Respect Hall Resort & SPA

45, Sevastopolskaya Rd., Yalta, 98670, Ukraine
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Visit to Yalta & from Yalta across to Russia...

by Drugness

Hello all
I'm considering making the trip from Odessa down to Yalta for a look next Summer. What is the price of accomodation like in the city? Obviously there is plenty of history there with the Yalta conference and the Tsars and so on.
I'm also keen to know what means of public transport are available to me from Odessa to get there? Long journey? No doubt but should i visit somewhere else along the way maybe?
What is the nearest entry point into Russia from Yalta? I had hoped to go into Russia from Kerch across the water into Taman or Chushka but i am getting these names only from looking at the map. Is it actually possible to get into Russia from here?
Thanks everyone
DG

Re: Visit to Yalta & from Yalta across to Russia...

by kopvas

The best way to travel from Odessa to Yalta is to use a night train Odessa-Simferopol (19:29-7:25), the price of a "kupe" (2 class and 4 people in one compartment) type accommodation is only 12 euro (you should buy ticket in Ukraine, abroad it will be much more expensive)
From Simferopol you can take a direct trolley bus or regular (mini)bus to Yalta. But if you want to see something interesting I would recommend you to go via Bahchisaraj and Sevastopol (check google maps). Everything is not far from Yalta, so you can manage the whole trip in one day...
The price of housing (separate flat) in Yalta are really expensive during the summer - let's say from 200-300 UAH (30-40 euro) to "a lot" (even couple hundred euro) for a day.
And yes, it is possible to cross the border between Kerch (in Ukraine)and Port Kavkaz (in Russia), the border crossing called "Crimea-Port Kavkaz". A number of ferries run everyday + buses (for instance you can take a direct bus from Simferopol to Krasnodar), but buses actually use the same ferry.
But if you are not particularly interested in Southern Russia you can take a direct train form Sevastopol or Simferopol to a number of Russian cities.

Re: Visit to Yalta & from Yalta across to Russia...

by Pikine

For a decent accomodation in Yalta you should budget at least $50 per day if traveling with a group of people. If you are alone, this would go up to maybe $80 per day. Consider staying in one of the villages around Yalta - this would be cheaper and closer to the beach than Yalta per se, and Yalta would be within a 20 minute reasonably priced taxi ride.

There is only one overnight train from Odesa to Simferopol, so you may want to consider one of the several buses running every day. The bus trip would take a couple of hours less. Also, in summer there is a plane between Odesa and Simferopol 1-2 times a week. Look up my tip "From Varna to Ukraine by Sea" for info on price and schedule.

Re: Visit to Yalta & from Yalta across to Russia...

by kopvas

I would not recommend to use bus on this route. During the summer they are full and you have a big chance to get some really uncomfortable journey for 10+ hours while paying more for it than for a train ticket.

Re: Visit to Yalta & from Yalta across to Russia...

by econgdon

Im currently traveling with a local. as far as I can see, and I have visited Ukraine alone before this trip, If you cannot speak Russian multiply the cost of your trip by any given number squared, BUT the base number is small to start with.
Forget comfort though if cost is a priority, the two are opposites
There is zilch english either written or spoken and even if people do speak it, they make out that they do not, either to scan you or they feel inadequate.

However if you grin and bear it, the you will have a good time . Nowadays I think a laptop is essential or an Ipad. Internet access with public computers is few and far between but wifi relatively frequent
Edward Congdon, Australia

Travel Tips for Yalta

English speaking travellers

by econgdon

Im currently traveling with a local. as far as I can see, and I have visited Ukraine alone before this trip, If you cannot speak Russian multiply the cost of your trip by any given number squared, BUT the base number is small to start with.
Forget comfort though if cost is a priority, the two are opposites
There is zilch english either written or spoken and even if people do speak it, they make out that they do not, either to scan you or they feel inadequate.

However if you grin and bear it, the you will have a good time . Nowadays I think a laptop is essential or an Ipad. Internet access with public computers is few and far between but wifi relatively frequent
Edward Congdon, Australia

The Great Livadia palace

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

The Great Livadia palace is the main sight of Yalta. It’s a former summer residence of last Russian emperor Nikolay II. Livadia Palace and park are world famous. The White Livadia Palace was constructed to be a summer residence of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II.

The palace being ordered by Nikolay II was erected under the project of the remarkable Yalta architect, academician N.P.Krasnov. It replaced earlier royal dwellings and used much white Crimean granite in the process. It is built in Italian Renaissance style with beautiful Florentine and Arabic courtyards. It impresses even now with the perfection of the shapes and the refined decorations.

Livadia History

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Livadia Palace breathes with history during last 150 years.
It was Livadia which is situated in three km west of Yalta that put the Yalta area on the maps of both Russia and the world.

It happened first in 1860 when the imperial family started building here. Nikolay II dreamt to live here after his abdication… After the October Revolution and Civil War a sanatorium for peasants was open in the former imperial palace. Later, in 1931 it was transformed into climatic medical combine.

Then it happened second in 1945 when in the White Palace the historic Crimean Conference of the heads of the three allied powers of the anti-Hitler coalition, Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill was held on February 4-11. The main world leaders met to re-draw the map of Europe at the end of the war. "The Declaration on Europe liberation", the decision on creation of the United Nations and other documents have been accepted there. This conference had an important value for the destinies of the world.

After the Victory, the palace was the summer residence of Soviet leaders where Stalin, Molotov and others used to come. Then again it was a holiday centre replaced by a museum in 1974.

I've been to Livadia twice. First in 1967. I could only admire the Palace from outside. It was closed for visitors that time. Second in January 2007. It was unforgettable visit! I advise you to touch the history of this magnifitiant place. It makes to think over something what we miss in everyday's liafe.

Livadia Museum

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Today the palace houses the Historical Museum and Picture Gallery.
In February, 1945 Livadia Palace was meant to play the essential part in the world history…. The memorial exposition "the Crimean (Yalta) conference of the heads of three countries – the USSR, the USA and Great Britain" tells you about this memorable event. You will visit two floors of the Palace - main halls of the ground floor (a festive dining-room, reception-rooms and billiards-room) where the famous Yalta Conference took place. In the palace there was a president residence of the United States of America of F.Ruzvelt.

The rooms that used to be the imperial personal rooms have the exposition “Romanovs in Livadia”, which tell about Russian Emperors three generations staying in the palace.
Several private rooms of the first floor (a study, a library, children's class room, a family dining-room, etc.) are also included in the excursion.

tel: 31-55-81,
Open 10.00-17.00, Wednesday closed.
Entrance fee 20 grivnas ($4)
After 15.00 visiting without a guide.

Livadia Ensemble

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

The Palace ensemble, besides the Great palace, includes a case of retinue, a palace of minister of a court yard of baron Frederiks, built simultaneously with the palace, a palace church in the name of Erection of the Fair Cross, constructed in 1872, and the Italian court yard.

Gates of internal Italian yard, as testifies N.P.Krasnov, "of Italian work, in 1750 brought from Verona", instead of made by Ural smiths. You will also see the west part of the Palace - the Bell Tower and the church of Exaltation, which was built by Alexander II.

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