- Accommodations for 10 days/9 nights, all outside cabins in category of your choice
- Free arrival/departure transfers if air purchased through us
- Total of 26 meals (9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners)
- Bottle of water per person, replenished daily in cabins
- Captain’s Welcome cocktail and Captain’s Farewell dinner with vodka/champagne
- Total of 7 shore excursions with all transportation, entrance fees and local English speaking guides
- All on board activities including lectures on Ukraine language, history, games, cooking lessons and similar
- Services of English speaking Cruise Manager and on board guides
- International airfare
- Individual arrival and departure transfers – $35 per person/one way, minimum 2 people
- Cost of optional excursions offered on board
- Costs of a personal nature including; liquor, laundry, telephone, souvenirs and similar
- TIPS to local drivers, guides and crew. Suggested amounts will be advised
- Travel Insurance – always strongly recommended
KIEV TO ODESSA
Day 1: KIEV, Ukraine- Embark after 4PM (D)
Transfer to the ship, embarkation, captains welcome cocktail followed by dinner on board.
Day 2: KIEV, Ukraine (B, L, D)
City tour including inside tour of St. Sophia Cathedral. Lunch on board, pm free and dinner on board.
Day 3: KIEV, Ukraine- Set Sail (B, L, D)
Tour of Pecherskaya Lavra Caves (tombs), Lunch on board, pm free and departure from Kiev. Set sail.
Day 4: AT SAIL (B, L, D)
Enjoy the passing vistas and participate in Ukrainian National Day featuring Ukrainian dances, games, cuisine, Ukrainian language lessons and other activities arranged by your on board staff. All meals on board.
Day 5: ZAPOROZHYE, Ukraine (B, L, D)
City tour – including Cossack Museum, lunch on board followed by a fabulous Cossack Horsemanship Show. Departure from Zaporozhye.
Dinner on Board.
Day 6: KHERSON, Ukraine (B, L, D)
Boat trip along Dnieper Delta with a stop at a local village where you will be greeted by local hosts and have a chance to taste some authentic Ukraine snacks. Back on board and enjoy lunch followed by on board activities.
Day 7: VILKOVO, Ukraine (B, L, D)
On arrival enjoy a delightful walking tour through this small and authentic Dnieper town. All meals on board.
Day 8: ODESSA, Ukraine (B, L, D)
Arrive in Odessa and enjoy a city sightseeing tour. All meals on board (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 9: ODESSA, Ukraine (B, L, D)
Free day to explore this gorgeous city on your own or take in one of the available optional tours and/or activities. Breakfast, lunch and captain’s farewell dinner on board.
Day 10: ODESSA, Ukraine, Disembarkation (B)
Disembarkation and breakfast on board.
DISCLAIMER: All times of arrival/departures, activities and similar, are subject to change due to sailing conditions, closures of attractions and other unforeseen circumstances.
The M/S “Dnieper Princess”, is a comfortable 3+* ship which has been impeccably maintained and in 2018 a number of cabins on the middle and upper deck were renovated to now offer larger deluxe twins (avg 150 sq ft) and Junior Suites (avg 190 sq ft) The ship holds a maximum of 240 passengers and features lovely public areas including 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a reading room and a large night bar/concert hall on the sun deck. Wi-Fi available for a fee. Non-smoking interiors, currency: Hrivna. A vivacious crew of 110 will ensure you have a wonderful Ukraine experience!
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No. Visas are not required for US citizens traveling on this program.
If you have purchased your air tickets through us, your transfers will be included. However, transfers are still available for those who would like to arrange their own airfare, for a fee. For more information about transfer rates for this program, please call our office at (714) 556-8258 or toll free (800) 795-1633.
THE MS Dneiper Princess. The M/S “Dnieper Princess”, is a comfortable 3+* ship which has been impeccably maintained and in 2018 a number of cabins on the middle and upper deck were renovated to now offer larger deluxe twins (avg 150 sq ft) and Junior Suites (avg 190 sq ft) The ship holds a maximum of 240 passengers and features lovely public areas including 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a reading room and a large night bar/concert hall on the sun deck. Wi-Fi available for a fee. Non-smoking interiors, currency: Hryvnia. A vivacious crew of 110 will ensure you have a wonderful Ukraine experience!
There are no telephone lines for outgoing calls on our vessels. Communication from ship to shore can only be done through the Captain’s radio. However, you may bring your US cell phone to use – just please make sure it is “unlocked” by your US provider in order to use it. Free internet and Wi-Fi are available ship-wide and computers are provided near the bar. The service is free, but the level of signal may vary depending on sailing itinerary and location of ports.
The local Ukranian currency Hryvnia. At the time of this printing, $1 was worth around 27 Hryvnia. These values may change daily – so check your local newspaper or the internet a few days before departure.
All costs are usually quoted in Hryvnias. Direct payments must be made in cash. However, for the benefit of our passengers, most services provided on board such as liquor purchases in restaurants and bars are to be signed to your cabins. At the end of the cruise all collected bills will be submitted to passengers for payment – which may be paid with CASH or Credit Card (Visa & MasterCard only!). PERSONAL OR TRAVELER’S CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED! There is NO EXCHANGE OFFICE ON BOARD!
Although everyone is different, we suggest that you set aside at least 700 Euros/$1000 USD per person – to cover your optional tours and shopping expenses. If you are planning on purchasing more expensive items you may want to bring more.
Most definitely! We do our best to ensure that each of our programs offer a healthy balance of cultural immersion through our included tours and free time for our passengers. You will have plenty of free time to shop for souvenirs, explore on your own, or take one of the optional tours (when provided.)
Yes, a number of optional excursions will be offered for sale during your cruise. These optional services are priced in Euros. Due to the last minute nature of booking optional tours which require on the spot payments to our land suppliers in local currencies – ALL OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS MUST BE PURCHASED CASH ONLY, IN EUROS.
Tipping today has become commonplace in all former Eastern Bloc countries. Due to the volatile nature of these new economies, salaries for regular folk are pitiful compared to the rising costs and inflation – let alone if we compare them to western standards. For the majority of the people working in the service industries (hotels, ships, restaurants, travel), tips and gratuities have become large sources of their income. Therefore, your gracious generosity will be appreciated throughout your trip. However, tips in the “East” are still left to your discretion. Therefore, no service – no tip! We generally recommend that each person set aside $250 to cover all tipping needs for the total duration of the program – but this is merely a suggested amount. You may leave as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. If you endear yourself to any particular crew member and wish to award them directly – please feel free to do so!
For more information about tipping, including Individual vs. Pooled Tipping, please take a look at our detailed Travel Tips for Unique Ukraine
Special meal requests are possible. If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please be sure to notify our office at least 90 days prior to your departure. We and the restaurant staff will make every effort to arrange for special meals, however, if you have strict dietary restrictions, you may want to bring some non-perishable snacks, crackers, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners, or other items that will compliment the limited variety of special meals.
For a complete list of suggested items to bring, please read our detailed Travel Tips for Unique Ukraine . But here are a few important items that often get overlooked!
Electrical current in hotels and on the ship is 220 volts/50MHZ. In order to use appliances, including shavers, hair-dryers, chargers for movie cameras, etc., you will need to bring:
1) Universal Transformer: to convert from US 110 Volts to 220. (Note: recent electronic equipment such as laptops and cameras MAY automatically convert. Please check your individual item.)
2) Universal Adapter Plugs: Round pins for sockets that are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters, we recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at any electronics or appliance store before you leave.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked baggage. Additionally, those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking.