Southern Comfort. The warmth of Russian hospitality
Black Sea. South of Russia Region

Ecotour local living in ecovillage Sinegorie

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Kuban is a region of endless fields, it is the main agricultural region of Russia. From Don’s steppes (prairies) to mountain ranges of the Caucasus, lie vast territories of this fertile land, like a cup tilting to absorb moisture that the winds from the Black Sea bring along. Ever since ancient times, wide fields along this fast and unpredictable river, which later gave Kuban its name, have attracted visitors.


ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrival to Krasnodar and transfer to the hotel. 
    Krasnodar city is the capital of the Krasnodar region. In 1793 this land was given to Chernomorskiy Cossacks by the Empress Ekaterina II. Since then they settled on the bank of Kuban river and secured this land. The settlement Sinegorie is about 1,5 hour drive from the city and is surrounded by the fields and forests. It counts around 80 family estates. One of them is a family estate Rozoviy Slon which welcomes you to live and experience the Kuban country lifestyle on your own.
  • Greetings with the family
  • Dinner. Free time

Day 2

  • Farmer`s breakfast
  • Introduction tour around the settlement      
    The family estate Rozoviy Slon owns a vast territory of land, where the host family takes care of their own goat farm, hothouse gardens and grows organic grain crops and vegetables. they use traditional methods of farming and consume only homemade products. You will get acquainted with the territory of the settlement and the surroundings, meet neighbors and learn more about the lifestyle of a farmer in Kuban. Endless valleys, fresh air and green forests slow the time down  and make you feel the delight of nature.
  • Russian banya with herbal tea and honey
A famous Russian tradition is to take a hot steam bath, which is heated by firewood. It heals the body and positively affects your health. A cup of herbal tea with local honey gives a pleasant feeling of calmness and makes you forget all the troubles and worries of the city life.
  • Family dinner
  • Free time

  Day 3

  • Breakfast. 
  • Help with farmer`s everyday chores.
Experience daily household chores of the farmer`s family. Try mowing grass with a scythe without using any electric lawn mower. Prepare the haystacks for goats the way it has been made centuries ago. Learn how to make a house from an adobe material using natural ingredients like clay, straw and sand.  
  • Lunch
Help owners set up lunch with homemade ingredients handpicked in the garden. Learn how to cook the specialties of the Russian and Kuban cuisine and taste its delicious flavour.
  • Horse riding
Take a delight in riding a horse across the fields and forests and enjoy listening to the birds singing. Fresh air, forest inhabitants and the nature of this area will truly make this day memorable. For the beginners we offer free courses where you will learn how to take care of the horse, set up a saddle correctly and start riding.
  • Musical evening. Dinner
The best way to end a day in a countryside is to sit together in a living room and listen to the music. At this time you can listen to the gramophone records, which were very popular in the 20th century. There is a large colletion of albums from the most popular Russian and international artists, which will definitely match your musical taste.

  Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Departure to the Black Sea
  • Visit to the Russian Champagne House Abrau-Durso       
 Winery” Abrau Durso” dates back to the days when Emperor Alexander II  ordered to lay foundation for estate “Abrua Durso” by the lake Abrau and  river Durso, which later became the property of Tsar’s family. Development  of wine-making in Abrau Durso started in 1891 and is attributed to Prince  Galitzine’s appointment to the role of the Surveyor of Imperial Vineyards. Champagne House Abrau-Durso welcomes you to taste the local sparkling wine. You can find the one suitable for you.
  • Lunch
  • Free time. Swimming in the sea.
Enjoy swimming in the Black Sea. Salty water, sunny weather and fresh sea breeze gives a wonderful opportunity to relax. The coastline here is different to the one in Mediterranean. The Russian Black Sea coast is the most popular leisure destination for the tourists during summer.

  • Overnight stay in Abrau. Guesthouse check-in.
  • Dinner. Free time. 

  Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Departure to  ethnographic village Ataman
    Fancy riding, traditional Cossacks` wedding ceremony, folk music performance, lunch featuring local cuisine and much more! Ataman is another settlement which shows customs and traditions of the Kuban region. Feel the atmosphere of the traditional Cossacks` lifestyle
  • Lunch in Ataman
  • Visit to the fruit garden. Dinner
During the trip to the eco-friendly gardening plantations you will see and taste organically grown fruits and vegetables. The owner Sergey will explain to you the technolgy and will guide you through the procedure of growing organic food. These methods help to preserve the environment and keep all the vital vitamins in the fruits.
  • Return to the settlement Sinegorie

  Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Walking tour through the forest to the pond  
     
Get closer to nature while walking in a forest. Stroll in a forest will help you truly admire the calmness of the nature. You will pick up mushrooms and gather wild berries which are growing everywhere in this area.
  • Making of homemade goat cheese.
       
Learn the traditional way of making goat cheese and participate in a working process together with farmer`s family.
  • Dinner. Free time.

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Day trip to Krasnodar
    One of the most popular attractions in Krasnodar is without doubt Krasnaya street. You will find a great deal of historic monuments and landmarks along this street. Among them are such historical sites as Ekaterina`s Cathedral, Monuent to Ekaterina II, Alexander Nevsky Military Cathedral, Heroes` Arch at the Cathedral Square and many other unique places really worth visiting.
  • Dinner in the city (available at extra charge)
  • Return to Sinegorie

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to Lefkadia Winery. Lunch
Lefkadia winery is focused on producing wine using only eco-friendly technologies. You will visit wine yards and taste several types of wine. Also you will visit the museum of wine and learn more about local wine-making traditions. After that you will visit cheese factory and see the production of cheese. Then you could purchase some of farmers` organic products 
  • Return to the settlement
  • Evening Cinema Club. Dinner
Sitting in a living room and watching a movie is a good way to spend time together. Afterwards you can take part in the discussion and share your opinion on the film

Day 9

  • Saying goodbye to the farmer`s family

On the last day of the tour you can stroll around the settlement and say goodbye to its owners and their neighbors. After such saturated tour programm you will have time to think about your adventures and probably open new perception of life.

Day 10

  • Transfer to the airport. Departure home 

What's included 
Transport and transfers
Accommodation in a guest-house, living by the family estate of the farmer’s family
Triple room accommodation
Meals-Full-Board
Services of a bilingual tour guide
All tickets and entrance fees to the attractions
Visa invitation letter

Not included 
International flight tickets
Russian Visa Fee

Pricing

Start Dates 2015Private tours
(1-2Pax)

Small Groups
(4-8Pax)

March  01, 08, 15, 22, 291 910 €1 265 €
April  05, 12, 19, 261 910 €1 265 €
May  03, 10, 17, 24, 311 910 €1 265 €
June   07, 14, 21, 28 1 910 €1 265 €
July   05, 12, 19, 261 910 €1 265 €
August  02, 09, 16, 23, 301 910 €1 265 €
September  06, 13, 20, 27 1 910 €1 265 €

*Prices are per person in shared triple/quadriple room
*Single supplement  add. 320 €

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Prices are per person and subject to change depending on the currency exchange rate.Southern Comfort reserves the right to change the order of the tour without undermining the quality of the planned program.