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.
Just a note to say thanks for your help with our delayed flight to Kiev & reorganising the rep Alex, who was really helpful. He waited for us at the airport until midnight, drove us to a hotel near Zhuliary airport then woke up the hotel owner to get us accommodation for the night! We would have been stuffed without him.
The sleeper train was great, especially after a hectic week in which we had delayed & missed flights, a lost visa card & our Kiev to London flight cancelled by the airline by mistake! The train mellowed us out a bit!