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‘Highlights of Southern Russia’ Tour from Sochi to Krasnodar
This 9-day Southern Russia 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Where you can stay
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- Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
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- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
Prices for 1-4 pax are based on a combined guide-driver, 5+ pax will have a dedicated driver and specialist guide separately.
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