The best of Crimea

FROM: $1,649.00

The “BEST of CRIMEA” tour will allow you to experience the best that Crimea has to offer, including popular attractions, historic landmarks, nature reserves, vineyards, wineries and more. You will be emerged in local culture, its customs and traditions, taste authentic local cuisine paired with some of the finest wines produced in Crimea.

What's included:

*     9-night comfortable accommodation
*       Breakfasts
*       Transfer from/to the airport
*       English speaking private guide
*       Transportation according to the program of the tour (ground & sea)
*        Admission tickets to all visited landmarks (according to the program)

What is not included:

  • Russian Visa
  • Flights
  • Meals and Drinks not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities (guides, restaurants, etc)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary:

Vorontsov Palace and Park - Simeiz - Swallow’s Nest - Mount Ai-Petri -  The caves - Yalta - Balaklava - Cape Aya (wild beach) - Winery "Zolotaya Balka" - "Golden beam" - Sea fishing with dinner onboard - Bakhchisarai - Bakhchisarai Cave Monastery - Chufut-Kale - Bakhchysarai Khan's Palace - Livadia Palace - Yevpatoriya - Little Jerusalem - Saki lake - Khersones - Sevastopol boardwalk - Inkerman winery

Day 1

·        Vorontsov Palace and Park

Alupkinsky Palace and Park Museum-Reserve, also known as the Vorontsov Palace, built in the first half of the 19th century, at the foot of Mount Ai-Petri.
The first owner of this magnificent palace was Count Mikhail Vorontsov. 
There are 150 rooms in total, including luxury parade with antique furniture, paintings & statues adorning the winter garden. 
The palace, surrounded by cypresses and magnolias, clearly silhouetted against the Crimean Mountains, crowned by the summit of Ai-Petri.
The Vorontsov Palace & Park is a beautiful monument of landscape art, founded about 200 years ago, which has more than 200 species of trees and shrubs from around the world.

· Simeiz (with lunch and beach time)

In the beginning of the 20th century, New Simeiz became one of the most prestigious resorts in the Crimea. This period saw the construction of a beautiful park and magnificent villas that remain to this day. In 1912, Tsar Nicholas II visited with his family. After World War II, the resort town experienced a rebirth.

·  Swallow’s Nest

One of the most beautiful and iconic places in Crimea, Swallow's Nest, is located on a cliff “Aurora” (central ledge of Cape Ai-Todor) and attracts thousands of visitors from different parts of the world. 

It is Crimea’s symbol, looking as a bird’s nest overhanging the coast between Miskhor and Livadia, crowning the 38-meter “Aurora” cliff.

· Welcome dinner party – Shashliki (complimentary)

To finish the day, we are inviting you to our beautiful home for the real authentic Russian barbecue - “shashliki” paired with delicious Crimean Red wine and fresh season vegetables.

Day 2

· Mount Ai-Petri

Riding the cable car: The cable car "Miskhor - Ai-Petri" is one of the most popular and most visited tourist facilities in Crimea for visitors from around the world, as well as for local residents. The trip leaves a lasting impression - in less than 15 minutes you ascend to an altitude of 1153 meters, offering stunning views of the southern coast of Crimea.

We will walk-climb to the top of the mountain. It takes about 15 minutes from the plateau.

Ai-Petri is famous for its rock formations, called "white teeth". They bring an array of a line from Cape Ai-Todor to the sea. The teeth of Ai-Petri are peaks of varying heights.

The height of mount Ai-Petri is 1234 meters above sea level. The array is covered with snow from the beginning of December until spring.

From the top of the mount, you can see the horizon line of the sea at a distance of 135 kilometers, panoramic views of Yalta, Cape Ai-Todor, Swallow’s Nest, Vorontsov Palace and resort destinations with mountain Simeiz and rocks Diva and Cat.

· The caves

There are more than 300 caves on mount Ai-Petri’s plateau however only three of them are equipped to receive visitors– Geophysical cave, Yalta cave, and Three-eyes cave. We will visit one of them.

Lunch with authentic Tatar cuisine with stunning views of the coast

Driving down, stopping to take photos with breathtaking views.

Dinner at one of Yalta’s beachfront restaurants.

Day 3

· Balaklava

Balaklava - a scenic area a few kilometers south of the center of Sevastopol. A nice marina resort, popular with tourists in the summer - there are many beautiful beaches in the district, accessible by water.

Balaklava has a rich history: from Ancient Greeks, Byzantine Empire during middle ages, Genoese (you can still explore the remainder ancient Genoese fortress) to Crimean War and Second World War (Soviet era top-secret nuclear submarine base).

· Cape Aya (wild beach)

State Landscape Reserve "Cape Aya" in the Balaklava district is a unique reserve with rare beauty of coastal landscapes.

Thanks to the microclimate similar to the Mediterranean, there are rare plants and animals listed in the Red Book. It is 13-km-long. At the bottom of Aya - spectacular caves with turquoise waters.

We will take a walk there climbing up and down and swim in the clearest waters of the sea.

While at the beach, we will have a delicious “shawerma” for lunch.

· Winery "Zolotaya Balka" - "Golden beam"

The area of ​​"Golden beam’s" vineyards is 1420 hectares. Here they grow such classic grape varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. In addition to these two main varieties grown in agro firm Sauvignon, Riesling, Aligote, Silvaner, Traminer. For the Muscat sparkling wine - white Muscat, Muscat Ottonel, Muscat amber, Muscat Hamburg, Muscat pink. In the tasting room you will be told about the wine production, its use and the drinking culture. Wine tasting. Visiting brand store.

· Sea fishing with dinner onboard (included)

After the wine tasting, we are going back to Balaklava Bay and getting on a fishing boat/yacht. We are going sea fishing.

During this tour, you will experience the excitement and thrill of sea fishing, take photographs, enjoy the unforgettable beauty of the Crimean coast and sunset. You will be able to appreciate the taste of freshly caught fish of the Black Sea, prepared according to old recipes of Balaklava paired with delicious wines right on board the boat.

Day 4

· Bakhchisarai

Bakhchisarai is the former capital of the Crimean Khanate and the Crimean People's Republic. The name is translated from the Crimean Tatar as "garden palace" (bahcha / bağça - garden shed / saray -Palace).

Located in the foothills, on the slope of the internal ridge of Crimean Mountains, in the forest areas in the valley of the influx of Kachi - river Tchuruk-Su. Because of its beautiful architectural and rich historical past Bakhchisarai was called "the city of five centuries".

· Bakhchisarai Cave Monastery

The date of the monastery's foundation is at a dispute, although local monks assert that it originated as early as the 8th century but was abandoned when Byzantium lost its hold on the region.

The current monastic establishment dates back to the 15th century.

· Chufut-Kale 

Chufut-Kale is a medieval city-fortress in the Crimean Mountainse that now lies in ruins. It is a national monument of Crimean Karaites culture. Researchers are not unanimous as to the time of the town’s appearance. The town was probably a fortified settlement in the 5th or 6th century οn the periphery of the Byzantine Empire.

After Crimea’s conquest and its inclusion into the Russian empire, the fortress inhabitants were permitted to live anywhere in the Crimea. From that time on, Chufut-Kale was deserted. By the mid-19th century the town ceased to exist

· Bakhchysarai Khan's Palace

5 minutes away from the Monastary is Bakhchisarai Khan's Palace. It is one of the best known & well preserved Muslim palaces found in Europe.

It was built in the 16th century and became home to a succession of Crimean Khans. The walled enclosure contains a mosque, a harem, a cemetery, living quarters and gardens.

The palace interior is decorated to appear lived in and reflects the traditional 16th-century Crimean Tatar style.

Day 5

· Livadia Palace

The Palace was a summer retreat of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his family in Livadia, Crimea. It was their official summer residence.

The famous Yalta Conference was held here in 1945, when the palace housed the apartments of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other members of the American delegation.

Today the palace is a museum, but sometimes it’s being used for international summits.

· Beach time / free time

 · Night Yalta

We are going to see the evening Yalta.

The city is located on the site of an ancient Greek colony, founded by the Greek conquerors who were looking for a safe shore (γιαλός – yalos in Greek) on which to land.

We will take a walk on the boardwalk of Lenin, the central walking street of Yalta. It is the oldest street of the city, with amazing architecture, surrounded by palm trees, a string of restaurants, bars, cafes and a variety of attractions.

Performances, carnivals and festivals are held here. Walking through it, you will plunge into the atmosphere of an endless festival, which lasts the entire holiday season.

One of the must do things in Yalta is to have a ride on the old funicular which we will do.

We will have supper at the one of Yalta's restaurants.

Day 6

· Yevpatoriya

Yevpatoriya is one of the most ancient cities of Crimea. The resort is one of the main climatic and spa treatment resorts of Crimea and the center for activities for the kids.

Great beaches with fine sand, emerald - clear sea and bright, gentle Crimean sun are waiting for us.

· Beach time /  free time

· Dinner at the Ethno-restaurant "DZHEVAL"

Do you want to touch the Crimea, it’s traditions, smells and flavours? "Dzheval’s" gates are open for you!

Here you will experience the gastronomic culture and try some of the best dishes of the Crimean Tatar cuisine, traditional for hundreds of years.

Day 7

· Little Jerusalem

Yevpatoriya is an ancient city whose history is estimated to be more than 25 centuries (2500+ years). Here, once nomadic tribes fought and raced with the instructions of the servants of the Crimean Khans. It is the medieval part of Yevpatoriya.

The place is called "Little Jerusalem" because here, almost like in the legendary Middle Eastern city, side by side are temples of several world religions: Muslim mosques, Christian Orthodox cathedrals, the Armenian Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, Karaite kenasa, two Synagogues & a monastery of Muslim monks - dervishes.

· Saki lake

After lunch, we’ll be will be heading visit the Saki Lake.

Saki lake is a unique storehouse of medicinal resources in the Crimea.

After millions of years from the date of its introduction, the mud lake in Crimea was attracting thousands of needy on its shores because of its healing properties and waters rich with salt and minerals. Modern diagnostic and treatment centers, sanatoriums, and hospitals, help in the treatment of:

- Musculoskeletal system;

- The nervous system;

- Urological and gynecological diseases;

- Skin diseases.

Mud Lake in Saki is considered one of the strongest influence on the human body, rehabilitation is carried out under medical supervision.

Day 8

· Khersones

A Unesco World heritage site, Khersones Tauride is the name of the city founded by Greek colonists more than two and a half thousand years ago in the south-western tip of the Crimea. Now its ruins - one of the attractions of Sevastopol. 

It includes not only a permanent exhibition, but also archaeological sites, the ancient choir, where tourists can even take part in the expedition, and much more.

· Sevastopol boardwalk

Quay of Sevastopol - one of the most famous places of Sevastopol, a place, where the main activities take place.

Strolling along the promenade, you can see many memorials dedicated to various historic events. The most recognizable among them, of course, is the "Monument to sunken ships" - a small rock about 20 meters from the shore, on which stands a Corinthian column with a soaring eagle on top.

On the beach right in front of it - a memorial sign dedicated to the participants of the armed uprising under the leadership of Lieutenant Schmidt. Near - sundial. They are the steps you can go down to the sea, where the waves breaking against the granite, scattered splashes on pleasure travelers.

· Inkerman winery

The famous cellars of the Inkerman Winery, the length of which - 55 thousand square meters!

You will get acquainted with the history of the plant and expert winemakers, who have given many years of their lives to perfect their craft. They will reveal some of the secrets of wine production, share the unique practical knowledge they acquired during many years and of course, the best part of the program will be wine tasting, during which you will be able to fully appreciate the taste and quality of natural wines of INKERMAN, born in the unique climatic conditions of the Crimea.

PRICES in USD:

USD       $1,836 per person           2 people in the group

               $1,734 per person           4 people in the group

               $1,649 per person           6 people in the group

We didn’t know what to expect when we booked our trip to Crimea with Crimea Marvel Quest company but they assured us that everything was going to be fine so we put our trust in them and oh how happy we are that we did!. Our trip was fantastic! All the talk about Crimea being unsafe for foreigners of course wasn’t true. We felt completely safe and welcome everywhere we went. Our guides (Dima & Nastia), a married couple from Montreal, Canada now living in Crimea made us feel welcome with their hospitality. They are a great couple who are very friendly, open minded and considerate. Dima is also a great cook! We tasted many treats he made for us and everything was absolutely delicious. Nastia was a great host making us feel like at home. They organized our trip with time efficiency in mind so our travel time was quite short which gave us a lot more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature of Crimea. Our tour was individual so we had a very comfortable vehicle at our disposal (2015 Kia Sportage) and moving around was a breeze. No line-ups, no wait times, no big crowds & no traffic jams! The weather was great and we were even able to spend some time at the beach and even got a nice tan. Overall, we are very happy and satisfied with our vacation. We hope to come back someday soon. Thank you!!!

Wolfgang Eggers

IN BRIEF

  • RANGE: from June to October
  • TRIP TYPE: Individual tours and tours in small groups
  • STARTS: Yalta
  • ENDS: Sevastopol
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