Posted by Natasha on April 26, 2001 at 14:53:39:
In Reply to: Re: Holidays in Yalta and Crimea posted by Max on April 26, 2001 at 12:23:58:
I do not live in Yalta anymore. But I mentioned a few very good guides who are still living in Yalta in my reply to Norman's question regarding rates for the guide's services. If you are coming in May. you can expect lower rates as this is not a high season yet.
Regarding the sites in Yalta, worth visiting are - Livadia Palace, the museum of the Yalta conference and the Romanovs residence. Vorontsov Palace plus the wine-tasting in the Massandra cellars nearby, the Chekhov House, outside Yalta there are places like Bakhchisarai with the Palace of Crimean Khans, the cave monastery dating back to the 8th century A.D, and the the so-called cave town Chufut-Kale, once the centre for a very ineresting ethnic group - the Karaites. Sevastopol is close to Yalta, with the monuments of the Crimean war and World War II, also there you can see Chersonesus, once the biggest Greek colony on the northern Black Sea coast. The palace is a delight for anybody who is interested in history.
When in Yalta make some trips to the mountains which are cery scenic and a boat ride along the coast on a sunny day.
The Crimea is known for its mixture of different cultures as it lies at the crossroads of the East and the West.
The end of May is a good time for visiting Yalta and travelling around but the sea might be too cold for swimming.
: I have this guide but .. It is always good to get advice from locals. Natasha what is your rate as a guide? And what do you recommed seeing whilst staying in Crimea. I understand that Crimea as a special regional Status in Ukraine how does this work and what is its history?
: : On this bulletin board, there have been numerous posts recently about travel to Crimea. Also, Natasha is one of the frequent posters to this board. She previously was a guide in Crimea and her posts about that area are especially well informed. Consider using the search feature of this bulletin board to search for posts about Crimea and posts made by Natasha.
: : And finally, you might want to get a guidebook. The one most often recommended on this board is Lonely Planet's Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It is available at Amazon.com where you can also read reviews about this book.
: : Good luck.
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