Ports of call
A charming city with splendid architecture, ancient golden domed cathedrals and numerous parks
on both sides of the mighty Dnipro River, Kviv is a tourist delight that deserves its reputation
as one of Eastern Europe's most beautiful cities. Known as the "mother of all Rus cities", Kyiv
is now the proud capital of Ukraine. The city displays both the tranquillity of its ancient past
and the frenzy of a newly independent nation. While in Kyiv you will visit Kyiv Cave Monastery
with its golden-domed churches and mysterious caves.
Founded in the 11th century by Kyivan Prince Yaroslav the Wise, this pleasant city is known
today mostly as the burial site of Taras Schevchenko, the great Ukrainian poet and artist.
You will visit his museum and gravesite.
Founded as a 16th century fortress, the city today is an important metallurgical center, but
tourists know it mostly for its beautiful gardens, parks and sandy beaches. You will also be
offered an optional tour to a traditional Ukrainian farm, where you can meet farmers and taste
traditional Ukrainian food.
The "city beyond the rapids" is closely associated with the history of the Cossack warriors
whose independent 16th-18th century state was headquartered at nearby Khortytsa Island. In the
afternoon you may choose to go to Cossack Horse Show, where Cossacks will show their trained
horses, and demonstrate the skills of handling firearms and swords. After the show, the
traditional "kulish" and Ukrainian vodka will be served.
Stands high above the Dnipro delta, offering commanding views out to the Black Sea.
Present-day Black Sea Fleet can trace its origins to the first shipyard in Kherson. From here
you will be taken to the beautiful delta of the Dnipro river, stopping off en-route at a
traditional fishing village for a picnic. Enjoy meeting the villagers and experiencing their way
Situated in a magnificent natural harbor, historic Sevastopol has changed many times since it was
founded as a Greek colony in 421 BC. During the city tour you will visit the scene of the city's
heroic defense against the British and French in the Crimean War (1855-56) before snapping the
battleships in the bay.
The loveliest Black Sea resort lies in a natural amphitheater framed by the verdant Crimean
mountains and the sea. Yalta is a home to the historic Yalta Conference of 1945, attended by Stalin,
Roosevelt and Churchill. You will visit the Livadia Palace, the former summer residence of the
Romanov family and the setting for the conference.
Is the former capital of the Crimean Khanate, the roots of the Crimean Tatars, people that have
been forcibly expelled from their homes by Stalin's order. You will visit the 16th century palace
of khans, harem, Muslim cemetery and hear a beautiful Love Legend near the Fountain of
Is the third biggest city in Ukraine, often referred to as "little Paris". It is a southern gateway
to the state and one of the biggest ports of the Black Sea. There has been a settlement here since
ancient times and the city as we see it today was mostly developed during the reign of Catherine
the Great. Today it is a bright, elegant and modern city with well-planned streets, beautiful parks
and splendid buildings.
Straddles the Dnipro at its broadest bend. The birthplace of assorted Ukrainian politicians,
as well as a major industrial center, the city was closed to foreigners until recently. This is
the city where Soviet missiles SS-20 were produced.