Departing the pier by motor coach it's a short drive through the city to the historical Museum Panorama, opened in 1905 on the 50th anniversary of the defense of Sevastopol in the Crimean War. Inside the museum you'll find the Panorama Defense of Sevastopol in 1854-1855, a magnificent 377-foot long, 46-foot high canvas by the famous Russian battle artist F. Roubaud that stands as a monument to the heroes of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. The original canvas was nearly destroyed in WWII and although plans were made for its restoration, the damage was so severe it was impossible to do so. Happily, this magnificent work was recreated in its entirety by 17 Moscow painters over a period of three years in the 1950s, allowing for its continued enjoyment by visitors from around the world. Depicting the first main assault of Sevastopol on June 18, 1855, the circular canvas then merges into a 2,950 square foot relief model. As you ascend upward on the observation platform situated in the center of the hall, you will find yourself seemingly atop Malakhov Hill during one of the fiercest and most decisive battles of the war.
Continuing on, you'll make your way to Sapoune Heights and your next stop, the WWII museum of Diorama, which houses an impressive semi-circular huge painting, nearly 84 feet long and 18 feet high, which depicts the heroic assault of Sapoune Heights by the Red Army on May 7, 1944. On the open site not far from the museum are ships, cannons, automobiles, shells, and artillery from the Great Patriotic war times. Time will be allowed to take photos at the site before re-boarding your coach for a drive along picturesque Primorsky Boulevard.
A final photo stop will be made at Nakhimov Square and Grafskaya Quay, from where the ships of the Russian Navy can be seen. As your tour concludes, you may choose to remain on the boulevard to explore further at your leisure, or re-board your coach and return directly to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing, and is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests leaving the tour at Primorsky Boulevard must make their own way back to the pier. The order of sites visited may vary.