The Small Canyon of the Crimea stretches along the Black River for 12 km. Full flowing river changes to quiet backwaters along the way. River ledges, rapids and waterfalls take turns with flood plains encasing small rocky islands and shadowy banks. Open spots on the banks are covered with old Crimean junipers, shadowy beech trees shelter green ferns. When sunny, the fast waters of the Black River splash over heated rubbles, with rainbows glittering over them. There are plenty of safe deep baths in the canyon, and the water in these “tubs” is warmer than in the Grand Canyon. Though beware of the flow, the Black River is the fastest in the Crimea. Summer warm months are good time for hiking in the canyon. Hikes without a guide are not safe in the Small Canyon due to abundance of various trails, some of which may appear to be either quite challenging or undoable.
I wish to thank you for all the arrangements. We had a interesting and pleasant holiday in your country. The hotels were ok, especially the one in Yalta. Our guides were really fantastic. They told us a lot about the history and the situation nowadays. Highlights were our visits to the submarine base, the cave city in the middle of beautiful nature, the little Tatarian restaurant and the Khan palace.
In Odessa we took the tram 5 to the beach and discovered a nice restaurant with quite a history: Fat Mozes. Furthermore we walked a lot in Odessa. The train facilities were also ok We managed to make a reservation in Kiev for the train to Warsaw. That was not an easy thing, because no one speaks English and we could hardly read the signs in the Russian or your own language. So it was a real adventure!