Starting off from the pier, it's a leisurely drive to Sapoune Ridge. It was from this very spot that the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, Lord Raglan, agonizingly watched the unfolding disaster of the Balaclava Battle on October 25, 1854. This epic battle is immortalized in Lord Tennyson's famous poem, Charge of the Light Brigade. Looking out from the observation platform, one can clearly imagine what it must have been like in the valley below on that fateful day. This is also the location of the memorial to the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and you will be able to view some of the Soviet weaponry that was used during the various battles staged near Sevastopol.
Proceeding on, you'll next visit the most famous of the Crimean War sites - the Balaclava Valley. Arriving at the site of the Monument of Reconciliation (Russia fought against France, Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire) you will climb a small hill where you can observe both the northern and southern parts of the Valley, each having been the site of dramatic events and battles between 1854-1856.
Next, you'll travel to the harbor and town of Balaclava. This thoroughly intriguing town was captured by the British without bloodshed in September 1854 and used as their supply base for nearly 2 years during the Crimean War. One of the remaining structures built by the British during this time is the Embankment, which is still in use today. Balaclava once again became a hub of military activity during the height of the Cold War when the Soviet military chose this area to begin construction of a top secret underground complex.
During your time here you will be treated to a visit at the Balaclava Naval Museum. One of the newest exhibitions here is the Private Exposition of the Crimean War. This wonderful collection of artifacts has been organized with the intention of honoring the 225th Anniversary of the heroic city of Sevastopol. The exhibit features historical items from the private collection of brothers Ihor and Alexey Sheremetyev from Kyiv. For many years, the members of the Sheremetyev family have been researc
After your visit it's time to re-board your coach for the trip back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing, at times over uneven surfaces and is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of sites visited may vary.