Cruise Port Atlas | Novorossiysk, Russia Day Trips | Attractions

Novorossiysk, Russia Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Novorossiysk: Voyages of Discovery, Azamara Club Cruises

Key Attractions: Cruiser Kutusov-Naval Museum, Anapa, Gelenjik Resort Area, Abrau-Durso Winery

Cruiser Kutusov

Cruiser Kutusov - Naval Museum

Port to Kutusov Cruiser - Walking distance
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Christened in 1951, the battle cruiser Nikolay Kutusov was decommissioned in 2002 and converted to a Naval Museum. Tours of the upper deck and viewing the various guns gives visitors an opportunity to view the Soviet-era military technology. Very near the ship is the World War II Memorial, including the eternal flame and the Square of Heroes. The city is dotted with military memorials and statues honoring the heroes of this naval city so important in the history of Soviet and Russian wars.

Photo of Battlship Kutusov by BorisFromStockdale

Military History   Soviet-era memorials   Naval Architecture   Children can tour the cruiser  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Russian Gate of the Ottoman Fortress

Anapa

Port to Anapa - 50 Km, 40 minutes
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Anapa is about an hour northwest of Novorossiysk in the direction of the Sea of Azoz. The historic town was first established by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. It was later an Ottoman stronghold with an impressive fortress to fight off Russian attacks. It is also one of the most popular Russian resort areas on the Black Sea coast, with a wide variety of resorts and tourist attractions that will appeal to all age groups.

Photo of Anapa Ottoman Gate (PD)

Sun, Fun and Spas   Greek and Ottoman relics and ruins   Sea and Garden views   Flowers and Walking   Water Sports  

Varied Walking    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

Dolmen near Gelenjik

Gelenjik Resort Area

Port to Gelenjik - 37 Km, 50 minutes
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The resort town of Gelenjik is just a few kilometers south of Novorossiysk and offers casual beach atmosphere and resort activities, including spa facilities. Near the town are thousands of Neolithic dolmens, stone structures (tables) built by Stone Age inhabitants.

Photo of Gelenjik Dolmen (PD)

Beach Resorts   For children who like being outside   Neolithic Dolmens   Water Sports  

Flat Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Winery on the shores of Lake Abrau

Abrau-Durso Winery

Port to Abrau-Durso - 17 Km, 15 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Establish by the Czar in 1870, the winery at Abrau-Durso specializes in sparkling wines of the Champagne style. Considered by many the most important winery in Russia, the quality of the wines is considered by many to be equal to those from the Champagne region of France. Tours of the facilities include tastings of 6 different wines and a visit to the massive underground cellars. The village of Abrau-Durso is an exclusive resort region with luxurious villas and beaches around the karst Lake Abrau.

Photo of Abrau-Durso lakeside resort (PD)

Famous Sparkling Wines   Beaches on the lake   Scenic Vineyards and Mountains around the lake  

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible