Crimea Ukraine/Russia: Is Travel Possible?

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Sunrise

Crimea has been in the news a lot over the past year.  It’s an unfortunate circumstance for its image and tourism, which is sad considering the beauty of the peninsula.  But when it comes to travel, is it safe?

Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you think.  We hope that the below information and photo-essay will motivate you to visit the peninsula some day. Enjoy!

 

Red line: From Kiev Blue line: Return to Kiev
Red line: From Kiev – Blue line: Return to Kiev

General transport guide:
From Kiev, take a train to Simferopol
Take a bus from Simferopol to Sevastopol
Take a bus from Sevastopol to Balaklava
Hike from Balaklava to Yalta – Expect 4 to 5 days
Bus from Yalta to Laspi
Laspi back to Simferopol by bus, then train back to Kiev by train

Below is a photo essay of the hike. Some photos property of Stanislav Shangin.

 

Day 1

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Day 2

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Bay
Breathtaking views make the hike well worthwhile.

 

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Rainbow
The beginning (or the end?) of a rainbow.

 

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Pose
There are plenty of places to pose for pictures and, of course, selfies if that’s your thing.

 

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Sunrise
The sun sets just like everywhere else, regardless of the political situation.

 

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Day 3

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Trail
The trails are quite safe and easy to maneuver.

 

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Day 4

Crimea Ukraine Russia Hiking Travel Path
The trail can get tricky at times.

 

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After the hike? Be sure to reward yourself on the beach and spend some time in Laspi

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