Saransk fans offered diverse tourist routes

Saransk fans offered diverse tourist routes

Five tourist routes for individual and group exploration were on the menu for fans visiting the Republic of Mordovia's capital, Saransk, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Director of the Republic of Mordovia Tourism Information Centre Ekaterina Gavina said speaking at the City Press Centre.

Two guided tours were held on each match day, as well the day before and the day after. The remaining three were all-day trips to various parts of the Republic, she said.

The Last Mile Saransk walking tour linking all of the city's major sights was a special favourite among fans. Gavina said that the centre had organised 122 such tours, which were free for fans and tourists.

Gavina added that tour guides trained by the centre and tourist agencies held 958 tours in total, including 483 in Russian, 425 in English, 48 in Spanish, and two in Persian.

The tourist centre and Mordovia's Ministry of Culture also created audio tours that were posted on the Republic's tourist website and the official World Cup website, welcome2018.com.

Gavina added that the centre and the regional Ministry of Culture created and distributed tourist maps of Saransk in Russian, English, and Spanish.

Based on the fans' interests, the centre offered special tours in addition to its main ones that included outings for fans with children, the Night Gastronomic Life, and the Beer Mile.

Plans are underway for a roadmap to build on the World Cup heritage to raise the region's attractiveness as a tourist destination, Gavina said. The map will include routes based on the World Cup experience, recommendations to restaurants to include dishes from participating countries, excursions for hotels to places where football stars stayed in the city, and much more.

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