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Take A Trip To Sochi For The Russian Grand Prix


The Winter Olympics in Sochi have put Russia firmly on the sporting map, and this year, the Black Sea resort will be using its Olympic Park to host a Formula 1 championship race for the first time. This historic event will mark 100 years since a Grand Prix has taken place in Russia, and the 3.6 mile track (the third longest in the series) is reported to have cost in excess of $200 million to build and arrange.

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The Holiday Of A Lifetime

Grandstand Motorsports already offer Formula 1 packages to many of the famous races of this world renowned series, and this year will begin to offer bespoke holidays for those looking to take in some exhilarating racing, and then see the sights of this captivating and enigmatic country. Click here to find more about Grandstand Motorsport's holiday packages.

Sochi - The Black Sea Resort

Sochi has long been a holiday destination for Russians before the Winter Olympics came to town. This Black Sea resort doesn’t fit the typical notion of Russia being a cold and foreboding country, and if you visit the town for the Formula 1 race in October, you’ll most likely be greeted with warm, balmy weather that will put a British summer to shame.

Visiting Sochi during the Formula 1 race shouldn’t pose any unnecessary hassles either. Once you’ve arranged your Formula 1 package and visa, you’ll no doubt find the international nature of Formula 1 means that speaking English won’t be a problem, especially after the recent Winter Olympics.

Exploring Russia

Once the racing has ended, you’ll be free to explore some of Russia’s most famous sights. It’s true that travelling through Russia can be a little tricky for the unseasoned explorer. The Cyrillic alphabet and a general low level of English language can make things frustrating at times, but with careful planning and organisation, this really could be the adventure of a lifetime.

Moscow

If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s possible to make the massive overland trip to Moscow via Volgograd, but if you’ve booked an expensive once in a lifetime trip, flying to the capital makes more sense, and is far less of a logistical headache.

The Russian capital Moscow is one of the world’s most iconic cities. It’s huge, chaotic, historic and modern all at the same time. Ferraris cruise past old ladies from the countryside selling flowers, and towering, onion domed cathedrals jostle for space between pulsing nightclubs and world cuisine. It’s a bewildering, exhausting place that will stay in your memory forever.

St. Petersburg

Once you’ve tired of hectic Moscow, it’s time you headed to Russia’s second city. If you’re feeling more adventurous, it’s possible to catch an overnight train and arrive early the next morning. When you do, you’ll be greeted by a city that’s much more European in both architecture and outlook. It’s a beautiful, baroque place that’s forward thinking and filled with edgy clubs, galleries and restaurants, all to a backdrop that has barely changed in over a hundred years.

A long trip through Russia is an exhilarating, bewildering experience that will stay in your memory for the rest of your life. Why not take the plunge and experience this enigmatic country for yourself? 

By Harry Price who is an adventure seeker. He is enjoying his new life as a successful entrepreneur and has a goal to move to a different country every 3 years.

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