Private Luxury Tour - Kiev and Great Wines of Crimea ULUK02

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Personal Highlights: A private tour of and a performance in the Kiev Opera House The scenic coastal drive from Odessa to Yalta A visit to the Magarach Wine Institute Touring the Massandra Palace and the nearby Massandra Winery Visiting Novy Svet and the former estate of Count Golitsin,
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Hunting, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Wine Tasting, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 10 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • A private tour of and a performance in the Kiev Opera House
  • The scenic coastal drive from Odessa to Yalta
  • A visit to the Magarach Wine Institute
  • Touring the Massandra Palace and the nearby Massandra Winery
  • Visiting Novy Svet and the former estate of Count Golitsin, “father” of Crimean Champagne production
Day 1 Depart USA

You board your overnight flight bound for the Ukraine.

Day 2 Welcome to the Ukraine

Upon arrival in Kyiv you are met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. Kviv (Kiev, in the West) is not only the capital of Ukraine but also the mother city of Kyivan Rus from which all of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus people are descended. You have a chance to relax before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 Religious and Cultural Highlights of Kiev

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, one of the oldest monasteries of Old Rus. It is the most sacred place in the city, the spiritual centre of Ukraine and a second Jerusalem for Orthodox Christians. The Lavra was built more than a thousand years ago as a labyrinth of caves. Golden-domed temples were erected above ground while the caves, stretching for miles, were made into a necropolis for Orthodox saints. There are 123 saints in the caves and, despite a lack of embalming they have not decayed, defeating explanation by scientists. After an exploration your guide will take you to lunch followed by some of the other highlights of the city. This evening you will have a tour of the Kiev Opera House followed by a performance and dinner.

Day 4 Odessa, Gateway to the Crimea

In the morning you will be taken to the airport for the flight south to Odessa. From 1526 to 1789, this area was controlled by the Ottoman Turks, but during its expansionist campaign in the 18th century, the area came under the control of Russia. The Russians constructed a new port at Odessa and named it Odessa after the ancient Greek colony of Odessos which is thought to have been located in this area. Upon arrival you are met by your guide who will take you to lunch and a brief orientation tour of the city. This evening take stroll in this charming city before dinner at a charming local restaurant.

Day 5 A Scenic Drive to Yalta

After breakfast, your guide will meet you and you will begin your journey south along the coast to Yalta stopping for lunch in a scenic spot along the way. Yalta is situated between the gently curving shore of Yalta Bay and the Crimean Mountains. Its scenery and climate remind travelers of Cornwall and Windermere in England, the Costa del Sol in Spain and the French Riviera. It is not surprising that the communist elite used it as their favorite vacation spot. You arrive at your hotel where you have a chance to relax and enjoy the sea view.

Day 6 The Livadia Palace and Magarach Wine Institute

Your personal tour of Yalta starts with a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral built early in the 20th Century in a neo-Byzantine style. You then go to the home of Anton Chekov the famous Russian writer which has now been turned into a museum housing many of his original works. You will then go to the Livadia Palace which was built by Czar Nicholas II in the early 1900's. This was the summer palace for the Czar and was also the site of the final conference of the war between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin in 1945. After your visit you will have lunch at the Mountain Stream Restaurant. The Crimea is famous for its wines, notably Champagne, and the wines created on the South Coast of the Peninsula are particularly renowned. The climate of the area makes them bright, mildly ardent and fragrant. This afternoon you will visit the Magarach wine Institute which is the principal research center of the Ukrainian wine industry. The institute has been in existence for over two hundred years and in its cellars are old but still living wines. After a private tour on the Institute you will proceed to the nearby vineyards to sample the best wines from the collection. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7 Nikitskiy Gardens and the Wines of Massandra

Even if you're not a gardener your first visit today will be sure to inspire you. The Nikitskiy Gardens were created in 1812 and currently have over 28,000 species and varieties of flora including 2,000 varieties of roses. After a guided tour, you will continue to the Massandra Palace which was completed in 1802 as a hunting lodge for Czar Alexander III and his court. The palace, designed by French architects in the style of a French Chateau, contains a collection of fine arts and furniture. Surrounded by beautiful parkland, it offers stunning views of the coastline. For lunch we take you to the Swallow's Nest built in 1912 as a cozy castle situated at the top of a hill. After lunch, a short drive will bring you to the Massandra Winery situated in a canyon, the spurs of which are densely covered with century old pine trees. Built in the form of a tetragon between 1894 and 1897, the winery is in complete harmony with the surrounding scenery with long tunnels penetrating the granite rock deep into the mountains. You'll have an introduction to the regional wines with an opportunity to sample some of the best from the winery.

Day 8 Sevastopol and the Champagne of Inkerman


After breakfast, your guide will take you to the town of Sevastopol which was a closed city during Soviet times since it served as the base for the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. Although now part of Ukraine the Russians still maintain their naval base under a long term lease. Lying near the entrance to the port of Sebastopol are the ruins of Chersonesus, a Greek colony founded in 422 BC. Later it passed into Roman, Byzantine and Genoese control and it was from here that the Christian faith began to spread all over the Ukraine. After an extensive visit to the excavated ruins, you will have lunch and then visit a more contemporary historical site where in 1854 the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean war. On the way back to Yalta you will stop at the Champagne winery in Inkerman. Besides wines in the true French Tradition, this winery produces the famous Crimean ‘Muscatel" and "red" sparkling wines.

Day 9 Sudak and the Legacy of Count Golitsin

After breakfast, your first destination is the small town of Sudak nestled at the base of a shallow bay about 80 miles northeast of Yalta along a winding coastal road. It was once one of the main Genoese trading centers on the Great Silk road. The main attraction of the town is the 14th Century Genoese fortress which you will see upon your arrival in the town. The fortress zigzags up and around the hillside at the western edge of the beach with its silhouette a striking combination of towers and crenellated walls. Of the original eighteen towers, ten have survived, most with their original Italian names inscribed. After lunch at a local restaurant you head for Novy Svet and the former estate of the father of Russian and Ukrainian champagne making, Count Golitsin. The winery, which celebrated its centenary in 1978 specializes in the production of Crimean Champagne. The long and famous history of Novy Svet started in 1899 when its champagne was awarded "Grand Prize" at an international wine tasting in France. You will have chance to taste the various varieties of Champagne before returning to Yalta. Tonight you have a farewell dinner at the Livadia Restaurant.

Day 10 Return to USA

This morning, after breakfast, your guide will take you to the airport for your connecting flight to the USA where you arrive later the same day.


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Kiev, Odessa, Yalta


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