From  £1735
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a city tour of Sochi
  • Visit Dagomys Tea Plantation
  • Take a tour of the Soviet Hero City of Novorossiysk
  • See the gigantic Malaya Zemlya war memorial
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Highlights of Southern Russia

8 Day Tour, from £1735 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
30 Sep  -  07 Oct

Explore the southern Russian steppe on this new group tour which begins in the balmy Black Sea resort of Sochi and finishes in Krasnodar, home of the Kuban Cossacks. Experiences include visiting a tea plantation, wine tasting and visiting Stalin's Dacha in Sochi. See the monolithic memorial complex Malaya Zemlya in the Hero City of Novorossiysk and learn about fierce Cossacks and their way of life. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SOCHI
FLY TO SOCHI

Fly via Moscow to Sochi. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights. (D)

DAY 2
SOCHI
SOCHI

Embark on a city tour of Sochi, a host city in the 2018 World Cup, and hear how the 2014 Winter Olympics has transformed this once tired-looking Black Sea resort. Visit the Olympic Park and the main sites of the Winter Olympic Games on a golf cart excursion and visit the Museum of the USSR. Take a walk through the historic centre and see the Cathedral of Archangel Michael, the first Orthodox Church built to commemorate the end of the Caucasian War in 1864. Savour the smells and flavours of Sochi’s central market and venture next door to the outdoor market which offers fresh and dried fruit, spices and the Caucasus seasoning ‘Adjika’, meaning ‘spicy’ in Abkhaz. Visit Stalin’s summer dacha, on the grounds of the Green Grove Spa and see a kitschy wax sculpture of the late dictator standing behind his desk. Take an evening stroll along the promenade lined with busy bars, restaurants and cafes. (B,L)

DAY 3
SOCHI TO GELENDZHIK
SOCHI TO GELENDZHIK

This morning visit Dagomys Tea Plantation – one of the world’s most northern tea plantations. Learn all there is to know about growing tea and experience a Russian tea ceremony, which includes drinking tea served from a traditional samovar, as well as tasting cakes and delicious local honey. Drive along the coast to the quieter resort of Gelendzhik and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B,L,)

DAY 4
GELENDZHIK
GELENDZHIK

This morning, visit the Old Park, located in the village of Kabadinka. This is the first and only architectural theme park on the Black Sea coast and here see examples of ancient Greek, Egypt and medieval architecture amidst beautiful landscaped Mediterranean gardens. Take a cableway to the top of Markhotskiy ridge for fantastic panorama views of Gelendzhik Bay. After lunch, visit one of the most interesting megalithic complexes – a group of three dolmens standing in a row on a hill above the River Zhane. (B,L)

DAY 5
NOVOROSSIYSK
NOVOROSSIYSK

Visit the Soviet Hero City of Novorossiysk, located on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. In 1942, the town was occupied by the German Army, but a small unit of Soviet sailors defended one part of the town for 225 days, until it was liberated by the Red Army in 1943. The city is home to the Russian navy and has many Soviet war memorials including the gigantic Malaya Zemlya as well as the historic museum-ship Mikhail Kutuzov. After lunch visit the winery Abrau Durso, founded on the orders of Tasar Alexander II in 1870. In 1896 under the guidance of Lev Golitsyn, the first sparkling Russian wine was produced from the imperial vineyards here. Overnight in Novorossiysk. (B,L)

DAY 6
ANAPA
ANAPA

Visit the resort-town of Anapa, the sunniest city in Russia, with the longest beach line in Russia. Visit the Gorgippiya museum and after lunch, visit a private winery where you can learn, and more importantly taste, their award-winning wines and liqueurs. In the evening, transfer to Krasnodar and check in to the hotel for 2 nights. (B,L)

DAY 7
KRASNODAR
KRASNODAR

Enjoy a morning guided tour of Krasnodar, founded on the Kuban River in 1793 under the name Yekaterinodar, meaning “Catherine’s Gift”. After the Civil War, the Bolsheviks renamed the city of Krasnodar, meaning either “Beautiful Gift” or “Red Gift”. Wander along Krasnaya Street and see Tsarist-era buildings and European-style architecture, which has earned the city the nickname ‘Little Paris’. Visit the Felicin archaeological history museum to learn about the life of the Kuban locals and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

DAY 8
FLY TO UK
FLY TO UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK via Moscow. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1735 per person
(Single person supplement + £195)

Price Includes

  • Return flights with Aeroflot via Moscow from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in three-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B= breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing tours as specified
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
  • Russian visa support documents

Price Excludes

  • Russian Visa
  • Travel Insurance

 

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Itinerary Dates  
30 Sep 2019
-
07 Oct 2019

Tour Route Map


  1. Russia, Sochi
  2. Russia, Gelendzhik
  3. Russia, Novorossiysk
  4. Russia, Krasnodar

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