This relaxing tour begins with a drive through the city, passing the beautiful Alexander Nevksy Cathedral - Yalta's central Russian orthodox cathedral, before traveling west toward the legendary Livadia Palace.
Used as the summer home of the last of the Russian Tsars, Nicholas II, this graceful Italian Renaissance-styled palace made of white Inkerman stone has an unquestionably rich history, having also been the site of the Yalta Conference in 1945. It was here that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Russian Secretary-General Joseph Stalin met to establish the Yalta Declaration which ultimately decided the fate of post-war Europe. The palace has many personal artifacts on display which give insight into the daily life of the Russian aristocracy during the early 20th century. On the palace grounds, courtyards encircled by columned archways and balconies are home to a vivid array of colorful flowers and stately palm trees, while splashing fountains further serve to enhance the tranquil ambiance found here.
After your first-floor visit at the palace, drive to nearby St. Mikhael church. Here, you will have an opportunity to view the exterior of the church and enjoy panoramic views of the Southern coast of Crimea. Continuing along the upper highway, you will be treated to lovely sea views on one side and the Crimean Mountains on the other, including legendary Ai-Petri Mountain.
A final photo stop is made at an observiation platform that gives you a great view of the Swallow's Nest, one of the most spectacular attractions in Yalta. Balanced on the brink of a 130 foot cliff overlooking the Black Sea, this diminutive castle with its dramatic location, ramparts and sweeping views is a must-see for any visitor to Yalta.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of easy walking and/or standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.