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Tour operators have opened sales of tours to Greece for summer 2024
Early booking of a summer holiday in Greece is already available for tourists from different regions of the Russian Federation. Russians buy tours in advance, saving up to 55%. For 2024, tour operators are increasing their flight program to Greece and counting on positive sales dynamics.
Spain has become a tourist paradise for Russians
The Spanish authorities continue to be the leader in issuing Schengen visas in Russia, as recently published statistics show. In 2022, a quarter of all documents issued to Russian were Spanish: 154 450 visas out of 603 955.
Tourist flow from Russia to Greece fell by almost 50% in the first quarter
Greece received more than a million foreign tourists in the first quarter of 2023, the tourist flow is growing from both the EU and the US, but the number of tourists from Russia has decreased by almost 50%.
Demand for summer Greece is growing
The demand for tours to Greece in the 2023 season is higher than in the spring of 2022. Of course, it is still far from the sales figures of 2021, but there are positive trends.
Pegas announced the start date of tours to Greece
The tour operator Pegas announced the start date of programs to Greece in the summer season. A flight program to Heraklion (Crete) is on connecting flights of Turkish Airlines, Red Wings and Southwind with a change in Antalya.
Tourist flow from Russia to Greece fell 16 times
Only 36,1 thousand arrivals from Russia were recorded in Greece in 2022. This is 16,2 times less than it was in the pre-pandemic 2019. The flow of tourists from the Russian Federation to Greece in 2022 decreased by 3,3 times compared to 2021.
Tour operators will transport tourists to Greece without connecting flights
Ambotis Holidays now offers tours to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos with ferry transportation from Turkey.
Demand for Italy and Greece increases
Tourists have begun to show greater interest in Italy and Greece compared to last year. There is a noticeable revival of these destinations.
Pegas Touristik started selling beach tour packages to Crete
Tours to Crete (Heraklion) have appeared in Pegas Touristik booking system. The package offer is arranged on the basis of connecting flights in Antalya with departures from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Perm.
Tour packages to Greece from Russia are offered with stop-overs and by ferry boats from Turkey
Tours to Greece for the summer are sold with discounts of up to 30%
Tour operators estimate the increase of bookings to Greece from 15 to 30% (in comparison with the beginning of 2021). The demand for tours to Greece is generally better than expected,
Greece is preparing to open 11 air routes with Russia
The agreement on the resumption of 11 regular flights between Greece and Russia in the summer season was announced by the Federal Air Transport Agency and its Greek counterpart, the Greek Civil Aviation Service.
The three most popular countries among Russian tourists in 2021
In the first half of 2021, the most popular destinations among Russian travelers were Turkey, Cyprus and Greece.
Tez-Tour has extended flight programs to the islands of Greece
The tour operator Tez-Tour announced the extension of the flight programs to the resorts of the islands of Crete, Rhodes and Corfu until the end of October.
Sales of tours to Greece for the autumn season are stable
In the premium segment, there is no decrease in demand for Greece, while in the middle segment, sales are very far from the indicators of 2019.
Tourist market prospects for the autumn season 2021
Tours for the autumn season, 2021, according to the observations of the tourist experts, are quite in demand. In general, the TOP-10 most popular foreign destinations for the autumn season this year, as per the data of tour operators, includes Turkey, UAE, Maldives, Greece, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Abkhazia and Croatia.
ATOR explained Russian tourists the situation with fires in Greece
The situation with fires in Greece remains tense, although most of the large outbreaks have already been taken under control and are taking place outside the tourist areas where Russians spend holidays.
Russian tourists were advised to refrain from visiting Greece due to fires
The Russian Embassy in Greece calls on Russian tourists to refrain from visiting Greece in connection with the ongoing forest fires in the Balkan Peninsula.
Greece is short of charters, but hotels give discounts up to 40%
Tour operators talk about a consistently positive trend in demand for Greece, stressing that an increase in sales is unlikely at the moment. The main problem has not been resolved - the lack of charter transportation.
Greece and Cyprus have opened wider for Russian tourists
The Greek authorities have accelerated the issuance of a QR code, and in Cyprus the cost of PCR tests for COVID-19, which Russian tourists undergo upon arrival, have significantly decreased.
Tourists will fly from Moscow to the Greek Peloponnese and Corfu by direct flights
From July 23, NordStar Airlines will start operations on the route Moscow - Araxos (Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece). Regular flights will be operated twice a week for the benefit of the tour operator Tez Tour.
Greece to change the rules of entry for Russians
All Russians entering Greece from June 30 are required to undergo an express test or PCR test for coronavirus at the border, until the results are received, they will be in the control zone at the entrance.
Greece extended entry conditions for Russians
Greece has extended until July 3 the procedure for the entry of foreign citizens, including Russians.
Tez Tour expands flight program to Greece
The tour operator Tez Tour will send its clients to Crete, Rhodes and Corfu on the flights of Aegean Airlines and Ural Airlines.