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.