Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: ylt-001
Experience the privileged life of royalty during this special visit to the magnificent palaces of Imperial Yalta.
Depart the pier for the drive to Massandra to see the charming Loire-style Massandra Palace, the summer home of Russian Imperial families. Upon arrival at the main gate, you will disembark and join the shuttle vans to the palace. Enjoy wonderful photo opportunities of the original exterior and interior architecture of the Romanov family home, along with the marvelous surrounding woods and fresh air. Construction of the Massandra Palace began in 1881 by Count M. Vorontsov, continued by the Tsar Alexander III and completed by Nicholas II.
Next, you will continue on to Livadia Palace, the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and site of the Crimean Conference in 1945. Built in 1911 for the imperial family, this Italian Renaissance-styled white palace is one of the most remarkable attractions on the Southern Coast of Crimea. During your visit, you will see the Great White Hall, where the fate of post-war Europe was decided in 1945. Feel the atmosphere of the rooms where the Tsar's family lived, and learn the details of everyday life of Russian aristocracy of the early 20th century. Today, the Palace hosts political summits and presidents from all over the world. Your tour concludes in the Italian courtyard of the Palace, where you will enjoy Russian tea and pie, and a lively folklore performance. Before you leave, visit the souvenir shops in the Palace for local souvenirs and craft works.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour which involves 45 minutes of walking, and approximately 30 steps to climb up and 30 steps down at Massandra Palace. There is an additional 1 hour and 20 minutes of walking, and 40 steps to climb and 40 steps down at Livadia Palace. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Please keep in mind that guides, though knowledgeable and the best available, are not as skilled as those found in the larger tourist centers of the Mediterranean, or other parts of Europe.