Kiev - Vilkovo - Odessa - Kiev (m/s Dnieper Princess)
Day 1 - Kiev : Arrival and embarkation. The Ukrainian capital has more than 1,500 years of history. In Ukrainian its name is pronounced as 'Kyiv'. A charming city with splendid architecture, ancient golden domed cathedrals and numerous parks on both sides of the mighty Dnieper River, Kiev is a tourist delight. Captain's Cocktail is scheduled for today's eve. Tonight you might want to start spending time on your own in Kiev ' since the ship is docked in the closest vicinities of the city center. In the day time it is great to visit famous Andrijiv Descent, where numerous artists and craftsmen offer their works.
Day 2 - Kiev : We're on city-tour around the fascinating Kiev, and here is the list of sites: the Golden Gate, the remains of a huge wall erected in the 10th century to protect the city; and the Parliament building, situated in a beautiful park. The enormous territory of the city makes it hard at first to find one's way, but luckily there are two helping points ' the Dnieper and the Metro. The river crosses the city north to south; the old town is situated on the high right bank, while the new districts occupy the left bank. The old Kiev (the Upper Town today) is known as the "mother of Russ cities." Although the city has changed its face for a modern one, the ancient monuments and the mighty Dnieper are its pearls. Optional tours for today: visit to St. Sophia's Cathedral - $35 per person; Ukrainian National Choir concert - $35 per person.
Day 3 - Sailing, Ukrainian National Day : There will be a lot of fun today while we are sailing along the Dnieper enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature. We're having Ukrainian National Day of the cruise later on today: we're enjoying the dishes of famous Ukrainian cuisine and Ukrainian language lessons.
Day 4 - Zaporozhye : The city of Zaporozhye or 'Zaporizhzhya' in Ukrainian is more than 200 years old. Island Khortitsa, the biggest island on the Dnieper, and place related to Cossack history, is the part of the city today. City tour of today includes beautiful city center and several main streets of the place. Cossack Glory museum with exhibits dated to 16-17 centuries is visited afterwards. Attending Cossack Horse Show on Khortitsa Island is offered optionally - $35 per person.
Day 5 - Kherson : Kherson is located approximately 60 miles from the Black Sea. The city was built in 1778 by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great as a fortress where Cossacks fought against the Tatars and Turks. Shortly after Kherson became the first Russian naval base and shipyard on the Black Sea. Present day city is large ship-building center. After arrival to Kherson we take boat trip to picturesque Dnieper Delta. Having enjoyed the beauty of the nature we dock at small fishing village for a picnic lunch served by local chefs.
Day 6 - Vilkovo, "Ukrainian Venice" : This small village really is a pearl of pre-Danube lows. It is located on border with Romania and where the Danube meets the Black Sea. The place is unique as it stands on water ' therefore it is often called 'Ukrainian Venice'. The land that supports the town was artificially built up by man. Instead of the ordinary street roads the blocks are separated by the water channels. The most common transport here is the Ukrainian 'gondolaâ? built locally by skilled craftsmen. On the sea coast at the border of Danube and Black Sea there is '0 kmâ? sign, which symbolizes the end of the mighty Danube and beginning the vast Black Sea.
The ship stops at Vilkovo, and after sightseeing around the village wildlife lovers might want to take optional boat trip to Danube Delta - $50 per person. The place is nature reserve with diverse flora and fauna; it is inhabited by more than 240 different bird species among which are pink pelicans, brants, herons. The Danube Delta is great site not only for birdwatchers ' the sighs of numerous birds and boundless water are fascinating!
Day 7 - Odessa : Thanks to its old romantic traditions, Odessa is considered to be one of the world's most fascinating cities. The inimitable coloring of the city is sustained not only by the sea, the aroma of the acacia flowers, and velvety summer nights; it is also enhanced by marvelous monuments of 19th-century architecture. Unique in their beauty ' the Opera House, the museum of Western and Oriental Art, the museum of Archeology and, of course, the famous Potemkin Staircase ' are the symbols of the city's splendid past and superb present. We're having city tour today. Optional for today there will be a visit to Fine Arts museum - $25 per person, and opera or ballet performance in the evening - $65 per person.
Day 8 - Odessa : This day might be a day at leisure during which you might have a lot of time on your own in Odessa. The willing ones are invited to take optional program Churches of Odessa - $35 per person. Possibly there will be optional bus trip to Belgorod-Dnestrovsky - $55. This historical city is known for its impressive fortress. Since 2014 Belgorod-Dnestrovsky and its district are proclaimed ecologically clean area of Odessa Oblast.
Day 9 - Sailing, Ukrainian National Day : The ship is sailing toward Kiev, and we're quite busy aboard. The program of the day is quite a dense one. Please, follow your daily program newsletter, listen to announcements and enjoy your day!
Day 10 - Kremenchug : The history of Kremenchug begins from the fortress erected in this area in 1571 to protect the southern borders of the Russian Empire from the Tatars. In the 16th century the town was the center of the tobacco producing industry in the region. During the Crimean War, Kremenchug was a major shipbuilding powerhouse. Ukrainian name of the place is 'Kremenchuk'. Today there will be optional visit to typical Ukrainian village in the closest vicinities of Kremenchug - $45 per person. The place is renowned for its Museum of Bread and Ethnography.
Day 11 - Kanev and Kiev : Founded in the 11th century by Kievan Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the pleasant city of Kanev is known today mostly as the burial site of Taras Shevchenko, the great Ukrainian poet, artist and 'fatherâ? of the modern Ukrainian language. His gravesite is there ' on Chernetsa (Monks') Hill. On schedule today there is a city tour and a visit to Taras Shevchenko museum. We'll be enjoying splendid views of the city and its surroundings. In the evening we're back to Kiev. Welcome to enjoy optional Kyiv by Night boat trip with folk show ' $45,00 per person.
Day 12 - Kiev : This day might be a day on your own in Kiev. Still there is a lot to see and to experience together with your group. With this in mind we would especially like to turn your attention to optional tours that are offered for today: visit to Kiev Monastery of the Caves ' $35 per person; and trip to Open Air museum ' $35 per person. Farewell Dinner and Crew Show are on the list tonight.
Day 13 - Kiev : Time to bid farewell to your new friends after your unforgettable journey. Disembarkation.
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- Cruise Line
- Imperial River Cruises
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 13 Days
- Cruise Ship
- m/s Dnieper Princess
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|Day 3||Sailing, Ukrainian National Day|
|Day 9||Sailing, Ukrainian National Day|
|Day 11||Kanev and Kiev|
Port Taxes 185
Twin/double cabin for SGL use +50%
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