LEISURE Newsletter, June 2018

Over the past year it is amazing how often I have been asked if it is safe for foreigners to visit Russia. This question always takes me by surprise. Why would it not be safe? I keep thinking – is it not safe for Russians to visit Europe or USA? But the answer is - of course it is safe. Nothing much has changed. Yes our various governments are waving their political swords, but they have been doing that for close to 100 years.
One positive change for you is that the Rouble has again fallen against foreign currency so it is now even cheaper to come to our beautiful country. We still have restaurants serving delicious food, great hotels and a wealth of history. Come and surprise yourself and spread the news.
In this issue we offer you a different region to explore - Sochi - 2 hours flight from Moscow - that can be a pleasant active extension to any program in Russia.

Helen Isaeva

Sochi and Roza Khutor

Sochi Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Region of Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between countries Georgia, Abkhazia and Russia.

Being part of the Caucasian Region, it is one of the few places in Russia with a subtropical climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

The Rosa Khutor is an alpine ski resort in Krasnodar Region of Russia, located at the Aibga Ridge of the Western Caucasus along the Rosa Khutor plateau near Krasnaya Polyana. The resort is 50 kilometers east of the Black Sea at Sochi; the majority of the slopes at Rosa Khutor face northeast, with the backside slopes facing southwest.
Roza Khutor
The XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Gamesn Rosa Khutor (Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi) were hosted here. The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix was held here in 2014. Also, it is one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Summer vacation program in Rosa Khutor

Rosa Khutor "Mountains of entertainment" is a full-fledged summer vacation program for Rosa Khutor. For lovers of am active holidays, there are trekking routes with a visit to the Mendelikha waterfalls park, horseback riding, bicycle rental, and other activities. Fans of extreme leisure can't help visiting the exciting "Yeti Park". And, of course, no one will be indifferent to the unique view, opening from the highest point of the resort - "Stone Pillar".

For lovers of bright emotions - an adventure park at Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi with a walk along the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world of Skybridge.

Rosa Khutor The following programs are available for booking:
  • 2 nights / 3 days,
  • 3 nights / 4 days,
  • 4 nights / 5 days,
  • 5 nights / 6 day,
  • 7 nights / 8 days.
Arrivals are possible on any day of the week.

“Sochi” 5 days’/4 nights’ program - the best of Sochi - Salin Dacha, Olympic objects and a lot more ...

Sochi DAY 1. Arrival to Sochi international airport
You will be met by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Today you have free time to explore the city on your own and have a rest.
You will have an opportunity to enjoy and compare Sochi’s beauty in the daylight and after the sunset, see its architecture, museums, monuments and palace complexes, admire its fountains. You will have a promenade along the Sea Port Quay and magnificent shady paths in the Reviera Park captivating with sweet melodies played by the symphony or folk orchestras. You will be deeply impressed by the monument of the park and garden culture, the world’s largest arboretum – Sochi Dendrarium.

Sochi DAY 2. City tour wit visit of Akhun Mountain, Stalin’s Dacha
Sochi is first of all a resort city. Yet, it has so much more to offer than beaches and the sea. If you want to learn about the history of Sochi, the way our leaders of the past spent there vacation, you cannot miss a visit to Akhun mountain and J.V. Stalin’s Dacha (summer residence).

SochiExcursion to the Joseph Stalin’s Dacha is a unique opportunity to see the world that surrounded the former leader of the Soviet empire with your own eyes. In 1930s and 1940s, chiefs of states and political leaders of various parties used to spend their vacation there. The former dacha is situated in the territory of Zelenaya Roscha (Green Grove) Health Resort. The scenery has remained the same from Stalin’s times.

Sochi Visit to Akhun mountain offers you a unique chance to get to the upper observation point and enjoy an unbelievable view of snow-white peaks of the main Caucasian range, Sochi surroundings, the lush resort itself and, of course, a breath-taking view of the Black Sea.

SochiDAY 3. Olympic Sochi with a Visit to Nizhneimeretinskaya Bay and Krasnaya Polyana, Rosa Khutor Resort.
Olympic venues in Sochi are located in two clusters: seaside and mountain.
Once in Nizhneimeretinskaya Bay in the Seaside cluster, guests will see the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Shayba and Iceberg stadiums, Medal Plaza, Media Center, skating stadium, Fisht stadium and a Hotel Complex Bogatyr designed as a beautiful castle.
Next, we will take you to the mountains, Krasnaya Polyana, on the new combined road/railway that was promptly built for the Olympics.

Sochi Our first stop once in Krasnaya Polyana settlement will be the Bee Garden named “Two Bears”, where you will be able to taste mountain honey from Krasnaya Polyana and learn about benefits of honey. Our guests will also have a chance to buy honey they like and taste mead and sbiten (wine with honey).
The Mountain cluster comprises four parts – Gornaya Karusel, Alpika Service, Rosa Khutor resorts and Gazprom Mountain Tourist Center. All the resorts designed for the Olympics and recreation of city visitors are situated in Esto-Sadok settlement, 10 minute-drive from Krasnaya Polyana settlement.
Our destination is Rosa Khutor resort, where our guests will have an opportunity to walk along the picturesque embankment of Mzymta River and go up to a height of more than 2,200 m above sea level by cableway. It offers three lines of cableways with a viewing point at each level.

SochiOnce you have visited Rosa Khutor alpine resort, you will want to come back again.

DAY 4. Day at Leisure


Meeting with the guide, transfer to the airport for international flight.

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