Highlights of Sochi: Dacha of J.Stalin and Spectacular Mount Akhun Views

Private & Custom Tours in Sochi

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Is Sochi just a resort and Olympic city or has it got a historical value? Tour the main city's highlights and find an answer when going to one of its famous destinations, the Green Grove on the slope of Mount Akhun. The Akhun is the highest point in the city, 663m above the sea level. After the construction of Akhun road thousands of visitors have got the opportunity to admire a fabulous view from the observation tower which is on top of the mount. As for Stalin's villa it has become accessible for the visitors since the 80s and has preserved the atmosphere of the 30s. So, this is a trip for the lovers of history and nature. A cup of tea from an authentic Russian samovar is your award after descending the Akhun tower. While driving to the main destinations you will also be able to get a glimpse of a city and feel one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the city which comes from the beautiful mountain landscapes, numerous rivers, green gardens and parks with plenty of evergreen trees and bushes.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Train Station Sochi, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictMeet your guide at the hotel to start with a city highlights overview tour. Sochi city tour will open the door to numerous architectural landmarks - the face of the city, which include modern ensembles, monuments, squares, embankments and boulevards. Among the highlights of the tour are marine station “Morvokzal”, the first church of the Black sea – The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, park “Riviera” and other notable sights of Sochi.You will see: Sochi Railway station - not only an important transport hub but also an architectural monument of federal importance. High arches, majestic columns and a snow-white lookout tower with huge clocks perfectly fit into the Black Sea landscape and attract hundreds of tourists trying to find the differences between Sochi station and its twin in Simferopol, Crimea.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Marine Passenger Terminal, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictSochi passenger seaport - the largest passenger port in the Black Sea. A great photo opportunity!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictThe Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel - actually the oldest and the most beautiful Orthodox temple in the region. It took Russian builders 16 years to construct the snow-white church with a cruciform shape.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Winter Theatre, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictTake a local promenade and Winter Theater - righteously considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Sochi. Its architectural style belongs to Neoclassicism, with its massive columns and ornate cornices. The interior of the building is no less impressive: you’ll enjoy the magnificent golden pillars and the majestic chandelier in the central hall. The architecture of this landmark is not the only reason why people from all over the world travel to Winter Theatre on a daily basis – we are ready to tell you about the rest of them right now.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, Khosta, Khosta District, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictNow go ahead to discover the beauties of Mount Akhun! Mount Akhun, the highest coastal point of Sochi, offers its guests an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Its height is over 690 meters above the sea. The top of this peak is crowned by the observation tower, opening a fabulous all-round view of the city and the neighbouring landscapes. This is a great opportunity to see the city of Sochi with all the surrounding landscapes in full view. It’s really fantastic! The height of this peak impresses even sophisticated travelers and mountaineers. The tower situated on the top of Akhun looks like an ancient castle with century-old secrets and ghosts. When the weather is fine, you can even see the Turkish coast from this observation place. Here, you’ll take magnificent pictures of Sochi, the Black Sea, and the peaks of Greater Caucasus.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Stalin's Summer Residence, Sochi, Greater Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Southern DistrictDuring this tour, you will also visit the historic house-museum Stalin's Dacha - the former Summer Residence of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. It's one of the few real-life relics left in Sochi from the communist times. During the guided tour you will have a chance to see the favourite amenities of Stalin: the shallow indoor pool, the billiard table, the cinema, and much more. Sochi owes much of its development to Stalin. «The Father of Nations» vacationed here every year and actively contributed to the transformation of a provincial southern town into a pan-USSR national health resort. Here, he spent three months every summer from 1936 to 1953, when he died. The building has two stories with the minimalistic interior environment and conspicuous austerity. There are no expensive pictures, pieces of art, and luxurious furniture – this describes the owner of the house as a very ascetic person.At the end of the tour enjoy a private transfer back to your hotel.Duration: 2 hours

What’s included

  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Entrance ticket to Stalin's Dacha
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Stalin's Summer Residence
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to the Observation tower on Akhun Mountain (cost around 5 USD) (weather permitting)
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Entry/Admission - Winter Theatre
  • Entry/Admission - The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain