone skills of diving in the coral reef of the Paradise forests, as well as to experience the feeling of weightlessness, splashing in the waters of the Dead Sea. During the cooler months come here more for spiritual blessings. Worth seeing, and it is better to visit the Holy Sepulcher, Calvary Temple Mount, 1, 5-kilometer Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, and of course the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. You should not lose sight of Jaffa (Tel Aviv suburb), with its cozy shops, delicious restaurants and the famous flea market Shuk ha pishpishim.
Visa: is not required, if the trip does not exceed 90 days, but for crossing the border should prepare maximum of supporting documents your travel intentions.
Flights: flight Moscow - Ben Gurion - from 8000 rubles there and back.
Why do you need to go here: Bulgaria has its own currency, which is proudly called "the Bulgarian lev." "Lion" can now be bought for 36 rubles. The visa fee is offset by lower, as compared to the Schengen prices. Here you can find affordable accommodation in the hotel as well as in the private sector (for example, a double room in the resort of Bourgas will cost 23 leva per day), but it is worth remembering: the majority of two-and three-star hotels in this country differ from each other only in the price. Local alcohol - brandy - is located within 15 leva per bottle. A good lunch or dinner - 60-80 leva for two.
What to do: in the summer they come here to correct health and relax on the beaches. The most popular resorts of the Black Sea Riviera - is a small peninsula of Sozopol, famous for its sandy beaches and a romantic harbor, large and bustling Sunny Beach with a large selection of entertainment and user-friendly beaches for every taste and health resort of Golden Sands, which is suitable for families. Winter in Bulgaria is good for skiing. All three mountain systems of Bulgaria - Pirin, Rila and Rhodope - certainly can not be compared to the Alps, but it is safe for beginners. Families with children and novice riders should go to the ski resorts of Pamporovo and Borovets (there are ski schools with Russian-speaking instructors and a full set of slopes of varying difficulty). Bansko resort is famous for its variety of trails. Rila Monastery - the main Orthodox pilgrimage site in the Balkans. Grandmother Vanga fans will be interested in her house-museum in the village of Rupite. Amazing part of the sunken city of Nessebar.
Visa: can be issued ordinary for 1750 rubles (4 days) or urgent for 3,500 rubles (2 days). Bulgaria has not yet joined the Schengen area, but if you have a valid visa for this zone, it is also nice.
Flights: flight Moscow - Sofia - 15 000 rubles there and back.
Why here need to go in a crisis: the Turkish lira exchange rate is not a predatory, such as the euro or the dollar, and currently stands at an average of 28 rubles. To attract tourists, hoteliers have already begun to do for the Russians discount room rates. Frugal travelers can rent a house with local. Room in Istanbul will cost an average of 800 Turkish Liras per month, the apartment - a little more expensive. A meal here can be 5-10 lira, complete dinner - 20-40 pounds. ATMs "Denizbank" across the country, you can withdraw cash from the card "Savings" no commission. Paper rubles to drive is not recommended - you can change them, but the rate in exchange may be even less profitable than the course taken off the euro or the dollar.
What to do: everyone will find in Turkey that is looking for. Beachgoers - solar Marmaris, Side and Kemer. Experienced riders and snowboarders - resorts of Uludag and Palandoken. Archaeologists and history buffs - the ancient city of Phaselis, Ephesus, Troy and Aspendos. Lovers of unusual landscapes - white expanse of Pamukkale. A Christian pilgrims - the holy places in Demre, Antakya and Cappadocia. Special attention is given to Istanbul. Mosque of incredible beauty, among which must see - Blue and Hagia Sophia. Do not forget to go down to the Basilica Cistern, look at the Topkapi Palace, the climb to the Galata Tower, wander through the streets of the old town and a ride on the ferry on the Bosphorus. In winter, be sure to try salep - a traditional warming drink based on milk.
Visa: is not required, a visa-free 60-day period of stay can be extended annually up to 90 days on-site or in advance. It should be borne in mind that since January 1, 2015 term of passport validity shall be not less than 60 days from the end of the visa.
Price tickets: from 19 000 rubles per person (airfare plus lodging and meals at the hotel 3-4 stars for the week).
Why do you need to go here: of course, better to go here all the same with dollars that are in any corner can be exchanged for local currency - Egyptian pounds (in common - guineas lira). If you do not want to communicate with their Grieve exchange rates, check this point with your tour operator - in the major resort towns like Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh often can be exchanged for pounds Russian rubles. In Egypt, for all the tourists traditionally cheap. Most prices easily "opolovinit" thing when shopping - a bargain: the process from the Egyptians erected almost in the national entertainment Rank. Most Egyptian hotel operates on an "all inclusive", which helps to save on vacation. By the way, it is possible that already in the near future the Egyptians will introduce ruble settlements with Russia in the sphere of tourism.
What to do: in the first place - diving. Local Sea - one of the assets of the country: a myriad of colorful fish will not leave anyone indifferent. After - go into the desert: its inhabitants, the Bedouins, earn that show tourists their way of life. Here you can taste Arabian dishes, ride on the sand on a camel or buggy to see a mirage, watch the show, and even spend the night. On one or more days, you can go to Cairo, where the main attractions: the pyramids, archaeological museums, City of the Dead, and everything happening proudly watching Sphinx. In Luxor is worth seeing in the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. If time permits, you can enroll in one of the many diving schools (and receive a certificate) to Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam or windsurfing - Hurghada and Dahab.
Visa: Egyptians canceled 25-dollar fee, and from 15 January to 30 April and visa sticker is pasted in the free airport. On it you can stay in the country one month, if necessary - to extend the visa for another 30 days in any major city. Price tickets: from 26 000 to 80 000 rubles per person (airfare plus lodging and meals at the hotel 3-5 stars for the week).