I presume this was an intended Crimean War-related trip. Did it make a good holiday as well?
Actually Garen, it was the other way round. First and foremost a good holiday, with Crimean War interest as a bonus.
I like slightly adventurous holiday destinations!
At the risk of sounding like a holiday rep, it a really good destination. Nice seaside resorts like Yalta where I was based (a day trip away from Sevastopol and history of its own), Mediterranean climate, fairly cheap by Western standards, plenty of attractions and no visas needed for Ukraine.
The only thing I would say is a specialist guide would be worthwhile for visiting the battlefields. The chap we had on that day was a perfectly good general tour guide, but he didn't have any specialist knowledge of the Crimean War sites and so there may well have been more we could have seen.