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Your tour beings with a picturesque coach ride to the Khan's Palace which was built in the 15th century, using slaves and craftsmen brought from Iran and Turkey. Today, this still impressive palace with its elegant minarets and tranquil gardens serves as a wonderful example of medieval Islamic architecture. The interior of the Palace is now home to the local History & Archeology Museum whose ethnographic collection is dedicated to the culture and life of the Crimean Tartars. On the grounds of the Palace you will also find the Fountain of Tears that was made famous by Pushkin in his poem titled, 'The Fountain of Bakhchisarai.'
Following your Palace visit, it's a short drive by minivan to the Uspenski-Pecherski (Assumption) cave Monastery. This amazing monastery which is carved into one of the towering cliff faces of the surrounding mountains, existed even before the Turks came to Crimea in 1475 and was re-opened when Crimea was annexed to Russia in 1783.
Leaving the Monastery behind, your minivan will return you to your coach for the trip back to ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of sites visited may vary.
NOTICE: All Oceania Cruises shore excursion fares are listed per person, and are subject to change and availability. Some tours are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Tour departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. While Oceania Cruises makes every effort to adhere to the specifics mentioned in each shore excursion description, circumstances may require otherwise. All shore excursion information contained on this website is subject to change without notice at Oceania Cruises’ discretion. Oceania Cruises is not responsible or liable for typographical error, omissions or misprints.
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