Zoo Park is also one of the best place in Yalta, it is located 2 kilometers away from the bus station.it a beautiful place to take picture,there is so much more such as the market, some restaurants, aquarium , and a meseum,
the Zoo ticket cost 12.50 USD per adult
Massandra is a legendary wine cellar and wine making estate located just minutes from the center of Yalta. Most famous for its underground tunnels, the Massandra cellars were bored deep into the granite mountainside in 1894-1897 so that a consistent temperature of 13-14 degrees C could be maintained to ensure that the wines are stored in perfect condition.
The excursion to Massandra Winery was inexpensive and fun. For less than $10 you get a tour of the museum and winery, and tasting of 9 Massandra wines. The tour was Russian language only, though. At the wine shop you can buy Massandra wines very cheap.
Livadia Palace was built in 1911 for the Russian czars.
The former czar's palace is a luxury indeed.
They knew where and how to built!...
Now it is a place of pilgrimage of lots of tourists.
It attracts us by its history, its design, beautiful parks and splendid sea views.
You can have a tour of the palace visiting the famous hall where the Yalta Conference of the Allied Powers was held in February 1945.
Visiting the settlement of Massandra located about two miles to the east of Yalta along the Simferopol motorway is a must for a visitor of Yalta.
This small town is famous all over Ukraine and Russia for its winery founded in 1936.
You can have a rest and taste some marvelous Crimean wine in this town.
Visiting the Miskhor resort located approximately six miles away from Yalta is also a must in Yalta.
You can see Cape Ai-Todor with an unusual castle on it called Lastochkino Gnezdo (Swallow’s Nest)
This unique castle was built in 1912.
Like a swallow’s nest the castle sticks to the 38-meter-high cliff.
You can admire its turrets, spires, crenellations and loopholes and have a bite in the café located inside the castle.
Visiting the Yalta waterfall called Uchan-Su.
Uchan-Su is the biggest of all the Crimean waterfalls (98 m high) and the most spectacular one.
There is an observation platform on the upper part of the waterfall.
That place is called Eagles’ Nest. The ancient Greeks called the waterfall
The Turks called it Uchan-Su
and now it is often called simply the Yalta waterfall. The waterfall is very beautiful in spring and in the rainy season.
Livadia Palace is best known as the site of the Yalta Conference in February 1945 between the Big Three, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. Roosevelt was extremely ill and died in Apri, 1945, just 2 months later, perhaps the outcome would have been different if he had not been on the edge of death.
Lonely Planet oddly refers to Churchill as heat allergic and saying that "steamy Crimea" was the Riveria of Hades, however, it was February when the conference took place and the pictures of the three at the conference show Churchill in a rather heavy wool jacket so I think if Churchill made that reference at all, it was probably to imply that Stalin was the devil.
The tour of the interior takes you through the 1st floor where the meeting between the Big Three took place, you can see the table where they sat and some photos and documents from the meeting, captioned in Ukrainian and English.
Upstairs is devoted to the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family. The Palace was built in 1911 for the Tsar, they spent just four summers here before being arrested in 1917 and subsequently executed. There are lots and lots of photos of him and his family but no explanations in English.
Swallow's Nest is the perfect photo op, beautiful photos of it appear on postcards and picture books, but that's about it. The "castle", built in 1912 by German oil magnate Baron Steingel for his mistress, has a stunning setting on a cliff overlooking the Black Sea. You can't go in the "castle" unless you eat at the restaurant on the ground floor, both of my guidebooks did not recommend it.
If you take the boat from Yalta, you can get some nice pictures of it from the water. The boat lets you off on the dock below the cliff, climb up several flights of stairs until you get to the two goons collecting 5 uah per person for the privilege of walking a bit closer to it. If you don't find it necessary to walk around the perimeter of it, you can also take a much longer flight of stairs up to the main road if you are heading on to Aluptka Palace like we were. On the way up those stairs you will be ambushed by men with birds of prey, a man with a capuchin monkey, another man with a peacock and yet another man running a carnival game, this is one giant tourist trap!
In addition to the boat from Yalta, you can also take a bus, the ferry was quite easy as it's quite obvious when you get there. I'm not sure if you'd be able to see the Swallow's Nest on the bus but you can ask the driver to let you know when to get off. There are a bunch of souvenir stands on the road and a couple of plastic palm trees that also might help you find it. It's 10km from Yalta so don't try to walk unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
I can't even believe I got in this thing, much less paid for the pleasure of it, I'm a bit afraid of heights and I'm really afraid of heights when I'm swinging in a plastic car a 100 ft. off the ground suspended by a cable that was installed by Ukrainian workers.
An obvious tourist trap you cannot miss, since it's on the cover on every Ukraine travel books and Yalta posters.
To get there take a bus or marshrutka.
Entrance Fee: 2 gryvnyas
To get back to Yalta I recommend to take ferry. It's a nice scenic ride to see Swallow's nest from the bottom and look at palaces and sanatorium on the coast.
A must see place when in Yalta. Historically important to see where signing of treaty was signed after WWII by big 3 shots at that time.
You will see "the" table where the signing happened, rooms where Churchill and FDR resided. Previous tsar belongings and the rooms they occupied. Walk around the park.
To get there: Instead of taking a tour, go with a public transportation (.50 kopeyek) or local taxi called marshrutka (2 gryvnyas). The driver will let you know where to get off and help you out how to get there from the drop off.
Well Yalta's beaches are really non existent. Spoiled by California and Mexico, the little pebble areas in Yalta - they call it Massandra Beach is disappointing.
First of all, it's VERY crowded. We went there in September, which was the beginning of low season, and it was still packed. Don't want to know what it's like in high season.
You have to pay to lay out at the beach. I believe there were some free open beaches, but they did not look appealing. We picked the most expensive place to lay out (60 gryvnyas = $12 per person). It was very private and quite. You get to pick your spot with umbrella, chair. There is a bar where you can order alcohol and food. Showers, changing room.
There were a few women laying out topless and I was amazed how many women (fit or not, hot or not) were wearing thong.
Suggestion: If you plan on being there all day, go there as soon as they open and pay for it, put your towel where you want and your place will be reserved all day. They will give you a bracelet so they will remember you. We showed up once at 11am and all the best spots were taken.
Very vast but beautiful, Very deep but clean.....more than this is the Black sea. When sun shines, the water of black sea looks Bluish Green which really mesmerise the looks.
The richness of lives in Black sea can be reflected by easy availability of jelly fishes, Dolphines, different forms of Algae and various other varieties of fishes near to shore. You can see some of them in the photographs.
It will take 15-20minutes from Hotel Yalta to Beach by walk (Approx. 2Kms )
Well, this palace looks just beneath Ai-Patri Mountains and the peak of Ai-Patri is visible very clearly from here. If you want to see the palace from inside, it will cost you around USD 4.00 approximately (In local currency, it is UAH20). The best way to reach the palace is by Mini bus called Marshrutka in local language.
As per our itinerary, we went to Alupka (Varansowaski Palace) after AI-Patri. From the ground trolley station of AI-patri, it will be approximately 10 minutes run by bus.
The palace surrounds a beautiful garden which can be seen in the accompanying photographs.
There is so much to do. My adventure was in the off tourist season. I recommend this, because you will have individualized attention, and you will not have to fight the crowds; end of October to end of April. Find a tourist guide that will speak English fluently (if you need this feature). My tour guide and friend was Tanya. She is the best with much knowledge of the city (and many parts of the Ukraine). Her email is listed below, and I recommend her because of her personal care to your own situation (from airport pick up to any of your needs). She found me a superior deal on an apartment room (right across the street from Kodak and behind McDonald's... you'll need this place to stock your refrigerator). The bar and restaurants are everywhere. At my location, I never needed a car (the taxi's were all stationed at the street below my apartment. I could see the mountains with snow, and the other side the Black Sea.
We went dancing at a club that was "Texas inspired" Wow! On the other side of the world, they know about Texas. And we danced all night. The Swallow's Nest was cool too. I did get to see a castle "Livadia". My friend and I ate off of real silver, blue china, and had a breath taking view of the Black Sea.