Cruise on the mighty Dnieper River from Kiev to the lands of the Cossacks, Odessa, the Black Sea and Danube Delta
Days 1 - 3 - Kiev
Day 4 - Dnieper River
Day 5 - Zaporizhia
Day 6 - Kherson/Dnieper Delta
Day 7 - Vilkovo/Danube Delta
Days 8 & 9 - Odessa
Day 10 - Return Flight
It is now time to visit Ukraine, home of the Cossacks, where you will receive a warm welcome. Explore impressive Kiev, once the centre of the mighty Eastern Slavic state of Kyivan Rus with a rich collection of museums and golden-domed cathedrals.
The river Dnieper is relatively unexplored by cruises but is an important transport link from the Black Sea to Kiev. Rising near Smolensk in Russia it flows for 2,200 kilometres to its delta at Kherson. From Kiev enjoy the panorama of gentle, rolling hills and the plains of rural Ukraine interspersed by the domes of village churches.
The vibrant Black Sea city of Odessa, was founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great and boasts one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses. The famous and impressive Potemkin Steps spill 500 feet down from Primorsky Boulevard to the sea.
At the Black Sea, the waters of the ‘Blue Danube’ form the largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas, a UNESCO natural heritage site famous for its birdlife.
Cultural & Riverscapes
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 25
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Kiev and embark on the MS Dnieper Princess for a nine-night cruise. Welcome cocktail. (D)
Day 2 Morning tour of Kiev including the old town, lying on seven hills on the right bank of the Dnieper and visit St. Sophia Cathedral, erected in 1037 in Russian-Byzantine style and containing unique mosaics and frescoes. Afternoon optional tour to Pirohiv open-air museum (bookable locally). Kiev by night boat trip (bookable locally). (B, L, D)
Day 3 Morning visit to Kyivo-Pecherskaya Lavra, the Cave Monastery set on grassy hills whose cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes and whose underground labyrinths are home to mysterious mummified monks. Afternoon optional concert by Ukrainian National Choir (bookable locally). (B, L, D)
Day 4 Day spent cruising towards Zaporizhia. The theme today is Ukraine national day with Ukrainian cuisine and language lessons. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Tour of the historic and important Cossack town, Zaporizhia including the Cossack Museum. Afternoon Cossack horse show, a demonstration of Cossack horse-riding, sword and whip fighting, gun shooting and dancing. Sail overnight to Kherson. (B, L, D).
Day 6 Arrive at Kherson, a city dating back to the ancient Greeks. Enjoy a boat trip to the beautiful Dnieper Delta and a visit to a traditional fishing village. Sail on the Black Sea to Vilkovo. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Arrive at Vilkovo, strategically situated on the border of Ukraine and Romania and at the confluence of the Danube and the Black Sea. Tour this settlement of dozens of man-made islands formed out of silt and clay. Afternoon boat trip to the Danube Delta, one of the most important wetlands in Europe. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Morning tour of elegant Odessa, the gem of the Black Sea. Visit the Fine Arts Museum which boasts the richest art collection in Ukraine. Evening optional ballet or music performance at the Opera House (bookable locally, subject to schedule). (B, L, D)
Day 9 Morning tour of the churches of Odessa, places of worship that have always played an important part in the city’s history. Visit Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, Greek Orthodox Churches, a Roman Catholic Church, a Synagogue and a Mosque. Optional excursion to Belgorod-Dnestrovski (bookable locally). Farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Return flight via Kiev to London Gatwick. (B)
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
The Ukrainian-operated cruise company Chervona Ruta operates the MS Dnieper Princess, built in 1976 (refurbished in 2016) and over four decks. Registered in the Ukraine with a mainly Ukrainian crew (announcements in English on-board). This vessel is ideal for cruising on the Dnieper River and Black Sea. Enjoy International and Ukrainian cuisine in one of the two restaurants which allow one-sitting for all meals. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner are served. The vessel does sail at night. Reception, Panorama bar, Sky bar, reading lounge, shop and WiFi (free/limited). 134 air-conditioned cabins over four decks (no lift) with basic private facilities, hairdryer and picture window (except Lower Deck cabins which have a porthole). 20 standard twin cabins (118 sq. ft.) on the Lower Deck. 34 standard twin cabins (96 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck. 24 standard twin cabins (96 sq. ft.), four single cabins (80 sq. ft.) and 24 Deluxe twin/ double bedded cabins (129 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck. Eight single cabins (80 sq. ft.), nine Deluxe cabins (129 sq. ft.) and 11 junior suites (172 sq. ft.) on the Boat Deck.
Spend two more nights in spectacular Odessa. The port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine is known for its beaches and 19th-century architecture. Stay at the modern 4-star Continental Hotel, close to the Opera House. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to the 4-star Continental Hotel for 2 nights. (B)
Day 2 At leisure. (B)
Day 3 Return flight. (B)
A modern 4-star hotel, close to the Opera House. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Ukraine International from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement (Lower Deck cabin for sole use) £425
Main Deck (twin) £185
Main Deck twin cabin for sole use £685
Upper Deck (twin) £230
Upper Deck single cabin £415
Upper Deck twin cabin for sole use £745
Deluxe cabin, Upper and Boat Deck (twin/double) £595
Junior Suite, Boat Deck (twin/double) £695
Post-Cruise Extension - Odessa
2 nights £145
Single supplement £80
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 9-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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