The world’s highest mountain football park will open at the “Rosa Khutor” Resort, at an altitude of 560 meters above the sea level, on June 14.
According to the press service, “Rosa Khutor” jointly with the club of Russian national team fans titled “Russia Unites” will turn the resort into the main place for the fans of the game in Sochi during the World Cup 2018. The fans will be able to see live broadcasts of matches on a huge screen and to listen to live post-match game discussions with the participation of Georgy Cherdantsev in the Mountain Football Park. A popular shoutcaster will also present his new book titled “The History of World Championships” at “Rosa Khutor”. It is also planned to hold competitions in table football, a massive race in support of the Russian national team with the participation of media persons, and many things more in the Football Park.
The mountain football park will work at the “Rosa Khutor” Resort until July 15. It is planned to hold four qualifying groups matches in Sochi, at the “Fisht” Olympic Stadium: Portugal – Spain on June 15; Belgium-Panama on June 18; Germany-Sweden on June 23; Australia-Peru on June 26. Then the stadium will host a match of the round of last 16 (on June 30) and a match of the round of last 8 (July 7).
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If you bother to take the plane from any Moscow airport to the city of Sochi, you will definitely never regret about it. This town is rather small, though one of the longest settlements in the world – it is stretched along the Black sea coast for about 150 km. Sochi is unique for its astonishing nature and spa facilities – few places on our planet can boast to have both the seaside and the mountains (the Caucasus – famous mountain system – is as little as sixty km away from the sea). Sochi is Russian New Zealand, except that it is not an island and not thousands km away from the Old World and there are no dangerous man-eating sharks in the sea and poisonous shakes and… ok, Sochi is much better than New Zealand. Humid subtropical zone forms perfect climate – hot and sunny summers for suntan lovers and mild winters for mad-for-mountain-skiing ones. Water in the Black sea is known to have chemical composition almost similar to human blood – you can even drink it if you want to know how blood tastes (just kidding). However, you won’t have to close your eyes while swimming and diving, the water won’t make them sore as Mediterranean seawater surely would. The famous Russian ski resort Krasnaya Polyana is situated near Sochi – come there for downhill and snowboarding, heli-ski and freeride – this place is paradise for winter vacations. The town of Sochi is located near one of the largest Russia’s reserve parks. Its suburbs are a treasury of rare plant and animal species. You can find ancient gnarled yews and boxtrees, which are as old as eight hundred years or even more. Of course they are not sequoias, but their long mossy branches look fascinating – it’s like traveling in time to the age of dinosaurs and other strange creatures.
How to get there:
Many air carriers offer the transfer from Moscow to Sochi – you can choose the airport and the time of flight that is convenient to you. Round trip economy prices start from 5600 rubles (about $200). Flight time is 1 hour 50 minutes, and most of this time is spent over water. If you want a glimpse of Russia, you can take the daily 104 or 102 train from Kazansky railway station and enjoy about 27 hours of Russian routine life. But taking the train won’t save you much money – separate compartment costs the same as economy air ticket, and other variants are not for those who want a comfortable journey – quite an experience.
Flights to/from Sochi are much more frequent from May to October. There are six to nine daily flights to/from Moscow (2,5 hours), bur from November to April only a few a week. Other services include St. Petersburg (3 hours), Tbilisi (1 hour), and Yerevan (1,5 hours) – several times a week in high season. There are also flight to/from Istanbul (Turkey).
There are several trains a day between Sochi and Moscow (36-38 hours) via Rostov-on-Don. Once a week there is a train to Odesa (Ukraine) – 39 hours. ON even-numbered days there is a train to Krasnodar (5 hours), and on odd-numbered days to Vladikavkaz (17 hours) with a stop at Mineralnye Vody (13 hours). Suburban trains run daily along the coast to Tuapse.
Bus services include twice-daily buses to Krasnodar (8 hours), daily buses to Novorossiysk (9 hours), Stavropol (14 hours) and Kislovodsk (17 hours).
It’s about 150km from Sochi to Sukhumi, and 650km to Tbilisi.
Sochi is a port of call for the irregular passenger ferries and hydrofoils. A hydrofoil leaves Sochi for Batumi (Georgia) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (4 hours) and returns on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. To Trabzon in Turkey a hydrofoil leaves 6 times a week (5-6 hours). A passenger ferry makes a two day sale to Istanbul once a week, leaving Sochi on Monday and arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday. The ferry leaves Istanbul on Friday and returns to Sochi on Sunday.
You can catch a taxi upon your arrival right at the airport, but you should always beware of riding an unlicensed taxi. Remember, that riding an unlicensed taxi may be dangerous; besides, the prices asked before and after the ride may vary greatly.
Booking a transfer to Sochi Airport online
is especially convenient if you have a late flight, as you may feel sure you'll not get stuck in a traffic jam at night.
Russia-IC recommends Kiwi transfer service and transfers from/to the airport. Here you can make a booking to Sochi Airport and choose the car you like including the class of the car, standard or business.
All cars are equipped with GPS, and are constantly checked, all drivers are licensed. Most cars are equipped with terminals, so you can pay taxi with credit card (American Express, Visa, Master Card etc.).
How to book transfer to Sochi Airport online:
1. Find the route you want
Choose Sochi, city or train station in the search box.
2. Book transfer online
Specify the date and time of the transfer, the flight number, the hotel address or name and other details of the trip. Leave your contact details and make a prepayment. As soon as you do it, the car is booked.
3. Driver will meet you
At the appointed time and place, our driver will pick you up. He will be with your nameplate and all necessary information about the trip. He will help you with the luggage and comfortably take you to your destination.
This is the easiest way to get to Sochi Airport.
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Author: Anna Dorozhkina