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Excursion 14: Sochi's Natural Forest-Yew and Box Wood Grove
Tour Code: SOC-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)

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The ancient natural beauty of Southern Russia is yours to discover during this visit to Sochi's Caucasian National Reserve.

Depart the pier by coach for the scenic drive to the Caucasian National Reserve, which spans 750 acres, and is located approximately 12.5 miles from the center of Sochi. The road you will travel on en route to the grove runs along the bank of the Khosta River, and the valley deepens further upstream. Upon arrival at the Caucasian National Reserve, a visit will be made to the ancient primeval forest, where the cool air is redolent with the misty smell of fallen leaves. The crowns form a solid green mass that obstructs the sunshine, and light green tufts of moss hang down from gnarled branches.

During your visit to the Caucasian National Reserve, you will visit the Box Tree and Yew Grove. The slow-growing box tree, or Buxus sempervirens, is an evergreen tree with small leaves, and a life span of 500-600 years. However, some of the giant yew trees in the grove are actually more than 700 years old. The grove is also home to the unique relict trees, and a diverse array of animals and birds.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this challenging walking tour which includes 1 hour and 30 minutes of walking, 32 steps in total and an even, natural forest trail surface at the Caucasian National Reserve. This tour is not recommended for those guests with limited mobility or who utilize a wheelchair. Please keep in mind that guides, though knowledgeable and the best available, are not as skilled as those found in the larger tourist centers of the Mediterranean, or other parts of Europe.

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