Friday, June 19, 2009

Fun on the Dnipro

Now this is a cruise I'd love to take!

The boating season on the Dnipro River is short. But many options are now available, from one-hour jaunts on the spectacular waterway to long excursions that end at the Black Sea.

The Dnipro River made it on the top 10 list of European river cruises by Reuters news agency. It’s hard to argue with the honor.

The ancient waterway has marvelous landscapes along its banks, with Pechersk Lavra and other churches rising majestically ...

“We have the following routes: Kyiv – Zaporizhya – Kherson – Sevastopol – Odesa and return,” said Lesya Bohuslavska, sales director of the company. “If becomes a 12-day route then Kaniv and Kremenchuk are added.”

In every port, the ship stops for at least seven hours. Large cities like Sevastopol and Odesa have two-day stops. An average 600-800 euro tour includes three meals a day, excursions around cities and lectures on Ukrainian culture, history, language and dress. Passengers also learn to sing Ukrainian songs and to make the national dish varenyky.

“Eighty percent of the tourists are foreigners and they are interested in everything connected with Ukraine,” Bohuslavska explains. This year, however, they have fewer people from the United States and Canada. ...

Full article here.

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