While I cannot comment qualified on intra-USSR
travel for touristic reasons, there is the following I can shed some light onto:
Having been a citizen of West Germany (FRG
) back then, I participated in two trips to Moscow for touristic reasons.
Such package tours (as individual in group travel) easily could be booked in almost every travel agency.
IIRC, everthing on the Soviet side was handled by Intourist, who also took care of visa.
The first trip in 1985 was a closed group of ballroom dancing students (most of them mature) and we travelled wiht a group of 36 by coach from around Hannover into East Germany (GDR) heading towards SXF
, back the central airport for the GDR.
We boarded a scheduled flight SXF
which was operated by a SU IL
Transfer and everything else was organized, however it was no problem at all to roam the city on our own.
I returned 2 years later as individual in a group via the same routing.
Similar City trips were offered to Moscow and Leningrad (now: St. Petersburg).
More extensive trips were on offer for 1 through 3 weeks of organized travel to Siberia (even onward to China) or the southern republics including cities like Buchara, Samarkand and Tashkent. - The whole family still regrets that we had not gone on such a tour; now ma parents are too old.
Also, vacation trips to the beaches of the Balck Sea were on offer with Jalta and Sochi the most popular spots.
Jalta and Sochi, OTOH, were also the spots that Soviet-people could spend their vacation, provided they were selected to participate in such tours.
Popular travel destinations for summer vacation abroad for East Germans were the beaches of Bulgaria and - to some extent - Yugoslavia and Romania.
Howver, travel was highly controlled, especially to destinations outside the own country.
So much for now,
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !