smarTours Announces Cancelation of Russia Tours

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International Tour Operator Will Not Support Russian Economy with Upcoming Tours


Today, smarTours, a leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations, confirmed the cancelation of its Russia tours. smarTours hopes other travel companies, both small and large, will follow the same path of canceling travel and halting business with Russia. Together as a whole, the travel industry can make a meaningful impact.

“We didn’t make this decision lightly,” says Christine Petersen, CEO of smarTours. “The travel industry is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after the pandemic but when we bring a tour to a country, we are supporting and investing in that destination. In support of the Ukrainian people, we could not support Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. While we understand that the Russian people may not support the invasion, we know that our dollars spent in the country ultimately go to the most powerful.”

All customers who were signed up to participate in the Russia tours have been notified of the cancelation. smarTours will continue to operate other European tours planned for this year. “We hope that travelers continue to experience the joy of travel as travel resumes and also understand the geographic realities of the invasion,” says Petersen. “Travelers can safely visit and support many European countries that are eager to welcome them, particularly after the hardships of the pandemic.”

To find out more about upcoming smarTours tours that are available to U.S. travelers please visit:

About smarTours:
smarTours is a leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations worldwide. The company currently offers more than 75 guided tours to more than 70 countries across all continents. All smarTours trips include international airfare, hotels in convenient locations, knowledgeable English-speaking local guides, in-depth excursions and sightseeing, and many meals. More than 250,000 bucket list trips have been taken since the founding of the company in 1996.

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