Monday – Sochi
Arrival in Sochi. Transfer to the Hotel
On arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel and then take a brief sightseeing tour. Overnight Sochi.
Tuesday - Sochi
Trip to Krasnaya Polyana. Caucasus National Park. Sochi Sky Park
Today we begin by heading up into the mountains where you’ll discover the largest Russian ski resorts. These resorts attract visitors year round on account of the breathtaking scenery; we’ll travel up the mountain to a height of 2,320 metres above sea level by cable car. Next stop is the Caucasus National Reserve, an animal park where you’ll have the chance to see wild animals and learn about the area’s flora and fauna. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the Sochi Sky Park, an adventure park which contains the world’s longest hanging bridge. It’s an impressive 439 metres long and is found 207 metres above the ground. If you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the bridge and gaze down upon the river in the ravine below, taking photos from the observation platform located midway across the canyon. Overnight Sochi.
Wednesday – Dagomys - Gelendzhik
Visit to the Tea Houses in Dagomys. Gelendshik City Tour
The world`s northernmost tea can be found growing near Sochi in the village of Uch-Dere, high above the settlements of Loo and Dagomys. We’ll be able to experience a typically Russian tea ceremony and feast on homemade cake and honey while watching a captivating show put on by the folk dance group Rus. Later, we’ll make our way to Gelendzhik where we’ll have a city tour before checking into our hotel. Overnight Gelendzhik.
Thursday – Gelendzhik - Novorossiysk - Gelendzhik
Sightseeing Tour of Hero City Novorossiysk. Visit to Abrau-Durso Winery
Our destination is Novorossiysk, known as a hero city. There, we’ll see the Malaya Zemlya memorial complex, dedicated to the marines who landed at Sudzhuk spit, the symbol of Soviet invincibility. We’ll also visit Mikhail Kutuzov, a historic ship that once formed part of the Russian fleet under Stalin and which in its heyday patrolled the Black Sea. After our city tour, we will arrive at the Abrau-Durso champagne house, a winery with a long history. Founded by Emperor Alexander II, champagne production here began in the late 19th century and is attributed to Prince Galitzine`s appointment to the role of the Surveyor of Imperial Vineyards. At the end of the tour we will return to Gelendzhik. Overnight Gelendzhik.
Friday - Krasnodar
Visit to Ethnographic Village Ataman. Fanagoria Wine Tasting
Ataman is renowned for its ancient Cossack traditions and it is here that we’ll learn more. There’ll be some skilful riding, live folk music and a reenactment of a typical Cossack wedding. After lunch, we will travel to Fanagoria Winery for a wine tasting tour before driving on to Krasnodar for an overnight stay. Overnight Krasnodar.
Saturday - Krasnodar
Sightseeing Tour of Krasnodar
This interesting city is the final stop in our Highlights of Southern Russia itinerary. A stroll along Krasnaya Street is without a doubt the best place to start, as it is along this road that you’ll find Ekaterina`s Cathedral, the Monument to Ekaterina II, Alexander Nevsky Military Cathedral, the Triumphal Arch in the former Cathedral Square and much more. There’ll be time to go souvenir shopping and to take in the extraordinary view across the Kuban river in the evening, the perfect end to our tour. Overnight Krasnodar.
Tour Dates & Prices
Sunday - Krasnodar
Departure for the Airport
Today marks the end of your tour and our driver will be waiting in the hotel lobby.
Hotel Russian House 3*
The 3-star Barkhatnye Sezony Russky Dom Resort is located in the southernmost of Sochi’s four districts, Adler, close to a beautiful subtropical park. It offers a wealth of facilities including free Wi-Fi, free car parking and even a children’s playground.On site, there’s a restaurant serving European cuisine. Rooms at the Barkhatnye Sezony Russky Dom Resort are furnished to a comfortable standard, with air conditioning and flat screen TV with satellite channels in every room. The en suite bathroom comes with hair dryer and toiletries.Learn more
Hotel Grand Zhemchuzhina Sochi 4*
The Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina occupies a prime waterfront location in downtown Sochi. From the hotel, guests have excellent views of both the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. Its private sandy beach is well equipped with sun loungers, parasols, changing rooms and showers, while its heated salt water swimming pool offers an alternative.
Hotel Favorit Gelendzhik 3*
This attractive three-star hotel is just an eight-minute walk from the promenade and seafront. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of supermarkets, a pharmacy, shops, bank and post office. The bus stop is just 100m away, linking the hotel to the rest of town. There’s a water park less than a kilometre away.Learn more
Hotel Kompass Cruise Gelendzhik 4*
A popular choice with guests staying in Gelendzhik Bay, the 4-star Kompass Cruise is close to the sea front. Designed to resemble a cruise liner, the nautical theme is reflected in the clean lines of its interior decor as well as its Carte Marine Restaurant which specialises in seafood as well as international cuisine. In addition, the Avsteria cafe serves a selection of Russian dishes.
Hotel Carat Krasnodar 3*
The 3-star Carat Hotel is well located within Krasnodar and is popular with guests. It offers a range of services on site including free Wi-Fi, free parking, a sauna and a fitness centre. The hotel has its own restaurant on the premises. Families will be delighted to find a children’s playground as well as small dip pool.
Hotel Bristol Krasnodar 4*
The delightful Hotel Bristol is elegantly decorated, combining the style of the French bourgeoisie with the opulence of the Russian nobility. With just 24 rooms, it has an intimate feel. Public spaces include an airy lounge with beautiful fireplace, a restaurant serving the best of Russian and European cuisine and even its own library. The central location means that the shops and restaurants of Krasnodar are conveniently on your doorstep and there are excellent views of the city from the hotel’s large veranda.Attentive staff ensure that this hotel receives consistently good reviews for service.
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