A short drive through the picturesque tree-lined streets of Sochi brings you to the heart of this fashionable resort city. Disembarking your coach, you'll begin a delightful walking tour along the popular seaside promenade that is lined with charming cafés and clubs. Located along a strip of coastline referred to as the Russian Riviera, Sochi is indeed a jewel of a city. Flanked by the perpetually snow-capped Greater Caucasus Mountains to the east and the brilliant turquoise waters of the Black Sea to the west, there is an abundance of beautiful scenery to behold. Within the city itself are found Mediterranean-styled buildings, luxuriant green parks and colorful local markets. A visit to Theater Square and the "Zimny" theater is included before re-boarding your coach for the drive to a local tea plantation.
Leaving the city behind, your coach will first travel alongside Sochi's beautiful coastline before turning inland. Trading stunning views of the sea for scenic rolling green coastal plains and sub-tropical forests, you'll make your way to the slopes of Mount Armyanka.
One of Sochi's renowned tea plantations is your destination today and upon arrival, an agronomist will give a highly informative talk about the history of Russian tea growing. Time will be allotted to capture some memorable photos from this picturesque location. As you relax, a troupe of local dancers will entertain you with a lively folkloric performance. Time for some souvenir shopping will be provided before returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes over 1 hour of walking and/or standing, and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. A hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.