Highlights of a River Dnieper Cruise
Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and one of Europe's oldest cities. Its two chief sights are the lovely St Sophia Cathedral and the Monastery of the Caves, an intricate complex of churches founded by monks from Mount Athos in Greece. Stroll lively Independence Square and Andrew's Descent, a cobblestone street lined with restaurants and vendors.
The port of Kherson is situated beside the Black Sea and the Dnieper River, surrounded by nature reserves and vineyards. The town's fortress contains the cathedral of St Catherine where Prince Potemkin is buried. Excursions by boat through the Dnieper Delta to Fisherman's Island may be available, with views of the region's rich flora and fauna on the way.
Zaporozhye was a Cossack stronghold for several hundred years, and opposite Zaporozhye on Khortitsa Island is an interesting Cossack museum.
Avenues shaded by chestnut trees criss-cross Central Hill, the locals favourite place for a stroll in Sevastopol. The city was the site of the famous Crimean battle, and is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Tours may include St Vladimir Cathedral, Admiral Nakhimov Square, nearby Balaclava with its Crimean war assocations, the ancient Greek city of Chersonese, or the Tartar city of Bachtischisarai.
Yalta has a lovely sea promenade, the Lenin Embankment, which leads to Alexandra Nevsky Cathedral, ornately decorated with golden domes. The town is forever associated with the 1945 Yalta Conference which was held at Livadia Palace, formerly the summer retreat of Russia's last Tsar. Tours may include the palace and Nikita Botanical Garden, which has over 50,000 plant species.
Please note that different itineraries may visit some or all of the places mentioned above