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 : Time to bid farewell to your new friends and to beautiful city of Odessa. Disembarkation.