Kiev to The Black Sea (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Odessa, Ukraine to Kiev, Ukraine
Odessa, Ukraine

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)

Odessa, Ukraine

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour of Odessa, an elegant city of terraced hills and landscaped parks. Travel along Primorsky 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 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 onboard as we remain docked overnight. (B,L,D)

Odessa, Ukraine
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine
Odessa, Ukraine

Begin today with a tour of Akkerman Fortress in Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky, 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)

Odessa, Ukraine

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, enjoy free time discovering more of this remarkable city, perhaps visiting the Uspensky Cathedral, a vision of blue-and-white domes, or join an optional excursion to Odessa, where you will 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 onboard. (B,L,D)

Kherson, Ukraine

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. Walk along the river embankment, see the monument to Prince Potemkin, and visit St. Catherine's Cathedral—decidedly Mediterranean in design. You will also visit the local craft market, where you will find 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)

Zaporozhye, Ukraine

After breakfast, tour Zaporozhye, the ancestral home of the Cossacks. Drive along the six-mile-long Cathedral Prospect; see the dam and the city's massive hydroelectric plant—the plant's massive turbines will be 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 onboard as we depart for Dnipro. (B,L,D)

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Petrykivka, Russia, Ukraine
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

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, you will see 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)

Kremenchuk, Ukraine

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 16th-century duchy of Muscovy (today's Moscow) and the Black Sea, this town grew into a wealthy Cossack center. You will be welcomed today into the home of a local family for snacks. Your enriching visit will shine a light on the daily lives of Ukrainians and you will come to embrace your differences and your similarities. You can share your experiences and impressions this evening during our onboard dinner. (B,L,D)

Kiev, Ukraine

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 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 onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Kiev, Ukraine

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, Ukraine

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Kiev to The Black Sea map

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