Yalta of the Tsars
Your incredible SeaDream Land Adventure will start with a short drive to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Yalta’s central Russian Orthodox Church, built in the neo Byzantine style by Tsar Alexander III in memory of his father. The gold domes are newly restored and the façade of the cathedral is remarkable for the mosaic picture of the ancient Russian Prince Alexander Nevsky – a Russian saint. We will also see the interiors of the cathedral. A further drive along the picturesque coast takes you to the Livadia Palace stopping at an observation platform along the way for a photo stop of the Swallow’s Nest castle, perched on its cliff-top. Livadia Palace is the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar – Nicholas II and the venue of the allied powers Yalta Conference in 1945. Built in Italian Renaissance style in 1911 for the imperial family, the White Palace is surrounded by a vast garden overlooking the sea. You will visit the restored White Hall where the historic meeting between Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill was held. President Roosevelt was already very ill at this time and he was quartered in rooms adjacent to the White Hall. He died just two months later in Warm Springs, Georgia. Take a moment to look at the Palace's attractive interior courtyards. You then visit the Tsar family’s private apartments on the first floor of the palace including the study of Nicholas II, the rooms of the Tsarina, the dining room and the children’s classroom. The exposition includes numerous photos of the imperial family, documents and original furniture. The display is very poignant when one considers the horrible fate of the family. You and your fellow SeaDreamers will also visit a wax figure display which includes those who have set their mark on the Livadia Palace. This includes the Big Three from the Yalta Conference (Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill), the Imperial Family and the monk Grigory Rasputin. Here you are certain to enjoy a cup of refreshing tea supplemented with pie and honey and accompanied by a short folkloric performance. There will be some free time to browse the shopping gallery in the palace before starting your drive back to Yalta and SeaDream
Notes: Photo and video are not allowed in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard.
Duration: 4.5 hours
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