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The Best Day Trips From Rostov-on-Don

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Contributor / Journalist
Updated: 29 September 2017

Rostov-on-Don (known as Rostov to locals) is the gateway to the Northern Caucasus region. Nowadays it has become Russia’s largest and most exciting city with a fascinating history to explore on its monumental streets with squares and green parks. It makes a pleasant stopover on the Black Sea coast and a good base for several interesting day trips in the area and here are several getaway options, which you absolutely shouldn’t miss if you’re here. These destinations are unforgettable.

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Taganrog

 This excursion route goes through an old town with a famous stone staircase, old merchant mansions and kiosks. You’ll be able to see the monument of Peter I, the founder of Taganrog, the house where the playwright Chekhov was born and the famous book and souvenir shop.
 
During an excursion around Novocherkassk, you will discover everything you need to know about the history of the Don Host Province, the Cossacks and the impressive Ascension Cathedral, which was one of the largest churches of the Russian Empire when it was built.


Azov and The Azov Sea

Go to an excursion to one of the oldest towns near the Don River – Azov. This town is considered to be over 900 years old. The Azov sea is the northeastern side basin, connects the Black Sea with the Kerch Strait (the Cimmerian Bosporus in ancient times) 4.2km wide. It is the most shallow sea in the world with the depth of about 15 meters.


Tanais – the Secret Town and Museum

Take a historical tour to the archaeological museum and the ancient Greek town of Tanais, and you’ll see the remains of the fortress walls and towers along with local old buildings. If you’re feeling creative, why not attend a handicraft lesson in the museum? It’s fun and you might even get a certificate.


The Kerch Peninsula

The Kerch Peninsula is probably the only place in the Crimea, where magnificent landscapes, an azure sea and velvet beaches are not the main attractions. Kerch is the Crimean peninsula’s oldest town and its main treasures are its monuments of history and culture. Stroll along ancient streets, see centuries-old ruins, buildings and statues. Then head to Kerch’s outskirts – Adzhimushkay settlement. The burial vault for one of the Bosporian kings is striking in tis originality and architectural forms: it consists of an unusual stone corridor and unique burial room.


Alushta and Chatyr-Dag

You can reach Alushta from Rostov-On-Don, as any other corner of the Crimea, through the main transportation gates of the peninsula, Simferopol. Take a bus or a cab to Luchistoye village, and from there climb up along one of the tourist paths on one of the most mysterious Crimean mountains – Demerdzhi. Look at the ruins of the medieval castle Funa and the Greek Church, then visit the Haunted Valley – the western slope of the hill, covered with stone sculptures of mythical creatures. Devote the next day to another mountain massif, Chatyr-Dag – you can probably see the whole southern coast of Crimea from its top. As you’re here, you should also visit three unique karstic caves situated on the lower plateau of Chatyr-Dag.