Tomsk is located among the endless Siberian plains. This is one of the most interesting cities in the region, where every traveler will find something to do. Outdoor enthusiasts can camp or go for mountaineering and rock climbing. There is a huge number of places for young people to spend their leisure time. The city's wellness centers are equally popular. And the abundance of attractions in Tomsk will pleasantly surprise any tourist.
Tomsk is located on the banks of the Tom River, in the eastern part of Western Siberia. It is the oldest educational and scientific center in Siberia, which covers an area of 294.6 km², where 574,002 people live.
Tomsk was founded at the beginning of the 17th century by the decree of Boris Godunov. Then the city performed a defensive function. However, numerous archaeological excavations confirm that the territory of the city was inhabited long before its foundation. In the 18th century, Tomsk turned into a place of exile for prisoners. At the same time, the city became an important transit trade center. And by the beginning of the 19th century, Tomsk was considered the center of the region's cultural and economic life.
How to get to Tomsk
There are several ways to get to Tomsk from Russian cities:
Tomsk is included in the list of historical cities of Russia and is of great interest to tourists. The architectural monuments of the 18th-20th centuries deserve special attention in the city. Churches, monasteries, museums, parks and avenues of Tomsk are no less popular among travelers. And there are also a huge number of monuments, including quite comical ones, so do not be surprised if during the tour you see a monument to slippers, a ruble, a fabulous character from the cartoon "Once upon a time there was a dog" and many other original sights.
What areas of recreation are available for residents of Tomsk?
As soon as the bans on movement between regions associated with the coronavirus pandemic began to weaken, Tomsk residents began to plan vacations. The geography of opportunities is gradually expanding: in August, the first planes with tourists flew abroad. And although most of the borders are still locked, recreation is becoming more affordable. Albeit with limitations.
When the material was being prepared, the situation regarding the coronavirus was more optimistic, but the latest news is not encouraging: the world is covered by the second wave of coronavirus. Events are moving fast; there is no guarantee that countries will not impose strict quarantine measures. Be sure to weigh all the possible risks before going on a trip.
The start of the 2020 holiday season was not encouraging. Even going to neighboring Khakassia and the Altai Republic, Tomsk residents with incredulity asked each other in social networking groups: would they be quarantined? Wouldn't they be fined for violating the self-isolation regime? But the short Siberian summer and the desire to forget about all the difficulties of this year at least for a while gave courage.
The main discovery of this summer was Russia. In July, due to the complete lack of alternatives in the form of foreign resorts, an unprecedented demand for recreation was observed in the Krasnodar Territory and in the Crimea. Sochi, Anapa, Yalta, Evpatoria and other resort cities of Russia were filled with vacationers, many of whom had not been here for 10-15 years. An unpleasant discovery for many was the prices on the Black Sea coast. And not so much for hotels as for food and leisure.
Great interest (for lack of choice) arose in other regions as well. The Kaliningrad region, Moscow and St. Petersburg, the cities of the Golden Ring, Baikal, Khakassia, Karelia and even Kamchatka have become centers of attraction. This summer, Russians began to discover their country.
The main disappointment from such a holiday is the lack of event tourism. Mass events are still banned, which means that there was neither the Ax Festival, nor the Honeysuckle Festival, which traditionally attracted tourists to Tomsk. The situation is similar in other regions. Many festivals and other exciting events have been canceled. The opening of domestic event tourism is now scheduled for next summer. At least I want to believe it.
The second stage of cashback tours sales starts in October and will last 1.5 months. By the second stage, the program rules are planned to be changed: the minimum threshold for a refund will be removed, and the maximum cashback amount will be 50 thousand rubles (at the first stage - 15 thousand). The minimum number of days off to participate in the program will be reduced from 4 to 2 days to accommodate those planning a short weekend trip. From October 1, the program will also be extended to the Black Sea coast resorts, tours to the Altai Republic, Moscow and St. Petersburg. You can get your money for a vacation in Russia in the form of a cashback to a MIR bank card.
The most anticipated event of this summer for lovers of sea recreation is the resumption of flights with Turkey, Tanzania and the UK, which took place on 1 August. However, for Siberians, the choice turned out to be limited. The fact is that international communication works only when departing from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and Novosibirsk. At the same time, a flight from the Tolmachevo airport, which is more convenient for residents of Tomsk, is possible only to Turkey. This determined the main place of "pilgrimage".