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Radisson SAS Resorts, Alushta.

The newly built Radisson Resort SAS in Alushta is one of the first internationally recognized hotel brands to open in the Crimea. More hotels are set-to be built along the Black Sea coast, a popular summer destination among Ukrainians.
The four-star Radisson SAS Resort Alushta is enviably located along the banks of the Black Sea, in the heart of Alushta. A charming park is offering guests a relaxing ambiance for a seaside getaway. The hotel is the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of the Southern coast such as the palace of Nicholas II, the Swallow's Nest and St. Alexander Nevsky's Cathedral.
Simferopol rail station - 45 km
Simferopol Airport - 60 km
Yalta - 36 km
Sevastopol - 118 km

      With a soothing Mediterranean climate, stunning mountain tops and canyons and charming Black Sea coastline, Crimea is an undiscovered gem. Russian tourists have long been attracted to the areas curative properties with a mild climate that is not as damp as Sochi and avoids the sharp, dry heat of other resort destinations such as Turkey or Egypt. The area is home to natural wonders with beautiful waterfalls, mysterious caves and unusual mud volcanoes. 
    Visitors can savour expertly produced wines with the earliest recorded production dating back over 2000 years in the area. Crimea offers a visual record of its amazing history as it has witnessed Babylonian, Egyptian and ancient Roman civilizations as well as shows traces of life from the Stone and Bronze ages. The area plays host to several not-to-miss sites such as the iconic Swallow's Nest and the late summer residence of the Romanov family, the palace of Nicolas II Livadia.
Located along the picturesque banks of the Black Sea, the four-star Radisson SAS Resort, Alushta is the perfect embodiment of classic, elegant style. Built in 1913, the hotel is renowned as one of Alushta's finest architectural monuments and merges its historic charms with modern-day conveniences. Throughout the decades the hotel has played an important historical role serving as a hospital for soldiers in World Wars I & II, home to Alushta's first museum and was a popular sanatorium thanks to its open verandas and seaside location.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Alushta, along the popular wharf area on the Black Sea. Guests can choose from 63 elegant guest rooms including Executive rooms, Junior Suites and Suites.

     Internet access is available in guest rooms, conference rooms and Business Centre.
The hotels's All Day Dining Restaurant, Aluston offers a tempting à la carte menu of european dishes alongside local specialities. During the Summer season, guests can dine on gourmet cuisine in La Veranda while soaking in panoramic views of the Black Sea. The lobby lounge merges classic English furnishings with comfortable surroundings and serves a varied international drinks menu. Serving a host of fresh pastries, ice creams and light snacks, Patisserie Vanille is the ideal hangout for those with a sweet tooth. Hotel guests can enjoy a dip in the charming outdoor swimming pool or access to our private beach. With its seaside location and extensive facilities, the hotel is ideal for weddings, corporate incentives and events.

      Alushta - cheerful, bustling resort town. The most convenient transport in respect Spa attractive to the car, cycling, equestrian and hiking. Exceptionally clean air and a general sense of calm well-being is always growing impact here resort factors. Alushta is located in the seaside part of the spacious South Coast basin Crimea.

The city is known to the VI century, when Emperor Justinian I ordered Aluston build a fortress here, but in the XIX century Vorontsov built a wine cellar here and the church. Alushta mountain amphitheater - the most beautiful and extensive in the Crimea. Mountain walks and hikes of Alushta very romantic and not tiring.

To the west of the valley extends beech and pine forests Crimean reserve seats hunting kings and Davis. The city has many attractions: the temple Sv.Feodora Stratilata, Alushta History Museum, villa XIX v.N.Staheeva "Otrada" in a great park, the Museum of Nature and much more.

Aluston The fortress was built on the orders of Emperor Justinian I to VI century. Throughout the Middle Ages Aluston was an important reference point for all States, owned the South shore of Crimea: Roman (Byzantine) Empire, Khazar Kaganate, Feodoro principality. In the period of genueztsev city was one of the fortified centers Kapitanstva Gauthier (so-called part of the Genoese holdings in the Crimea, stretches roughly from the Fori (Forosa) to Alustona) and was the subject of the ongoing military conflicts between genueztsami and Duchy Feodoro.

The Italians called the city Lusta. To date, only one tower preserved medieval fortress.
After the conquest of the southern coast of Crimea Osman, Alushta lost its military significance and has remained a small town fisherman. In times of Ottoman rule it was part of the Sudak kadylyk.

Mediterranean-type climate is subtropical, dry, hot, with mild winters. The average temperature in December - +2,8 ° C, August - +23,8 ° C. Precipitation - 430 mm per year, the number of sunny hours a year - about 2320, the lowest relative humidity in August - 63-68%. Bathrobe season lasts from mid-May to mid-October, for children - from late June until the end of September (water temperature around 20 ° C or more).

Wizz Air Ukraine, the first low cost airline in Ukraine.

      Wizz Air Ukraine, the first low cost airline in Ukraine, announced that it will start operating an initial network of seven Ukrainian domestic routes from its operating base at Kiev Boryspil Airport on 11 July 2008. Wizz Air Ukraine will provide low fare air travel service from Kiev Boryspil Airport to Lviv, Odessa, Simferopol, Kharkov and Zaporozhye. Of particular interest to travellers are the flights from Kiev to Simferopol, gateway to the Crimea resort.
      In October-November this year in the Ukrainian market of air transportation may appear, another budget carrier, and as soon as possible in this market segment in the budget will work 4-5 such operators. The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Ukraine is negotiating with three potential carriers.
      There is negotiations with Al Arabia (Sharjah) and German Wings (Germany). In 2009 the number of customers low cost companies will be around 2 million people, projected at the State Aviation Service.
     Tickets for domestic flights can be purchased at a price of 79 UAH ~ 16 USD . (one way, taking into account the taxes and fees) - at the company's website or through its call center.

     Despite the obvious advantages for the Ukrainian passengers to exit the domestic market low cost carriers overshadowed by the presence of a number of objective problems. First, because the airlines are using low liners Boing-737 and Airbus-320, they face the unwillingness to take these airports Ukrainian side. Planes such class without restrictions are only in five cities: Borispol, Simferopol, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhya. Actually, do not take in Chernivtsi, Uzhgorod and Lugansk. In Kharkiv have limitations connected with insufficient runway length, its coating, the state of taxiways. This fact greatly restricts the location and frequency of low cost flights, experts note.
Most Ukrainian airports is not ready to take low cost liners - Boing-737 and Airbus-320
    The second problem - a low passengers, who questioned the success of the carriers. According to official figures, Ukrainian airports annually miss about 4 million man. These are people with the level of prosperity far above average. Experts estimate that only 20% of them might prefer low price comfort. For comparison: in Europe enjoy the services of budget airlines at least 20% of passengers, most of whom are representatives of the middle class, ready to sacrifice comfort for low prices. In addition, "Ukraine is not a member of" Open Sky ", and to organize international routes have to change many bilateral treaties.
Meaningful work on the Ukrainian market low cost could not earlier in 2010
    Thus, the projected professionals to fully work on the Ukrainian market low cost could not earlier in 2010. Although the emergence of such companies will become more relevant than with the approach of European Football Championship in 2012. Not all fans will be willing to pay around $ 500. At the same time, if the flight will cost EUR50, an influx of tourists to Ukraine will grow significantly.

Biosphere Reserve Askania Nova.

Biosphere Reserve Askania Nova Nova Kakhovka.
The area of the reserve amounts to 33 307.6 hectares, of which 11 054 hectares - "absolutely protected" steppe zone. In this area, found more than 400 species of herbs and flowers, more than 60 species of birds.

Biosphere Reserve Askania Nova - a unique corner of nature: here is the only station in Europe steppes, who had never dealt with the plough (once excavated will not be restored steppe). Reserve Nova Kakhovka assigned to "100 great reserves and parks" Peace same book, published in Moscow publishing house "Veche" in 2002 (author-originator Yudina NA). Museum under the open sky: here alone preserved ancient burial mounds, stone Scythian women, created by ancient sculptor. The reserve covers an area of 11 thousand ha.; adjoins the forest park with artificial ponds and canals, where inhabit many animals and birds. In Askaniyskoy steppes more than 400 species of herbs and flowers, cereals dominate.

In late April start tulips bloom, then irises, astragalus, hyacinth, lyutiki. In May - carnations, daisies. In summer steppe, muffled in the fir haze kovylya, transfused waves from the slightest breeze blow. Askaniysky park covering about 200 hectares. It differs from the wild steppe zone. It is divided according to a strict plan. The park about 150 kinds and forms of trees and bushes. Ilex maple, Crimean pine, pyramidal and kolonnovidny oaks, juniper, elm, spruce, ash, white acacia, near water - weeping willows. Centre songs Park - a picturesque pond.

On the territory of the reserve can meet representatives from more than 60 species of birds, nesting in virgin steppe 16 species, a lot happens in the passage. The park about 40 species in the waters about 30 species of birds. In spring audible voice swans - Whooper. White and black swans, flamingoes, cranes, Bustard, little bustard, gray partridges, most of all different types of Lark. Steppe eagle - a rare guest, often steppe moon can be seen flying low over land. In enclosures - African ostriches, em, Nande, Bustard, pheasants, peacocks, steppe eagles, cranes, parrots.

In a certain reserve zoo contains a unique collection of animals. Zebra, the South American camels, Indian and African antelope, deer. In steppe grazed Lama, Scottish pony, wild horses - tarpany (Przhevalskogo horse), American bison, kafrskie buffaloes; Saygaki - ancient ungulates, peers mammoths. In the water saigas need only during severe drought. Small animals are many: the mouse, hamster, is and jerboa. Predators-ferrets, foxes, meet and ermine.

From the left bank of the Dnieper river bottom until the Azov Sea was once virgin steppe, where herds pasla tours and other hoofed animals. Now, this pristine steppe retained only within the boundaries of the reserve Askania - Nova. Town Nova Kakhovka is in the Kherson region, 75 kilometers away from New Kahovki (45 km. Kahovki from New Chaplynki and up to 30 km. Chaplynki from before Askanii-New). Railway communication with the town, Nova Kakhovka to date not.

History Reserve Nova Kakhovka

As in 1874 F.E. Falts - Fein, the award for successfully passing an examination in the gymnasium, his father received from the enclosures for birds. After 15 years after graduating from university, Falts - Fein Jr. founds akklimatichesky unique park. Then allocates plot of virgin steppe 500 dessiatinas and announce its protected at all times. The reserve is adjacent to the forest park. For forest plots were cubicles virgin steppe, where lived, brought from everywhere, antelope, bison, zebra, ostrich. In acclimatization park to work on the domestication of animals.

Notably, antelopes - kan, very cautious and avoid at home in Africa to communicate with the person in Askanii - New were so tame that allow themselves to. In 1910 at the zoo came zoological station. Has a great selection work. In 1919, Askania - Nova was declared a people's park, and then the public steppe reserve. In 1921 in the border reserve Askania - Nova was included acclimatization center steppe, forest and savannah animals, which awarded the maximum freedom.

At the area were fighting two warrior - Civil and Second World. After the last sanctuary survived the pressure entities - he was impatient to use the land for grazing. The reserve firm, was preserved and continued the case F.E. Falts-Feyna.