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Kiev to the Black Sea

Discover the rich heritage and beautiful cities of the Ukraine, and enjoy a stop in historic Bucharest, Romania's elegant capital, on this 11-night cruise including a 2-night hotel stay in Bucharest, return flights from the UK and shore excursions

River Cruise Holiday
  • Odessa Opera House
  • Coltea Old Hospital, Bucharest
  • Cossack Horse Show
  • Dnieper River
  • Micheal's Church, Kiev

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Begin your adventure with three days in Ukraine's fascinating capital city, Kiev. Discover Kiev's rich heritage of Vikings and Cossack people, visit the majestic UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral, explore the Monastery of Caves and enjoy a visit to the Pirogovo Folk Museum.

Witness a Cossack horsemanship show accompanied by folkloric music and dance in Zaporozhye, and journey along the pretty Dnieper River to Kherson, where you can see the Prince Potemkin monument and St Catherine's Cathedral.

Three days in the lively metropolis of Odessa is ample time to explore the city's many treasures, including the magnificent baroque Opera House, the remarkably-preserved Akkerman Fortress in Bilgorod-Dnistrovski and the Odessa Catacombs.

Finally, head to Bucharest and discover the many highlights of this dynamic city during a two-night hotel stay.

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Kiev to the Black Sea Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Kiev (Ukraine)

Fly from the UK to Kiev, and transfer to your ship. After boarding, enjoy free time before dinner or join a welcome walk. (D)

Day 2 - Kiev

Enjoy a tour of Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine which has a strong heritage. Explore its historic buildings and monuments, and enjoy a visit to the majestic UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral. Later, head to the Monastery of Caves, a fascinating complex of domed churches and museums. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional Jewish Kiev tour to learn about one of the city's darkest chapters. This evening, perhaps dine at a traditional restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Kiev

Discover the interesting Pirogovo Folk Museum which houses a fascinating collection of wooden structures from throughout the Ukraine. Each building reflects a different region and period from the country's past which is brought to life by exhibits. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take the opportunity to discover the story of the World's worst nuclear accident at The National Museum Chernobyl. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Cruise the Dnieper River

Enjoy the ship’s facilities and relax as you cruise the Dneiper River towards your next destination. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Zaporozhye

After breakfast, disembark for a guided tour of Zaporozhye, the ancestral home of the Cossacks. Enjoy a drive along Cathedral Prospect taking in the dam and hydroelectric plant. After lunch, visit the Cossack Museum of Khortitsa where you'll watch a Cossack horsemanship show accompanied by folkloric music and dance. Back on board, enjoy dinner followed by onboard activities as we depart. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kherson

Admire the passing scenery as you cruise along the Dnieper River before arriving in Kherson. Enjoy a tour which begins with a walk along the river embankment taking in the monument to Prince Potemkin and majestic St Catherine's Cathedral. Dinner on board as you cruise towards the Black Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Odessa

Join a half-day tour of Odessa. Head along the Primorski Boulevard to the magnificent baroque Opera House and Potemkin Steps, which featured in the film, The Battleship Potemkin. After lunch, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to explore Jewish Odessa or savour the taste of Shustov cognac during an optional museum tour and tasting. This evening, attend a performance at the Odessa Opera House, considered one of the world’s most beautiful venues. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Odessa

Enjoy a guided tour of the Odessa Art Museum before returning to your ship for lunch. This evening, you may opt for a traditional Ukrainian dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Odessa

After breakfast, travel to the Odessa Catacombs, a fascinating maze of underground tunnels used by smugglers and Soviet partisans during World War II. This afternoon, set sail for Tulcea. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Tulcea (Romania) - Bucharest

Arrive in Tulcea and disembark your ship. Then, enjoy a panoramic drive through the pretty Romanian countryside and stop in the ancient city of Constanta for lunch before heading on to Bucharest. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a dinner at leisure. (B,L)

Day 11 - Bucharest

See the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the People’s Palace during a guided tour of this buzzing capital city before visiting the Stavropoleus Monastery which celebrates Byzantine music and houses the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania. (B)

Day 12 - Bucharest - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note the order of places visited may vary slightly on the reverse itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night full board cruise
  • 2-night post-cruise hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated
  • Gratuities on board

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance

Cruise Extensions

  • Istanbul Extension Enjoy a 3-night hotel stay at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus or similar, from £899pp. Please contact us for details
  • Bucharest and Transylvania Extension Enjoy an overnight hotel stay at the First Class Bucharest hotel, and 2-night hotel stay at the Brasov hotel, from £599pp. Please contact us for details
  • Krakow and Warsaw Extension Enjoy a 3-night hotel stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow or similar, and a 2-night hotel stay at the Sofitel Warsaw Victoria or similar, from £1049pp. Please contact us for details
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