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‘Highlights of Southern Russia’ Tour from Sochi to Krasnodar

Overview

A melting pot of cultures and traditions (and home of the 2014 Winter Olympics!), Southern Russia has plenty to offer tourists who are looking for something different to the typical Moscow and St Petersburg experience. If you want to explore the area around Sochi and get to grips with local life in Southern Russia, then this is the best tour for you. This 9-day tour includes a Cossack culture tour in Ataman, a trip into the Caucasus Mountains, wine tasting and folk-dance performances, as well as a chance to explore the cities of Novorossiysk, Sochi and Krasnodar. 

  • Breadmaking Masterclass in Shapsugskaya Village

  • City tour of Sochi, Novorossiysk, Krasnodar and Gelendzhik

  • Cross the world-famous skybridge

  • Enjoy a Traditional Tea House Experience in Dagomys

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Caucasus Mountains

  • Visit Olympic Park in Sochi

  • Visiting the Ataman Ethnographic Cossack Village

  • Visiting a Russian champagne house in Abrau Durso

Itinerary

Sochi

The largest resort city in Russia, Sochi, is situated on the Sochi River, along the Black Sea. Over the past few years, the city has become a major tourist destination known for its sports with Rosa Khutor Ski Resort close by. It has been a host city for the Winter Olympic Games, Formula 1 Russian Grand prix, and most notably, the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Day 1

Arrival in Sochi

Welcome to Sochi! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point before taking you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

City Tour of Sochi

After breakfast, your Southern Russia tour will begin with a full city tour of Sochi where you will get to visit the embankment, Riviera park, Navaginskaya shopping street, Lenin`s mosaic, Stalin`s Dacha and more.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Riviera park

  • Navaginskaya shopping street

  • Lenin Mosaic

  • Stalin’s Dacha

  • Sochi Olympic Park

  • Fisht Olympic Stadium

  • Free Time

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Roza Khutor

Roza Khutor is a popular ski resort situated in Krasnodar Krai at the Aibga Ridge of the Western Caucasus. The resort was constructed between 2003 and 2011 and is best known for hosting the alpine skiing events for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi. It has since grown in popularity for its Winter sports including skiing and snowboarding.

Day 3

Exploring the Caucasus Mountains

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Caucasus Mountains where you will take the Rosa Khutor cableway to the summit. You will enjoy lunch at the summit followed by a trip to the skybridge, the second longest suspension bridge in the world.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort

  • Caucasus Mountains

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Skybridge

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Free Time

Travel to

Dagomys

Dagnomys is a micro district of Sochi and a popular resort and vacation spot for tourists. Dagomys was originally owned by Emperor Nicholas II of Russia’s family and developed to include a nearby settlement now known as the modern Dagomys. It was developed into a resort around the time of the Russian Revolution when Nicholas II commissioned a botanical garden on the site.

Day 4

Enjoy a Traditional Tea House Experience in Dagomys

Today you will check out of your hotel in Sochi and head towards Gelendzhik. Along the way you will make a stop at the tea houses in Dagomys where you will get the chance to take part in a unique tea tasting experience accompanied by a traditional folk performance.

Сontinue onto Gelendzhik

Your driver will then continue onto Gelendzhik where you will check into your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Gelendzhik resort town

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Dagomys resort

  • Tea tasting experience

  • Traditional folk performance

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Travel to

Abrau Durso

Abrau Durso is a rural location situated near to Lake Abrau in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The settlement was founded in 1870 as a royal winery to the Tsar’s household and was home to several French winemakers before their return to France during the Russian Revolution. The Russian apprentices of these winemakers remained in the region and during the Soviet era Abrau Durso became known for its sparkling wine ‘Sovetskoye Shampanskoye’ (Soviet Champagne).

Day 5

Walking along Lake Abrau

Today you will enjoy a culture-packed day visiting several locations around Gelendzhik. After breakfast, you will begin your Gelendzhik city tour which will include a visit to the dolmens near the city before continuing onto Abrau-Durso.

Сontinue to Novorossiysk

Your driver will pick you up in Abrau and continue to drive to Novorossiysk. On arrival, you will enjoy a full city tour visiting the embankment, Malaya Zemlya war memorial and Mikhail Kutuzov War ship-museum. After you tour of the city, you will be taken to your hotel where you can check-in and get ready for dinner.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Gelendzhik Dolmens

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Abrau-Durso Russian winery

  • Lake Abrau

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Malaya Zemlya

  • Mikhail Kutuzov War ship-museum

Travel to

Ataman

Situated in Krasnodar Krai near Sochi, the Ataman Village is a reconstructed ethnographic museum based on a traditional Cossack village from the past. The village includes a blacksmith, fisherman, barber, and saddlemaker housed in authentic Cossack-style huts surrounded by fortified wooden palisade walls.

Day 6

Visiting the Ataman Ethnographic Cossack Village

After breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Ataman where you will visit the Ataman Ethnographic Cossack Village. Learn more about the history and culture of the Cossack people through preserved artefacts and architecture.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Ataman Ethnographic Cossack Village

  • Cossack culture

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Wine tasting experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Travel to

Krasnodar

A large city situated on the Kuban River in Southern Russia, Krasnodar, originated in 1793 as a fortress built by the Cossacks, and became a well-known trading centre. The city has since been developed into a major economic hub and was named the best city for business in Russia by Forbes in 2012. The 19th century historic centre is popular with tourists along with the Kovalenko Krasnodar Regional Art Museum and the Kuban Cossack Choir.

Day 7

Breadmaking Masterclass in Shapsugskaya Village

After having breakfast at your hotel in Krasnodar you will meet your driver and head for Shapsugskaya Village where you will visit a local family before taking a thrill-seeking Russian jeep “Uazik” ride to dolmen.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Shapsugskaya Village

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Russian jeep “UAZ” ride

  • Dolmen In Shapsug Forest

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Masterclass

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Cossack folk group performance

Day 8

City Tour of Krasnodar

The final day of your Southern Russia experience! After breakfast you will enjoy a full city tour of Krasnodar where you will get to visit scenic parks, monuments and museums.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Museums

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 9

Departure from Krasnodar

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Krasnodar and your driver will take you to airport.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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