Odessa has always been a city quite unlike any other in Russia. The various peoples that were persecuted under the Empire fled
there to live together in peace. It should be mentioned that the port was a gateway to the West!
Odessa-Crimea : 20 euros
Isabelle et Philippe M, Agnès S, Paulette C, Graziella P
Once colonised by the Greeks, the Crimea is a peninsula where the mountains melt into the sea. The coastline of this extremely
touristy region is covered with abundant vineyards and orchards...
Crimea- Sebastopol : 10 euros
: Catherine B., Graziella P
Founded at the end of the 18th century by Potemkin and fortified under Nicolas I, the city stands as a reminder of several wars.
From the Crimean War, during which it was taken by the French and British forces after a year-long siege (Tolstoy was one of its defenders), up to the Second World War when the
Germans laid siege to it. During the Crimean War, Sebastopol fell when Mac-Mahon's attacked the bastion of Malakoff, situated at the city gates. This bastion was famous for its
tower, after which a Parisian suburb was named.
Sebastopol-Yalta : 15 euros
Thierry et Brigitte M., Graziella P
This seaside resort has become a symbol of the end of the Second World War, thanks to the famous Yalta Conference held in February
1945 between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.
Yalta-Don Volga Canal : 25 euros
The Don-Volga canal
Starting at the gates of Volgograd, this 101-kilometre canal was completed in 1952. It links the Volga with the Sea of Azov... and
thence to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
Don Volga Canal – Volgograd : 35 euros
: Marion D et Claire T, Christophe
Formerly called Stalingrad, the town was the famous site of the battle that took place here 60 years ago.
Volgograd – Volga : 5 euros
Benjamin M, Thierry et Brigitte M., Véronique G, Catherine B., Famille D, Christine
R.,Catherine B., Thècle R d B, Graziella P, Christophe P., Sylvie et Pierre N.
The longest river in Europe links the Baltic Sea with the Caspian Sea. We'll be travelling alongside the river banks till it
reaches the sea...
Volga – Kalmykia : 40 euros
: Isabelle et Philippe M, Christophe P.
As we travel down the Volga, we shall be crossing through this independent Buddhist region of Russia, whose inhabitants came
originally from Mongolia and who were nomadic up until the 1940s. In fact, the Kalmucks were such a nomadic ethnic group that they can now be found as far apart as China and New
Jersey. They are Tibetan Buddhists and were allowed to re-open a temple in their capital city, Elista, in 1989.
Kalmykia – Caspian sea : 10 euros
Véronique G., Christine R., Graziella P, Christophe P.