tour@expresstorussia.com

Sochi

Federal District: Southern
Founded: 1838
Population: 401 291 (2016 Census)
Area: 176,77 km2
Federal City Day: 4th Saturday of November

Sochi is the Russian Riviera. Sand and pebble beaches stretch nearly 20 miles along the Black Sea coast. Here are the northernmost subtropics in the world. You can swim in the sea from April through October, and ski on the nearby slopes from October into May. Sochi is almost all mountains, forest, and beach. More than 80% of the territory is part of a national park or the Caucasian State Biosphere Reserve. Historical and architectural monuments, unique flora and fauna, magnificent panoramas, mysterious canyons and caves, noisy waterfalls are all found in Sochi’s parks.

Places of Interest

Agura Waterfalls

Agura Waterfalls

Agura Waterfalls are located in Khosta district of Sochi. They are formed by the majestic Agura River flowing down from the Alek Mountains. The highest waterfall is 30m, and the lowest is 20m. The path to the waterfalls winds its way through a sub-tropical forest and is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the area.

Krasnaya Polyana

Krasnaya Polyana

Krasnaya Polyana (Red Meadow) is often called small Russian Switzerland. In the beginning of the XX century, this small settlement became the Imperial hunting grounds. A hunting lodge was built here for the Emperor Nicholas II in 1901, and was soon followed by numerous chalets of Russia's nobility. During Soviet times, this unique resort was abandoned, and it was revived only in the last quarter of the XX century. Today Krasnaya Polyana is a popular skiing and hiking resort.

Matsesta

Matsesta

Matsesta has been a spa resort since 1902. Its sulpur springs had been known earlier, but it took time for the authorities to found a spa here. In the 20th century, the resort was very popular among Soviet workers as well as the party leaders. Joseph Stalin spent summers at his datcha located here.

Stalin\'s Dacha

Stalin\'s Dacha

This 3-storey mansion was built in 1937 as a secret place of rest for Joseph Stalin and painted green for camouflage. Located near his native Georgia, this dacha was Stalin's favorite. After his death, the residence was used by other Soviet leaders. The dacha retains the interior and the atmosphere of Stalin's époque, you can also see his personal belongings. You will see Stalin's wax statue seated at a desk with a smoking pipe in hand. The locals even say that Stalin's ghost haunts the dacha, but you will have to come and see for yourself.

Yew and Box Tree Grove

Yew and Box Tree Grove

Yew-tree grove is located on the south-eastern slope of Mount Akhun ( 2.5 km from the Black Sea) and is part of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve. This is a truly unique area, where many plant species from pre-glacial era can be seen.

Tours in Sochi

Sochi, the Russian Riviera - 3 day tour

3 days and 2 nights

This is our shortest Sochi tour, during which you will get acquainted with the city's major highlights such as the Pushkinskaya Library, Primorskaya Hotel, Riviera Park and Matsesta. You will also take a full day trip to Krasnaya Polyana - an incredible place often called the Russian Switzerland.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$633 From/Per person

Details

Sochi, the Russian Riviera - 5 day tour

5 days and 4 nights

This is our longest Sochi tour which includes all of the major highlights as well as the city's surroundings: Matsesta, Akhun Mountain, Agura Waterfalls, Stalin's dacha and the fascinating Khosta distict with its amazing pre-historic Yew and Box Tree Grove. You will also spend a day in Krasnaya Polyana.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$1096 From/Per person

Details

Sochi, the Russian Riviera - 4 day tour

4 days and 3 nights

During this 4-day tour you will see all major local attractions such as Riviera Park, Matsesta, Akhun Mountain, Agura Waterfalls and even Stalin's dacha. You will also spend a day in Krasnaya Polyana to enjoy gorgeous views, fresh mountain air and delicious Caucasian food.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$884 From/Per person

Details

Join us on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user, we invite you to become a fan of our company on Facebook and read Russian news and travel stories. On this page, you can also learn more about our tours, get special offers and read reviews from our past customers. To become a fan, click here.

We also just launched our own Russian Travel, Culture and Literature Club on Facebook. The club was created to be a place for everyone with an interest in Russia to get to know each other and share experiences, stories, pictures and advice. Here you will also learn about interesting events taking place in Russia, lectures on Russian culture, Russian language lessons with native speakers and more. To join our club, please follow this link.