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Main Tours Kyiv - Odesa - Crimea (9 days)

Kyiv - Odesa - Crimea (9 days)


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KYIV - ODESA – YALTA – SEBASTOPOL – BAKHCHISARAY (9 days/8 nights)

1 day 
Arrive in Kyiv. Check-in the hotel (after 14 p.m.).
Time at leisure. Overnight.

2 day Breakfast at a hotel.
Grand city tour of Kyiv
Sights
to visit during the tour:
"Vladimir’s Old Town" - the place were Prince Vladimir the Baptist had founded his Kremlin and built the first Christian church in Kyivan Rus State that was destroyed in 1240 during Tartar-Mongol invasion. See the copy of the foundation of the Church of Tithe, panorama ground (a marvellous view of the Lower Old Town called Podol)
St. Andrew’s Church designed by famous architect Rastrelli who was a court architect of Russian tsarina Elizabeth (outside visit). Open-air souvenir market is located nearby.
The Golden Gate of Kyiv - outside visit
University building, Opera House, Khreshchatik Street (main Kyiv boulevard) - from the bus (car).
Arch of Friendship
Monument to the founders of the city Kyiv

St. Sophia Cathedral (1037) is the most vivid example of the Old Rus architecture and monumental art for this place, was built and decorated when the state of Kyiv Rus was living through the peak of its prosperity. Here grand princes were crowned and buried, formal ceremonies and receptions of envoys were help, the first known library in ancient Rus and the first school for boys and girls were founded by Yaroslav the Wise. The Cathedral was known as a seat of Kiev Metropolitan. The interior has survived from the 11th century and there have been practically no alterations. Mosaics and frescos of the 11th century, executed with a unique technology, which depict Scriptural scenes, individual figures of Church Fathers, Apostles, warriors and maidens, are of a great value.
Kyiv Cave Monastery is an Orthodox monastery in Kyiv. The Cave Monastery is rich in architectural monuments. Thirty-seven of them were built before the 20th century. Its best-known sacred objects were the relics of its saintly monks. The caves (some of them dating from the Neolithic period) in which they lived and were buried, and from which the monastery's name is derived, form two underground labyrinths of tunnels, cells, and catacombs excavated in soft sandstone and loess. Several underground churches and chapels are located at the Kyiv Cave Monastery.
Golden Treasury Museum. The Museum contains a collection of Scythian Golden Jewellery (very similar to the collection that is exhibited at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg - but more exciting because of the unique item - the Golden Pectoral (neck lace) of Scythian Tsars with sophisticated carving - weighting over 3 kilos. The museum also contains a collection of "Treasures of the Church" that were expropriated by the Soviets in 1926 and stored at the museum forever since.
The Museum of Micro Miniatures. Nickolay Syadristy has created about 100 miniatures with instruments he made himself. At first, he took a whole year to create one or two miniatures. Now, it takes him nearly a month of painstaking work to create one piece - whether it's baby swallows inside a nest made of half a poppy seed, or a red rose on a green stem 0.05 millimeter (0.002 inch) thick, inside a human hair that has been polished so thoroughly that the flower can be clearly seen through it.)
St Volodymyr’s Cathedral (inside).
Lunch at a city restaurant.
Overnight the hotel in Kiev.

3 day 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out. Depart to Odessa by bus.
Visit Sofievka Park in Uman (215 km from Kiev to Odessa).
The Sofiyvka State Dendrological Park was built in 1796 by the Belgian engineer L. Metletz at the request of Count S. Pototsky and named in honour of his wife Sophia. The Sofiyvka occupies 150 hectares of land on the outskirts of the old city of Uman. It is one of the most beautiful of all memorial parks with the landscapes in the style of the end of the 18th century. In its own unique way, it resembles a gallery of art - created by both man and nature.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Arrive in Odessa.
Walking city tour.
Odesa is a modern city and a major seaside resort which rises in tiers above a gently curving bay. The home of the Black Sea Shipping Co. (worlds largest), this harbor city is also the southern sea gate of the former USSR through which pass many passengers and a huge amount of cargo. Here, the famed Potemkin Staircase rises 460 feet from the sea to the upper levels of Odesa. In 1994, this city with around one million inhabitants, celebrated its 200th anniversary.
Opera House with this kind of grandeur, its obvious why critics rank the Theater as the 2nd most beautiful opera house in Europe, after the Viennese Opera House, Outside of the Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet. Inside of the Odesa Theater of Opera and Ballet. The Opera House was built in 1887 by architects F. Felner and H. Helmer.
Overnight the hotel in Odessa.

4 day 
Breakfast
at the hotel.
Tour to Arcadia resort area including visit to wine factory and wine tasting
This tour will bring you to one of the Odessa Champagne factories: "Odessa", "French Boulevard" or to the Tairov wine Institute.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
Excursion to the Fine Arts Museum, a former residence of Pototsky family, followed by a visit to the underground Grotto
Fine Arts Museum houses one of the largest collections of Russian, Ukrainian and Soviet masterpieces in the Ukraine. The collections of the Museum boast magnificent and artistically unique works of great masters reflecting the development of national art from icon-painting of the 15th-18th centuries to contemporary painting, graphic art, sculpture, and decorative and applied art.
Time at leisure.
Overnight the hotel in Odessa.

5 day 
Breakfast
at the hotel.
Free day.
We can offer for choice follow excursions:
1. The Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy fortress
is located in the mouth of the Dniester river, 80 km from Odessa. The modern town of Bilghorod-Dnistrovsky begins its history in the 6th century BC, when the ancient Greek town of Tyra was founded on the right bank of the river. Within the long period of its existence the fortress has survived dozens of wars and rulers, each bringing new architectural and military elements to the original towers and walls. After visiting the fortress you can gladden your heart with the best wines in a factory located in the village of Shabo- the first and the only one Swiss colony in the former Russian Empire, which began to exist since 17th century.
2. The city catacombs appeared as a result of the extraction of the limestone used for the construction of Odessa and they are everywhere under the city and its suburbs. A lot of myths and legends about this underground town have been rumored from the very beginning. The catacombs gave shelter to the homeless people, to those who were crashed and pursued, to the thieves and the smugglers. But mainly the catacombs are known for the partisan movement in Odessa during the WW2. On the place of one of such partisan detachments in the village of Nerubaiskoye a unique underground Museum of Partisan Glory was organized.
3. Criminal Odessa
Such tour could appear in any other city of Ukraine and Russia, but only in Odessa local thieves, burglars, gangsters and swindlers were known for their special "chic" and "high-class skill". Their names were whispered both with horror and secret admiration, many of them became the characters of books describing the life of the city in the 19th-beginning of the 20th cent.
Overnight the hotel.

6 day 
Breakfast
at the hotel. Check-out the hotel. Depart to Simferopol (510 km).
Arrival to Yalta (nearly 80 km).
Check-in the hotel.
Dinner at a hotel.
Time for leisure. Overnight.

7 day 
Breakfast
at the hotel
Yalta city tour, including visit to Livadia Palace and Massandra palace
Sites to visit during city tour:
Livadia Palace. The summer home of the last of the Russian Tsars, Nikolai II, and in 1945 home to the Yalta Conference, where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to re-draw the map of Europe at the end of the war - the Livadia Palace breathes the history of the last 150 years. The palace buildings and extensive gardens overlooking the sea and the bay of Yalta reflect the influence of the original architect, Ippolito Antonovich Monighetti, who was sent from Moscow to Livadia after the estate was bought for Tsar Alexander II in 1861.
Massandra palace is one of the most famous landmarks in Yalta. The Massandra palace has a strange history: Semen Vorontsov, the heir of the famous General Governor of Novorossia, began its construction. The initial design in style of Louis XIII was made by the French architect Bouchar. Later the palatial complex was completed by the Russian architect professor Maximillian Meismacher. The palace was intended to be a residence of Alexander III and became a kind of a hunter's house for the august family of Nicholas II. By the end of its construction the last Russian emperor was already fond of the idea to build his new residence in Livadia and took no interest in the Massandra palace. For a hundred years of its existence the Massandra palace served as a place for relaxation during mountainous walks, later as a residence for the VIP. It experienced the years of oblivion and at last it was opened as a beautiful museum, displaying its splendour to the most welcome guest-tourists from all over the world, who enjoy romantic scenery and architecture.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
Visit to Massandra Winery
Overnight: hotel in Yalta

8 day 
Breakfast at the hotel
. Check-out
Day trip to Sebastopol city (including visit of Panorama Museum of Crimean War) (65 km)
Sights to visit during city tour:
Panorama museum devoted to the first siege of Sevastopol (1854-1855) during the Crimean War (1853-1856). You'll see the only one Panorama in Ukraine, which is the battle painting on the canvas (115 m long, 14 m high), which is not only the canvas but the object plan. The panorama building is situated on one of the Sevastopol highs where nowadays military fortifications of the Crimean War period are being exposed (artillery yards with old Russian cannons).
The Black See Fleet-museum - The first military museum in Russia, founded in 1869. Also we'll explore the Central hill of Sevastopol with 2 monuments - St. Vladimir cathedral it has been built as the burial place of renowned Russian admirals, perished during the Crimean War.
Continue the trip to Bakhchisaray city (ancient city of Crimean khans)
The territory of Bakhchisaray was settled more than 40,000 years ago. In the 15th c. the capital of the Crimean Khanate was established here. The city was constructed by local master builders, Ukrainian and Russian captives, as well as by master builders from Iran, Italy, and Turkey
Beautiful Khan's Palace with richly decorated rooms and sophisticated fountains would amaze you with its elegance and splendour.
Lunch at a city restaurant.
Transfer from Bakhchisaray to Simferopol for overnight.

9 day 
Breakfast at hotel.
Check-out.
Depart to Kiev.
Overnight the hotel in Kiev (if want).




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