This trip is for you if you want to go deeper into the history of Sochi and learn more about historical personalities who loved to spend time here. During the weekend you will see the region from a very different perspective, visit places unusual for tourists and discover many new things. On the route you will see not only museums, but also natural attractions, which keep many secrets. In a small village Akhshtyr there are two interesting places at once: Akhshtyrsky temple of XI-XIII centuries and Akhshtyrsky cave, where several epochs ancient people lived, as evidenced by the preserved rock drawings and archaeological finds. And on Krasnaya Polyana, visit the House-Museum of Estonian Literature Classics A.H. Tammsaare and Krasnopolyanskie dolmens. This is just a small part of what awaits you on this small journey. ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. At the end of the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!
What is the Black Sea coast all about? Deep in the mountains of Khostinsky district is hidden Stalin's favorite summer cottage, where he met with very reputable people and where he simply came to rest. And on the way to Krasnaya Polyana there are two more curious places: a Byzantine temple and a parking lot for ancient people.
The best way to start your trip is to visit a cozy Mediterranean cafe overlooking the waterfront. There is a varied menu, a large selection of seafood dishes, pizza, fresh pastries, which must be tasted. The cafe welcomes guests from 8 am every day!
One of the main attractions of Sochi and one of Stalin's favorite villas. He had a total of 20 personal suburban residences. The place for the construction of Stalin chose himself. The house was designed by Stalin's personal architect Miron Merzhanov. Dacha is always happy tourists. [On the official website](http://dachastalina.ru/) you can find out what kind of tours are offered here.
In the Middle Ages on Akhun was a large number of Christian churches, which, unfortunately, have not survived. But there is an observation tower, which appeared here during the time of Stalin in 1935 on his personal orders. From the observation deck there is a magical view of the mountains and the coast.
Have lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Restaurant "5642 Heights" has a wide range of dishes to suit every taste, and for those who do not know what to order, there are often special offers. It's a great place to relax and go to the next attraction. **Pay your bill at restaurants of Novikov Group with exclusive discount of 10%. Warn the waiter that you are the holder of the World Elite Mastercard® before receiving the invoice and pay with the World Elite Mastercard®.** **[Full promotion rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=novikov-group)]**
One of the most important attractions of Sochi, about which few people know - Akhshtyrsky temple. The approximate period of construction of the temple is XI-XIII centuries, at that time the Byzantine Empire ruled the Black Sea coast. After the fall of Byzantium the temple was abandoned. The second life was breathed into it at the turn of XIX-XX centuries. The Church of St. Sophia again blossomed, but it did not last long: with the arrival of the Bolsheviks to power it fell into disrepair again.
The cave is interesting for its rich historical heritage. It was discovered in the early 20th century, but serious study of it began only by 1937. In 1978, the cave received the status of a "unique monument of primitive architecture". Scientists have come to the conclusion that there were ancient people's camps here, as the rock paintings are preserved and during the excavations there were found objects of everyday life and labor weapons of different epochs. On the territory of the cave operates excursion route length of 150-160 meters.
For dinner, go to the gastropub Tricony. Here with a glass of wine and beautiful mountain views you can remember all the most interesting moments of the day. By the way, the menu here is quite varied, especially you should try the meat dishes.
Before you go to rest, take a little walk around the area along the river Mzymta.
The final day of the trip, but no less cognitive and interesting. Today you will learn more about life in the Estonian community and visit the main attraction of Krasnaya Polyana. Approaching Adler, you will turn to another picturesque place of Sochi - Psakho Canyon.
Have breakfast in an atmospheric restaurant in the mountains. Here you will be offered a "Super Breakfast", which implies a buffet with a wide variety of dishes of different culinary styles.
Visit the house-museum of the classic of 20th century Estonian literature, author of the epic novel Truth and Justice. Anton Tammsaare moved to the mountains in 1912 to be treated for tuberculosis. He liked very much the lifestyle and culture of local people, he observed everything carefully, and wrote his observations in newspaper in his homeland. Here Tammsaare wrote his famous works: "The boy and the butterfly", "Playing on the cannel". In the museum, you can learn more about the life of the Estonian community, visit the writer's study, see national musical instruments and perhaps hear local Estonian songs. Museum visits are from 10:00 to 18:00 closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Last Tuesday of each month the museum is closed for sanitary prophylactic day
Krasnaya Polyana dolmens are located in a stunning location with beautiful views, in the gorge of the Beshenki River, at the foot of the Achishkho Mountain. By the way, the mountain itself is also quite a popular tourist attraction. Dolmens are located on the territory of the Sochi National Park and are an object of cultural heritage. The dolmens themselves date back to the III-II millennium BC.
After a walk in the fresh air, have lunch at the restaurant "Dynasty". It is better to sit on the veranda with a view of the Achishkho mountain massif. The restaurant offers Italian and French cuisine.
The monastery is located in the village of Lesnoe, 20 kilometers from Adler. The construction of the monastery dates back to 1999, on its territory there are many churches, interesting with their architectural features. It is interesting that all churches were built according to a draft of only one architect - F. Afuksenidi. Also be sure to visit the bread shop here and try the fresh pastries.
The most picturesque place, which is located on the territory of the Sochi National Park. The canyon appeared as a result of a break in the earth's surface several million years ago and is divided into two parts: wet and dry canyons.
To complete this small but very informative journey, you can visit the Asian restaurant Umami. There is a children's menu for families with children. **Pay your bill at Umami Restaurant at Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi with Mastercard at 10% discount. **[Full promotion rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=umami)**