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Kiev, Black Sea & Bucharest 2020
(Kiev to Bucharest)

12 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Kiev, Ukraine
Arrive in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, and transfer to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to relax before dinner, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)
 
Day 2 Kiev, Ukraine
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. You may spend the remainder of the day on your own or take an optional Jewish Kiev tour. In the evening, you may choose to enjoy a traditional Ukrainian dinner at a local restaurant, or dine on board. (B, L, D)
 
Day 3 Kiev, Ukraine
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. You may spend the remainder of the day on your own or join one of our optional tours. (B, L, D)
 
Day 4 Cruise the Dnieper River
Enjoy a day of scenic cruising as you pass undulating hills and vast open landscapes, and traverse the Kremenchuk Reservoir as you sail toward your next destination, Zaporozhye.
 
Day 5 Zaporozhye, Ukraine
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. (B, L, D)
 
Day 6 Kherson, Ukraine
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. (B, L, D)
 
Day 7 Odessa, Ukraine
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, you may choose to join one of our 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. (B, L, D)
 
Day 8 Odessa, Ukraine
This morning, you 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 your ship for lunch on board. This evening, you may choose to enjoy a traditional Ukrainian dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
 
Day 9 Odessa, Ukraine
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 your ship as we set sail toward Tulcea. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Provincial Romania & Bucharest
Arrive in Tulcea and disembark your ship. Board your motor coach for a panoramic drive through the Romanian countryside, with a stop for lunch at the ancient city of Constan?a, the oldest in Romania. Proceed to Bucharest, check in to your superior First Class Hotel and enjoy dinner on your own. (B, L)
 
Day 11 Bucharest, Romania
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, you can join an optional tour to see the Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace—two treasures of Romanian culture. (B)

Day 12 Bucharest, Romania
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Alternatively, explore more of Romania with a stay in Transylvania or extend your stay with a 3-night extension in Vienna. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Discover Kiev’s rich heritage in the 1,000-year-old Ukrainian capital. Sail the Dnieper River, calling at Odessa, the “Pearl of the Black Sea,” and experience Ukraine’s enduring treasures. Admire riverside vistas from your ship as you explore charming cities steeped in tradition and follow an ancient trade route across the Black Sea. Cap your cruise with a stop in historic Bucharest, Romania’s elegant capital, and immerse yourself in its old-world charm.

Included Features & Services
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase        
Stateroom Inclusions
  • River-view stateroom
  • Most Deluxe Staterooms have hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 26" flat-screen Sony® TV with CNBC, CNN, BBC & more
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower in Suites & Jr. Suites
  • Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping         
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: outside cabin onboard Viking Sineus
Bucharest: Sheraton Hotel Bucharest (or similar)
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Cruise Extension: Istanbul | 3 Nights, from $1,199
Discover where East meets West in timeless Istanbul. Visit important religious sites such as the spectacular “Blue Mosque” and legendary Hagia Sophia, and gain insights into the rich history and culture of the Ottomans at Topkapi Palace. Trace the Ukraine’s Byzantine influence to its source in this alluring city, and learn why Istanbul perfectly complements your cruise.

Post-Cruise Extension: Bucharest & Transylvania | 3 Nights, from $799 
Encounter Romania’s mysterious Transylvania and explore numerous castles and fascinating towns during this extension, featuring a two-night stay in Brasov and tours of Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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