Adventure Activites in Crimea, Ukraine
Ukraine has 2 main regions where outdoor adventure activities are popular, the first is the Carpathian Mountains in the West, and the second is Crimea.
Crimea’s mountains and the Black sea that surrounds it provide visitors with a wide range of possibilities for outdoor activities, and in this respect it has been a very popular destination for tourists from Russia and Ukraine for a long time. Westerners are just starting to catch on, more and more are coming to hike Crimea’s beautiful mountains, climb some of its countless rock faces, or bike around its glorious coastal roads.
Crimea’s infrastructure concerning outdoor activities is not highly developed, but there are a few specialist companies that provide services on a personal level.
We can arrange a variety of adventure? activities for you, which can be arranged and booked before you arrive in Crimea, or which can be booked when you have already arrived.
We offer the following activities in Crimea, the majority of which take place in the vicinity of Yalta. All activities without exception are suitable for both beginners and people with more experience.
Diving in Crimea
Crimea offers diving for beginners and experienced divers alike.
You can undertake a variety of PADI training programs. Our diving courses take place on the South coast of the Crimea in Alushta, Cudak and Balaklava.
For experienced divers, Crimea has some very specical attractions. Here enormous sharp-edged rocks drop directly into the Black sea. The fierce storms of the Black Sea are legendary, and have made many unsuspecting victims from the successive maritime powers that attempted the long trip to the wealthy peninsula. As well as these dangerous natural conditions for ships, centuries of conflict
including most recently two world wars and a revolution have turned the bed of this
enclosed sea into a submerged necropolis. The Crimean Black sea offers experienced divers numerous historically important wrecks that upto now have been explored by few few people from the West.
Crimea offers diving for beginners and experienced divers alike. You can undertake a variety of PADI training programs. Diving courses take place on the South coast of Crimea in Balaklava.
For experienced divers, Crimea has some very special attractions. Here enormous sharp-edged rocks drop directly into the Black sea. The fierce storms of the Black Sea are legendary, and have made many unsuspecting victims from the successive maritime powers that attempted the long trip to the wealthy peninsula. As well as these dangerous natural conditions for ships, centuries of conflict including most recently two world wars and a revolution mean that the Crimean Black Sea offers divers numerous wrecks that up to now have been explored by few people from the West.
Diving in Crimea: Price, including equipment hire, insurance and a professional approved guide: From $80 per person depending on your level of expertise, and on the length and nature of the dive.
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Horse riding in Crimea
There are a variety of mountain horseback tours that you can undertake in Crimea, some of which last multiple days and include overnight stops in approved accommodation. Well kept horses take you around some of Crimea’s most beautiful roads and paths, from where you can breath perfectly clean mountain air, and admire the beautiful views, making such a trip a memorable occasion. Tours take place in the vicinity of Alushta and Yalta on the south coast of Crimea.
Horse riding in Crimea: Price, including equipment hire, and a professional approved guide: from $20 per person; depending on the length of the ride, and on the amount of people in your group.
Caving in Crimea
Crimea is an undiscovered utopia for cavers, or those wanting to try it out for the first time. There are around 2000 caves in Crimea with a depth up to 550 meters and a length over 20,000 meters.
Caving in Crimea: Price, including equipment hire, and a professional approved guide: from $60 per person; depending on the length and difficulty of the trip, and on the amount of people in your group.
Canyoning in Crimea
In Crimea, canyoning refers to the process of descending a mountain river or waterfall. This can be technical or un-technical, depending on whether mountain equipment needs to be used or not. There are several areas within Crimea where it is possible to go canyoning, the highest being at the seasonal waterfall Djur-Djur, which offers a net drop of 120 meters. Canyoning is especially popular during the spring thaw. Professional, highly qualified guides can take you on canyoning expeditions around Crimea. Such trips are suitable for beginners, and more experienced canyoners alike.
Canyoning in Crimea: Price, Including equipment hire, and a professional approved guide: from $50 per person; depending on the length and difficulty rating of your climb, and on the amount of people in your group.
Climbing in Crimea
Crimea has some of the best rock climbing that you will find anywhere in the world. So far, this is a relatively unknown destination for climbers, which finally is now being discovered. The length and technical difficulties of some of the routes in Crimea are on par with the most famous routes in Western Europe and North America.
The warm climate, good transport connections and countless number of rock faces for people of all levels makes Crimea a very attractive destination for climbers. Also many of the routes have a Southern orientation, which means that you can climb nearly all year round.
Biking in Crimea
Bikers in Crimea will be treated to an abundance of breath-taking views, mountain trails? and clear refreshing rivers. There are countless mountain paths as well as plenty of out of the way roads that are rarely used by motorists. Autumn is perhaps the best season for biking in Crimea. It is not so hot, the sea is still warm, and the horizon is no longer obscured by holidaymakers.
If you would like to try out biking for a day or two in Crimea, there are a variety of guided day trips and excursions that you can take.
If you are an experienced biker, or wish to make biking the focus of your holiday, but do not feel like taking your bikes, outfits and guides to Crimea, then this can organized for you; including the provision of an escort car and route planning.
Biking in Crimea: Price, including equipment hire, and a professional approved guide: from $40 per person; depending on the length and nature of the ride, and on the amount of people in your group.
A perfect combination of soil and climatic conditions led Crimea to being one of the principal wine making regions of the Soviet Union. Whilst Crimean wines aren’t widely available in the West, they are renounced and very much in demand amongst the ex-Soviet countries. Crimea excels in sweet, dessert wines, although there are a smaller number of dry wines produced here too. The main wine tasting areas in Crimea are in Koktebel near Feodosia, and Massandra ner Yalta. In Massandra you will find an unparalleled collection of wines going right back to some of the 19th century vintages. In Koktebel you will find predominantly dessert wines ranging from ruby ports to fine Madeiras.
We also offer a tour to the ‘Sun valley,’ which is located near to Sudak in the South East of Crimea. This scenic place is ringed by mountains, and a permanent desert like climate is maintained by dry hot summers, and precipitation of only 200mm a year. Owing to the peculiar local soil and climatic conditions, clones of European varieties, when grown here, acquire new qualities, and the wines made from them feature a new inimitable bouquet and taste. Based on them, a collection of wines under the Maganom label have been developed, which in 3 short years have already been awarded 8 gold medals at prestigious international events.
Wine tours in Crimea: Price for a tour starts at $25 per person.