Sochi 2017 Grand Prix Destination Guide - April 28 - 30
Unofficially nicknamed ‘the summer capital of Russia’, the city of Sochi usually enjoys 200 days of sunshine a year, well into October, and is characterised by a unique blend of beautiful scenery, the warm azure waters of the Black Sea and high mountains of the Caucasus, all of which will provide a distinct and spectacular setting for the Grand Prix.
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Sochi is home to the northernmost tea plantation in the world, a product of the city’s unique climatic conditions.
Sochi's primary gateway is Sochi International Airport, which is situated just 7 kilometres from the circuit. As befitting a major sporting destination, the city is well served by public transport. To get from the airport to downtown Sochi or the Olympic park, you can take a shuttle bus or travel on the newly-constructed Sochi Aeroexpress railway. Hire cars and taxis are also readily available, though Sochi's numerous parks, beaches and architecture also make it a pleasurable city to walk around.
Don’t forget your swimming costume - or your skis! Sochi’s unique subtropical climate and October race date mean that, in theory, it’s possible for visitors in town for the Grand Prix to be able to both swim in the sea and go skiing in the mountains. Typically the water is warm enough to take a dip between April and October, whilst the skiing season runs between October and May.
It’s worth noting that foreign citizens are required to have a visa to enter the Russian Federation, although a visa is not needed for the tourists from the countries with which the Russian Federation has established a visa-free entry agreement. See the Visa/Passport requirements link at the top of the page for more information.
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As the hub of the so-called ‘Russian Riviera’, Sochi is home to hundreds of hotels and several campsites. In general, Lazarevskoe district offers cheaper accommodation, while Central Sochi and Adler have more expensive options. And don’t forget, Sochi is also famed as a health resort and boasts numerous spas situated around healing mineral springs.
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The Arboretum and Riviera Park are among the city’s most popular destinations. It’s not for nothing that Sochi was awarded the Winter Olympics, and tourists arriving in the region have the option of skiing and snowboarding on the same slopes used in the Games by visiting the world class ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana, just 40 kilometres outside of the city in the magnificent West Caucasus mountains.
The Western Caucasus also contains the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site that is described as ‘the only large mountain area in Europe that has not experienced significant human impact’. The area includes large tracts of undisturbed mountain forests which are inhabited by numerous wild animals, including bears, wolves and the recently reintroduced European bison.
Closer to the city there are numerous parks, beaches, caves and lakes to explore, all of which are well worth a visit.
There are several other race tracks in Russia, but the only other international standard facility is the Hermann Tilke-designed Moscow Raceway which was opened in 2012 and situated just outside the capital city. Other tracks include the Smolensk Ring and the NRING circuit, both of which are in the west of the country.
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Easter 2017. Regularly one of the busiest weekends of the year, we often see a surge in interest as people all over the world look to enjoy the first substantial break of the working year by escaping abroad for a well-earned break. This includes families planning holidays with children freshly home from school, those working in a corporate environment looking for a rest after the busy end of the financial year, and individuals looking to make the most of any remaining snow in the Alps before packing their skis up for the season.
It’s an interesting time of year, with many seeing Easter as the point at which winter transitions to spring, and we can all begin to look forward to the long, warm summer months ahead and put those cold dark evenings behind us. This sense of transition is emphasised by the varied enquries we regularly see for the Easter break.
As mentioned, many are clinging on to the prospect of one last hurrah with a trip to the ski resorts of Switzerland, Austria and France, whilst others are determinedly looking forward, throwing off the shackles of winter as soon as they can and heading to the sunnier climes of the Cote d’Azur, the Costas and Balaerics, or the dusty yet enchanting Marrakech.
Given the high demand commercial airlines see at this time of year, with millions heading through Europe’s major airports, prices for any remaining seats – even on budget airlines – are often measured in the many hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.
Chartering a private jet for the Easter weekend is therefore a very realistic and viable alternative, with any discrepancy in price more than compensated for by the speed, efficiency and comfort offered, as well as the ability in most cases for private jets to travel direct to airports much closer to your final destination, and to which commercial airlines are simply not able to go.
This is even more so the case if one is able to take advantage of any empty leg flights that we are able to offer (see our regularly updated schedule of available empty legs here..)
So if you are planning a last minute break this Easter, please get in touch with us at Villiers for a quote.
The private jet charter market in Europe has, over recent months, been anticipating the approval of Single Engine Turbine – Instrument Meteorological Conditions (SET-IMC) charter operations by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Broadly speaking, and translated into English, this means that single engine aircraft will be able to make themselves available for commercial charter for the first time in Europe. The implications for the charter market are significant. Below, We've highlighted two of the aircraft in this category, the Pilatus PC-12 (above) and the Cessna 208 Caravan. See more
if you value reliability, versatility, comfort, flexibility, and performance, then the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft is one of the best choices for you.
The moment you experience a private charter flight in The Pilatus PC-12, you’ll understand the reason why there is a growing interest in single engine turbine charter air services. Apart from the greater convenience, privacy, comfort and productivity that these aircraft offer over the commercial alternatives, PC-12 private charter flights offer the perfect business class flight which revolves around your schedule entirely and doesn’t depend on the schedule of the other airlines. See more
Other aircraft within this category that we think will benefit from this legislation include the Cessna 208 Caravan and the Socata TBM. See more
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