Yalta, a Popular Holiday Destination

Alupka Palace, Yalta

Yalta, as a holiday destination, has a lot to offer visitors. It is rich in history and is scene of the 1945 Yalta Conference. Its nice summer weather has attracted Tsars and other aristocrats to build their summer palaces here in the past and these days Russian tourists flock down here to soak in the summer sun and all the entertainment that Yalta has to offer.

Yalta and the 1945 Yalta Conference

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Yalta

Yalta became famous internationally when Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met at the Livadia Palace to discuss the shape of Europe post World War II. Livadia Palace was also the summer palace of Tsar Nikolas II and a visit to the Palace provides an insight into the lives of the royal family.

Sevastopol – a City of Naval Glory

Panorama Museum, Sevastopol

Sevastopol prides itself of its naval glory and on this Dnieper River cruise stop you can learn all about the Siege of Sevastopol, the Charge of the Light Brigade and more…

Sevastopol and the Khan’s Palace

Sevastopol Harbour

Up to 1996 Sevastopol was a Russian Naval Base, off limits to all except officials. What a contrast to see this Ukraine travel destination overrun by rich Russian holidaymakers today.

Odessa – "Pearl of the Black Sea"

Odessa Opera House

Today’s sightseeing tour gives us our first taste of Odessa, “Pearl of the Black Sea”. Then, we get to bounce down the famous Potemkin Steps, all 192 of them.

Arriving in Odessa and Airport Transfer

General Lavrinenkov, Odessa

Arriving in Odessa for our Dnieper River Cruise and arranging our own airport transfer.

Lorelei Rock and the Lorelei Siren

Die Lorelei

Of legends, forklores and the Rhine Siren: The Rhine river is steeped in myths, sagas, legends, forklore and fairytales and the many castles along the Rhine hold tales of historical and political events, medieval battles, military conflicts and knights brandishing swords. The Lorelei Legend One legend that you’ll hear most about on a Rhine river […]

Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise + Gallipoli Dawn Service

Scenic's River Cruise route

Gallipoli Dawn Service River Cruise: The ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli has become a very popular event and each year the crowds at Gallipoli get bigger and bigger. In the past, it was the older generation who were interested in participating in this special remembrance ceremony, but these days more and more younger people […]

River Boat – Latest Developments

Riverboats

River Cruising gets Better and Better: In his recent update on riverboats, Tony’s assessment was that Scenic Tours had taken the lead over other river cruise operators with regard to the size and features of their new riverboat staterooms. Until recent times, a stateroom with a French balcony was the best you could get as […]