A scenic drive along the upper seafront that includes such landmarks as the Russian Orthodox Church of Michael Archangel, Art square and Winter Theatre brings you to the Yew and Box Tree Grove. A part of the Caucasian National Reserve, it is the only one of its kind in the world. It covers 750 acres and lies just 20 kilometers from the centre of Sochi. Follow the course of the river Khosta to where the valley widens. Inside the park lies a primeval forest – its ancient beauty truly enchanting. The cool air is redolent with the misty smell of fallen leaves. The crowns form a solid green mass obstructing the sunshine and light green tufts of moss hang down from gnarled branches. Evergreen box trees live 500 to 600 years whilst some of the slow growing yew trees are more than 700 years old.
Then your drive continues to Plastic in Wood Museum - the individual art gallery of a talented local sculptor, Alexander Sobol. The museum occupies five-story building (first storey – workshop, second storey – exposition “Woman and love. Religious Themes”, third storey – exposition “Woman and love. Africa”, forth and fifth storey – exposition “East”). The exposition of over 350 wonderful wooden works is accompanied with specially composed music.
After visiting the museum you will be taken to the Georgian restaurant for refreshment and comfort stop. Refreshment includes mineral water, tea or coffee, and a piece of local cheese pie.
Then the tour will proceed to Akhun Mount, a landmark visible from all parts of the Sochi area. At the highest point of Mt. Akhun (663 metres above the sea level) you will visit a 30-metre-high observation tower built in 1935. Today this is the best observation tower in the areas of Sochi. One gets an impressive panoramic view of the mountain summits of the main Caucasian range from it. After visiting Akhun Tower you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.