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“Try to get Sergey as the other guides are not as good”

Sergey Tsarapora Yalta and Crimea Private Tour Guide
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Owner description: Private guides of Sergey Tsarapora offer group and private tours in Yalta - Sevastopol and Odessa with individual timing and tailored themes. Private guides will show you Yalta, Sevastopol, Balaclava, Livadiya, Massandra, Alupka, Bakhchisaray. We can suggest you a personalized program in accordance with your interests, wishes, profession, age, number of people, mobility, and/or time frame, to the known and secret sites. Where else can you sit in Stalin's armchair on the terrace of the palace once owned by Prince Yusupov, who was married to a Russian Tzar niece and was an assassin of Grigori Rasputin, the favorite of a Tzar’s wife? Nowhere but here! We shall take you to the places with the stories of their own, visited by Anton Chekhov, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill. You will see the land of 2.500 years of history of European and Muslim civilizations. You will be impressed by multiformity of architecture styles in Crimea, by beauty of its scenery, by richness and significance of its historic and cultural heritage that we shall be delighted to help you to discover. Sincerely, your private guide Sergey Tsarapora.
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We signed up for a tour hoping that Sergey would be our guide. Sadly he was not. He had one of his assistants take us around. While Ludmila was a charming person she was on the verbose side and it was sometimes hard to understand her English due to her heavy accent. She has tremendous knowledge of all of the sites and shared her knowledge in detail but we found it overwhelming. We went to Alupka, Lividia and one other palace as well as to lunch overlooking the Swallow nest. We could have skipped the first palace in favor of time spent at the Russian Orthodox church which we only drove by as we were too exhausted to go in. We would suggest a more abbreviated tour- ours was 6 hours , or perhaps just a visit to Alupka and Lividia palace as well as the church. We would use Sergey's service again, but would recommend trying to have Sergey as your guide as others we spoke to said he is the best.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We arrived at Yalta on 7th October 2012, and first went to view the interior of an Orthodox Christian church, the Alexandra Nevsky Cathedral with it’s typically Russian onion-shaped golden domes and it’s many beautiful icons within the church. Built in 1902, this Cathedral does not normally feature in tourist itineraries. It’s interior is decorated in the Byzantine style.

We also visited Yalta’s Livadia Palace. This Palace was built between April 1910 and September 1911. The Palace was used by the Russian czars as a summer residence. It’s famous for it’s Crimea Conference or the Yalta Conference which was held from 4th to 11th February 1945 when a war time meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin was held to discuss Europe’s post war reorganization. We entered the side chapel which was small, but full of activity, including a small shop at the side selling loads of icon reproductions. There’s also a souvenir shop in the Palace that sells all manner of colorful and quaint souvenirs if you’re a collector.

We then viewed the Swallow’s Nest from a viewing platform. This is a summer house is perched on the edge of a high cliff and was built in 1912 by a German businessman in the style of a Rhineland castle, for his mistress. It is now an Italian restaurant.

Yalta is an interesting destination especially if you’re interested in history and churches.

Taxis are limited in number. Self-drive cars are extremely rare. People get about in yellow buses, or join a Tour.

View the Swallow's Nest much later in the afternoon. We were there about lunch time and the sun was behind the attraction, so when taking photographs, you are against the the light and you'll get mainly silhouettes of the building!

Antiques, works of art, manuscripts, etc. Other than those offered for souvenirs, cannot be taken out of the country without an export license. It is advisable to keep these receipts for Customs on departure.

Change money only at the banks or at the currency booths on the streets.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We had a great tour of Yalta in a good van with Sergey. He is very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. I am not sure of his last name but you can reach him at sergo22@gmail.com He was able to move us through all the mobs of tour groups and took us to a great lunch place also. Alupka and Livadia Palaces were really beautiful and historically so interesting.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

So so glad that we were lucky enough to be guided by Sergey whilst in Yalta and Odessa last July. His command of English is excellent and his knowledge of the History of his country was just so interesting and so good to listen to. He was also very kind and considerate to any problems you may have and went the extra mile to be helpful. So many happy memories but the Sevastopol Panorama was superb as was the visit to the submarine tunnels and The Charge of the Life Brigade. I wish him every success and count yourself lucky to be guided by him! Rosemary and John

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We had Ludmilla as our guide for a day in Yalta.She was a good teacher and gave a real insight into the people and city of Yalta. We visited Livadia Palace, Alupka Palace of Count Vorontsovsky, and Massandra Palace of Alexander III. There were also quick stops at the Armenian Church, St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and Chekhov house/museum. We also got a view the Swallow`s Nest, where we had a quick lunch at a restaurants overlooking the Nest. Using the private tour, we were able to go through many of the small villages near each of the stops. The roads were very narrow and large tour buses would have never gotten through. I would recommend this company for anyone visiting Yalta. It is a great city and is worth the time for a tour.

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