Recommended period: May-October
Destination: Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana, Imeritian resort Olympic Park
Main sights: Stalin’s Dacha in Zelyonaya Roscha, «Dendrariy» park, resort cableway in Krasnaya Polyana, cultural and ethnographic center «My Russia», «Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi», Ethnographic museum, 33 waterfalls on the Dzhegosh stream, «Fisht» stadium
Transport: comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
Welcome to the largest resort town of Russia sunny Sochi! You will meet your guide in the airport and you will start your unforgettable and unique journey.
First we will go for a sightseeing tour around Sochi along seashore. You will explore the most popular places of Sochi - the famous Russian seaside resort and learn about its history. You will go through the historic center: the Winter Theatre, the Sea Port, Primorsky Boulevard, you will see the monument to Archangel Michael - the patron saint of the city of Sochi, the health resorts resembling magnificent palaces.
After sightseeing tour you will have a visit to Stalin’s dacha located in Zelyonaya Roscha. Stalin's Dacha is one of the most important sights of the city. In a huge, shady and quiet park, past and present intersect. Here you will learn details that reveal the character and lifestyle of the Russian leader, see the preserved interiors and pieces of furniture, enjoy the atmosphere of that era and the unique air.
Then you will go through «Dendrariy» subtropical park. The arboretum is one of the main attractions of Sochi and its visiting card. It is home of 2,000 exotic and rare plants brought from different parts of the world, a unique collection of subtropical flora and fauna is collected. In addition you can meet there a variety of vegetation, rare animals and birds can be seen on the territory of the arboretum.
And finally after excursions your guide will help you to check-in at the hotel (after 14.00). There you can rest and relax, as well as have lunch or dinner on your own in one of the nearby restaurants - your guide will be happy to tell you where to go.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast you will meet with tour guide at the hotel lobby and go along the old mountain highway to Krasnaya Polyana.
On the way to Krasnaya Polyana we will stop at a viewing platform in the Akh-Tsu gorge - which has a unique and inimitable landscape, formed about 20 million years ago. You can take photoes against the backdrop of gorgeous views and also see the rocky road to the famous village..
Krasnaya Polyana is an unique and rapidly developing mountain resort, which has many historical, cultural and natural attractions annually visited by thousands of tourists. You will be amazed by the magnificent views open from its mountain hills and the clean mountain air always gives strength and energy. During the Olympic Games in 2014 Krasnaya Polyana successfully hosted competitions in most sports disciplines. Now it is a favorite place for skiers and fans of extreme sports. Then you will go on the cable car with an ascent to an altitude of + 2000m and enjoy a panorama of the Caucasus Mountains and Olympic facilities in the Imeretinsky lowland on the shores of the Black Sea.
After that we offer you to to visit cultural and ethnographic center «My Russia» — 11 thematic pavilions representing Russia in a miniature, museum exhibits and interactive areas. Each building is built taking into account the cultural, historical and architectural features of the region represented.
Your tour guide will recommend you to get a rest and to taste national cuisine in one of the local restaurants on the territory of Krasnaya Polyana.
The tour continues with breathtaking excursion to the «AJ Hackett Skypark Sochi» - one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world. The park is located in the Akhshtyrsky gorge, the vaults of which rise 200 meters above the Mzymta River. Beautiful panoramic views are the hallmark of Skypark. The Caucasian mountain range, the Akhshtyr gorge, the Mzymta river, the Black Sea, Korabelny rocks - these are just some of the beauties that a visitor of the park will see.
At the end of this tour day we turn you back to Sochi.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast your guide invite you for the excursion to the Lazarevsky district - the most northern district of the city, where you will explore the most remarkable places on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus, the natural landmark called 33 Waterfalls on the Dzhegosh Stream.
At first you will see a legendary Tulip Tree (Liriodendron Tulipifera) in Golovinka village – it is a huge tree with giant flowers, which is already 750 years old and it takes more than 10 people to embrace the trunk of this tree.
During the tour you will learn about the Caucasian ethnography, about the lifestyle and traditions of the native inhabitants of the coast, enjoy the magnificent mountain landscapes, visit the Ethnographic museum.
Then you will ride an off-road vehicle along the bed of the greatest river in the Lazarevsky region, the Shakhe and see the natural monument «33 waterfalls on the Dzhegosh stream» which is one of the most popular excursion sites in the Lazarevsky district of Sochi. In the picturesque gorge there are numerous small in height waterfalls, rapids, which attract tourists and sightseers with their beauty. At the end of the excursion, you will have the opportunity to walk in the park, make a beautiful photo session, breath in the clean mountain air, this excellent place for walking will not leave you indifferent, and will leave only pleasant memories for a long time.
And at the end of this tour day your guide will accompany you to the hotel where you can relax or walk around the city on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, check out.
In the morning your guide will invite you to the Olympic Park - one of the most important objects of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. You will go to the Imeretian resort town of Adler and enjoy an exciting walk through the Olympic Park by golf carts – you can observe ice arenas, «Fisht» stadium, take photos on Medals Plaza against the background of the Wall of Champions, bowls of Olympic flame and other Olympic objects. There are sports facilities where competitions in figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey, short track, curling were held. Finally you will have a chance to visit to «Fisht» stadium: the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games-2014 and other landmark matches of the FIFA World Cup-2018 were held here.
And at the end of the journey your guide will accompany you to the airport.
Departure Point the airport or the railway station
Departure Time Morning
Return Details the airport or the railway station
What is included
• accommodation 3 nights with breakfast
• Stalin’s Dacha in Zelyonaya Roscha, «Dendrariy» park, cultural and ethnographic center «My Russia», Ethnographic museum, 33 waterfalls, «Fisht» stadium
resort cableway in Krasnaya Polyana, golf carts in the Olympic park
«Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi»
• comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
• licensed English speaking guide
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site