With so many different touring experiences to choose from, planning your Sochi itinerary can be quite the task. But once you decide what it is that you want to do and see in Russia's foremost resort city, a good time is guaranteed.
On the foothills of the Caucasian Mountains, skiing is not just a pastime, it's a way of life. Sochi's pleasant warm climate doesn't ruin the powdery white slopes of Krasnaya Polyana's 4 major ski resorts, in fact you'll get a suntan while skiing!
Once the snow melts, the wild terrain around Sochi will reveal its alluring beauty to you. Go on a road trip from the city to Mt. Akhun(2,175 ft). Prepare yourself for panoramic views from this 100 ft lookout tower on its summit.
The call of the wild may make you feel like leaving the car behind. Explore the outdoors on foot, by going on hikes to Mt. Fisht (9,409 ft) or the boxwood forest of Tiso-Samshitovaya Roshcha. Sochi will act as your base camp during these adventures.
Next, you should swing by the 98 ft tall Agura Waterfall, which might end up as one of the highlights of your Sochi trip. And if you find yourself in the Lazarevskoe District, you'll be spoilt for choice with the area's 33pristinewaterfalls to check out.
If you just can't get enough of wide open spaces, pay a visit to the peaceful, sprawling Dagomys Tea Plantation. Sochi's sunnier climate makes it the only place in Russia (and the northernmost place in the world) to produce tea. And what delectable tea it is!
There's about 150 km worth of sprawling coastline (in other words, over 130 Black Sea beaches!) waiting for you in Sochi. It's not often that one can ski and spend the day at a beach, all in the same vacation! Sochi's unique climate combination of warmth and cold makes for a trip like no other.
Head down to the Sochi marina, to charter a yacht and gosailing on the inviting waters of the great Black Sea.
If you remember to pack your lucky fishing rod, you'll be in for a treat. Out on the open water, drop the anchor and see if you can hook some big ones.
And, back on land, in the Adlersky district you can also swing by Russia's biggest trout fishery.
Take family fun to the next level, with a memorable visit to the Riviera Dolphinarium of Sochi Riviera Park. Catch the spectacular performances of well-trained sea creatures. After having a splash with the friendliest dolphins you'll ever meet, visit the stunning Butterfly Garden nearby.
Whether you feel like going for a leisurely eveningstroll or a morning bikeride, the seaside Adler Embankment is just what you need. With the rhythmic sound of waves coming from one side, and the bustling city on the other, it's a good place to just relax.
When in Sochi, history buffs head for Stalin's dacha (summer house) near the Black Sea. Other Soviet-era architecture worth checking out includes the iconic Sochi Railway Station and the historic Winter Theatre.
As Russia's only subtropical region, Sochi is home to some unique sights like the lush Sochi Arboretum, with its diverse collection of subtropical greenery. And don't miss this lofty cable car ride, for a bird's eye view of the gorgeous landscaping and the cityscape around it.
Don't leave Sochi without stocking up on jars of locally grown and produced feijoa jam. This sweet jam (as healthy as it is delicious) can be a great gift for your friends and family back home.
When it comes to local cuisine, you won't be able to stay away from the mouthwatering Russian version of kebabs: shashlik. It's delicious marinated meat and veggies, skewered and cooked over a slow fire.
Dare yourself to cross the precarious suspension bridge at Sochi's Skypark AJ Hackett. SkyBridge is the longest hanging footbridge in the world (stretching across 1440 ft)!
And while you're at Skypark AJ Hackett, there's no better way to cap off your Sochi getaway than a daring bungee jump into the abyss! With many other fun activities to fill your day with, this place is pretty much the perfect playground for daredevils.