How to spend a fortune on the 2018 FIFA World Cup and never regret it. Part 1

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Maria Sergeeva
February 1, 2018

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most exciting and expensive sporting events in the world. No wonder if football fans are ready to spend a fortune to get the most of their passion.

If you have always dreamed of remembering the World Cup 2018 for the rest of your live, we will show you the most luxurious way to spend this 2018 World Cup without however throwing money away.

In general, traveling to World Cup is not something you can do for cheap. Especially, if you didn’t prepare the trip in advance. When it comes to planning the next World Cup, it’s never too early. You can start preparing it just after the current Cup terminates, meaning 4 years ahead.

Even 9 months before the Cup, accommodation prices doubled while plane tickets are always  expensive for the period of this major football competition.

2018 FIFA World Cup Tickets

Talking about World Cup Tickets, even If you didn’t plan to economize on this expense, you should at least hurry up to book the coveted places.

The sale of the most expensive VIP tickets for the 2018 World Cup has started on June 7, 2016. ?he price of the 2018 World Cup VIP packages starts from $5,850 to almost $3M a package.

Concerning the regular priced tickets, they are usually sold in several sales phases. There will be 3 sale stages for the Russian Cup just like it was for the World Cup in Brazil four years ago.

Sales Phase 1

Sales Phase 1 has started with the “Random Selection Draw Period” (World Cup ticket lottery) on September 14, 2017 and lasted until October 12, 2017. Its name is due to the fact that it was happening before the draw, which has taken place in December, which means that buying the ticket you don’t know yet who will play with whom in the group stage .

If you are only interested in tickets to the games of your favorite teams, it would be reasonable to book team-specific tickets (TST). You can apply for those tickets even before the draw. In this case, you can even get a refund if your team won’t qualify so there is no risk). TST packages may include between 3 to 7 games and they are only available during the Sales Phase 1.

The most convenient way is to get TST packages, especially the TST7 package, which includes a ticket to the World Cup final, which is tremendously hard to get.

More than 4.9 million tickets to 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have been requested during the first period of the second sales phase, so you’d better hurry up now.

Sales Phase 2

The second period of sales of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets usually happens during the Final Draw in December. That’s when we will find out the groups and the schedule. Just like in the Sales Phase 1, it will start with the “Random Selection Draw” from December, 5  till January, 31 and will be followed by the “First Come First Served” period (March, 13 – April, 3).

Sales Phase 3 – Last Minute Sales

Last minute sales period will be happening from April, 18 until the end of the tournament and it will only be the “First Come First Served” leftover tickets.

How Much Are The 2018 World Cup Tickets?

The best price of the ticket is for Russian resident. Russian residents have a right to the Category 4 ticket, the places are right behind the goal next to the seats of the Category 3. The cheapest tickets will cost Russian residents only 1280 Rubles ($20), which is 5 times cheaper than Category 3 tickets for non-Russian residents.

A ticket to the Final game of the World Cup will cost 7040 Rubles for Russian residents, which is only a little bit over $100.

Category 1 for non-residents  is the highest priced individual tickets priced from $210 to $1100. A single game Category 1 ticket to the Final match of the 2018 World Cup will cost $1100.

Accommodation

Some 40 hotels in Russia  hoping to make a fast back on the “tourist boom” during the upcoming tournament have already been included in a “black list” for offering sky-high prices and further measures are promised.

Now, when the prices are controlled you won’t regret the money spent on the best Russian hotels during the Cup. Here are top 8 luxury hotels in Russian cities when the Cup will take place.

Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

Average room rate: $850

Location: Tverskaya Street 3, near the Kremlin and Red Square
At the O2 Lounge crowning the Ritz-Carlton you can order shots of oxygen to go with your sushi, while looking down on Red Square and the Kremlin.

The hotel has the largest guest rooms in the city at 452 square feet, furnished with polished cherrywood furniture, Frette linens, feather bedding and heated marble bathroom floors.
The Ritz-Carlton Suite has a grand piano, library and sauna, as well as drop-dead-gorgeous views of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow

Average room rate:
$750

Location: Ul. Balchug 1, directly across from the Kremlin

HRH Princess Michael of Kent and David Linley are the talents behind the Princess and Linley suites respectively.  This historic building once housed the studios of famous Russian artists like Kramskoi and Vasnetsov in the late-19th century, who painted the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral from their studios.

The breakfast spread in Restaurant Baltschug Grill is one of the most extravagant in town -- scrambled eggs with caviar.

The hotel’s spa offers yoga sessions overlooking the Kremlin, massages incorporating rose quartz and Philippine seashells plus royal grooming treatments by Truefitt & Hill.

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

Average room rate: $705

Location: 4 Neglinnaya St., near the Bolshoi Theatre, Kremlin and Red Square

You can book a Russian bath at this Moscow stunner where you’ll be presented with a selection of oak, birch and eucalyptus branches for the sauna component of your treatment, followed by a full body peel and organic honey mask and, two hours later, a soap massage.

The Presidential Suite features priceless artworks strung across the living/dining areas and bedroom, replete with a four-poster bed, while the Winter Garden suites have glass walls and rooftop terraces commanding views over the city’s Bolshoi Theatre and State Duma.

StandArt Hotel Moscow. A Member of Design Hotels

Average room rate: $300

Location: Strastnoy Boulevard 2

Located in Moscow, 1 km from Bolshoi Theater, StandArt Hotel Moscow. A Member of Design Hotels features a terrace and views of the city.

Bang in the historic center of Moscow, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring neighborhood hot spots, such as the famous restaurant and café Pushkin and the luxury and antique shopping lanes of Stoleshnikov and Stratsnoy.

This hotel is also rated for the best value in Moscow. Perfectly located for those who are eager to explore Russian culture, guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

Average room rate: $250

Location: Nevsky Prospect 57

Formerly the Nevskij Palace Hotel, the Corinthia reopened in 2009 following the extensive restoration of two adjoining 19th-century buildings, now home to suites and executive rooms.

The makeover retained heritage elements, including black marble floors and a lavish staircase in the glass-encased lobby.

In a nod to the building’s history, the hotel is also home to a small museum paying homage to the Samoilov family of actors who lived here in the 1800s.

Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg

Average room rate:
$300

Location: Bolshaya Morskaya 39,

Celebrating 100 years in 2012, the Hotel Astoria has hosted illustrious guests such as Prince Charles and Pavarotti, no doubt sipping drinks in the Kandinsky Bar (replete with a genuine Kandinsky painting) or indulging in red and black caviar at Davidov Restaurant, where live piano music entertains diners three nights a week.

Named after Russian composers, the suites come with a packing/unpacking service and views over St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The Royal Suite is also decorated with antique artworks and chandeliers from the Astoria’s original collection.

Luciano Residence, Kazan

Average room rate: $200

Location: Ostrovskogo Street 26 / Ulitsa Pravo-Bulachnaya 49

Excellent hotel for solo travelers and the most luxurious in the city, it is located in the heart of Kazan, walking distance from Soviet Lifestyle Museum and Kazan State Theater of Young Spectators. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Bauman Street and Kazan Academic Russian Bolshoi Drama Theatre.

Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg

Average room rate: $350

Location: Borisa Eltsina Street 8

Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg offers 5-star accommodations a short walk from the city square. All rooms feature individual climate control, LCD TVs and bathrooms with deep bathtubs and rain showers.

The spa & fitness center includes a state-of-the-art gym, a sauna, a hammam and a whirlpool bathtub. There’s also an indoor swimming pool with poolside seating and panoramic views of the city.

The hotel features 2 restaurants and 3 lounge bars. The lounge area provides daily complimentary evening cocktails and hors d' oeuvres.

However, if hotel prices are now controlled by the government, nobody can control Airbnb prices, so private owners still hope to make a big deal.

If you would like to learn about top Airbnb mansions in Russia, the most unusual football symbols and the existing possibilities to meet your football idols, you could find the second part of the article on Beam Travel the next week

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