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After landing at the airport in Sochi, you will have a free evening to have rest from the flight. You will stay in the ski resort of the region, in the best spa hotel in the country. You will spend the evening in the thermal pool overlooking the Caucasus Mountains, drinking mulled wine.
The mountain cluster of Sochi is four all-season resorts: Gorki Gorod, Gazprom Laura, Gazprom Alpika and Rosa Khutor. Each has its own tourist and entertainment infrastructure: ski slopes with ski lifts, equipment rentals, spa centers, hotels, restaurants, shops. The resorts are located 50 km from Sochi airport and are combined by road and rail. This area is usually called “Krasnaya Polyana”, because of the nearby village of the same name.
The resorts adjoin each other and visitors can easily move between them. Gorki Gorod, Gazprom Alpika and Rosa Khutor are on the same line along the Mzymta River. Gazprom Laura is built on the neighboring ridge and is away from the other three. The entire infrastructure of the resorts was built in 2014 for the Winter Olympic Games.
Gazprom Laura is the most peaceful and utilitarian of all the resorts. The structure of the mountain-tourist center includes: two spa hotels, a ski-biathlon complex, an entertainment center and ski slopes. The resort has 13 cable cars, one of which is the longest in the Krasnaya Polyana — more than five kilometers.
The resort is suitable for quiet skiing. There are fewer people, wider trails and not so steep slope.
The length of the slopes is 23 km, seven of which work until eleven in the evening — this is the largest area of evening skiing in “Polyana”. The complexity of the tracks from “green” to “black”, and the level of their training is the highest among the other resorts.
Gazprom is the only place where you can go cross-country skiing. There are Olympic tracks of the ski-biathlon complex Laura.
The Grand Hotel Polyana is a part of the mountain tourist center Gazprom. It is located in the valley of the River Achipse, at an altitude of 680 meters above sea level. The complex consists of 413 rooms of different categories: “deluxe”, “suite”, “business suite”. There are detached wooden villas with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen and a sauna. On the territory of the hotel there are four restaurants, six swimming pools, one of which is Olympic, fifty meters long, a Wellness center and spa, a children's club, a gym, tennis courts and sports grounds.
Chandelle Blanche is a spa on the territory of the Grand Hotel Polyana. It is a part of the club V35, which unites the best spa centers in the world. Here you can have a full range of health and beauty services: haircuts, pedicure, manicure, body and face massage, peeling and scrubs, classical and hardware beauty treatments, depilation, wraps, solarium, bath treatments, aroma baths and hydro-massage showers.
The pride of the spa is the author's programs for skin care of the body and face from the Swiss brand Valmont. Also there are anti-aging procedures based on the cosmetics of Jean Louis Seba — a plastic surgeon, the founder of Botox injections. Here gas-liquid peeling and non-injected introduction of hyaluronic acid are carried out.
In addition to the procedures, guests of the center can enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym. There are group and individual classes in boxing, swimming, tennis and yoga. Some Wellness and spa services can be booked in the room.
You will have a masterclass with the guidance of an experienced racer on the only Formula 1 track in Russia. The choice of cars: Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini. If you have time, you can take a walk in the Olympic Park and visit the museum of retro cars. After high-speed races you will go to the mountain village, where craft beer is brewed and meat is grilled. The final chord will be Russian wood-fired banya with pear beer.
Sochi Autodrome is the only track in Russia to host Grand Prix of Formula 1. It was designed by Hermann Tilke the author of most of the modern tracks of Royal Races. It was built among the objects of the Olympic Park, with views of the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. Bolides sweep past the ice palace, the curling center and the main Olympic stadium. Guests can take part in a high-speed race, visit the car museum and spend time in shops, restaurants and recreation area in the park.
There are three features that distinguish the Sochi track from the other tracks. The first it is the newest and most expensive. The second is a turn in the shape of the letter "omega", which, according to the racers, is one of the most difficult in the calendar of Formula 1. The third is a specially developed asphalt coating that increases grip with tires and makes the track one of the safest in the world.
We had a great time, if you've never been to Russia, you should come here it's a beautiful country!
Lewis Hamilton, the winner of the Russian Grand Prix 2014 and 2015
Racing masterclass is an opportunity to ride a sports car on the Formula 1 track. There are options from Renault Clio and Audi TT with two hundred horsepower engine, to the extreme track version of Porsche 911 GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 530.
First you need to choose a car and then take a theoretical course on the features of its structure and safety. At the second stage you take a passenger seat and together with the instructor pass one circle. He will show how to pass the turns correctly, choose the best braking and acceleration points. After that you can drive yourself.
At the end of the masterclass you will drive a drift-car Nissan Silvia. To experience extreme drifts at high speeds, the vice-champion of the Intercontinental Cup on Drift will drive the car. Also, there are: a platform for karting, motorcycle school and a museum with an exhibition of legendary cars.
Medoveevka is a mountain village forty kilometers from Sochi. It is former Soviet state farm for honey production. Here is a family brewery Endemic, where craft beer is brewed on spring water. Masters create unusual varieties using the Circassian pear, Krasnopolyansk berries and chestnut honey. Everything is done by hand, from mashing of malt to labeling. Beer is not pasteurized and is not exported outside of Medoveevka.
The hosts will show how beer is brewed and will give for tasting three permanent and two seasonal varieties. Beer will be served with dried meat, smoked cheese and homemade chips. After the excursion in the brewery bar, there will be lunch. In the menu: trout baked with vegetables, sausages from lamb with potatoes with cabbage, shank cooked in dark beer with herbs.
Winter Sochi without mountain skis is like Christmas without gifts. After breakfast you will go to the most popular ski resort in Russia. Independently or with the instructor you will study a lot of tracks surrounded by mountains from which you will have eyes full of tears of happiness. If you wish you can also try dog sleds, tubing or sleighs. You will have lunch at an altitude of two kilometers and then stroll along the evening promenade, visiting different bars and shops.
Rosa Khutor is the most visited and developed resort of “Polyana” by the number of tracks. It is located on two levels: Rosa Dolina and Rosa Plato. The first is the embankment of the Mzymta River, where the promenade is located and the ski lifts start on the slopes. The second is the former Olympic Village, converted into hotels and restaurants.
At the Rosa Khutor there are about a hundred kilometers of different levels of difficulty, which serve 28 lifts. Most of them are Austrian-Swiss eight-seat gondolas. The best view opens from the lift leading from Rosa Khutor to Rosa Plato. Moving over a kilometer gap, you can see the embankment of Mzymta River and the panorama of snow-covered mountain ridges.
The highest point is Rosa Peak is at an altitude of 2,230 m. For those who do not ski, there is a walking ticket. You can climb to the observation platform and have breakfast at the Visota Restaurant. The first lifts start at 7:00, and the time of landing of the last guest from the Rosa Peak is 16:15. For all cable cars there is a single ski pass.
The resort has a lot of restaurants, chain hotels, boutiques, rental offices and ski schools. Shops of famous brands, beauty salons, spa centers, banyas, ice palace. Every season offers something new. There is a children's club, three snow parks, a slope for tubing, walks on huskies, sled runs and paragliding. On holidays and weekends, sports and entertainment activities are organized here.
On this day you will visit the home of Russian champagne — Abrau-Durso. For dinner you will stay at the hotel with a view of the lake, walk through the old cellars and taste eight types of sparkling wine. During the dinner you will take part in a culinary masterclass and cook dishes of Caucasian cuisine: hashlama, Adjarian beef, saburani and fillet of pike perch under plum sauce.
Abrau-Durso is a wine house, founded in 1870. It is located on the shore of the lake of the same name, five hours drive from Sochi. Sparkling wine Abrau-Durso was served on the table of the emperor and during ceremonial receptions in the Kremlin. Pepsi Company imported it to the US and sold it in New York restaurants at the same price as Moët & Chandon and Laurent Perrier.
In Abrau-Durso, champagne is produced by the classical method for more than a hundred years. From the grape juice of the first extraction, the base is first prepared — “a quiet wine”. Then mix different types of wine and form a bouquet of future champagne. The peculiarity of Abrau-Durso champagne is that in addition to the traditional varieties of grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, they also assemble Riesling, Aligote, Pinot Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting wine is bottled and sent to the mountain tunnels for a three-year period.
After three years the bottles are placed with the neck down on a special stand — a music stand. Every day the bottles are turned slightly to gradually get rid of the sediment. In the process it is getting on the cork. This method was invented by Madame Clicquot, and it is called remuage. Further, the disgorging is produced when the bottle neck with the cork is frozen, the retaining bracket is removed and the cork flies. Champagne is clogged with a new cork and wire tie — muzzle.
On the territory of Abrau-Durso hotels, restaurants and spa-centers are build. For the guests there are excursions to the production and tasting of champagne. In the cellars at a depth of thirty meters there is a collection of rare vintage wines that you can try. There is a modern art center, a sailing school and brand shops with products of the wine house. Abrau-Durso is the most visited winery in Europe.
I love Abrau, pour me a glass of it!
Emperor Nicholas II
Imperial is a spa hotel on the territory of the Abrau-Durso wine house. There are five categories of rooms: “standard”, “studio” and three types of “suites”. The interior is made in the style of French Provence, and the windows overlook the lake. The cost of any room includes a visit to the sauna, gym, outdoor swimming pool and a glass of champagne for breakfast.
In the morning you will be waited at the winery, where professionals will show the whole process of production. For a couple of hours, you will have time to visit the museum, the laboratory and taste different varieties of local wine and cheese. When you return to the hotel, you will visit the massage room and take a bath of champagne.
Valley of Lefkadia is a winery, an hour's drive from Abrau-Durso. It produces dry and sparkling wines. In the area of one hundred football fields there are twenty varieties of grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir. The oenologist-consultant of Lefkadia is Patrick Leon, who used to work at the winery of the Rothschild family.
All the grapes in Lefkadia are collected by hand. For aging wine is used oak barrels Seguin Moreau. In the same barrels cognac Remy Martin is aged. Corks and bottles are brought from the south of France, and the laboratory complex has no analogues in Eastern Europe. Under the agreement with Hermitage, a special series with illustrations of works of art on labels is produced. Red dry wine Lefkadia Reserve of the 2011 harvest is presented in the cultural center City of Wine in Bordeaux.
On the territory of production there are: a hotel, a wine house, a restaurant and a museum. During the tour you can try different types of wines with different varieties of farmer cheese: Camembert, Buche de Chevre and Caprette. For tea you will be served several types of honey from their own apiary and you can buy sunflower oil grown in the valley in the special shop.
Champagne SPA is a spa complex on the territory of the Abrau-Durso wine house. It consists of six areas: a reception, an outdoor swimming pool, champagne baths, beauty and massage rooms, thermal zone with several types of saunas.
The peculiarity of the complex are procedures based on champagne. It contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and polyphenols, which increase the body's resistance and strengthen it. It is also rich in acids, which help purify and renew skin. A high sugar content in champagne helps the skin maintain its water balance.
Treatments start with a welcome glass of champagne and a bath with gold, pink or traditional white wine. After twenty minutes a scrub based on the juice of grapes is applied and moisturize the skin with a nourishing cream. After that, face, neck or legs massage is offered. There is a herbal sauna, a hammam and an outdoor pool with views of Abrau Lake. In all rooms there is a soft light and quiet music plays.
After breakfast you will return to Krasnaya Polyana and you will have free time for yourself. You can watch TV, upload photos to Instagram, go shopping or sleep — do what you like. The whole day you will have a car with a driver and if you want to go to the cinema or casino in the evening, just say.
Gorki Gorod is a ski resort located in the Village of Esto-Sadok. It is the largest in the number of off-track infrastructure of all the resorts in “Polyana”. It is located on two main levels — Nizhniy Gorod and Verkhniy Gorod. Nizhniy Gorod this is the Esto-Sadok Village. Verkhniy Gorod this is hotels, restaurants, spa centers and rentals. The levels are combined by car and cableway. Above these marks there are a couple more restaurants, including a maximum of 2,200 meters.
The resort is famous for the variety of entertainment facilities. Restaurants, nightclubs, water park, cinema, shopping center, bowling, spa centers — this is a small city. Here are based hotels Rixos and Marriott, one of the best restaurants in Sochi and the casino.
The resort has prepared slopes for all levels of skiing — from training “green” to complex “black”. There are places for free ride and evening skating. Thirty kilometers of tracks are equipped with modern chairlifts and gondola lifts. Instructor schools, children's ski club, medical centers, hire and repair of equipment are working here. There are snowmobile safaris, skitur, snowshoeing, walks on dog sleds. There is a tubing slope and a snow park.
“Gather your will in a fist and close your eyes!” so the instructor says, encouraging people jumping from two hundred meters. You will visit a modern high-altitude amusement park, where you will stroll over the gorge along the longest suspension bridge in the world. If you wish, you can try one of the several types of bungee jumping or flying on a hanging rope with a speed of 120 km/h. If you decide – you will be given a branded T-shirt, a stuntman's certificate and a video of your jump. You will have lunch in the restaurant with a view of the mountains and plan the evening program as you want.
Skypark is a park of high-altitude entertainment in a half-hour drive from Krasnaya Polyana. Visitors are offered eight rides, six of which are built between the two rocks of the Akhshtyr Gorge, over the Mzymta River. This is a walk along the longest hanging bridge in the world, jumping on an elastic rope from a height of 207 and 69 meters, as well as three types of flights over the gorge on a rope. The other two attractions are rope park and rock climbing with a visit to the cave. On the territory there is a restaurant, a museum and an observation platform.
There are only eight such parks in the world, their feature is bungee jumping. The highest platform, 233 meters high, is located on the TV tower in Macau. Over the thirty years of park history, four million safe jumps have been made. It all starts with weighing and individual selection of the rope. Then it is fixed around the ankles and at the waist. After the jump, each participant is given a memorable T-shirt and a certificate.
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