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River Cruise
River Cruise

The Heart of Ukraine

Ukrainian Waterways

2 passengers
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Full Board Full board

Journey from majestic Kiev to historic Odessa

Discover a wealth of cultural treasures and glorious wildlife as you cruise from Kiev to the Black Sea coast and back, through the very heart of the Ukraine.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

PersonSaga Cruise Escort


  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Kiev city tour
  • Tour of Zaporizhzhya, including the Cossack Museum
  • Visit the Dnieper Delta by boat
  • Walking tour of Vilkovo
  • Tour of Odessa
  • City tour of Dnipro
  • Kremenchuk guided walk
  • Taras Shevchenko Museum
2021 departures

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Day 1 UK to Kiev


After taking Saga’s included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Kiev and transfer to the port to embark your ship, MS Dnieper Princess. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception with the captain on board. Your ship will remain moored here overnight.

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Day 2 Kiev

St Sophias Cathedral

Today you can see the sights of the Ukrainian capital on an included tour.

When your city tour is finished you can continue exploring Kiev on an optional excursion to St Sophia’s Cathedral with its golden onion domes, decorated facades and fascinating Byzantine icons that date back to the 11th century.

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Day 3 Kiev

The Southern Bridge across the Dnieper in Kiev

This morning an optional excursion visits Pecherskaya Lavra – The Monastery of the Caves – the most famous historical site in Kiev, which was founded in 1051 by the monks Anthony and Theodosius. Once the centre of Orthodox Christianity, it housed monks who lived and were subsequently mummified and entombed in its caves. There are several churches, cathedrals, monuments, gardens and museums within the grounds and the monastery remains a symbol of Ukrainian nationalism.

You may also wish to join an optional trip to enjoy a concert by the Ukrainian National Choir before your ship sets sail early this evening and cruises through the night.

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Day 4 Cruising

Ukrainian food

As you cruise south through the country today, immerse yourself in the culture of the Ukraine by enjoying some traditional cuisine and taking part in some Ukrainian language lessons on board.

Day 5 Zaporizhzhya

Ukrainian Cossack on horseback

Arrive in Zaporizhzhya this morning and join an included tour of the city, which has strong historical ties with the Cossacks.

The tour includes a visit to the Cossack museum and later there's an opportunity to join an optional trip to see a Cossack show before you set sail again before dinner. The open-air Cossack Horse Show is in a special arena on the island of Chortisa. In the Middle Ages this was the headquarters of the local Cossacks, and they'll demonstrate their horsemanship and skills with the use of firearms and swords, all accompanied by national music and dancing.

Depart late this afternoon and sail to Kherson.

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Day 6 Kherson to Odessa

Dnieper Delta

You'll arrive in Kherson at breakfast time and can look forward to joining an included boat trip into the Dnieper Delta, home to a vast array of wildlife. Depart from Kherson after lunch and continue sailing to reach Odessa late tonight.

This evening’s dinner will be pirate-themed and you ‘arrr’ cordially invited to dress for the occasion, should you wish.

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Day 7 Odessa


Odessa has a reputation as a lively, artistic and cultural centre and this morning you can join an included tour of this beautiful city which was founded by Catherine the Great in the 18th century.

Its wealth of treasures includes three palaces, a 19th-century Opera House – which you may have the opportunity to visit for an evening performance on an optional excursion, subject to show schedules – and the famous Potemkin Steps. Perhaps climb this vast staircase from the harbour into the town, where you'll be greeted by a statue of Duke de Richelieu, Odessa's first mayor. You’re free to explore independently too so perhaps visit the Tolstoy Mansion, built in the 19th century and exquisitely preserved, or venture into the eerie Odessa Catacombs, used by the Soviet army during World War II. This afternoon perhaps opt to join a trip to a Fine Arts Museum. Your ship will remain moored here overnight.

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Day 8 Odessa

Orthodox Cathedral Odessa

Many different religions are represented in Odessa and today you can join an optional tour of the churches of the city. The tour includes a trip to Odessa’s Russian, Ukrainian and Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries, as well as a synagogue and the Arabic cultural centre. A highlight is sure to be a visit to the stunning Saint-Transfiguration Cathedral, a spiritual pearl of the city.

Please note: As the majority of churches are acting ones, we cannot guarantee their visiting during services and religious holidays.

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Day 9 Odessa


After breakfast an optional excursion features a bus trip to the historic port town of Belgorod-Dnestrovski – known as ‘white rock.’ Your ship departs mid-afternoon, sailing north east towards Dnipro.

Enjoy a programme of activities on board today as you cruise through the day and night.

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Day 10 Cruising

View on the river Dnieper

Cruise north through the day, enjoying your ships facilities as you watch the scenery glide by.

Day 11 Kremenchuk


After cruising overnight and through the morning, arrive in Kremenchuck after lunch. Kremenchuk is an important industrial city in central Ukraine, standing on the banks of the Dnieper River and you can enjoy an independent walking tour as well as the option to join an excursion to see everyday life in a typical Ukrainian village.


Day 12 Kaniv to Kiev


After sailing north through the night, spend the morning in Kaniv, where you can explore independently or perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the museum and final resting place of poet and artist Taras Shevchenko.

Cruise though the afternoon to arrive back in the capital, Kiev, after dinner.

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Day 13 Kiev to UK


After breakfast disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK and to your door-to-door travel service home.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost or by exploring independently. Some optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers and may occasionally operate on different days to those advertised.

The Heart of Ukraine

Ukrainian Waterways

2 passengers
The Heart of Ukraine

Ukrainian Waterways

2 passengers