Yalta, Ukraine

Introduction to Yalta, Ukraine

Enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate and energy that the city of Yalta has to offer.

An exclusive 19th-century resort founded by Russian aristocrats. People can now be seen strolling along Yalta’s beautiful embankment all year round, here there are several beaches for relaxing upon. In addition, the city has many restaurants and cafes as well as an open-air market.

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TOUR A - YALTA HIGHLIGHTS

This cruise tour will show us the many highlights that Yalta has to offer, including the Swallow's Nest Castle, Count Vorontsov Palace and some wine tasting, prior to the famous Livadia Palace, summer residence of Tsar Nicholas II.

 

Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Departing from the quayside, we will begin our cruise tour with a drive to view the unusual Swallow’s Nest Castle, which hangs over the sea on a 38 metre high rock. This fairy tale, turreted castle was built in 1912 and is truly romantic becoming the symbol of Yalta and the Crimea.

After this short stop at Swallow’s Nest Castle, we will continue on towards Count Vorontsov Palace in Alupka. Following a five-minute walk from the parking area along a shady road over the sea, we will find ourselves in front of the Tudor style northern façade of the palace, built by an Englishman called Edward Blore – also known for his work on Buckingham Palace in London. In the 19th century Alupka Palace belonged to one of Russia’s wealthiest people, and was home to Winston Churchill during the Crimean Conference.

Following the tour of the Palace, we will walk back to the car park and rejoin the coach, for a short drive on to Alupka Wine Tasting hall. Here we will have the opportunity of tasting the delicate Massandra Wines whilst we learn about Crimean wine producing traditions. From here we proceed to the local restaurant for lunch. 

After lunch, we continue on to the Famous Livadia Palace, Located in a beautiful landscaped garden. Livadia Palace also known as the white palace, was a summer residence of Tsar Nicholas II and in 1945 the palace provided a venue for the historic meeting of Churchill. During our guided tour we will be shown the restored meeting room, Roosevelt’s headquarters and the Tsar’s study. On the upper floor we can view Romanov’s apartments, now the Tsar Nicholas Museum.

Returning to the coach we continue driving along the framed Crimean Riviera back to our cruise ship.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled ground. There are approximately 40 steps to negotiate at Livadia Palace, and around 90 steps at Alupka Palace, therefore it is not suitable for wheelchair users. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described, and depending on traffic conditions, the duration of this cruise tour may vary. Since the Alupka and Livadia Palaces are popular tourist attractions, staff will regulate the time allowed to visit each room. Please note that there are photo/video charges at Livadia and Alupka Palace. Not all of the sites visited on this cruise tour are air-conditioned, therefore they may be humid inside. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES


TOUR B - ROMANOV'S HOLIDAYS

On this fascinating cruise tour, we will discover why Yalta was so popular with the Russian Tsars, with a guided tour of the beautiful Livadia Palace.

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

Our coach will take us through the town, offering a picturesque panorama of the beautiful seafront, before we head towards Livadia Palace, formerly the summer residence of Tsar Nicholas II. Built in 1911 in early Italian Renaissance style for the Tsar, the palace is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. The White Palace became famous for being the venue of the Yalta Conference. In February 1945, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met here to outline and co-ordinate plans for the allied defeat of Germany. Guidelines were also established here for the foundation of the United Nations.

During our guided tour of the palace, we will see the restored meeting room, Roosevelt’s headquarters and the Tsar’s study. We shall also visit the upper floor and view the Romanov apartments, now the Tsar Nicholas Museum.

Following our cruise tour, we will listen to a concert performed by a Kalinka folk group, while enjoying a Russian tea ceremony arranged especially for us in the gallery of the Italian courtyard of the palace.

Continuing, we will have a short photo stop to observe the unusual Swallow’s Nest Castle – the symbol of Yalta and the Crimea. Built by architect A Sherwood in 1911, the turreted fairytale-like structure can be viewed from a special platform. After our stop, we head back to the quayside and our awaiting cruise ship.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over cobbled terrain. There are approximately 40 steps to negotiate at Livadia Palace, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please note that there is a charge of two US dollars per person to use cameras at Livadia Palace, or four US dollars to use video cameras, which is payable locally (price correct at the time of printing).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES


TOUR C - THE SPLENDOUR OF CRIEMAN PARKS

On this tour we will get the chance to admire the natural beauty of the Southern Coast of the Crimea.

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 4.75 hours
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Today, we can admire the national beauty of the southern coast of the Crimea.

Departing the quayside, we travel to Alupka Park with its sunny glades, small waterfalls and swan ponds. The magnificent Alupka Park, laid out in the mid-19th century as a traditional English park, today strikes one’s imagination with mature trees and an abundance of vegetation. It stretches from the southern façade of the palace down to the sea, harmoniously matching the natural landscape. In the corner of the park we will see the so-called '‘Big Chaos’ – a natural stone mess of magmatic origin. The mazes will lead us to the Alupka Palace, built in Tudor style for the nobleman Count Mikhail Vorontsov in 1848.

From Alupka Park, our coach takes us to Nikitsky Botanical Gardens. Here we will find ourselves surrounded by exotic species, introduced from all five continents. There are approximately 50,000 different species, varieties, forms and hybrids of plants. During our guided walking tour down the garden paths, we will be fascinated by weeping cedars, madronos, blooming roses and a 1,000-year-old pistachio tree. Established in 1812, the Botanical Gardens are one of the major tourist attractions in the Ukraine.

Next we will have a photo stop at the viewing platform overlooking the unusual Swallow’s Nest Castle. This turreted fairy tale structured castle is perched on a rock. Built in 1911, it has become a symbol of the Crimea and Yalta. We then re-board our tour coach for the return journey to the quayside.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately three hours of walking over cobbled and occasionally hilly grounds, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear comfortable footwear. Please note that there is a charge per person to use cameras & video cameras at Alupka Palace, which is payable locally. What flora may be seen is obviously subject to seasonal change. The order of attractions visited may vary to that described above.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES


TOUR D - MASSANDRA PALACE & WINERY

We will experience the distinct flavours of Yalta with a trip to Massandra Palace and Winery.

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On our tour today, we can experience the distinct flavours of Yalta with a trip to Massandra Palace and Winery.

Departing the quayside, we will enjoy a scenic drive along the South Coast of the Crimea, where we travel to Massandra, one of Crimea’s most charming areas, renowned for its production of fine wines.  En-route, we can admire the impressive views of mountains and lush vegetation. Upon arrival in the area, we visit the Palace of Alexander III, which once served as the former summer home for the family of Tsar Alexander III. Following the Russian Revolution, the palace became the summer retreat for elite Politburo members, including Stalin, Kruschev and Gorbachev. Until recently, the Palace was closed to visitors.

Following a mini-van transfer from the lower gate to the entrance, we can enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the palace. We can discover an abundance of original 18th century artwork and furnishings, along with mementoes of the palace’s important events, including letters, photos and documents.

Re-boarding our tour coach, we drive to Massandra Village for a visit to the winery. Designed and built by Prince Leo Golitsyn, the forefather of Russian winemaking, Massandra Winery boasts the biggest collection of wine in the world. It holds around a million bottles of wine from different countries, including 150 to 200 year old bottles secured within tunnels that have been carved into the Crimean Mountains. We continue to the wine vaults, which were founded in the 19th century to supply the nearby summer palace of Tsar Nicholas II. During our tour, a wine expert will acquaint us with the production process as they escort us along the tunnels lined with oak barrels. Our visit will conclude with a tasting of nine samples of Crimean wines, including port, cherry, sweet wines and of course the chance to purchase these local wines.

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

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. There will be approximately one hour of standing and walking at Massandra Palace, some of which will be over cobbled ground, and one hour at the winery. There are around 60 steps to negotiate at the winery and 30 at Massandra Palace. Unfortunately it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES


TOUR E - RUSSIAN HERITAGE

Join us on our delightful tour to view some of Yalta’s most important sites and an introduction to Russia’s cultural heritage.

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Snack includedSnack included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Join us on our delightful tour to view some of Yalta’s most important sites and an introduction to Russia’s cultural heritage.

Departing from the Quayside, our coach will make its way through the narrow streets of Yalta’s delightful downtown area, which has always been favoured by artists and writers.
We shall then pass by the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Built in the early twentieth century, the Cathedral has onion shaped domes and a fascinating interior. We will be invited to marvel at the intricate details of this 18th century iconostasis, the beautiful frescoes and the mosaics as our guide provides details on the history of the church.

Then we proceed to Chekhov’s museum. Located in a shady setting, the house known, as ‘White Dachs’ is where Anthon Chekhov spent the last years of his life. It is here that he wrote some of his greatest works including the Seagull, the Three Sisters and the cherry orchard. We can enjoy viewing many photographs, documents and personal belongings of the writer that are all displayed within the museum. We will also get a glimpse into Chekhov’s lifestyle as our guide shows us the writer’s study, bedroom and living room.

In the museum’s exhibition hall we will enjoy refreshments and a short recital of Russian Romantic songs of the 19th and early 20th centuries, before re-boarding our tour coach for the return journey to the quayside.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking approximately 40 minutes, some of which will be over cobbled ground. There are around 65 steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users as you will not be able to access Chekhov’s House museum. Please note that we will only drive passed the Cathedral and our guide provides details on the history of the church.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MED CRUISES


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