The Alupka Palace is locally known as the Vorontsov Palace, as it was built over a period of 23 years for Count Michael Vorontsov. Designed by the English architect, Edward Blore, whose previous credits include parts of Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace. The interior of the building is spectacular, holding great collections of paintings, ornaments and fine furniture. Outside a strikingly beautiful Lions Terrace leads down to the Italian park and the sea.
Stop at the Swallow's Nest for an impressive view of the beautiful building precariously clinging to the edge of the 130-foot-high Aurora cliff.
Visit the famous summer residence of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II in Livadia. The Palace was used for the 1945 Yalta Conference, attended by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin to outline the future of post war Europe and adopt the guidelines for the foundation of the United Nations. Enjoy a guided tour of the White Hall, the Tsar's Gala Study and the headquarters of the United States President during the conference. View the private apartment of the Tsar's family on the upper floor, including the study of Nicholas II, the family dining room and the children's classroom, complete with original furniture and photos.
This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2½ hours of walking including ten to twenty minutes from the coach park at the Livadia and Alupka Palaces. There are several steps at both palaces.