Viking – Tour Details 2018-12-11T01:56:19+00:00

Kiev to the Black Sea Odessa to Kiev

Starting at $3,699

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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A voyage through Ukraine is a journey through time. On this 11-day river cruise, trace the Dnieper River from the ancient city of Kiev to the vast Black Sea, where the cultural jewel of Odessa shines on a magnificent coast. Along the way, witness the influence of Byzantines, Ottomans and Cossacks. Admire riverside vistas, from colorful onion-domed churches to agrarian architecture leading to welcoming towns rich in tradition. And experience Ukraine’s enduring treasures, from Kiev’s St. Sophia Cathedral to Odessa’s Opera and Ballet House and the incredible Cossack horsemanship of Zaporozhye.


Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Odessa
Arrive in Odessa, Ukraine, and transfer to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to relax before dinner, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D) * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Day 2 - Odessa
After breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour of Odessa, an elegant city of terraced hills and landscaped parks. Travel along Primorski Boulevard to the Italian-baroque Opera House and to Potemkin Steps, where one of the most famous scenes in cinema was shot by Sergei Eisenstein for his 1925 classic, The Battleship Potemkin. After lunch, tour the fascinating Odessa Catacombs. This maze of underground tunnels began as a sandstone mining operation but the abandoned mines were later used by smugglers and Soviet partisans fighting fascist invaders during World War II. This evening, dine on board as we remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Odessa
Begin today with a tour of Akkerman Fortress in Bilgorod-Dnistrovski, a mighty and imposing citadel dramatically overlooking the Black Sea. It is the largest and best preserved fortress in Ukraine. Later, spend more time exploring Odessa’s stately 19th-century architecture, a blend of its Russian heritage and Mediterranean sensibilities, or stroll along its miles of sandy beaches. After dinner, you may choose to attend an optional performance at the Odessa Opera House—known for its splendid acoustics—or concert, in case the opera house is closed. (B. L, D)

Day 4 - Odessa
Visit the Odessa Art Museum in Potocki Palace, a treasure of 19th-century architecture and colorful, eclectic interiors. During your visit, browse a rich collection of Russian and European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning centuries. This afternoon, use your free time to discover more of this remarkable city—perhaps visiting the Uspensky Cathedral, a vision of blue and white domes—or join an optional excursion to Odessa to tour historic synagogues and monuments of Jewish heritage and significance. This evening, you may choose to enjoy dinner and a Ukrainian folklore performance at a local restaurant, or dine on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Kherson
After breakfast, disembark for a tour of this small city, founded in 1778 by order of Catherine the Great and named after the nearby ancient Greek colony of Chersonesos Taurica. Walk along the river embankment, see the monument to Prince Potemkin and visit St. Catherine’s Cathedral—decidedly Mediterranean in design. Visit the local craft market and discover colorful fabric, nesting dolls and decorative housewares. Lunch is served as we depart and set sail for a scenic cruise along the Dnieper River. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Zaporozhye
After breakfast, tour Zaporozhye, ancestral home of the Cossacks. Drive along the six-mile long Cathedral Prospect; see the dam and the city’s massive hydroelectric plant, including its massive turbines that are visible through the windows. After lunch, visit the Cossack Museum of Khortitsa. Enjoy a special Cossack horsemanship show full of daring acrobatics accompanied by folkloric music and dance. Enjoy dinner on board as we depart for Dnipro. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Dnipro
Undulating hills, vast open landscapes and a bend in the rambling river lead to Dnipro, a former fortress settlement. The city was founded by Catherine the Great’s lover as a summer residence for the tsarina. During a city tour, take in the long boulevards, green parks and provincial public buildings. After lunch, drive to the Petrykivka Folk Art Center, founded by the celebrated Cossack known as Petryk. This settlement is famed for its rich ornamental style of decorative floral painting that embodies the culture’s connection to the natural world. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Kremenchug
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising up the Dnieper River. After lunch, tour the city of Kremenchug. With its riverside location along the trade route between the 16-century duchy of Muscovy (today’s Moscow) and the Black Sea, this town has grown into a wealthy Cossack center. Enter the home of a local family as they welcome you in for snacks, and gain a deeper understanding of the daily lives of Ukrainians on this enriching visit. Share your experiences and impressions of both your differences and your similarities this evening during our onboard dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Kiev
Spend your morning cruising up the scenic Dnieper River. This afternoon, tour Kiev. The capital of Ukraine is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with a heritage of Viking, Cossack and Ukrainian peoples. See its historic buildings and monuments, and take a guided tour of the lovely St. Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crowned with 13 glimmering domes. Afterward, continue to the Monastery of the Caves, an extensive complex of domed churches and museums founded by monks in 1051. Its Ukrainian name, Pechersk, comes from the underground passages and chapels that have been dug into the rocks alongside it. This evening, you may choose to enjoy dinner and a Ukrainian folklore performance at a local restaurant, or dine on board. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Kiev
Visit the fascinating Pirogovo Folk Museum today, a remarkable collection of more than 200 wooden structures relocated and rebuilt here from regions throughout Ukraine. Each building reflects a particular region, style and historical period of the country’s past and is brought to life by exhibits of folk costumes, musical instruments and household articles. You may spend the remainder of the day on your own or take an optional Jewish Kiev tour. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Kiev
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* (B) * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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