Designed for those who want an outdoor getaway without sacrificing comfort, glamping, (or glamour camping), is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. International travel metasearch Momondo scoured Russia to find the best glamping options the country has to offer - from tents in Karelia to yurts on Lake Baikal.
Nikola-Lenivets (Kaluga District)
Several glamping sites near the ever-changing Nikola-Lenivets Art Park offer a perfect place to enjoy an al fresco holiday in a stunning setting. Modern architecture blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape across the park in this truly unique environment. Accommodation is in spacious double tents installed on wooden platforms to guarantee extra warmth. Each tent is complete with inflatable mattresses, pillows, bed linen, towels and Wi Fi, while shower, toilet and mobile phone charging facilities are just a few steps away. You can get stocked up on food in the nearby supermarket, use the barbecue and grill spaces provided or explore the local cafes.
Price tag: Nikola-Lenivets is 220 km from Moscow and can be accessed by car or bus. Alternatively, you can take a train from Moscow to Kaluga, then catch a taxi to the campsite. Rates for a double tent vary from $23 to $31 per night, depending on the campsite and day of the week.
Lake Otradnoye (Leningrad Oblast)
Just 100 km outside St. Petersburg, a break on the shores of Lake Otradnoye is perfect for quiet walks, sunbathing and swimming. Guests can stay in a cone-shaped tepee, known in Russia as chum. Owing to their traditional design, the chums are pleasantly cool in warm weather, while modern floor-heating systems ensure a comfortable stay during colder weather. The camp also provides wigwam-style cabins to sleep two or four guests: all equipped with real beds and electricity. If you feel peckish, guests can enjoy a barbecue, whip up a meal on an electrical stove rented from reception, or visit the on-site café. The camp also offers a sauna and parking spaces.
Price tag: To reach the Lake Otradnoye campsite by car, drive along Priozerskoye Shosse and take the exit to Plodovoye Village at 106 km. A 2-bed wigwam or a 4-bed chum costs upwards of $23 a night.
Nedostupny Island (Karelia)
Despite a name which means “inaccessible” in Russian, this small green island in the middle of the Vuoksi River is friendly and welcoming to holiday-makers. Set in a dreamy Karelian landscape, the Chunga-Changa camp offers accommodation in cosy wheeled cabins placed securely on wooden platforms. The sauna, showers, barbecues are all within easy reach, as well as gazebos to shelter from the sun. Romantic swings overlook the rivers shining waters, perfect for gazing into the glorious sunsets or even a fishing. The only way to reach the island is by boat, but transfer is free.
Price tag: A day’s glamping for two will cost above of $31, including bed linen, firewood, tableware and a boat.
Pribaikalsky National Park
Maloe More, or the Small Sea, is the part of Baikal Lake between the picturesque bays of the shore and the sand and pebble beaches of Olkhon Island. The clear waters of the Baikal are icy cold, but warm up to 20-26C (68-79F) in the Maloe More shallows during the summer months. Here, travellers can stay in a real Mongol yurt and wake up every day to relish the breath taking scenery and a delicious breakfast. Each yurt has wooden floors, comfy beds, a stove, an open wardrobe and electric lighting. Shower and toilet facilities are located in a separate yurt.
Price tag: The yurt campsite is 260 km away from Irkutsk: 4—5 hours’ drive by mini-bus or car. A 3-bed yurt costs upwards of $23 per person per night; double and single yurts will put you back $30 and $39 per person per night respectively.
Oka River (Tula District)
Nestled on the banks of the Oka River, this camp provides sun- and water-proof safari tents complete with wooden flooring, soft beds, bedside tables, electricity and Wi Fi. A beach with sunbeds, umbrellas, hot showers, a children’s play area and a bar will satisfy even the most demanding holiday makers. Sport-lovers can enjoy the outside gym, play football and volleyball, or go rafting. Culture vultures will be interested in the museum-estate of famous Russian painter Vasily Polenov just 10 km away.
Price tag: 100 km away from Moscow. A night in a roomy safari tent for two will cost you $31-$47 or more, depending on the time of the week.
Environs of Sudak (Crimea)
Perched in a dramatic mountain valley between Alushta and Sudak, the glampsite in Zelenogorye Village caters specifically for yoga-lovers and eco-tourists. Accommodation is available for groups of five to 14 in spacious double tents made from natural cotton. The tents are set up on wooden platforms (to keep your toes warm) and boast electricity, lighting and comfortable sleeping places as well as private showers and toilets. The camp offers both unlimited Wi Fi access and unlimited free tea made from mountain herbs. A mirrored on-site room for yoga classes is available with plenty of mats, as well as a veranda with a free massage chair and treadmill. The waterfalls, lakes and mountains are nothing short of breath-taking, and you can practice your asanas on the plateau just near the camp.
Price tag: $14 per person for groups of 14 guests (double occupancy) or $16 per person for groups of 5—13 guests.