The Crimea and the South of Russia destination represented at our web site includes the Crimean Peninsula and the North Caucasus (the Elbrus area, the Caucasian Mineral Waters area, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don): The Republic of Crimea, city of federal importance Sevastopol, the Rostov Region, the Krasnodar Territory, the Stavropol Territory, the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. This vast region is located in steppe zone (the Rostov Region, the northern and central parts of the Crimean Republic, the Stavropol Territory), the Caucasian Mountains and foothills (the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, the Stavropol Territory, the Krasnodar Territory, the southern coast of the Crimea), subtropical zone (the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus and the southern coast of the Crimea).

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Ai-Petri (St. Peter) with the height of 1234 meters is the highest Crimean Mountain.  It is located above the town of Alupka and the settlement of Koreiz. There is a cable car that takes passengers from the station “Miskhor” located near Alupka to the main area of Ai-Petri. Ai-Petri is one of the windiest places in Crimea as the wind blows here for 125 days a year. From the peak of Ai- Petri you will enjoy breathtaking views to the sea and below located settlements. For those who like thrill there are wood-slate cable bridges leading to the mountain jads and a zip line. There are also some caves which you can visit.

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Considered date of Sevastopol foundation is 14/06/1783. On that day Russian Empress Catherine II ordered her favorite and governor of Novorossia (Novorossiya or New Russia – vast region north of the Black Sea included to Russian Empire as a result of the Russo-Turkish wars in the end of the XVIII c.) Grigory Potemkin to build new city in Crimea and to arrange naval base here. Traditionally the city Day in Sevastopol is held in the next to the foundation day weekend in June. On this day dramatized parade of military-historical clubs whose representatives come here from all over the world marshes by the central streets of the city. Free visits of the observation platform and the Siege of Sevastopol Panorama Museum are arrange. Battles of yesteryear and performances of national-cultural societies of Sevastopol are played not far from the Panorama.

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Souvenirs & insider tips

The most popular materials used by local craftsmen are wood (juniper, beech, ash-tree, pine, plum-tree), stones and seashells. At local souvenir shops and markers you can find various handmade or manufactured articles: combs, beads, bracelets, rings, dishes, stands for pans and teapots. But beware of imitations! It would be quite pity to bring from Crimea something “made in China”. Our guides will recommend you places where you can purchase original and authentic local souvenirs.

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  • Elbrus 5,642 m the highest mountain in Europe
  • Sochi 145 km the world’s longest city-resort
  • Black Sea the warmest sea in Russia

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