Hidden Treasures of a Tiny Peninsula

Take a remarkable stroll through history around Ukraine’s lush Crimean Peninsula, hanging like a jewel into the balmy Black Sea. Roam from an ancient Scythian kurgan to Chekhov’s house, from the Tatar palace of Bakhchysaray to the home of the Black Sea Fleet, from a Genoese fortress in Feodosiya to Yalta, where the fate of post-war Europe was decided.

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10 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Ukraine
  • Flexible Essential:
    Simferopol to Yalta

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Taste the favored wines of the czars
    Savor a wine-tasting at Massandra Winery, founded in the 19th century to supply the wine for the czars' summer homes....
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  • Walk in the footsteps of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin
    Walk in the footsteps of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin at the Livadia Palace, the setting for the Yalta Conference of 1945 where the fate of Europe was decided....
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  • Inspect a 6th century Genoese Fortress
    Inspect a 6th century Genoese Fortress, originally built on a cliff near Sudak by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I...
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  • Explore the subterranean Balaklava submarine museum
    Explore the subterranean Balaklava submarine museum, housed in a formerly classified submarine base in Balaklava Bay...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 25 years of Ukraine travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Stanford and Northwestern universities have chosen MIR to guide them to Ukraine
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-10: Around the Crimean Peninsula

Begin in Yevpatoria, admiring the sanctuaries of three faiths – Orthodox, Muslim and Karaite Jewish. Explore Kerch, on the easternmost tip of Crimea. Inspect the palace of the Crimean khans, the last descendants of Genghis Khan’s hordes in the Western world, and enjoy a boat ride on sunny Sevastopol Bay, home to the Black Sea Fleet. Explore Balaklava, a fishing village near the site of the battle that inspired Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade.

Visit UNESCO-listed Chersonesus, where ancient Greeks built the only known Greek theater in the Black Sea region, and the Tsarskii Kurgan, the 4th century BC grave of a Bosporan king. Savor the czars’ favorite wines at Massandra Winery and discover Yalta’s historic sites, including Livadia Palace, where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin carved up Europe in 1945.

Highlights

  • Coastal town of Yevpatoria, with little pedestrian streets and sanctuaries of three different faiths
  • Bakhchysaray, capital of the Crimean Khanate from the early 16th century until 1783
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What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners per the itinerary. Other meals are left independent to allow independent exploration.

  • Local guides in each city.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or van (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, the Baltics or Central Europe prior to or at the conclusion of the tour. Contact us for more information.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are superior tourist class, please keep in mind that some aspects of the tourism infrastructure in Ukraine are not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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