B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Aug. 25 | West Coast, USA –> Kiev
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Kiev from the West Coast, USA.
Day 2**Aug. 26 | Kiev | (D)
Arrive in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, and transfer to your ship. After boarding, take free time to relax before dinner, or join the “welcome walk” to stretch our legs and start getting oriented.
Day 3**Aug. 27| Kiev | (B, L, D)
Tour Kiev, capital of Ukraine and one of Europe’s oldest cities. See its historic buildings and monuments, and take a guided tour of the lovely St. Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crowned with 13 glimmering domes. Afterward, continue to the Monastery of the Caves, an extensive complex of domed churches and museums founded by monks in 1051. Its Ukrainian name, Pechersk, comes from the underground passages and chapels that have been dug into the rocks alongside it. We may spend the remainder of the day on our own or take an optional Jewish Kiev tour. In the evening, we may choose to enjoy a traditional Ukrainian dinner at a local restaurant, or dine on board.
Day 4**Aug. 28 | Kiev | (B, L, D)
Visit the fascinating Pirogovo Folk Museum today, a remarkable collection of more than 200 wooden structures relocated and rebuilt here from regions throughout Ukraine. Each building reflects a particular Ukrainian region, style and historical period, and is brought to life through exhibits of folkloric costumes, musical instruments and household articles. We may spend the remainder of the day on our own or join one of the optional tours.
Day 5**Aug. 29 | Cruise the Dnieper River | (B, L, D)
Enjoy a day of scenic cruising as we pass undulating hills and vast open landscapes, and traverse the Kremenchuk Reservoir as you sail toward our next destination, Zaporozhye.
Day 6**Aug. 30 | Zaporozhye | (B, L, D)
Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the scenic Svir River, traveling the 139-mile “Blue Route” as it takes you southwest from Lake Onega. Stop in Mandrogy and take some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya; (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making (both tours bookable on board only). Continue along the Svir, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, on your way to the Neva River. All meals are served aboard your ship.
After breakfast, tour Zaporozhye, ancestral home of the Cossacks. Drive along the six-mile long Cathedral Prospect; see the dam and the city’s massive hydroelectric plant, including its massive turbines that are visible through the windows. After lunch, visit the Cossack Museum of Khortitsa. Enjoy a special Cossack horsemanship show full of daring acrobatics accompanied by folkloric music and dance. Enjoy dinner on board as we depart.
Day 7**Aug. 31 | Kherson | (B, L, D)
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising down the Dnieper River through a rich, fertile landscape of corn and watermelon fields before arriving in Kherson. Disembark for a tour of this small city, founded in 1778 by order of Catherine the Great and named after the ancient Greek colony of Chersonesos Taurica. Walk along the river embankment, see the monument to Prince Potemkin and the statue of Prince Alexander Suvorov—the city’s founder—and visit St. Catherine’s Cathedral, decidedly Mediterranean in design. Dinner is served as we depart and make our way into the wide-open waters of the Black Sea.
Day 8**Sep. 1 | Odessa | (B, L, D)
Enjoy a half-day city tour of Odessa this morning, an elegant city of terraced hills and landscaped parks. Travel along Primorski Boulevard to the Italian-baroque Opera House and the Potemkin Steps, where one of the most famous scenes in cinema was shot by Sergei Eisenstein for his 1925 classic, Battleship Potemkin. In the afternoon, we may choose to join one of the optional tours; visit the Odessa Art Museum, savor the taste of Shustov cognac or discover Jewish Odessa. This evening, attend a performance at the Odessa Opera House, considered one of the world’s most beautiful venues. Alternatively, dine on board as we remain docked overnight.
Day 9**Sep. 2 | Odessa | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will explore one of the region’s most strategically important fortresses—the 13th century Akkerman Fortress. From the heights of the fortress walls, admire sweeping vistas of the serene Dniester lagoon. Return to our ship for lunch on board. This evening, we may choose to enjoy a traditional Ukrainian dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10**Sep. 3 | Odessa | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, tour the fascinating Odessa Catacombs. This maze of underground tunnels began as a sandstone mining operation but the abandoned mines were later used by smugglers and Soviet partisans fighting fascist invaders during World War II. This afternoon, admire the vistas from our ship as we set sail toward Tulcea.
Day 11**Sep. 4 | Constanţa – Bucharest | (B, L)
Arrive in Tulcea and disembark your ship. Board our motor coach for a panoramic drive through the Romanian countryside, with a stop for lunch at the ancient city of Constanța, the oldest in Romania. Proceed to Bucharest, check in to our superior First Class Hotel and enjoy dinner on our own.
Day 12**Sep. 5 | Bucharest | (B)
After breakfast, take a morning tour of the city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the People’s Palace. Enjoy photo stops at several historic buildings and a visit to the Stavropoleus Monastery. Built in 1724, it celebrates Byzantine music and houses the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania. In the afternoon, we can join an optional tour to see the Snagov Monastery and Mogoșoaia Palace—two treasures of Romanian culture.
Day 13**Sep. 6 | Bucharest –> West Coast, USA | (B)
After breakfast, check out of our hotel and proceed to the airport for our return flight, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent cruise vacation.
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of cruise is due on Feb. 24, 2020. In the event balance payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a service fee for cancellation.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. The cancellation fee will be as follow for Viking River Cruise:
**At the time of application, $100 of the deposit is non-refundable due to security deposit for Viking River Cruise.
**Apr. 29 – May. 28, 2020: 20% of the cruise full fare per person is non-refundable
**May. 29 – Jun. 17, 2020: 35% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**Jun. 18 – Jul. 7, 2020: 50% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**Jul. 8 – Jul. 27, 2020: 75% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**From Jul.28, 2020 to departure or withdrawal during the tour shall be shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of the total price, and the request for other service as substitute shall not be accepted.
Price from: $3,899.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $3899)