I'm planning my first trip to Russia for my family of 5 (kids 10-16). So far I'm flexible on dates but I was thinking the first two weeks of September 2021. The whole family has been working on cyrillic and Russian for months already and we should have the basics down by then. We have travelled as a family to Switzerland, France and Italy in the past and I've never used a travel agent but I probably will this time. My main question is this. We normally like to take very outdoorsy vacations; skiing, hiking, rock climbing, etc. I definitely want to experience the culture of Russia but I wouldn't mind seeing some beautiful nature as well. I don't know if its the culture or geography but I'm not finding much in terms of outdoors activities near that Moscow-St. Pete region. I was thinking of adding a flight from Moscow down to Sochi for a few days to check out the beach and the mountains. Is this more hassle than its worth to cram in to a 2 week trip? Any other advice that comes to mind is welcome. I was thinking of using the travel agent from the Rick Steves tour.