This trip is for you if you want to go deeper into the history of Sochi and learn more about historical personalities who loved to spend time here. During the weekend you will see the region from a very different perspective, visit places unusual for tourists and discover many new things. On the route you will see not only museums, but also natural attractions, which keep many secrets. In a small village Akhshtyr there are two interesting places at once: Akhshtyrsky temple of XI-XIII centuries and Akhshtyrsky cave, where several epochs ancient people lived, as evidenced by the preserved rock drawings and archaeological finds. And on Krasnaya Polyana, visit the House-Museum of Estonian Literature Classics A.H. Tammsaare and Krasnopolyanskie dolmens. This is just a small part of what awaits you on this small journey. ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. At the end of the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!
What is the Black Sea coast all about? Deep in the mountains of Khostinsky district is hidden Stalin's favorite summer cottage, where he met with very reputable people and where he simply came to rest. And on the way to Krasnaya Polyana there are two more curious places: a Byzantine temple and a parking lot for ancient people.
The best way to start your journey is with a cozy Mediterranean cafe overlooking the water area. There is a varied menu, a wide choice of seafood dishes, pizza, fresh pastries, which are sure to be tasted. The cafe is waiting for guests from 8 am every day!
One of the main attractions of Sochi and one of the favorite summer houses Stalin. In total, he had 20 personal country residences. The place for the construction of Stalin chose by himself. The house project was created by the personal architect of Stalin Myron Merzhanov. The dacha is always welcoming tourists. [On the official website](http://dachastalina.ru/) you can find out what kind of excursions are held here.
In the Middle Ages, there were a large number of Christian temples on Akhun, which, unfortunately, have not survived. On the other hand, there is the observation tower, which appeared here during the reign of Stalin in 1935 on his personal order. The observation deck offers a magical view of the mountains and the coast.
Have lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Restaurant "5642 Heights" has a wide range of dishes to suit every taste, and for those who do not know what to order, there are often special offers. It's a great place to relax and go to the next attraction. **Pay your bill at restaurants of Novikov Group with exclusive discount of 10%. Warn the waiter that you are the holder of the World Elite Mastercard® before receiving the invoice and pay with the World Elite Mastercard®.** **[Full promotion rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=novikov-group)]**
One of the most important attractions of Sochi, about which few people know, is Akhshtyrsky temple. The approximate period of construction of the temple - XI-XIII centuries, at this time on the Black Sea coast ruled Byzantium. After the fall of Byzantium the temple was abandoned. The second life was breathed into it at the turn of XIX-XX centuries. The temple of St. Sophia blossomed again, but it did not last long: with the arrival of the Bolsheviks to power, it fell into decay again.
The cave is interesting for its rich historical heritage. It was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, but serious research began only in 1937. In 1978, the cave received the status of "unique monument of primitive architecture". Scientists have come to the conclusion that there were ancient people's camps here, as rock paintings have been preserved and during excavations there were found household items and weapons of labor of different epochs. On the territory of the cave there is an excursion route with the length of 150-160 meters.
For dinner, go to the Triconi gastropub. Here, with a glass of wine and beautiful mountain views, you can remember all the most interesting moments of the day. By the way, the menu here is quite diverse, especially worth a taste of meat dishes.
After dinner, you can walk around the main square of Rosa Khutor Resort, take pictures and admire the surrounding scenery.
The final day of the trip, but no less cognitive and interesting. Today you will learn more about life in the Estonian community and visit the main attraction of Krasnaya Polyana. Approaching Adler, you will turn to another picturesque place of Sochi - Psakho Canyon.
Have breakfast in an atmospheric restaurant in the mountains. Here you will be served "Super Breakfast", which means a buffet with a wide selection of dishes from different culinary directions.
Visit the House Museum of Classics of Estonian Literature of the 20th century, author of the novel and epic "Truth and Justice". Anton Tammsaare moved to the mountains in 1912 to be treated for tuberculosis. He liked the life and culture of the local people very much, he watched everything closely, and wrote his observations in the newspaper in his homeland. Here Tammsaare wrote his famous works: "The Boy and the Butterfly", "Player on the Cannel". In the museum you can learn more about the life of the Estonian community, visit the writer's office, see national musical instruments and perhaps hear local Estonian songs.
Krasnopolyansk dolmens are located in a stunning place with beautiful views, in the gorge of the river Beshenka, at the foot of Mount Achishkho. By the way, the mountain itself is also quite a popular tourist attraction. Dolmens are located on the territory of the Sochi National Park and are a cultural heritage site. Dolmens themselves belong to the III-II millennium BC.
After an outdoor walk, have lunch at Dynasty Restaurant. Better sit on the veranda overlooking the Achishkho mountain range. The restaurant serves Italian and French cuisine.
The monastery is located in the village of Lesnoe, 20 km from Adler. The construction of the monastery dates back to 1999, and there are many temples on its territory that are interesting for their architectural features. It is interesting that all the temples were designed by only one architect - F.I. Afuksenidi. Also be sure to visit the bread shop here and try fresh baked goods.
Picturesque place, which is located in the Sochi National Park. The canyon appeared as a result of the earth's surface fracture several million years ago and is divided into two parts: a wet canyon and a dry canyon.
To complete this small but very informative journey, you can visit the Asian restaurant Umami. There is a children's menu for families with children. **Pay your bill at Umami Restaurant at Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi with Mastercard at 10% discount. **[Full promotion rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=umami)**