Cold War Secrets Exposed
In the period of the Crimean War of 1853-1856 during the siege of Sevastopol, Balaklava was the base of the British Army. The British army approached Balaclava harbor, and captured it without bloodshed on the 26th of September 1854. The British took Balaclava as their supply base and left it in 1856. The unique S-shaped harbor was an ideal shelter for ships. Having fortified it with the double row of redoubts and artillery batteries, the British built in the town an embankment, hotels, and even the first in the Crimea railway that connected their base with the front-line positions near Sevastopol. Nevertheless, it was under Balaclava that the British lost much of their fleet in storm. Another important landmark of this place is the underground submarine repair plant, which made Balaclava, until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, one of the most secret towns in Russia. Straight out of a James Bond Movie, the Base was one kilometer inside the surrounding hillside, through a cannel system running from a sea opening to the harbor on the other side. Inside was an underground base complete with dry dock and room inside for up to 10 Submarines which could carry nuclear missiles, weapons and staff. It is claimed that the base could take a direct hit from a nuclear weapon and still remain operational, with its large two stage blast doors. Almost the entire population of Balaclava at the time worked at the Base, even family members could not visit the town of Balaklava without good reason and identification. Today you can take a guided land adventure to see this unique construction inside. After your visit to the museum, drive to a local restaurant for refreshments. After your refreshment stop, you will have a nice walk along the sea-front and learn more about this harbor. The subsequent history of Balaklava is closely linked to the Genoese. Towering on the Eastern Cape that overshadows the entrance to the bay are the majestic remains of their fortress Cembalo which you will be able to see under good weather conditions. Next you and your fellow SeaDream guests will take a panoramic drive to the Sapoune Ridge. Upon arrival you will walk to the observation platform located in the area from which Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, Lord Raglan, watched the vainglorious disaster unfold before him during the Balaklava Battle of Crimean War on the 25th of October, 1854. Known as the Charge of Light Brigade, immortalized by Tennison, it can be clearly imagined and understood from the observation platform on the ridge. The same place is the memorial to the Great Patriotic War (the World War II). There are exposed weapons, cannons, automobiles, shells, artillery, used during the battles in Sevastopol, near the observation platform outdoor. Your guide will tell you the history of this place and you will have some free time for photos. Return to your coach to drive back to Sevastopol port.
Notes: 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: 3.45 hours
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