Lv. SFO 9:05 pm.
||Ar. Munich 5:15 pm, Lv. Munich 7:20 pm, Ar. Kiev 10:35 pm.
Transfer to Radisson Blu
||Guided walking tour in am. Rest of the day at leisure. Possible
optional tour to Pirogovo Open Air Museum. (This is apparently like the Ukrainian
Williamsburg, a museum of folk architecture. Looks cool.
||Transfer to ship (Viking Lomonsov) in a.m. Room available
around 3 pm. Buffet lunch available around 3 p.m.
||Tour of Kiev and the Monastery of Caves. Optional Jewish Kiev
tour. Welcome reception and dinner in evening. They caution that the Monastery of
Caves is not a good idea for people who are not physically fit or who have
claustrophobia. Since I qualify on both counts, I think I will pass. I will
have to rely on the pix that Char takes!
||Dnieper River cruising.
tour, Khortitsa tour & Cossack Horse Show (2) in am. Lunch on ship. Depart in early
afternoon. The Cossack Horse Show is the thing I am most excited about seeing.
I missed out on a visit to a horse farm in Prague because not enough folks signed
up, and the Lipizzaner stallions were on vacation when we were in Vienna, but I think this
one is a given, since it's not an optional activity.
||Cruising in a.m. Kherson walking tour (2) after lunch. (The
tomb of Prince Potemkin is here, in the church of St. Catherine.) Dinner on ship.
||Arrive Sevastopol after lunch. Sevastopol tour (2).
Optional tour to Chersonese (3). Optional performance by band & dance
ensemble (1) with late dinner on ship. (I always opt for the musical performances!
Chersonese is ranked as a 3 for difficulty, which means I won't go!)
||Bakhchisarai excursion (2) in a.m. Bakhchysarai is
a city in central Crimea, located in southern Ukraine. It is the administrative center of
the Bakhchysarai Raion, as well as the former capital of the Crimean Khanate.
Lunch on ship. Optional Balaklava excursion (3) in afternoon. Depart in
||Yalta and White Palace tour (3) in am.
Optional Massandra winery tour (2) in afternoon. (I think there is little
chance that we will skip the winery tour, since the other 3 are such huge wine
buffs!) Dinner aboard. Dock overnight.
||Aloupka Palace tour (2-3) in am.
Early afternoon free time. Depart late afternoon. Captains dinner in
||Odessa city tour (2) in am. Optional Jewish Odessa tour (2) in
afternoon. Optional Odessa Opera performance (1) after dinner. The performance is in
the Odesssa Opera House, which I hear is a definite "must see." As of this
writing, there is nothing scheduled for this day at the opera house, though The Flying
Dutchman is supposed to be performed on the 7th
||Optional tour to Akermann Fortress in Bilgorod (3) in am.
Odessa catacombs tour (3) in afternoon. Dock overnight.
Wikipedia lists the
catacombs for "extreme tourists." "Such tours are not officially
sanctioned because the catacombs have not been fully mapped and the tunnels themselves are
unsafe. There have been incidents of people becoming lost in the tunnel network, and dying
of dehydration or rockfalls." Not me, I suspect, though I'm sure where this
tour goes is very safe.
||Lv. Odessa 10:10 am, Ar. Istanbul 11:40 am. Transfer to Conrad
Istanbul. Free time in afternoon.
||Istanbul city tour in am. Afternoon at leisure. Possible
optional tours. I think we are supposed to tour the Blue Mosque (someone told me you
can fit the Vatican inside it) and the Grand Bazaar.
I suspect both of those venues could be an all-day tour!
||Topkapi Palace tour in a.m. Afternoon at leisure.
We're touring this in the morning and then having the afternoon
at leisure...do you think we will even begin to make a dent in this palace!!!
||Lv. Istanbul 5:50 am, change in Frankfurt, Ar. SFO 12:05 pm.