Cruise Port Atlas | Yalta, Ukraine Day Trips | Attractions

Yalta, Ukraine Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Yalta: Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Princess, Costa, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Alupka (Vorontsov) Palace, Livadia Palace, Yalta Conference, Massandra Palace and Winery, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Khan's Palace, Assumption Cave Monastery, Foros Church, Skelskaya Cave, Chekhov House, Nikita Botanical Garden, Historic Sanitoriums (Spas), Seaside Resorts, Swallows Nest Castle

Alupka(Vorontsov) PalaceEntrance to Alupka Palace

Port to Palace - 20 KM, 25 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Built by Prince Vorontsovsky between 1830 and 1846, it was designed primarily by the English architect Edward Blore who combined Tudor, Gothic and Moorish styles. The North side displays more English influence and the Southern side shows a mix of Moorish and Gothic. During the Yalta Conference, the palace served as the residence for Winston Churchill. One of the most famous features of the Palace are the Lions that adorn its Southern facade. The two at the head of the stairs are in the Medici style, while the sleeping lion at the bottom of the stairs is a favorite for photographers, combining as it does the passivity of sleep and the powerful potential of the predator. The Prince was an important military leader, known for important successes during the Napoleonic War and the Crimean War. His wife, Elizabeth, had an infamous affair with the Russian poet Pushkin.

 Gardens and Views of the Black Sea   Tavernas along the coast and beach   Beautiful works including the sleeping lion   Gardens surround the palace  

easily accessible    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

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Livadia PalaceLivadia Palace

Port to Livadia - 6 KM, 15 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Livadia Palace was built in 1910-11 by Czar Nicholas II on the site of former palace where his son and heir had died. Its style is Italian Renaissance and was inspired by a family vacation in Italy. The second floor of the palace features mostly relics of Alexander's family life including many pictures and household items which display the opulence of the royal lifestyle.

The first floor is primarily devoted to the Yalta Conference (February 4-11, 1945), as the palace was the primary location of the negotiations and the residence of the ailing Franklin Roosevelt during the meeting. Churchill stayed at the nearby Alupka Palace. On display are photos of the conference as well as the furniture used for the meetings.

Home of the Last Czar, Site of the Yalta Conference   Late Czarist Building   View of the Black Sea   Formal Gardens around the Palace  

Strenuous Walking   No Wheelchair Accessibility

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Massandra Palace and WineryMassandra Palace

Port to Massandra - 4 Km, 10 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The area called Massandra is only a short distance from the city center and features a palace built by Prince Vorontsov Jr., whose father built the Alupka Palace and Vineyards that offer some of the finest wines from Russia. The palace was built in the style of a French chateau, but was not completed until after the prince's death in 1889. Stalin used the palace as a winter Dacha.

The winery is most famous for its fortified and sweet wines.  The fortified wines come in a variety of styles but the most renowned is the port-style.  The sweet wines are produced from the Muscat grape.  The winery also houses a very large collection of old and rare vintages, not only local but also from around the world.  Some of the bottles were part of the Czar's collection at the beginning of the 20th century.  Tours of the winery are highly rated by cruisers.

Views from the hill   Famous for dessert wines   First Crimean Vineyard over 110 years old   Cafe  

Flat Walking   Not Wheelchair Accessible

Photo by Podvalov

Alexander Nevsky CathedralCathedral

Port to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - 1 Km, 11 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The cathedral was one of many in Russia and other countries named for Russia's patron saint. Built in 1902, it is topped beautiful gold onion domes and is reminiscent of styles from the 17th century. The ornate exterior features colorful iconic portraits and typically Russian details. It is not often possible to have a peek inside, but the exterior is definitely worth the walk up the hill.

Alexander Nevsky is considered the father of the Russian nation and is honored by Slavic peoples in other countries as well. During the 13th century his military efforts did much to unite the Slavs and to expel non-Slavic peoples from the region

Byzantine Art   Byzantine Holdout against the Ottomans   The Castle  

Flat Walking   Not Wheelchair Accessible

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Other Yalta AttractionsResorts

Port to Chekhov House (White Dacha) - 3.4 Km, 9 minute walk
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Yalta is still a tourist town with the kind of resort activities and beaches that attract visitors from Russia, Ukraine and other parts of Europe. The spas offer traditional treatments with the mineral waters of the area. For those with a literary bent, Anton Chekhov's house has been converted to a Museum in his honor. He spent winters here because he had contracted tuberculosis. The house contains a piano Rachmaninov played and his personal items, such as furniture and his leather coat. The Nikita Botanical Garden was established in 1812. My favorite photo of Yalta is the statue of Lenin with a McDonalds in the background. You'll see this as your ship sails into the harbor.

Views from the hill   Byzantine Art   Byzantine Holdout against the Ottomans   The Castle  

Flat Walking   Not Wheelchair Accessible

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Other Crimean Attractions

Yalta Port to Foros Church - 42 KM, 45 minutes
Yalta Port to Skelskaya Cave - 58 KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
Yalta Port to Khan's Palace and Assumption Cave Monastery - 54 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
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Between the ports of Yalta and Sevastopol are several attractions accessible from either place and offering beautiful views and fascinating history and art. In the central Crimean peninsula is the city of Bakhchysarai, which during the Ottoman domination had served as the capital for the Tatar Khan of the area. The Palace contains a mosque, harem, cemetary, gardens and a cemetary. Built in the 15th century is features a fountain that was the basis for a Pushkin story. Very nearby is the Assumption Monastery that was built into a cliff and cave originally in the 8th century. For the most part the buildings there now are more recent. Along the Black Sea coast of the Crimea between the two ports is the small Foros Church of the Resurrection dedicated in 1892 and offering spectacular views and unique architecture. Not far away is the popular Skelskaya cave that offers tours.



Photo by Foros Church by Bardano

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Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible