KIEV - KIEV
Fabulous 11 day/10 night cruise through 6 Old world countries;
Austria, Slovakia, Hungary Serbia, Bulgaria & Romania! 9 ports,
all meals, Shore excursions, culture and entertainment!
12 days/11 nights: Fantastic sailing from Kiev to Odessa with
stops In Kherson, Zaporozhye and fabulous Yalta! All meals,
shore excursions, lectures and entertainment Included - and VISA
Magnificent 11 day sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow and
towns and villages in between! All meals, shore excursions,
lectures and special on board entertainment & White Nights as a
In addition to
world renown cities such as Kiev, Yalta and Odessa, we have made an effort
to pepper our cruises with a superb cultural and entertainment program,
which will enable you to experience Ukrainian hospitality and culture
hands-on! Great ship, great destination!
Built in 1992 in Germany, the ship has
undergone extensive renovations as recently as 2001. It holds a maximum of
260 passengers and a crew of 110 but usually sails with 240. It features
two dining rooms and two lounges. It also has a snack bar, souvenir shop
and an ambulance with a doctor on board.
The "Koshevoi" has a third luxurious entertainment lounge on the sun deck
in place of a conference room.
Crew: 110 +
Total Decks: 5
Length: 125 m
Speed: 25 km
Draft: 3 m (9 ft)
Width: 16.7 m
Cabins are small but clean and
functional - approximately 100 to 120 sq. ft with radio, refrigerator,
private bathroom with shower, forced air units and closet space. Lower
deck cabins have four beds and port holes. All other cabins are outside
facing and have big picture windows that open.All
cabins are outside. Lower deck cabins
are designed for quad accommodations. They are located in the hull, are
slightly larger in size (140 sq ft) and feature portholes
that cannot be opened. All other
cabins located on the 2nd Main (100sq
Middle (120sq ft) and
4th Upper (120 sq
ft) Decks are all outside and feature 2 lower berths
and full picture windows that can be
opened. Single Cabins (70sq ft) have only one lower berth and can be found
only on the Upper Deck. Every cabin has private shower/toilet
facilities, individually controlled
heating and forced air, radio P/A system and storage space. All cabins
also have little refrigerators. In terms of comfort, cabins are
not luxurious, but are clean, practical and comfortable.
On Board and Ashore.
While on board, there is a continuous program of entertainment, including
music and dance provided by some of Russia and the Ukraine’s most famous
entertainers; special concerts and events on an optional basis; culinary
afternoons - the ‘Blinis Caviar and Champagne Party’ is not to be missed -
and visits to out of the way places. An English speaking guide is on hand
throughout your river cruise to advise and assist you at all times.
• Accommodations in all outside facing cabins
• Three meals daily starting with dinner and
ending with breakfast
• All tours and shore excursions as outlined (except those listed as
UNIQUE CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:
• Choir concert (on board – Kiev)
• Shashlik barbecue riverside (Kanev)
• Visit to local farm including lunch. Fish picnic,
Piroshki and tea party, Blini and caviar party, Champagne party, Folklore
Farewell concert (on board – Odessa)
• English speaking Cruise Directors throughout
- Costs or airfare and other transportation to Ukraine
- Costs of transfers between the airport and ship
(may be purchased separately)
- Costs of your Travel documents including any Visas that
may be needed
- Costs of drinks, liquor, laundry, telephone, souvenirs
and other expenses of a personal nature
- Costs of Optional excursions*
- Costs of your own Travel Insurance (recommended)
- Tips to Cruise Directors and ship crew
- (Recommended amounts will be advised)
The Ukrainian capital’s broad avenues lined with chestnut trees are
steeped in history. When the streets of Paris were still dirt paths,
Kiev had the Golden Gates, paved roads and an amazing rate of literacy
among both men and women. St. Sophia’s Cathedral echoes the past glory
of Byzantium, while the Pecherskaya Lavra (Cave Monastery) recalls the
deep asceticism of early Christianity.
The most elegant resort on the “Crimean Riviera,” Yalta is stunningly
situated between the Crimean Mountains and the Black Sea. Dramatic
cliffs overlook azure water, and the air is so fresh it seems alive.
The Russian Imperial family loved relaxing in Yalta’s lush setting, so
Czar Nicholas II created the sparkling white Livadia Palace for them.
Livadia was later the site of the historic Yalta Conference attended
by Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt.
Rich in history, Sevastopol has been inhabited since the 8th century
BC. Yet for 70 years, it was closed to outsiders. You will be among
the few Americans to see this gracious city, best known as the site of
a fateful siege during the Crimean War. Today, Sevastopol is home to
the powerful Black Sea Fleet.
Zaporozhye is the birthplace of the legendary Ukrainian Cossacks, the
mighty warriors who defended the empire’s borders. In ancient times,
Zaporozhye was a well-known stop along the Great Dnieper Way, part of
the trade route from Constantinople to the Baltic. Here you will be
treated to an exuberant display of Cossack horsemanship and swordplay,
as well as the expansive hospitality of a traditional Cossack feast.
National music, local wines and Cossack vodka are all part of this
Mediterranean climate and a picturesque setting on the Black Sea have
drawn the rich and famous to Odessa for centuries. The city’s most
famous mayor, the French Duc de Richelieu, transformed Odessa into a
thriving center of commerce and culture. To this day Odessa remains a
cosmopolitan city with a world-famous opera house and a bustling port.
Tree-lined promenades and classical buildings painted in pastel hues
evoke another age.
Kremencug is an important industrial city of half a million
inhabitants. From here we tour inland to visit a local farm.
Kherson: Kherson was originally built by the Russians as a
garrison for the Cossacks, the fierce warriors who defended the
Russian Empire’s southern border against the marauding Tatars and
Turks. Today, Kherson is the stepping off point for exploring the
Dnieper delta, with its bountiful fowl, fauna, and wildlife.
Founded in the 11th century during the reign of Prince Yaroslavl, Kanev has been ruled by Tatars, Lithuanians, Poles, Turks and
Russians. Kanev is proud of its favorite son, the writer and artist
Taras Shevchenko, who is buried here. You will have the opportunity to
visit the museum dedicated to this Ukrainian hero.
meals served on our cruises may not
extravagant compared with Western or
ocean going, lobster munching cruises, most of our passengers find the
size and quality of the meals hearty and fulfilling. All meals are preset
for all passengers (depending on season, passengers may be allowed to
choose between 2 main courses). Breakfast consists of a variety
of eggs, sausage, porridge, cold cuts and similar. A three or four course
meal is served at both lunch and dinner, usually consisting of soup/salad
or appetizer, main course (meat, fish, chicken with vegetables)
and dessert (cake/ fruit). Coffee or tea is provided free of charge with
the meals. Other drinks and bottled water can be purchased at nominal
ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON OPERATIONAL NEEDS
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