Thematic tours ::: Pilgrimage tour

Kiev - Simferopol - Jalta - Sevastopol

Day 1st  Kiev

Sightseeing tour “All Kiev” with entrance to St. Sophia Cathedral.

During panoramic city tour we will show you Kiev the capital of Ukraine and the cradle of Eastern Slavonic states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. It is a beautiful city with its centuries-old history and rich culture. The tour includes visit to Vladimir’s Cathedral the most prominent sacral painting complex of the late XIX c. decorated by world well-known artists. You will examine magnificent mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral the oldest temple in the Eastern Slavonic states built in the beginning of XI c. to glorify the victory of Prince Yaroslav the Wise over Pechenegs’ tribes. You will enjoy amazing view of two golden-domed monastery complexes while walking along Sophiiska and Mykhailivska Squares. The tour continues to St. Andrew’s Church a striking piece of baroque architecture of XVIII c. built according to the designs of well-known architect B.Rastrelli on the top of Vladimir’s Hill. Andriivskyi Uzviz (Descent) that starts from St.Andrew’s Church will impress you with its unique atmosphere.

Софийский собор

Day 2nd  Kiev

National Kiev-Pechersk Caves’ Monastery Historical and Cultural Reserve.

Morning office. The monastery was set up in the mid XI century A.D. It is one of the most ancient monasteries on the territory of Eastern Slavonic states. During this tour you will visit underground labyrinths of caves with mummies of monks, Museum of Treasures displaying the rich Scythian Gold collection and collection of the Judaic ritual silver objects XVIII-XX c, Museum of Microminiature. The reserve is situated on the picturesque hills and you will have opportunity to delight the view over the gold-domed monastery complex and marvelous banks of Dnipro river.

Troiitska (Saint Trinity) church in Kytaevo and its caves.

Kytaevo is a historical area in Kiev suburbs. The name perhaps come form a Turk word “kytai” – a shelter, fortress. The rest of a 10th century village and caves can be still found there. In the 14th century, a cave monastery, the so-called Kytaevo Hermitage, was founded there, since the 17th century it obeys Kiev-Pechersk lavra. In 1763-68 architect Kovnir built there Troiitska (Saint Trinity) church. Later cells and a bell-tower were erected, but didn’t survive till today. In 1857 Kytaevo caves were first discovered and explored. In 1910-12 under the management of archeologist Ertel, few underground galleries were opened, similar to those, one can find in Kiev-Pechersk lavra. In Kytaevo caves, the rests of two fires and everyday objects were found. The walls still contain texts in old Slavic language

Киево-Печерская Лавра

Китаевская пустошь

Day 3rd  Kiev-Simferopol

Flight to Simferopol. You’ll visit Holy Trinity Convent, where the relics of Saint Luke are kept (V.F.Voyno-Yasenetsky) who was a prominent theologian as well as a professor of medicine.

 

Day 4st  Simferopol

Bakhchisaray – the former residence of Crimean Khans that preserved atmosphere of Medieval Tatars’ settlement. You will visit the Khan’s Palace of the XVI – XVIII centuries created by Italian, Iranian, Turkish, Ukrainian and Russian masters. The history of this palace is closely connected with fantastic fairy tales and legends. You will find there true coevals of that epoch such as Alevis’ Portal, the Fountain of Tears, mausoleums and mosques and examine pieces of domestic life and folk art of Crimean Tatars displayed at the expositions.

Visit to Uspensky monastery. Founded in the 15th century, the monastery is built in caves in the limestone walls of a spectacular valley leading to the ancient `cave city of Chufut- Kale.

Свято-Успенский христианский монастырь

Day 5st  Jalta

Visit to the Livadia Palace the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II. The complex attracts attention not only by the elegant white palace built in Italian Renaissance style with the Byzantine, Arab and Gothic elements but also by magnificent park the most beautiful and the oldest on the south coast of Crimea created by the masters of the garden and park architecture. The history of the palace is marked by an important event that occurred in the end of the W.W.II. The leaders of three anti-Hitlers coalition member states the USSR, the USA and Great Britain met in the Livadia Palace in February 1945 during the Yalta conference to discuss post-war politics.


Vorontsov’s Palace - the palace with its Upper and Lower parks is complemented by picturesque landscape areas covering 40 hectares. It was constructed for the Count M.Vorontsov. The architecture of its facades, luxurious interior settings demonstrate a talented synthesis of Late English Gothic and Moorish styles. There are about 150 rooms in the palace decorated by English, French and Russian masters. The fascinating park is in harmony with the palace, dramatic Ay-Petri mount and the sea.

 

You’ll find out a lot about the history of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is related to the names of three Russian Emperors. The main Orthodox cathedral in Yalta. Construction of the cathedral was inextricably linked with the Russian imperial house, which is considered the patron saint Alexander Nevsky. The cathedral was built in honor of Russian Emperor Alexander II, who died at the hands of members of the "Narodnaya Volya" ("People's Freedom").

Ливадийский дворец

Воронцовский дворец

Церковь Св. Александра Невского

Day 6st  Sevastopol

The cave monastery of St. Clement was founded near Inkerman in the 8th century by Byzantine icon-worshippers fleeing persecution in their homeland. The monastery was destroyed during the Soviet era but has now been restored and brought back into use.

In the Panorama you will see the picture 25,5 mrs long and 5,5 mrs high with forefront 83 mrs cubic depicting events of World War II.The tour continues to Chersonesos an ancient city settled by Greek colonists in V century B.C. on the Black Sea cost. As the history says the offspring of Heracl were looking there for new territories. According to another version Odyssey is regarded to be a pioneer that discovered those lands. There you will see the remnants of antique fortifications, the main gates of the ancient city, antique theatre and fragments of antique mosaics. Among the archeological finds are objects of exceptional value: the oath of the Chersonesos citizens, decrees, wall paintings, slate icons from the Christian churches, numerous house utilities.

The Saint Vladimir Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church cathedral in Chersonesos Taurica. According to legend and historic facts the Baptism of Vladimir the Grate took place in 988 in the Chersonese (or, as it was called by ancient Russian, Korsun), now - Chersonesos Taurica, a National Preserve near Sevastopol.

Transfer to the airport in Simferopol.

Инкерманский Свято-Климентовский пещерный мужской монастырь

Владимирский собор в Херсонесе

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