A mountain fairy tale, endless valleys and picturesque waterfalls near Sochi – Road.Travel

A mountain fairy tale, endless valleys and picturesque waterfalls near Sochi

Road Trip Route. Take a dip in the icy font of a waterfall., Have a luxurious picnic on a mountain glade., Get your nerve tickled at the extreme park..

**Macesta-Adler-Krasnaya Polyana** Arrange yourself an unforgettable auto-trip with children from which you will be delighted! You can enjoy delightful views of canyons and caves, refresh yourself in the powerful stream of the waterfall and tickle your nerves in the extreme park. The mysteries of the ancient castle, mini-tour through the real mountain fairy tale, cable car ride and picnic on the flower meadow with crazy views await you. Bright adventures! **Tour features:** - Peaceful walks in the mountains; - Fascinating legends and stories; - Suitable for families with children over 10 years old. **Recommendations:** - Don't forget swimwear and sunscreen. - Vaccination certificate may be required for hotel accommodation, please check with the accommodation facility in advance. - Take drinking water, food and a cooler bag for a picnic on the first day of your trip. - Comfortable shoes for walking in the mountains are necessary. -You also need warm clothes: the cave and mountains are cool even on summer days. - If you like fishing, bring your favorite fishing rod.

Uninhabited Nature, Families with Kids. From: Sochi

Светлана Берило. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Breathtaking scenery, an ancient castle and a picnic in a flower meadow

Do you want to feel the icy drops of a powerful waterfall on your cheeks in the summer heat? Or maybe you have the courage to dive into the invigorating waterfall? Today you will have that opportunity! Besides the walk to the waterfalls, you'll have a photo session near the ancient castle, acquaintance with Stalin's favorite dacha and family lunch on the flower meadow with a mind-blowing view.


Let's go on adventures! Before you leave town, don't forget to buy some goodies for your picnic.

Ozero Tri Klyucha

Here you can forget about the noise of the big cities. You can experience the countryside, watch geese stroll leisurely, pet a grazing horse, or try your luck with a fishing rod. The lake "Three Springs" is also suitable for bathing, it is filled with springs from underground springs and will be perfectly refreshing on a hot day. **Please note:**. Entrance to the territory is paid. Adult ticket costs 350 rubles, children under 12 years old are free of charge. The price of the ticket includes the use of the gazebo, barbecue and boat.

Agurskiye Vodopady

Grab your swimsuit and hike to the waterfalls. The 30-metre waterfall will thrill the whole family as a stream of water flows into a natural pool, the colour of which changes with the weather. You can continue your hike down to the Devil's Fist Lake, where you can enjoy the silence and a swim. **More importantly:** Leave your car at the parking lot at the entrance to the park, from the upper Agursky waterfall you can walk up to the observation point of Eagle Rocks. The distance is about 700 metres, but the trail goes upwards.

Орлиные Скалы

According to legend, the ancient Greek hero Prometheus, who gave fire to mankind, was chained here. Birds have been pecking at the chained titan for centuries, so the steep cliffs became known as Eagle Rocks. If you have enough strength to get to the top, you can make a photo with the statue of the legendary Prometheus and admire the enchanting view of the Caucasus Mountains. Eagle Rocks is an object of the Sochi National Park, and entrance to their territory is paid. Adult ticket - 150 rubles, children under 7 years old - free of charge.

Picnic area

It's about time we had a picnic! It's said that everything tastes better than usual on this sun-drenched glade. The scent of the pizunda pine and the stunning view of the sea will not leave anyone indifferent. Grab a ball or a badminton set: the spacious glade is the perfect playground for outdoor games.

Stalin's Villa (Дача Сталина / Stalin's Villa)

Want to know amazing details revealing Stalin's character and habits? Welcome to the leader's favorite dacha! Amazingly, this residence has preserved its original appearance. So you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of that era and even feel the aromas of the garden, which Stalin so adored. Ticket price: for adults from 14 years old - 350 rubles, for children 7-3 years old - 200 rubles. "Stalin's Dacha" is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00.

Башня на горе Ахун / Tower on The Akhun Mountain

"Build an observation tower!" - Stalin once ordered, pointing to the Big Akhun Mountain. This is how this unique place, resembling a medieval castle and a defensive fortress, came to be. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin also visited it. Now it's your turn to climb the 30-meter tower and admire the view of the mountains, tea plantations and the Seaport. In clear weather you can get a glimpse of neighbouring Abkhazia. Entrance for guests is from 9:00 to 21:00, the cost of the visit is 100 rubles.

Cafe "Bali"

You've had a busy day. You can exchange impressions with your family at the cozy restaurant "Bali". The guests of this place rate the khachapuri on sajarski at 10 out of 10. Aromatic kebab from local cooks also causes delight. And what would you prefer? The restaurant is open daily from 10:00 till midnight.

Day 2: Boxwood Grove Walk, Mysterious Cave and Extreme Attractions

Take a deep breath! Today you'll stroll through a unique grove of scents that will make your head spin, visit a mysterious cave, take selfies at an enchanting waterfall and face your fears in the extreme park.

Тисо-самшитовая роща

Start your day with a walk through a unique yew and boxwood grove and you will be transported back to the prehistoric times of conifers. According to scientists, the atmosphere here has remained virtually unchanged for millions of years. Take a deep breath, as the scents of conifers can chase away any ailment. Entrance to the grove is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. Children ticket (7-12 years old) is 100 rubles and adult ticket - 300 rubles. There is free parking at the entrance to the reserve where you can leave your car.

Devil's Gate Canyon

The Devil's Gate Canyon is one of the most picturesque places in the vicinity of Sochi. Inside the canyon there is a miniature lake with a diameter of about 12 meters. You will be fascinated by the patterns on its smooth surface, which are created by the sun's rays penetrating between the rocks. The bravest can take a dip in the crystal clear lake, even on the hottest day it remains ice-cold. Entrance to the canyon is free. Near the lake you can have a small picnic. Local guides offer small paid tours around the canyon.

Restoran Navalishenskoye Ushchel'ye

It's the right time to get to know all the subtleties of Caucasian cuisine! Try a salad with crispy eggplants, lula kebab or kharcho soup while admiring the lush greenery on the river bank. There is a children's playground and a sauna on the territory of the restaurant. The facility is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.

Vorontsovskiye Peshchery

If you're not quite sure how to distinguish between stalagmites and stalactites, a visit to the Vorontsov Caves will clear up this misunderstanding. Here you will learn how stone columns are formed, whether bats are dangerous, and what the camps of ancient people looked like. This is one of the longest caves in Russia and probably one of the most mysterious. Grab a sweater with long sleeves: it's quite chilly in the caves. Entrance is available daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Cost of adult ticket (from 12 years old) - 350 rubles, for child from 7 to 12 years old - 200 rubles.

Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi

It's time for bright emotions! The incredible views of the Caucasian nature, soaring suspension bridge for hiking in the air and rides at crazy heights where you have to face your fears are waiting for you. There are several cafes to choose from in the park where you'll have a delicious dinner with a stunning view. Pay attention to panoramic restaurant KAURI, where you'll be able to try dishes with an interesting author's serving. There is also a cozy pizzeria and a grill bar in the park. Park is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00. Cost of the entrance ticket for adults is 1700 rubles. Children ticket (7-15 years old inclusive) - 800 rubles. If you buy tickets online you'll get 10% discount. Tickets will be sent by e-mail within an hour after the payment so we recommend to buy them in advance. Official website: [https://skypark.ru/](https://skypark.ru/)

Day 3: Russia in miniature, cableway and waterfall park

Today you will take an unforgettable journey by cable car to the tops of the mountains, refresh yourself in the waterfall park and get acquainted with the traditions of the Russian peoples in the ethno park.

Park Green Planet

Want to ride giraffes or elephants? Now you don't have to travel to another continent to do so. Stop by Green Planet Park, which has over a hundred bushy animal sculptures. You can hug each of them or even "ride" one of them. The park is open daily from 9:00 to 19:00. Admission is free.

Культурно-этнографический центр "Моя Россия"

Touch the Chelyabinsk meteorite, learn the secrets of Asian longevity or make painted valenki with your own hands. All this is possible in the open-air ethnopark. Once you are full of impressions you can have a rest in one of the national cafes. Stop for lunch at the legendary pelmeni shop in the "Siberia" pavilion or taste tsar's dishes according to old recipes in the "Moscow" restaurant. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. My Russia Park website: [https://myruss.su/](https://myruss.su/) Better to buy a single ticket for entry to the park "My Russia" + cableways + Waterfall Park on the website of "Rosa Khutor": [https://rosakhutor.com](https://rosakhutor.com). Such ticket will cost about 2000 rubles for an adult and almost twice cheaper for a child. The cost depends on the date of the visit.


Take a breeze ride on a sled that glides on rails. Accelerate up to 40 km/h and feel the adrenaline in your blood as you make the turns. Guests taller than 135 cm are allowed on the rodelbane. Working hours: from 10:00 till 19:30. Ticket price: from 990 rubles when buying online for the next or following days: [https://rosakhutor.com/entertainment/rodelban/](https://rosakhutor.com/entertainment/rodelban/)

Роза хутор подёмник

Enjoy the amazing air, silence and stunning views of the majestic mountains. A cable car ride will give you a feeling of flight and will delight children and adults alike. **Important:** Ticket prices are subject to visit dates. To find out prices and buy tickets, please visit the official website of Rosa Khutor resort: [http://rosaski.com/](http://rosaski.com/)

Park Falls "Mendeliha"

A visit to the Mendelja Waterfalls Park will give you peace and the opportunity to be at one with nature. Special trails with signposts make the walk comfortable, and at the equipped viewing platforms you can have a colourful photo session. There are 7 waterfalls and 3 hiking trails, so it would take more than four hours to visit them all. However, even if you walk only on the small ring, the length of which is slightly less than a kilometer, you will get an incredible pleasure. Entrance to the waterfalls park is from 10:00 to 17:00. You can get here by taking the chairlift Edelweiss (included in the single ticket "My Russia + cable cars + Waterfalls Park"). The price depends on the date of your visit. Tickets can be purchased on the official website of Rosa Khutor resort: [https://rosakhutor.com/](https://rosakhutor.com/)

Yabloki Pechom

Dinner in this authentic place is a highlight of the mini-vacation. Each dish in the atmospheric restaurant tells its own story of rustic cuisine. Baked cheese in ash or apples in caramel with ice cream? These dishes will not leave anyone indifferent. The café is very popular and it is recommended to book a table in advance. The institution works every day from 9:00 till 23:00. Official website: [https://yabloki-pechem.com/](https://yabloki-pechem.com/)


The three-day adventure ended all too quickly. However, we hope that the memory of it will stay with you for a long time. Have a safe return home!