Sevastopol, Ukraine

Introduction to Sevastopol, Ukraine

Historic and infamous Ukrainian harbour of Sevastapol. 

Sevastopol will forever be linked with its year-long siege and the tragic and ill-conceived Charge of the Light Brigade at nearby Balaclava that scarred the Crimean War. The Panorama exhibition in the city graphically tells the tale of the Crimean War but equally fascinating is a maritime museum centred on the port's former role as base for Russia's Black Sea fleet.

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TOUR A - SEVASTOPOL HIGHLIGHTS

Our exciting cruise tour allows us to discover the wealth of historical offerings that this glorious city – founded in 1783 as a naval fortress and a firm stronghold in the south of the Russian Empire – has to offer.

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

The second largest of the Crimean cities will greet us with bays of astonishing beauty, impressive architectural ensembles, unique museums and attractive squares and boulevards.

Departing from our cruise ship, we will drive towards the large square with the impressive monument to Admiral Nakhimov, a Russian naval hero of the Crimean War. Walking through Primorsky (Maritime) Boulevard, we will be able to see the monument to the Scuttled Ships, built in 1940 as a memorial to the ships that sunk during the first period of the Sevastopol defence, to block the enemy fleet.

Driving through the city centre, we shall stop at the Byzantine-style St Vladimir Cathedral to admire the outside of the burial place for the renowned Russian admirals. From the top of Vladimir Hill there is a beautiful panoramic view of Artilleriyskaya Bay. Continuing, we travel to the circular 38 metre (125 feet) high Panorama Building. We will be captivated by a spectacular panoramic painting, which depicts the major episodes of the Malakhov Kurgan battlefield. We can marvel at the intricate details of this monumental painting, 465 square metres (5,000 square feet) in size!

Next we proceed to Chersonesos – the last Greek colony that emerged on the northern coast of the Black Sea, which was ruined by the Tatars. Archaeological discoveries have recovered a civilisation dating back to 422 BC. We will see the magnificent ruins, including a Greek theatre, Roman temples, fortifications, elaborate marble columns and beautiful mosaics.

From here we return to the quayside and our awaiting cruise ship.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves a considerable amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled terrain. There are approximately 54 steps to negotiate at the Panorama Building and approximately six steps at Chersonesos Archaeological Site, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. To avoid congestion, places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please note that there are photo/video charges at the Panorama Building.

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TOUR B - CITY OF GLORY

In Sevastopol, we will enjoy a fascinating introductory cruise tour, enabling us to discover the wealth of historical offerings of this glorious city, founded in 1783 as a naval fortress and a firm stronghold in the south of the Russian Empire.

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Departing from our cruise ship, we will travel to our first stop on our tour, the Panorama Building, which houses the panoramic painting The Defence of Sevastopol 1854-1855. The painting depicts events of the Malakhov Kurgan Battle of 18th June 1855, when the military forces of Great Britain, France, Turkey and Italy waged war against Russia. The intricate details of this monumental work of art, 465 square metres (5,000 square feet) in size, will conjure up tangible images of one of the most bitter clashes of the Crimean War.

Our next stop will be to Sapoun Ridge, where we can watch the beautiful panorama of the Balaklava Valley unfold before us. Our tour continues to Balaklava Bay, which enjoys a picturesque situation surrounded by transparent blue waters and the remains of ancient Cathedrals and the majestic genoese fortress Chembalo. Some of the palaces here illustrate Balaklava as a historically important battlefield. During the Crimean War, the British troops stationed here constructed the wharf, shops and hotels, built the highway and pioneered the first railway of the region.

On the way back to the quayside and our awaiting cruise ship we will stop briefly at Count’s Quay, a private landing stage of Admiral Voinovich – the chief of Sevastopol Squadron. Here we shall and see the large square with the impressive monument to Admiral Nakhimov, a Russian naval hero of the Crimean War, before proceeding along the Maritime Boulevard where we will pass the monument to the Scuttled ships erected in 1904 as a memorial to the ships that sunk during the first period of the Sevastopol defences, to the block the enemy fleet.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves a considerable amount of walking over cobbled terrain. There will be approximately 80 steps to negotiate in the Panorama building. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. The order of sites visited may vary to that described above.

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TOUR C - BLACK SEA NAVAL

Our unique cruise tour will begin with a walking tour of downtown Sevastopol, before journeying on to the naval museum to learn more about the military history of this interesting city.


 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

Departing from the quayside, we will travel to Nakhimov square, where we begin our walking tour of Sevastopol downtown, we will also visit Count’s Quay – the grand sea gates to the city and the symbol of Sevastopol.  From here we will be able to see the Russian & Ukrainian Navy bases. We then continue along Nakhimov square & maritime boulevard before stopping at the legendary monument to the Scuttled ships built as a memorial to the ships sunk during the Crimean War for a photo opportunity. 

Following our photo stop we will board our motor boat and head to Sevastopol harbour to enjoy the marine flavour of the city. Disembarking at Fort Michael we shall visit the brand new museum located at the 150-year-old former coastal battery.

Heroic Sevastopol is the name of the first thematic display of the Ukraine’s naval museum that was recently opened on the north side of Sevastopol within the premises of a unique historical building – Fort Michael, the coastal casemated battery, which was erected in 1843-1845. Visiting the ‘Heroic Sevastopol’ display will help us to see, feel and understanding more about the 200 years of Sevastopol heroic military history. Following our visit we re-board the boat again and sail back to Count’s Quay. 

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves a moderate amount of walking approximately 1800 metres over even terrain. Unfortunately there will not be any toilet stops throughout our cruise tour. Guests are advised to take a jumper, as it may be chilly on the boat.

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TOUR D - KHAN'S PALACE & USPENSKY CATHEDRAL

We shall travel to Bakhchisarai, once the capital of the Crimean Khanate. The Khan’s Palace still stands in the city and is now home to the Museum of History.

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

Departing the quayside, we shall travel to Bakhchisarai, once the capital of the Crimean Khanate. The Khan’s Palace still stands in the city and is now home to the Museum of History.

Work on the palace buildings and grounds began at the beginning of the 16th century. The complex includes the Khan’s Palace and suites, the state council and courtroom, the harem, mausoleum and mosques. In the northeast corner of the Fountain Courtyard stands a fountain with the interesting name of Fountain of Tears. It was built in 1764 by order of Khan Krym-Girey in memory of his favourite wife. Many legends are connected to this fountain and some of them served as the theme for the poem ‘The Fountain of Bakhchisarai’ by Alexandra Pushkin.

Our tour continues to the Uspensky Cathedral, which is part of the Uspensky Cave Monastery. The monastery was founded at the turn of the 8th and 9th centuries and was the residence of the Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church during the Crimean Khanate. The ancient cave church of the monastery and the monk’s cells are hewn in the rock, just as all household premises were in medieval Crimean cities.

From here we re-board our tour coach for the return journey to the quayside and our awaiting ship.

TOUR NOTES: This tour includes a considerable amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled and uneven ground, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There are approximately 80 steps to negotiate at Uspensky Cathedral, and about 36 steps at Khan’s Palace. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note that the visit to Uspensky Cathedral is optional – guests not wishing to negotiate the steps can instead view the surrounding area. For reference, the roads encountered on this tour can be bumpy. The order of attractions visited may vary, to that described above.

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TOUR E - SECRET SUBMARINE BASE OF BALAKLAVA

Our tour offers a unique opportunity for us to become acquainted with the outstanding historical sites of the city, such as the mountain fortifications of Balaklava – once a secret military base - a former underground submarine base and the Spare Command Post of Black Sea Fleet.

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Free time includedFree time included

Our tour offers a unique opportunity for us to become acquainted with the outstanding historical sites of the city, such as the mountain fortifications of Balaklava – once a secret military base - a former underground submarine base and the Spare Command Post of Black Sea Fleet. The underground submarine base was built as a precaution, in case there was ever a direct hit from an atomic bomb. Beside the tunnel gantries, leading to arsenals, there used to be repair shops and even a dry dock underground. Everything necessary for putting a submarine into service was stationed there, including dozens of machines, thousands of ready-mixed repair pieces and hoisting cranes.

Following our visit to this spectacular site, we will take a walk along Balaklava Bay. We shall have some free time here to explore independently, before we re-board our tour coach and head back to our awaiting ship.

TOUR NOTES: There is a considerable amount of walking involved on this tour, most of which is over cobbled and uneven ground, therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a jacket or jumper, as the temperature may be cool underground. Please note that the Submarine Base is no longer in use, therefore no submarines will be seen on this tour.

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VISTAS - SEVASTOPOL PROMENADE & SPARKLING WINE

On our tour we will be invited to enjoy the wonderful promenade of Sevastopol and Sparkling Wine.

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

On our tour we will be invited to enjoy the wonderful promenade of Sevastopol and Sparkling Wine.

From the quayside we will drive to Nakhimov Square for a walking tour of Sevastopol’s historical downtown. We will visit Count’s Quay – the grand sea gates to the city and the symbol of Sevastopol. From here the ships of the Russian & Ukrainian Navy can be seen. Continuing, we take a leisurely stroll along Nakhimov Square & Maritime (Primorsky) Boulevard before shopping for a photo opportunity at the legendary monument to the scuttled ships, built as a memorial to the ships sunk during the Crimean War.

Next, we shall pass the Palace of Childhood and Youth as we all the Lunacharsky Drama Theatre, which was constructed in a classical style. We then continue on to the Artillery Harbour where our coach will be waiting for us. Re boarding the coach we will travel to Crystal Cape for a photo stop at the Soldier & the Sailor Memorial – a wonderful photo opportunitiy before stopping in the city for some local wine tasting. Following our tasting we will continue our tour with a drive to Balaklava.

En route, we pass by scenic Balaklava valley – where we will stop for a photo opportunity of the Balaklava waterfront. The history here is inseparably linked with that of Great Britain, france, Russia & Turkey. After a leisurely stroll along Balaklava promenade we drive back to Sevastopol, passing by different residential districts, along the way.

TOUR NOTES: There is a considerable amount of walking involved on this tour approximately 20 steps to negotiate throughout the tour, therefore guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

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