Yalta

World War II history buffs will be eager to leave their luxury MSC cruise liner for the day to visit this unique destination of historical importance.

A unique destination of historical importance on the Black Sea

World War II history buffs will be eager to leave their MSC cruise ship for the day to visit this unique destination of historical importance.

Yalta, in southern Ukraine on the north coast of the Black Sea.

As always, our excursion packages not only help you enjoy the best deals on the local sights, but are designed for all passengers and their different tastes.

Interested in history and politics? Come ashore and visit Livadia Palace where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met in 1945 at the Yalta Conference to decide the future of Europe. If political affairs don’t float your boat, we have romance and art in store instead!

A visit to the lovely ‘Swallow’s Nest’ turreted castle that hangs dramatically on a cliff top over the sea can still be enjoyed on the same tour. Lovers of literature will be keen to leave the ship to visit the home of Chekhov, where he wrote some of his works – and to visit the small Chekhov museum, which will be a highlight of the holiday for fans of this acclaimed Russian writer.

With vacations carte blanche to indulge yourself, you are warmly invited to join one of our excursions for a traditional Ukrainian lunch together with a folklore show.

You can make your trip to this part of the world last longer by taking home souvenirs such as the delicious Ukrainian honey, or even a small bottle of Vodka, of which there are many varieties.

Cruise to Yalta - Ukraine - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

Pratical info


The port is 15 minute walk from the city centre. A taxi service is available from the port.

Port average temperature

As Yalta lies to the south of the Crimean Mountains and within an amphitheatre of hills, the climate is very mild. In February, the average temperature reaches 4°C. Snow is rarely seen and the city's thin layers of snow thaw quickly. In July, the average temperature reaches 24°C. The sun shines approximately 2,250 hours per year. Since the city is located on the shore of the Black Sea, the weather rarely becomes extremely hot due to the cool sea breezes. The average year temperature for Yalta is + 13 C.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.
YALTAMonths
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Average high °C66813182326262116118
Averagelow °C213812172019151163
 YAL03 - THE ROYAL YALTA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Located on the Crimea peninsula in Ukraine, the resort town of Yalta is home to Livadia Palace – the White Palace. Not only was it the last vacation residence of the tsar, it also played host to Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin during the momentous 1945 Yalta Conference that went on to decide the future fate of Europe. The building itself is about 100 years old and also includes the royal family’s beautiful former private chapel. Next up is a photo stop at the turreted castle known as the Swallow’s Nest, so named due to its precarious position on the very edge of a dramatic 40-metre precipice overlooking the Black Sea. Built between 1911 and 1912, this Neo-Gothic castle is a true châteaux fantastique in every sense of the term. An enjoyable return journey then takes you back to the port. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 YAL04 - THE HISTORIC YALTA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  A little inland from the port of Yalta on the Black Sea lies the town of Massandra, which was founded on the spot once occupied by an ancient Greek settlement. An interesting guided tour of the palace of Alexander III, the tsar of Russia in the late 19th century, then follows. The elegant Baroque palace was historically used to welcome the Russian Romanoff family. During the visit you can admire sumptuous décor, furniture, documents and photographs. The beautiful palace grounds are also open to visitors and certainly worth a look. A stop to take photographs will then be made at the castle called the Swallow’s Nest. The eyrie-like position of this turreted Neo-Gothic castle, which is approx. 100 years old, on the edge of a high cliff gave rise to the name and affords wonderful views of the Black Sea below. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 YAL05 - THE ARISTOCRATIC YALTA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Your tour begins with a coach drive from the port of Yalta to the famous Neo-Gothic Swallow’s Nest castle near the spa town of Gaspra for a photo stop. The whimsical turreted castle was finished in 1912 and is perched precariously at the edge of a 40-metre cliff. The next stop on your tour is Alupka Palace near the seaside town of Alupka in southern Ukraine. Formerly known as Vorontsov Palace, the magnificent complex was completed in the mid-19th century. Designed by the same English architect involved in the design of Buckingham Palace, Alupka Palace features an English Tudor-style exterior and boasts a rich collection of paintings and sculptures. It was also the place that Winston Churchill and the British delegation stayed during the Yalta Conference in 1945. Your tour ends with your return to the port. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 YAL06 - ROMANOV'S & THE CRIMEA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Your half-day excursion begins with a coach drive from the port of Yalta to Massandra and the elegant, Baroque-style Palace of Alexander III, which was historically used to welcome the Russian Romanov dynasty. The Palace is particularly celebrated for its sumptuous décor and exquisite furniture, a fascinating collection of documents and photographs as well as beautiful gardens, which are open to visitors and well worth exploring. The second part of the tour will take you to Livadia Palace – which is also known as the “White Palace”. Once used as a summer retreat of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, the Palace’s most recent claim to fame was as the location of the momentous 1945 Yalta Conference, which served to decide the future of Europe at the end of WWII. Your return to the port and your ship brings the excursion to a close. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 YAL07 - FABULOUS YALTA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  New  The beautiful city of Yalta, some wonderful sights and a few enjoyable hours off the ship await you on this tour, which will see you leave the port by coach for a scenic 30-minute ride to the nearby Nikitsky Botanical Gardens, your first stop. As one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Crimea, this recreational oasis was opened in 1812 and covers a huge area of 11 square kilometres. As you make your way around the lovely gardens, prepare to marvel at some of the 18,000 different species of plants and flowers found in the park. The tour then continues on to the resplendent Livadia Palace, which is also known as the “White Palace” for its dazzling façade and once was a summer retreat of the last Russian’s tsar, Nicholas II, and his family. The regal palace also played host to Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin during the momentous 1945 Yalta Conference. Leaving Livadia Palace behind, you will then move on to what is perhaps the quintessence of romantic architecture: the wonderful Swallow’s Nest castle, a turreted construction in pure white perched precariously on the very edge of a 40-metre cliff overlooking the Black Sea. The early 20th-century building is of Neo-Gothic design. Do take some photos before you begin the return journey to Yalta port and your ship. Please note: the tour includes a long walk on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.