5-Day Tour From Sochi to Abkhazia
Abkhazia, 10–14 of June and 8–12 of July 2018
Guide — Diana Zukhba
Group: 4–5 people
This tour of Abkhazia is designed specially for fans who will be in Sochi and Rostov-on-Don for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In just 5 days, you’ll be able to see not only the most famous sites of the seaside, but will also get a glimpse into authentic local villages, meet amazing people, and walk among the beautiful mountains of Abkhazia.
The trip will provide numerous opportunities for communicating with locals and discovering their multifaceted culture — including those parts which are not usually revealed to tourists. During this journey you will meet a pagan priest, listen to music played on traditional instruments, try to dance with Abkhazian dancers, and taste the best Abkhazian wines with the people who made them. It will be a tour to remember!
Day 1. (25 June, 8 July)
Your guide will meet you at the Olympic Park railroad station. Just ten minutes later, we’ll be at the border of Abkhazia, crossing it quickly. On the way, we’ll stop at Gagra to investigate some deserted villas in the old part of town, and to have lunch at one of the country’s best restaurants. Next, we’ll drive to Pitsunda, the famed luxury resort of the Soviet era. These days, the resort offers a glimpse at Soviet life; it’s also lovely to walk around its unique relict pine forest.
After Pitsunda, we’ll continue our trip to a traditional Abkhaz village where we will have dinner with locals and learn about their life. Late at night, we’ll get to the capital of Abkhazia — Sukhum and spend the night at Lenon, a four star hotel.
Day 2. (26 June, 9 July)
We’ll spend the whole day walking around the old port city of Sukhum. We’ll stroll along its streets and embankments, visit the Botanical Garden and the National Museum, and then have lunch at one of the city’s best restaurants that offers national cuisine. After lunch, expect a coffee tasting with experts on local culture and history, and a visit to some souvenir shops.
In the afternoon, we’ll go to a nursery that specializes in indigenous grape varieties, which is owned by the largest producer of wine in Abkhazia. We’ll also enjoy a nice wine tasting here. Later, we’ll have dinner in the company of musicians from the national orchestra. The night will be spent at Lenon Hotel.
Day 3. (27 June, 10 July)
Abkhazia is considered a Christian country, but in reality the majority of its people subscribe to an interesting mix of traditional pagan religions and Orthodox Christianity. For breakfast, we’ll drive to the town of Ochamchira to visit an Abkhaz priest. Then we’ll drive on beautiful country roads to the ghost city of Tkuarchal. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the village of Bedia, to visit a 10th century temple.
Then, we’ll go for a late lunch to the village of Arasadzykh, where we can experience the local way of life and enjoy its famous hospitality.
As the sun sets, we’ll see another 10th century temple in the village of Mokva, then drive to thermal springs for a quick dip. We’ll spend our last night at the Lenon Hotel in Sukhum.
Day 4. (28 June, 11 July)
If the group desires it, we can take a trolley to the farmer’s market to buy produce that we’ll take to the mountains with us. Otherwise, we’ll have a nice breakfast then be on our way.
We’ll spend this day at New Athos, a small town about 30 minutes from the capital. New Athos is probably Abkhazia’s most popular destination—and there’s no wondering why! The town has ruins from the first capital of the Abkhaz Kingdom, a giant solutional cave (one of the world’s largest!), and the New Athos Monastery, established by monks from the Greek Athos in the 19th century.
In the late afternoon, we’ll drive to the mountains, to the Ritsa Relic National Park. We’ll watch the sunset at Lake Ritsa, and spend the night in huts at the border of lovely alpine meadows and striking fir forests.
Day 5. (29 June, 12 July)
On this day, depending on weather conditions, we’ll either go trekking to Lake Mzy or to the Seven Lakes Basin. Those who wish will be able to ride horses. Following a picnic in the mountains, we’ll go back to the sea, and cross the border into Russia. Our tour will end at the Adler Railroad Station, or the airport.
Map of the Tour
- full services of a Caucasus Explorer Tour Leader,
- all transportation
- meals (B, L, D), alcohol and water,
- accommodation throughout (Twin),
- all entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary,
- Abkhazian Visa.
- other personal expenses.
Booking and Payment
- Single person supplement – $150
- For booking or any questions please contact Dmitry Lemeshev [email protected]