Active recreation and excursions in Crimea

Many of our guests come here not only to enjoy the welcoming sea, but also to see around and explore amazing sights that the area has to offer. Crimea has everything you can think of from palaces, botanic gardens and caves to horseback riding, hiking, and parachute-jumping.

Excursion to Ai-Petri

Excursion to Ai-Petri

An excursion to Ai-Petri is a thrilling adventure. The view from Ai-Petri Mountain is simply breathtaking! Everyone who visits this area always goes to the cable railway Miskhor-Ai-Petri. This cable railway is a unique construction. Being the longest cable railway in Europe (2980m) it’s one of the most visited sights in the Crimea. It will take you up to the mountain of 1153m in 15 minutes! There is an interchange station on the cable car and the upper part is without any supporting structures (1670 meters), only a military cable car in Germany has a longer unsupported span. It also took 20 years to build the cable railway 1967-1987... read more

When you get all the way up to Ai-Petri you will have a chance to see the amazing landscape from the observation platform. Dozens of kilometers of the turquoise sea, grand mountain ranges, and lush forests… And when you are there at the top, it’s a great idea to visit a mini town that has been built there in recent years. You can find restaurants and cafes with Oriental food, souvenir booths, and various entertainments. You can take a ride on a horse, pony or donkey. Many people will also enjoy visiting numerous caves in the area, there are 35 researched caves and several of them are available for excursions, the most popular ones are Icy Cave, Yaltinskaya Cave, Hydrophysics Cave with the Well of Wishes and so on. Icy Cave for instance has a big collection of ice and a lake with the area of 300 sq.m!
If you decide to go down the mountain not in a cable car, but in a taxi, you will get to see the highest waterfall of the Crimea - Uchan Su. In the Crimean Tatar language the name means “flying water” and indeed this is so as when its torrents hit the stones they turn into water dust... This spectacular waterfall is in fact higher than the well-known Niagara Falls- 98 m! The Uchan-Su also appears in many local legends and simply provides a fantastic spectacle for tourists. hide

The Castle Swallow’s Nest

The Castle Swallow’s Nest

The Castle Swallow’s Nest is the world-famous sight built in 1911-1912yy for the Baltic German oil millionaire Baron von Steingel. This tiny palace perched on the edge of the 40-meter high Aurora Cliff continuously attracts thousands of tourists. Designed by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood, the castle overlooks the Cape of Ai-Todor on the Black Sea coast. Through the years the sight has become the symbol of the Crimea and is replicated on numerous calendars and postcards. The unusual place is often featured in various films and video clips.... read more

The most tremendous view opens from the water, so most visitors actually come by ship from nearby areas. The palace itself is rather small: only 12 meters high (2 floors with a living room and two bedrooms), the base is 10 by 20 meters. It’s hard to believe but the Swallow’s Nest was once surrounded by a garden! When the great earthquake happened in 1927, the part of the rock where trees were planted fell into the Black Sea. Today part of the balustrade hangs over the sea without foundation, making the image both scary and exciting. hide

Vorontsov Palace (aka Alupka Palace)

Vorontsov Palace
(aka Alupka Palace)

The Vorontsov Palace (aka the Alupka Palace) is a beautiful palace, a special historic sight and simply a highlight for any kind of trip to the Crimea. This palace is a must for tourists and not without a reason. The sight is situated at the foot of the Crimean Mountains near the town of Alupka (that’s where the second variant of the name comes from). It’s worth saying that the Vorontsov Palace is one of the oldest and the largest palaces in the Crimea. It was built in 1828-1848 for Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov thus bears his name... read more

Designed by the English architect Edward Blore (who is well-known for completing the design of the Buckingham Palace) and his assistant William Hunt, the palace was the prince’s personal summer residence. The construction is a loose interpretation of the English Renaissance revival style, but in fact it’s a hybrid of several architectural styles like Mughal architecture, Scottish Baronial and Gothic Revival architecture. Many visitors can notice elements that remind Oriental styles, like Islamic minarets; actually, one can also find words written in Arabic on one of the central arches of the palace
The Alupka Palace was constantly visited by many members of the Russian Empire’s elite ruling class, and, of course, the Vorontsov family (it belonged to their family for three generations). So many wealthy nobles were mesmerized with the beauty of the palace, seascapes and beautiful mountains that they were moved to create their own summer retreats in the Crimea and other areas. So, in the early XX century many aristocrats including the members of the Imperial Family and Tsar had their own palaces in the vicinity. After the October Revolution when the Soviets came to power, this splendid palace was taken away and transformed into a museum; later it was turned into a resort and a hospital. During the Yalta Conference the Vorontsov Palace served as the residence of Winston Churchill and the British delegation. It has been functioning as a museum since 1956.
The Vorontsov Palace is a world-famous sight and very valuable storage of unique masterpieces. Talented masters spent a great lot of time decorating the inner rooms, the most striking ones are the Master’s Study, Cotton Room, Vestibule, Billiard Room and a splendid winter garden with marble sculptures and portraits. hide

Nikitsky Botanic Garden

Nikitsky Botanic Garden

The history of the Nikitsky Botanic Garden began almost 200 years ago. It was created in 1812 on the order of Emperor Alexander I as he wanted to develop gardening and farming in the south of the Russian Empire. A devoted young scientist Christian Steven, determined and devoted to his work, was invited for the position of the director of the garden... read more

The Botanic Garden is located not far from Yalta. It’s rather easy to get there and it’s a wonderful chance to enjoy your time strolling around the garden and seeing a huge collection of plants from various parts of Europe, Asia and America. Today the garden covers the area of 1100 hectares and is organized in 12 scientific departments with over 50,000 species and forms. One can find rare species, breeds and forms of flowers, bushes, trees, medical plants and endangered species. The place boasts the largest herbarium in Europe, 600 species and variations of cacti in the Cacti Greenhouse, 18000 plants from Mediterranean countries and much more.
The Nikitsky Botanic Garden is a very popular place among tourists and locals. Its magnificent parks are an open-air museum that continuous to replenish with new exhibit pieces. And it doesn’t matter when you come there, since during the warm seasons you can always find blooming trees and flowers. So, don’t miss your chance to come here and simply feel like in paradise! hide

Livadia Palace

Livadia Palace

The Livadia Palace used to be the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar Nikolay II and his family. This beautiful palace was the royal’s favorite summer refuge where they spent memorable times before their untimely death after the October Revolution. The name of the palace comes from the name of the area where it’s located- Livadiya... read more

The Livadia Palace is known all around the world as the home to the Yalta Conference, where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to re-draw the map of Europe at the end of the WWII. At that time the palace temporarily served as Franklin Roosevelt’s quarters. America’s President was so taken by the beauty and grandeur of the palace that he asked Joseph Stalin to buy it, but the Soviet leader refused.
Nowadays the Livadia Palace is a museum with exhibits devoted to the Yalta Conference and the life of emperors and royal families. It has 58 rooms, each with its own special interior. But people come here not only to see the palace itself, but also marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. And even though today the role of the palace has drastically changes, it is still used for international summits held by the authorizes, that’s when the former royal beauty of the building is exposed in its glory and grandeur. hide

Massandra Palace

Massandra Palace

One of the most beautiful palaces of the Crimea is the Massandra Palace. Its construction started on the order of Count Vorontsov in 1881, and finished in 1889 when it was purchased for Tsar Alexander III after the count’s death. The construction in the style of French castles was based on the blueprints of a talented architect Etienne Bouchared. After the palace was bought by the tsar, the construction resumed and the new architect substantially changed its look with new decorating elements... read more

Today it’s a really popular place to visit. The Massandra Palace is located 3km from Yalta in a remote, picturesque area surrounded by the forest and mountains. The palace resembling a French chateau truly seems like a fairy-tale castle. For its unsurpassed beauty it was even called a “Little Versailles” and intended only for the rest of the royal family. But just like the initial owner Alexander III didn’t get a chance to marvel at the palace’s loveliness as he died before it was finished. Later it was used as a hunting lodge by the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II and his family. It’s worth mentioning that in Soviet times this wonderful sight became known as Stalin’s summer cottage.
Massandra is also famed for its vineyards and production of fortified wines. The Massandra Winery was founded by Prince Lev Golitsyn in 1894 and contained millions of bottles of wines! hide

Four-wheeler rides on Demerdji Mountain

Four-wheeler rides on Demerdji Mountain

Riding four-wheelers is exciting, interesting and more and more popular today. The area is very beautiful with lots of hills and breathtaking views. The riding trial starts on the forest road and goes past Mount Elkh-Kaya (Curly Maria) and then descends to Lavender Fields with a marvelous panoramic view of Mount Funa. Then the route goes to the passage Tash-Habah-Bogaz and Peak Alenga. There is the waterfall Djur-Djur nearby and the chances are high that you will get to see eagles soaring in the area... read more

Don’t miss your chance to marvel at the beauty of this area. This riding trial is especially marvelous in the evening when you can enjoy the sunset. In day time it’s great to relax in the shade of the beech forest. The peninsular is an amazing place to see around, and touring the Crimea on a four-wheeler is more fun. It’s your chance to have a great recreational experience in any weather conditions and season. hide

Hiking in the mountains and forests of the Crimea

Hiking in the mountains and forests of the Crimea

Crimea is a beautiful peninsular full of various historical sights, natural beauties and marvelous seascapes. The Crimean Mountains are not really high. The highest peak is only 1545m high, but still incredibly beautiful and very attractive for hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, etc... read more

Hiking is a wonderful opportunity to see around and enjoy splendid landscapes of the Crimea that is full of mountain plateaus, secret canyons, bizarre caves, high cliffs, and waterfalls. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and a good mood. Hiking is a nice and relaxing way to spend your time and bring home unforgettable emotions. hide

Horseback riding to Demerdji Mountain

Horseback riding to Demerdji Mountain

Demerdji is probably one of the most beautiful and popular mountains in the Crimea. It is especially fun to go up the mountain on a horse. It will sure make your trip more comfortable and pleasant. Horses are very nice and gracious animals and riding a horse is a very fun activity. During your horse ride walk you will get a chance to admire the wonderful landscapes... read more

The horse ride walk goes on the most beautiful slope of Demerdji – the southern one and then thru the pine forest to the waterfall Djurpa and to the mythical Valley of Ghosts. Its huge stones seem to touch the sky. Usually it’s cooler here than in other areas. There is much to see and admire. So the walk will be very pleasant. hide

Rope jumping in Kachi-Kalyon area

Rope jumping in Kachi-Kalyon area

For those people who are searching for adrenalin rush, rope jumping is indeed an awesome choice! This extreme activity is especially pleasant in a picturesque area of Kachi-Kalyon. It’s a very special sight of the Crimean Peninsula... read more

Kachi-Kalyon is the Crimean Medieval Cave Monastery. It’s located in the river-valley Kacha. Today this area is part of Bakhchisarai Conservation Area. Kachi-Kalyon actually means “cross ship”, in fact, from the distance it looks like a ship. This sight also has several grottos. hide

Tandem jump in Simferopol

Tandem jump in Simferopol

Tandem jumps are performed in Simferopol with experienced tandem masters at the height of 4200 meters. You will have a free fall for 50 seconds and then an instructor will open the parachute and you will go down slowly... read more

When you do a tandem jump with a skilled instructor you will understand why many people repeat this thrilling experience again and again.
A video operator will also jump with you and make a small film about your great time. It will surely be fun to see again how your friends cheered up for you before and after the jump! It’s a great keepsake. hide

Crimean Caves

Crimean Caves

The Crimean Peninsula is an amazing place full of natural wonders and architectural masterpieces from ancient times. The Crimea is also famous for its unique caves and cave cities. These places are very peculiar and popular among tourists... read more

Probably one of the most visited attractions is actually Marble Cave at the lower plateau of Chatyr-Dag. Majority of speleologists believe Marble Cave to be in the top five beautiful ones. Located at the altitude of a thousand meters, the cave is full of bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. The temperature is always 8C. The route inside the caves goes on for 1,5 km.
One of the largest caves in Europe is also situated in the Crimea. It’s called Red Cave or Kizil Koba. It’s among the largest karst caverns in the Eastern Europe that occurred on limestone. The area is very impressive and comprises over 52,000 square meters. The cave features a system of galleries, vertical wells, even some areas containing 6 storeys, and some of the halls are 70-80 m long and 145m high. So, it’s really unbelievable!
One more unique cave that is worth seeing is Emine Bair Hosar, also known as Mammoth Cave. The cave has a wonderful underground world full of galleries, halls, tunnels and such. It’s nearly 2 km long and has 5 levels.
The name Mammoth Cave was given due to a very special find – a skeleton of a little mammoth that was trapped there about 40,000 years ago. Scientists made other discoveries there, too. They found remains of quite a few animals from the Ice Ages.
There are many other interesting caves to visit. These are just a few. And tourists surely enjoy their great tours. hide

Flight over the Crimea

Flight over the Crimea

Any kind of place will feel very different if you look at it from a different view – from the air. Unbelievable beauty of the Crimea is waiting for you! The flights last for 30 minutes or more, it will all depend on the chosen route... read more

Those ones who love the adrenaline rush will enjoy sightseeing tours on a sailplane that goes up to 400 or even 800 meters. The feeling is truly unbelievable. Flights are also carried out on the sporting airplane Vilga”. This plane actually goes much higher and you will see the great Crimean Mountains, endless lines of vineyards and the turquoise coastal line. There are also helicopter tours available.
Another great activity that you can take up is flying on an air balloon! That’s a very special experience that will let you open up a lot of great places in the Crimea and surely thrill you. hide