Thousands of people have booked tours to Russia to see the World
Cup 2018 which starts on June 14.
Local firms said most tours to Russia had been on sale since last year and had
been fully booked since April. The World Cup tours this year are selling more
easily than the World Cup 2014 in Brazil thanks to more convenient flight
schedule and attractive destinations.
Pham Van Bay, deputy head of Vietravel in Hanoi said they were a ticket
distribution agent for FIFA in South East Asia so they could organise tours to
watch football matches. According to Vietravel, they will have 600 tourists to
Russia this time with two cruises on Volga River.
Saigontourist has 15 tours to see a match in the group stage in St. Petersburg.
The Golden Tour has two tours to watch World Cup matches which last for eight
nights. Fiditour said the number of tourists to Russia normally increased by
15-20% during summer. However, thanks to the world cup that the number of
tourists increased by 70-80% compared to the same period last year.
The prices are 30-40% higher than the usual, at around VND60m (USD2,600) to
VND80m since this is when tourists flock to Russia to see the few weeks of the
white nights. If the customers also book tickets to the matches, the overall
prices reach VND80m to VND150m.
ATtravel offers a tour to see the group stage matches and a tour to see the
final matches at the prices of only VND61m.
Tran Van Long, director of Viet Media Travel, said it was difficult to organise
this year World Cup tours since there weren't many direct flights from HCM City
to Russia. The prices depend a lot on the Russian partners and negotiations are
"Accommodation prices are forecasted to rise by 30% during World Cup," he said.
"The tour prices normally don't include the ticket prices but the firms can help
customers who want to see the matches while letting others enjoy Russia."
The Russian Embassy in Hanoi has provided support to speed up visa process for
those who want to go to Russia for the World Cup.
Dang Thanh Tung, director of Neworld Travel, said tours to Russia were the
hottest event this summer and many firms were fully booked.