Ukraine river cruises take place on one of Europe’s longest rivers, the Dnieper. Though the river originates in Russia, most itineraries which explore it begin in the historic Ukrainian capital Kiev before taking river cruisers on a journey through some of the country’s most beautiful countryside, quaint villages and historic sites. Itineraries vary depending on the river cruise line you choose to travel with and offer a choice of excursions which can introduce you to a range of traditional Ukrainian experiences. No matter which line and excursion you choose, you’ll likely visit many of the country’s most historic and popular towns and cities, namely Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta and get a taste of its beautiful Black Sea region.
Ukraine’s capital city is a mainstay of any cruise along the Dnieper River and located in the north of the country. It’s one of Europe’s largest cities and home to a wealth ...
Situated on the coast close to where the Dnieper River reaches the Black Sea, the third largest city in Ukraine is the main starting or ending point for most Dnieper River cruises and offers visitors ...
Kiev is a natural starting point for Ukraine river cruises, being the country’s capital and home to some incredible architectural attractions. Saint Sophia Cathedral is top of many people’s lists, offering a striking green and white showcase for Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture and being built over the course of nine centuries. Sharing the same colour scheme the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is a stunning monastery with an intriguing network of burial caves. St Andrew’s Church and St Volodymr’s Cathedral are two other notable places of worship well worth exploring.
Odessa is perhaps best known for it being the location of the celebrated film Battleship Potemkin, which tells the story of a battleship crew’s protest, which ends in a violent riot. The film’s most climactic scenes take place on the city’s impressive steps, which today are known as the Potemkin Steps, owing to their notoriety. They are a tourist must-see and offer some fantastic city views. There’s more to Odessa than movie lore though and Deribasovskaya Street is the perfect place to take a stroll and soak up the ambience. The scenic gardens offer a welcome respite of green and are a great place to take lunch, while the Holy Assumption Cathedral is a fantastic faith building to visit.
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