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Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)

ANCIENT EMPIRES | 29 Nights | Departs Sep 6, 2015

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Sevastopol, Crimea

Sevastopol, Crimea-port

The hundreds of acres of open land along the Black Sea that is now Sevastopol are dotted with ancient pillars that once supported Greek temples and government buildings. These historical spots, along with fine beaches and beautiful climate would have drawn visitors by the thousands if Sevastopol had been located in the west. Instead, this unpolished jewel remains one of Europe’s best-kept secrets with its uncrowded delights – unspoiled and a pleasure to explore.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Balaclava
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Black Sea Navy Fleet Performance
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Crimean Battlefields
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Khan's Palace and Uspensky Monastery
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Scenic Sights of Sevastopol
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Sevastopol Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Balaclava

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 3 hours
    Tour Code: sev-002

    Journey back in time to explore the Ukraine's wartime past during this visit to Balaclava, the spectacular battleground of the Crimean War.

    Depart from the pier by coach for the 30-minute drive to the 4th redoubt to enjoy panoramic views of Balaclava, and get acquainted with its military history. Next, you will continue on to one of the famous Crimean War sites, the Balaclava Valley. You will pass through the city, then Sevastopol, site of British and French camps during the Crimean War. Your guide will describe the war's history, and point out wonderful sites and photo opportunities along the way. After a brief stop at the Monument of Reconciliation, you will climb a small hill to observe the Northern and Southern Balaclava Valley, scene of dramatic events and battles between 1854 and 1856.

    Next, you will proceed along the winding road to Balaclava Harbor, captured by the British on September 26th, 1854. The British used Balaclava as their supply base until departing in 1856. Although the unique S-shaped harbor was an ideal shelter for ships, the British lost much of their fleet due to stormy weather. Another engineering structure built by the British in Balaclava is the embankment, still in use today. History's first professional military hospital was arranged in Balaclava during the Crimean War, and headed by Florence Nightingale.

    From Balaclava, you will journey to Sapoune Ridge and Raglan's Viewpoint, named after Lord Raglan, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army during the Crimean War. Lord Raglan watched the disaster unfold before him during the Battle of Balaclava on October 25th, 1854. You will marvel at the wonderful topography of the Balaclava Valley, scene of Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade, along with the allied redoubts and adjacent areas visible from the observation platform on the Sapoune.

    At the conclusion of the tour, guests will reboard the coach for the 30-minute long return drive to the pier.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour which involves 1 hour and 20 minutes of moderate walking and 50 steps to climb and descend at the 4th redoubt . 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.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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