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

Grand Tour

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Highlights of Southern Russia introduces you to the culture, traditions and lifestyle of locals. Krasnodar region is located at the South-West part of Russia. It is the most popular tourist destination all year round. It is the only region where you can find all climate zones. In summer travelers come to the Black and Azov Seas for leisure and recreational holidays, while in winter extreme sport lovers go skiing and snowboarding in the Caucasus mountains. This tour is a great chance to get to know customs and traditions of Southern Russia and enjoy incredible views of sea and mountains.

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Pricing
Start Dates Private tours
(1-4Pax)
Small Groups
(8-15Pax)
Large Groups
(20+ Pax)
May 22, 29 2 840 € 1 490 € 1 290 €
June 05, 12, 19, 26 2 840 € 1 490 € 1 290 €
July 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 2 865 € 1 515 € 1 320 €
August 07, 14, 21, 28 1 685 € 1 515 € 1 320 €
September 04, 11, 18, 25 2 865 € 1 515 € 1 320 €


*Prices are per person in double/twin room
*Single supplement add. 280-370 €



ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrival to Sochi and transfer to a hotel   
Big Sochi is the biggest and the most popular resort in Russia. Only in Sochi sunny coastline, resembling the beaches of the Mediterranean, is situated close to the snow-capped mountain peaks of Krasnaya Polyana, the height of which is more than 2000 m above a sea level. Only in this city you will need just an hour to get from the summer into the winter.
  • Dinner. Free time

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of Sochi  
    When you go on a sightseeing tour in a luxury bus, accompanied by an experienced guide, you will learn a lot of interesting and remarkable facts about the history of the resort-city, visit its sights and enjoy a lot of new impressions. City tour starts from the historic city center, a starting point of the city where its history originated. The first fortifications and spa centers were built here and exotic trees were planted.
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the house-museum Stalin`s Dacha
Stalin`s Dacha is one of the main attractions of the city and one of the most interesting places in Sochi. Dacha in Sochi was a favourite summer residence of Stalin. House-museum is located on the territory of the sanatorium Green Grove. There is a subtropical park there, which creates coolness and comfort during summer. The choice of the location was not accidental. It was carefully chosen by specialists from different fields: builders, doctors, representatives of special forces, etc. Tour to Stalin`s Dacha is devoted to his life in Sochi and the tragic fate of his family.   
  • Free Time
  • Dinner

 Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of the Olympic venues. Coastal cluster  
    Olympic venues in Sochi are located in two clusters: the coastal and the mountain. The best tour guides will show you location of all the Olympic venues. You will visit Imeretinskiy Valley, where the coastal cluster is situated. The Olympic Park was specially built for the Winter Olympic games 2014. Nowadays the Olympic Park has been modified to theme park of attractions with numerous roller-coasters. The Formula 1 Grand Prix race will be held here in October 2014.
  • Lunch
  • Trip to Krasnaya Polyana. Mountain Olympic cluster
The mountain cluster is located at the height of more than 2000 m above the sea level. You will see the settlements called Krasnaya Polyana and Esto-Sadok. Also you will ride a cableway and enjoy the views of the Caucasus chain, which are really breathtaking. 

    • Dinner
    • Free time

     Day 4

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Visit to Tea Houses in Dagomys. Folk dance performance      
      The world`s northernmost tea is grown in Sochi on a highlands between two settlements- Loo and Dagomys, in the village of Uch-Dere. That is where you can taste the real Russian tea. Amazing beauty of the place, museum, tea with honey and home-made cakes are waiting for you.
    • Lunch
    Russian tea ceremony is a good old tradition. What can be better than a company of friends sitting around the table with steaming samovars full of tea, eating mouth-watering cakes with varenje(jam) and  listening to the performance of folk dance group Rus 
    • Departure to Gelendzhik
    • Hotel check-in. Dinner    

     Day 5

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Tour of architectural park “Old Park”, village Kabardinka   
      Old Park is the first architectural theme park on the Black sea coast. Here, covering the area of half-hectar, lies a park representing the main eras in the development of world culture and esthetics: Antique Greece, Ancient Egypt, Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as Eastern and Orthodox cultures and cultures of peoples of the Caucases
    • Tour of dolmens   
      Everybody has probably heard of ancient mysterious stone structures called dolmens. They are located all over the world and are believed to possess mystic powers. People who have visited them claim to have experienced unexplainable feelings and through interaction with them found answers to questions they were looking for a very long time. Scientists and archeologists have been researching the dolmens’ phenomenon for quite a while but nevertheless the abundance of theories about the purpose of these ancient structures has not driven the scientists to a mutual conclusion so far
    • Dinner. Free time.


    Day 6

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Sightseeing tour of hero city Novorossiysk.  
      Novorossiysk is a place where history and modern days live side by side. The sightseeing tour includes visits to memorial complex “Malaya Zemlya” and historical museum-ship ”Mikhail Kutuzov”.  
      The giant memorial complex “Malaya Zemlya”, dedicated to a heroic landing of a squad of marines at Sudzhuk spit, stands as a true symbol of invincible Soviet soldiers.  
      Museum-ship “Mikhail Kutuzov” is the last surviving vessel of Stalin’s “great fleet” and is a veteran of past historic events. It attracts by its grand energy. While standing on the command bridge and listening to the guide’s narration, you will be imagining how this giant once navigated through the Black sea and defeated the enemy.
    • Lunch
    • 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 by the lake Abrau and river Durso, which later became the property of Tsar`s family. Development of champagne industry in Abrau-Durso started in 1891 and is attributed to Prince Galitzine`s apointment to the role of the Surveyor of Imperial Vineyards.
    • Free time. Walk along lake Abrau
    • Dinner. Return to Gelendzhik

     Day 7

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Departure to ethnographic village Ataman. 
      Fancy riding, wedding ceremony in Cossack traditions, folk music performance, lunch featuring local cuisine and much more! Ataman is unique settlement where customs and traditions of Kuban region are presented. Go there and experience  Cossacks` traditional lifestyle.
    • Lunch in Ataman. Traditional Kuban cuisine        
    • Wine tasting tour of Fanagoria winery
      Everybody has probably heard of ancient mysterious stone structures called dolmens. They are located all over the world and are believed to possess mystic powers. People who have visited them claim to have experienced unexplainable feelings and through interaction with them found answers to questions they were looking for a very long time. Scientists and archeologists have been researching the dolmens’ phenomenon for quite a while but nevertheless the abundance of theories about the purpose of these ancient structures has not driven the scientists to a mutual conclusion so far
    • Dinner. Free time.

     Day 8

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Visit to the eco-village Sinegorie 
      Meet the farmer`s family and get acquainted with their family estate. Try mowing grass with a scythe without using any gasoline lawn mower. Prepare the haystacks for goats the way it has been done centuries ago. Milk the goats and prepare homemade goat cheese. Learn how to make a house from an adobe material using natural ingredients like clay, straw and sand. Help owners to set up lunch with homemade ingredients from garden. Learn how to cook the specialties of  the Russian and Kuban cuisine and taste its delicious flavour. Endless valleys, fresh air and green forests slow down the time and make you feel the delight of nature.
    • Lunch with farmer`s family.
    • Visit to the fruit garden 
      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 technology and will guide you through the procedure of growing organic food. These methods are safe for the environment and help preserve all the vitamins in the fruits.
    • Dinner. Return to Krasnodar

    Day 9

    • Breakfast 
    • Sightseeing tour of 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, Monument to Ekaterina II, Alexander Nevsky Military Cathedral, Heroe`s Arc at the former Cathedral Square and many other unique places worth visiting. In the afternoon you will have time to go shopping and get some souvenirs which will remind you about your visit to the Southern capital. Evening views of Kuban river are really amazing and make you truly enjoy your stay in Krasnodar. 
    • Dinner. Free time

    Day 10

    • Hotel check-out
    • Transfer to the airport. Departure home.

    What’s included
    Transport and transfers.
    4 Star hotel accommodation
    Breakfasts
    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