Included: · 6-night comfortable accommodation (double occupancy) · Breakfast · Transfer from/to the airport · Local English speaking private guide · Transportation according to the program of the tour · Admission tickets to all visited landmarks (according to the program)
What is not included:
Itinerary:Swallow's net - Livadia Palace - Sevastopol downtown - Museum of the Black Sea Fleet - Diorama museum “Storming the Sapun Mountain” - Coastal Tower Battery N 35 “Maxim Gorky” - Balaklava - Naval Base - Cape Aya - Crimean Temple of the Sun - Biker Base “Night Wolves” - Yusupov Palace (or Vorontsov Palace) - Ai-Petri (with caves) - Red Cave (Kizil-Koba)
Swallow’s Nest is an icon of Crimea. Of course, it’s a very popular place. We can make a stop on our way to look at it and take photographs.
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 with Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin signing the pact against Nazi Germany. 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 and other events.
Sevastopol downtown (Count’s Landing Stage, Admiral Nakhimov Square, Maritime Boulevard, Monument to the Scuttled ships, St. Vladimir’s Cathedral and more…)
Museum of the Black Sea Fleet. This museum tells the military history of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Some of its halls are dedicated to the first (1854-1855) and second (1941-1942) sieges of Sevastopol.
Diorama museum “Storming the Sapun Mountain”. This mountain was the scene of heavy fighting during the Siege of Sevastopol (1941-1942) and the liberation battle of Sevastopol (May 1944). The diorama inside the museum gives a good insight into the 9hour battle for this mountain on May 7th, 1944. There are also many Russian and captured German weaponry in the surrounding of the building.
Coastal Tower Battery N 35 “Maxim Gorky”. Coastal Tower Battery N 35 is one of the most powerful fortifications constructed for the coastal defense of the main Black Sea Fleet base.
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 only 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).
The naval museum complex is an underground submarine base. It was a top-secret military facility during the Cold War which housed nuclear submarines. Today it serves as a museum.
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.
Temple of the Sun is a Crimean Stonehenge. Just like British, it’s origin is questionable. In XII century there was a Monastery of St. Elias built by the Greeks. The temple is long gone and destroyed. However, the location remains to be sacred and mysterious, and it has become a place of pilgrimage.
It is believed that whoever possesses this land, controls the world. Nazi Germany occult scientists were sent to Crimea by Hitler who ordered them to conduct secret experiments in the Temple of the Sun.
The “Wolves” are known primarily for their spectacular bike shows. The “Night Wolves” are very sensitive to the Soviet Union heritage and nostalgia for the USSR is often a “red thread” for their spectacular shows.
There are a lot of “Soviet legacy” objects on the territory of the base. These are some dilapidated objects being a conceptual supplement to the festival decoration and underscore the tragedy of the fall of the Soviet Union to some extent. There is a lot of military equipment on the site and a museum of retro technology including some samples of Soviet automotive and air industries.
The Yusupov Palace was built as a residence for Prince Felix Yusupov during Tsarist Russia. After the revolution, it was expropriated and became a Soviet State Dacha. Joseph Stalin made it his summer residence.
It is still a State owned residence, and sometimes it’s still being used for accommodating Russian leaders. In case of someone being there, the palace is closed to visitors.
In case if the Yusupov Palace is closed, we can visit 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 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.
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.
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.
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 two of them.
There are other activities for you to choose from on the plateau: horseback riding, zip-line and walking on a cable bridge at the peak of Ai-Petri (at additional cost).
More than 2.5 million years ago, nature has created a unique maze of Red Caves, penetrating the thick of the mountains for 27 kilometers. Today, we can witness the pristine beauty of the underground world.
The Kizil-Koba mountain cave conceals many secrets and riddles. Moving deeper into the cave, one desires to go further and further to explore it. The regular excursion comes to an end in the first part of the cave (500 meters). This first part is divided from the furthest, most beautiful part of the cave, by the first siphon.
In 1958, for the first time in recorded history the siphon was passed by on one breath hold. Then, for many years, only speleologists and professional researches could do the same.
Today, thanks to the work of Kizil-Koba enterprise, everyone can go to the further part of the cave, behind the siphon. These tours are being conducted for more than 20 years now and ensure the maximum comfort and safety procedures for tourists. Accompanied by skilled instructors who are also trained in the rescue service, you will be able to fully enjoy a journey on the underground river.
The route begins on the pre-siphon platform where the regular excursion ends. Further, there is a natural obstacle — first siphon, where the arch of the cave falls closely to the river, forming the flooded pass, 1.5 meters long. It is possible to overcome this siphon even for the unprepared explorer especially as all travel takes place in a special diving suit of dry type. These suits hold you afloat well and don’t let you to overcool.
After the first siphon is passed, you will have to swim about 100 meters in the underground river. There’s a special cable you can hold onto. Further, there are two landslide halls which were formed by the collapse of the arches of the cave. Huge stones are blocking the way, so you will have to make your way between them.
You will see huge formations of different shapes, sizes and colors. This distant part of the cave could not be reached by the vandals, so the cave kept its primitive beauty. We will walk for several kilometers and will see the biggest stalactites of all the caves of Crimea - more than 8 meters long! The highlight of the tour is the underground waterfalls named "Pink streams" about 20 meters in height.
All the necessary equipment is provided. You only need to dress up comfortably (light clothes not restricting your movement and long sleeve shirt).
The tour takes about 4 to 6 hours depending on the route chosen not counting the time for instructions.
· Age 16+, must be able to swim.
· There are two route options:
1. “Waterfalls of pink streams” route (3-4 hours)
2. “Fork” route (6 hours)
The first and last days are for transfer from/to airport, check in/check out. Depending on the time of arrival/departure there will be a possibility of extra activities.
USD $1,120 per person 2 people in the group Red Cave "Waterfalls of pink streams"
$1,345 per person 2 people in the group Red Cave “Fork”
The price and itinerary may vary depending on the number of tour participants and the dates chosen (season).
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