Silversea Luxury Cruises A Sevastopol

The "hero city" of Sevastopol-so-called for its roles in both the Crimean War and World War II-is on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean Peninsula with its rolling hills and sunny vineyards. Founded in 1783 by Russian sailors as a naval fortress, the city became the most important base for the empire's Black Sea fleet. The name Sevastopol is of Greek origin and means "city of glory. View more

" Like almost all the cities of the Black Sea coast, it is on the site of an ancient Greek colony, in this case Chersonesos (or Khersonesus), and numerous archaeological fragments of its predecessor have survived. The shores of the bays, the city's streets, and its squares are a historical museum themselves. Because of its role in war, Sevastopol is filled with architecture and historical monuments memorializing its efforts through the ages. The citizens are proud of their history and the beauty of the city. Sevastopol is home to the famous Black Sea Fleet, a bone of contention between Ukraine and Russia. At present, the latter leases a part of the port from its former Ukrainian Republic, now an independent state. The fleets of Ukraine and the Russian Federation are stationed side by side.

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Excursions depuis Sevastopol

Sevastopol Panorama

Discover the splendid beauty and historic landmarks of Sevastopol during this picturesque sightseeing tour of the city.


Panorama Museum

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Panorama Museum, a circular-shaped building specially constructed for the monumental 5,000 square-foot (465 square-metre) painting, The Defense of Sevastopol. The painting depicts the June 6, 1855 Crimean War battle on Malakhov Hill. Outside the museum, the famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, a former Crimean War officer, began his literary career by writing his Sevastopol Sketches in a section of Bastion 4 during battle intervals. Following your visit, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs outside the museum.


Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Central Hill for a photo stop. Take a short walk passing by the St. Vladimir Cathedral to the viewing platform to see the Lenin Monument, a reminder of the Soviet epoch, and marvel at the panorama of Artillery Bay from the hill above.


Primorsky Boulevard

Your tour continues with a visit to scenic Primorsky Boulevard. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll with photo stops along the way. See the Empire-styled Palace of Children and Youth and the Monument to Scuttled Ships, which is situated just offshore. Erected in 1905, this column with a bronze eagle has become the heroic symbol of Sevastopol. During your visit, some free time is also made available to browse the gift shops along Primorsky Boulevard. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.7 miles (about one kilometre), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 57 steps at the Panorama Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Khan's Palace and Uspensky Monastery

Take the opportunity to visit the former capital of the ancient Crimean Khanate, the town of Bakhchisarai known for the Khans Palace, the unique in the world example of the palatial Crimean Tatar architecture and Uspensky Monastery with the church hewn in the rock during this half-day tour.


Bakhchisarai

From the port your coach will take you for the approximate 1-hour panoramic drive through the picturesque countryside to the small Tatar town of Bakhchisarai, which means 'The Palace of Gardens'. It was first mentioned in chronicles bearing a date in 1502 and became the capital of the Crimean Khanate when Khan Abdul Sahel Ghirey moved here and started to build the palace, which was the residence of the Ghirey dynasty from 1532 to 1783 and also the centre of the political, spiritual and cultural life of the Crimean Tatar state.


Khan's Palace

The Khan's Palace, which now houses the museum of History & Archaeology is unique in the world example of the palatial Crimean Tatar architecture and unique in Europe as an integrated palatial complex similiar to Alhambra in Granada and Topkapi in Istanbul.


Your guided tour begins with the visit to the palace courtyard to enjoy its original architecture, followed by the palatial complex with beautiful decoration, fountains and the inner court-yards. Explore and tour its other sights of interest: the harem, the courtroom, the Palace mosque. The highlight of the palace is the covered court-yard with the Golden Fountain and the Fountain of Tears built for Khan Krim Ghirey's favorite wife in 1756 and which inspired great Russian poet, A.Pushkin to write his famous poem Fountains of Bakhchisarai.


Uspensky Monastery

Following the visit, rejoin your coach and take a short drive to the Uspensky (Assumption) Monastery. A minivan will take you by the narrow steep road to the monastery grounds and the cave church. This monastery is hewn into sheer cliff and once contained monks' cells, churches, sacristies, burial vaults and the other cult and husbandry premises. Founded at the turn of the 8th and the 9th, it was keeping faith strong for centuries. The monastery was reopened in 1993 and carries out substantial restoration works. The impressive large stairway leads to the Uspensky Church hewn high in the rock. If you choose to follow your guide, at the top you are rewarded with the awesome view of the cave town Chufut-Kale located next to the monastery and the dramatic scenery of the Crimean Mountains.


Round off the tour with the minivan drive to the parking area followed by the coach return to Sevastopol.


Please note: This tour involves considerable amount of walking on even walkways. Optionally 150 steps are to be negotiated to the Uspensky Church and some steps at Khan's Palace. Modest dress is recommended for visiting the monastery; no shorts or bare shoulders are permitted inside. This tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. The sequence of venues may vary.

Mikhailovsky Fort & Balaklava Town

Discover the heroic history of Sevastopol during this half-day tour.


Panoramic Drive

Your excursion begins with a panoramic drive through the historical city centre. As soon as you leave the port area you see the monument to renowned hero of the Crimean War, Admiral Nakhimov and the ceremonial gate of Grafskaya pier, an architectural monument of the 19th century. Passing by Primorsky Park, view the Empire-styled Palace of Childhood, the imposing building of the Drama Theatre and a number of beautiful classical-styled buildings restored to their original appearance. Continue with the drive to the north of Sevastopol enjoying the picturesque hilly landscapes en-route.

Mikhailovsky Fort

Following this scenic journey arrive at the fort, a unique example of a well-preserved fortification construction of the 19th century. It was named Mikhailovsky in honor of the Tsar Nicolas I's son Michael. This two-storey 250-metre long construction has a U-shaped form and is surrounded by 1.8 metres thick walls. The fort was armed with the battery of 77 guns before the beginning of the Crimean War.


'Heroic Sevastopol'

The new birth of the fort came after the recent opening of the museum 'Heroic Sevastopol' which is a unique and the largest museum of the military and naval history in the Ukraine. It is based on the private collection of the Sheremetiev Brothers, well-known Ukrainian philanthropists. The exposition of the museum is placed on the area of 1,500 square metres in 20 halls and displays over 10 thousand exhibits depicting three military époques: the Crimean War, WWI and the Civil War and WWII. Take a guided visit to the museum and see its exhibits including the armament used in three wars, the collection of cold steel and fire-arms, maps of the battles, the authentic uniforms from different periods of history, the reconstructed fragment of the hospital from the times of the Crimean War and the reconstruction of 1942 weapon emplacement and many unique documents. The highlight of the exhibition is the mini-panorama of Balaklava battle - Attack of the Light Brigade.


Balaklava

Next proceed to Balaklava town, captured by the British in September 1854 and was their headquarters until 1856. It is here that the British built the embankment, which is still in use today and the military hospital, where Florence Nightingale after coming from Scutari in Turkey in May 1855, cared for allied casualties during the storming of the Russian positions.


Following your introduction to Balaklava, enjoy refreshments and a light snack at a local restaurant, which is a replica of the British steamer 'Prince' that went aground during a heavy storm on November 14th, 1854 while at anchor outside Balaklava. Afterwards, enjoy some free time for walking along Balaklava embankment and souvenir shopping.


Sapoune Heights

At the designated time and place, meet your guide and coach for the return drive back to the ship with a stop on Sapoune Heights to view the original site of Balaklava battle. Take a short walk from the coach parking area to the observation platform, the very place from where Lord Raglan and his staff observed the battle on October 25th, 1854. The complete panorama of the 'Valley of Death' will unfold before you from the top of the hill, recollecting the events of the famous and infamous Charge of the Light Brigade immortalized by Lord Tennyson in his poem of the same name. View an open-air exhibition displaying various weapon used during the assault of Sapoune Heights in WWII while walking back to the coach.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible due to the steps (approximately 50 total) to negotiate. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing, flat, comfortable, walking shoes and sun protection.

Sevastopol Sights & Chersonesus

Experience the splendid history, architecture and landmarks of Sevastopol during this half-day sightseeing tour of the city.


Primorsky Boulevard

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Primorsky Boulevard. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along the boulevard. Along the way, photo stops are made at Nakhimov Square, Grafskaya Quay and the Monument to Scuttled Ships, which is situated just offshore. Erected in 1905, this column with a bronze eagle has become the heroic symbol of Sevastopol. From here, proceed for a visit to the remarkable Panorama Museum, one of the city's main attractions.


Panorama Museum

This circular-shaped building was specially constructed for the monumental 5,000 square-foot (465 square-metre) painting, The Defense of Sevastopol. The painting depicts the June 6, 1855 Crimean War battle on Malakhov Hill. Outside the museum, the famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, a former Crimean War officer, began his literary career by writing his Sevastopol Sketches in a section of Bastion 4 during battle intervals. Following your visit, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs outside the museum.


Chersonesus of Tauris

Afterward, head to Chersonesus of Tauris. Founded in the 5th century, this ancient town is a unique testament to ancient civilisation and Byzantine culture. During a guided walking tour, explore the remains of the antique theatre, a network of old streets, elaborate basilicas, fragments of intricate mosaics, and more. Your tour concludes with a visit to the majestic St. Vladimir Cathedral before re-boarding your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.6 miles (about 2.5 kilometres), with rough, uneven surfaces at Chersonesus, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 32 steps at the St. Vladimir Cathedral and 57 steps at the Panorama Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the St. Vladimir Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted.

Balaclava and Secret Base

Explore the storied military past of Balaclava during this memorable, half-day excursion to Sapoune Ridge, and a visit to the former underground submarine base at the Balaclava Naval Museum.


Sapoune Ridge

Depart the pier for the scenic, 30-minute drive to Sapoune Ridge. Upon arrival, walk to the observation platform overlooking a Crimean War battle site. Immortalised in Tennyson's Charge of Light Brigade, the site is also home to exposed weapon, cannons, automobiles, shells, and artillery used during the Sevastopol battles. During your visit, your guide recounts the history of this historic site, and some free time is made available for photos.


Balaclava Harbour and Naval Museum

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to Balaclava Harbour. En route, see the Reconciliation Stone, one of the monuments of the Crimean War. Balaclava was the heavily-fortified base of the British Army during the siege of Sevastopol. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the expansive Balaclava Naval Museum, a former underground submarine base used prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.


The base was approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre) inside the surrounding hillside, and accessible via a canal system running from a sea opening to the harbour on the other side. During your guided tour, see the unique construction inside the underground submarine base.


Balaclava Embankment

Afterward, re-board your coach and proceed to a Balaclava restaurant for refreshments with some time afforded for a pleasant stroll through the town to view the entrance to the harbor and to listen to the story of 14 November 1854 when the steamer Prince riding at anchor outside Balaklava went aground. It was the most grievous loss for the British caused by a terrible sea storm. View the ruins of the medieval fortress of Chembalo located up on the hills overlooking the town.


Rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1,148 yards (1,050 metres), with approximately 15 steps to negotiate up/down. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing and a light jacket, as the temperature inside the Balaclava base is normally considerably lower than outside. As the tour passes through tunnels, it is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato - Sevastopol by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore Sevastopol at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Sevastopol by Private Car with Guide - Full Day

Explore Sevastopol at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Sevastopol by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore Sevastopol at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type and capacity varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van, unless a larger vehicle can be secured. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Sevastopol by Private Van with Guide - Full Day

Explore Sevastopol at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type and capacity varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van, unless a larger vehicle can be secured. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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