Welcome to Olympic Sochi
5 days/4 hights
Programm of the tour:
1 day - Meeting in the airport/railway station.
Sightseeing "Sochi and Arboretrum Park". Duration: 4 hours.
During this excursion you will see the main monuments of Sochi architecture, admire the beauty of the sea and architecture.
2 day - Breakfast
The Sochi Arboretum is a unique museum where the flora of Caucasus and different countries is represented. The park covers more than 49 hectares and consists of 1,600 species and forms of plants from all over the world. The Arboretum was founded in 1890s by a famous journalist and publisher of that time Stepan Khudyakov. The plants were boughtin botanical gardens of the Crimea, Germany and Caucasus.
The park was constructed the same way as French Italian terrace parks of the end of the 19th century and had been always replenished with new plants. In1922, the park was nationalized. In 1944, it was given to the Sochi Scientificand Research Experimental Forest Station (now Research Institute of Mountain Forestry and Forest Ecology). In 1973, a palm alley of friendly cities was laid in the Arboretum where the leaders of foreign countries plant trees. The Arboretum collection numbers about 20 palm species. The Arboretum consists of two parts: the lower one is plain, and the upper one is situated on a steep mountain slope. The parts are connected by a tunnel and a cable lift. The central part of the park resembles Italian gardens and has many architectural structures. The rest part is an English landscape park laid out on the principal of geography recommended by the founders of the park Professor A. Krasnov and other scientists.
Sightseeing "Olympic Sochi". Duration - 7 hours.
Olympic Park – is the first stage of the excursion. It includes an obseravation of the following Olympic infrastructure in Imeretin valley (costal cluster): the “Fisht” Olympic Stadium , the“Shayba” Arena, the “Bolshoy Ice Dome”, the Ice Cube Curling Centre, the “Iceberg” Skating Palace, the“Adler” speed skating Arena,as well Formula 1 track.Krasnaya Polyana is the most sophisticated ski and snowboard resort in Russia and it is a host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sometimes called the "Russian Courchevel", Krasnaya Polyana village is famous for its unique nature, gorgeous alpine meadows, well-maintained pistes, quality apres-ski, comfortable mini hotels at the village and cozy apres-ski bars. You'll proceed to the mountains' direction, along the beautiful “Mzimta” river to the observation spot,where you'll be able to take wonderful pictures with the Caucasian ridges at the background. Next, you'll have a stop at Chvizhipse springs and taste the “Narzan” mineral water. The springs water is taken from a depth of 200 meters and has a very pleasant taste. Due to concentration of carbondioxide, it's very healthful forblood circulation and tissue breathing stimulation.The next stage of the excursions is an enclosure complex.The complex is a kind of a zoo, where you'll have afascinating meeting with wild animals inhabiting the Caucasus. Staff of the zoo will tell you about habits and habitat of their pets,such as: raccoon dogs, lynx, wild boar, bison, wolves, deer,bears, birds, and other.Also the program includes a apiary visit, where you'll hear some interesting facts about local honey and its health benefits. Of course, you'll be able to taste and to buy some honey for taking with you.
3 day - Breakfast
Sightseeing "Akhun mountain and Green Grove with Stalin's Datcha" - duration 4 hours.
In this tour you can learn a lot of interesting facts about history of Sochi and get acquainted with its sights. The excursion starts from the historic city centre and takes you through the main monuments of Sochi architecture: the Church of Michael the Archangel, Festivalny concert hall, Art Museum, Winter theatre and others. The first stage of excursions entirely devoted to the theme of Stalin's leisure – Stalin's residence - a favorite place of I.V. Stalin for recreation. Here all preserves the memory of the Leader: a fireplace room, wooden paneling on the walls of valuable woodspecies, unique sofa and balconies with wonderful views of the surrounding area. When it was decided to build a country house for Stalin in Sochi, the best geologists and geographers of the Soviet Unionarrived in Sochi to find the most favorable place at the resort. They chose a unique place where 3 air flows meet together: from the mountains, sea and pine forest. You'll hear about life of Stalin, about tragic fate of his family, feel an atmosphere of the time,and see the wax figure, made on precise measurements of Stalin. This excursion will undoubtedly produce a lasting impression on you.
In the second part of the excursion, the impressions will be complemented by a visit to Akhun mountain and its tower - the highest point of Sochi. The Akhun tower was built in 1936 by architect S.Vorobieov. It is 663 meters high or above sea level and definitely worth visiting. It presents a stylized image of original fortress towers in theCaucasus. There is an observation platform, from which you will enjoy a vast panoramic viewover the National park, the Greater Caucasian range, the Sochi coast, and the sea. From the other side of the tower the wonderful view on Adler and central Sochi is very enjoyable too. Akhun is also famous for the rich greenery (over 200 sorts of plants). A well-known tower of 30 meters high welcomes tourists all year round. A restaurant and several cafes located near the tower offer splendid Caucasian cuisine.
4 day - Breakfast Sightseeing "Tea houses. Dagomys tea" - duration 4 hours.
This tour begin with an orientation drive through Sochi. Watch for the beautiful Cathedral of Archangel Michael, known as the protector of the city and all of Russia, and the Classical-style Winter Theatre decorated with 16 Corinthian columns and allegorical figures on the facade. Numerous spas and resorts line our way as we drive by Kurortny Prospekt — a street lined with cypress, laurel and camphortrees. Next, continue the drive along the Plane Tree Lane and view the old Riviera Park, a favorite place to gather for locals. Following this short introductory drive, our coach will take you to Dagomys tea plantation, located eight miles to the north of Sochi. Here you will find long rows of carefully cultivated tea plants, continuously trimmed and pruned to encourage the growth of tender buds with fresh green leaves. Pause for a while at the top of the hill to hear about the tea-growing industry; then you'll proceed to the TeaTasting Hall built in the style of a Russian peasant’s house. This is a fun atmosphere in which to sample a delightful cup of tea in countryside surroundings. A colorful folkloric group will entertain you with songs anddances. Finally, you will have some free time to purchase various local souvenirs, including lacquer boxes from Palekh and Fedoskino, matrioshka dolls, amber goods and packages of tea.5 day. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport/railway station.
- meeting in the airport/railway station
- accommodation in the hotel "Prestige"/hostel "Garage"
- transport services
- excursion services (guide-interpreter)
- transfer to the airport/railway station
- entrance ticket to the Arboretrum park - 10 euro per person
- entrance ticket Stalin's datcha - 10 euro, mountain Akhun - 3 euro per person
- electrocars in Olympic park - 3 euro per person
- cable road Rosa Khutor - 17 euro per adults, 14 euro per child 7-14 years old; Gornaya Karusel - 14 euro per adult, 10 per child 7-14 years old.
- meals during the excursion: from 7 to 13 euro per person.
Prices for groups:
This program is available as an example. We can make changes in connection with your conditions and wishes (duration of stay in Sochi, place of accommodation, excursions and meals etc). Prices can be changed due to the changes of exchange rates.
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