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Footsteps of the Cossacks River Cruise

From Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, one of Europe’s oldest cities, to Odessa and the Black Sea, this 12 day voyage is a journey through time. Here, the spirit of the Viking, Cossack and Tatar thrives in Ukraine’s vibrant culture, its architecture and its people. If ever a country breathed the rich and colorful life of ages past, it is Ukraine.

Viking Lomonosov river cruise liner

DAY 1 KIEV

From Kiev airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time to get acquainted with Ukraine’s capital city.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 KIEV

Tour the historic city of Kiev, with a guided tour of the domed St. Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the Monastery of the Caves, an extensive complex of around 80 churches and monuments, founded by Greek Orthodox monks in 1051.

Included excursions: panoramic city tour and Monastery of the Caves tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3 DNIEPER RIVER

Enjoy a full day of scenic cruising through Ukraine’s heartland, past rolling hills, ancient forests, historic villages and lakes. A variety of on board activities help you familiarize yourself with the history and culture of this fascinating land.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 ZAPOROZHYE

Spend a morning in Zaporozhye, ancestral home of the Cossacks. See the Lenin monument, the dam and huge hydroelectric plant. Learn about the history at the Cossack Museum of Khortitsa. Enjoy a show of Cossack horsemanship, and folkloric music and dance. Return to your ship for a delightful Ukrainian tea party.

Included excursions: city tour, Khortitsa tour and horsemanship show.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 KHERSON

After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive in Kherson for a tour of this small city, founded in 1778 by order of Catherine the Great. Drive along the river embankment, see the monument to Prince Potjomkin and visit St. Catherine’s Cathedral.

Included excursion: guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 SEVASTOPOL

Cruise the Black Sea and arrive in Sevastopol. Tour the city and see St. Vladimir Cathedral and Admiral White Palace, Yalta Nakhimov Square. The rest of the afternoon is free, or join an optional archaeological tour of the ancient Greek city of Chersonese. Your ship remains docked overnight so you can dine aboard or join an optional excursion to a Black Sea Choir concert.

Included excursion: guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 SEVASTOPOL

Drive to the Tatar city of Bakhchisarai. Tour the Khan Palace, built by Tatar Khans early in the 16th century, with its sumptuous living quarters and beautiful gardens. Enjoy free time to explore Sevastopol, site of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ during the Crimean War, or take an optional tour to Balaklava.

Included excursion: Bakhchisarai excursion.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 YALTA

Your Yalta city tour takes you along Lenin Embankment to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Livadia. Visit the White Palace, site of the historic 1945 Yalta Conference. Your afternoon is free to wander, or join an optional tour of the former home of Anton Chekhov, now a museum about the famous playwright. Or join an optional tour to Nikita Botanical Gardens.

Included excursion: city tour with guided White Palace visit.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 YALTA

Enjoy a tour to the beautiful Aloupka Palace and gardens. Or join an optional wine tasting excursion to Massandra.

Included excursion: Aloupka Palace visit.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10 ODESSA

Enjoy a tour of Odessa, an elegant city of terraced hills and landscaped parks. Travel along Primorski Boulevard to the Opera House and Potemkin Steps.Take the rest of the day to further explore the city. In the evening you may wish to attend an optional performance at the Odessa Opera House.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11 ODESSA

Today is yours to explore Odessa, with its 19th-century architecture and miles of sandy beaches. Or choose one of four optional tours, taking in the culture of this elegant city.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 12 ODESSA

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Odessa airport.

Included meals: breakfast.

Viking River Cruises Itinerary: Footsteps of the Cossacks

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