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Sochi Panorama & Stalin's Dacha

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Starting from £59.83 GBP / Adult
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Enjoy a short scenic drive around Sochi up into the lush green hills that overlook the city's pebble-strewn beaches. Here, nestled amongst towering California pine trees, you'll find the imposing two-story villa that was once Joseph Stalin's secret dacha. The subdued grey-green color of its imposing façade was intentional, serving to camouflage it from prying eyes, unfriendly visitors, or possible artillery attacks from the sea. Built in 1937, this stately residence with its shaded verandahs is now open to the public and serves as a remarkable and historic hotel for well-connected visitors to Sochi. The villa remains nearly as it was in Stalin's time, with most of its original fixtures still in place. There's even a life-sized wax image of Stalin, seated at his desk, before a silver inkpot that was presented to him by Mao Zedong. Leaving the dacha you'll next travel to the renowned Matsesta Spa, one of Sochi's oldest and most popular sulfur-springs spas that's housed in a palatial building. The word Matsesta literally means "fire water" and was named so by the ancient Adygs. The waters here are said to contain over 27 minerals, including sulfur, iodine, and bromine, and are considered to be therapeutic for the treatment of several medical conditions.
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  • Enjoy a scenic, guided drive around Sochi into the lush green hills that overlook the city's pebble-strewn beaches.
  • Visit Joseph Stalin's secret dacha, which was designed to camouflage it from prying eyes.
  • Tour the renowned Matsesta Spa, one of Sochi's oldest and most popular sulfur-springs spas that's housed in a palatial building.
What to BringShow
  • KeyCard and photo identification
  • Passport
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Umbrella
What to WearShow
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sunglasses
Important NotesShow
  • Minimum age: 7
Location Sochi, RussiaSochi, Russia
Tour Code C317C317
Duration3.00 Hours3.00 Hours
Activity Level#Mild#Mild
RestrictionsMinimum Age: 7 years
Minimum Age: 7 years
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