Walt has compiled his notes on our upcoming tour. He loves taking the itinerary and checking it out with his maps. I tend to go to google right away and check pictures I can find of places we'll stay and things we'll see.
Lv. SFO 9:05 pm.
|Th 29||Ar. Munich 5:15 pm, Lv. Munich 7:20 pm, Ar. Kiev 10:35 pm.
Transfer to Radisson Blu
|F 30||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.|
|Sa 31||Transfer to ship (Viking Lomonsov) in a.m. Room available
around 3 pm. Buffet lunch available around 3 p.m.
|Su 1||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!|
|M 2||Dnieper River cruising.|
|Tu 3||Zaporozhye 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.|
|W 4||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. Cruising overnight.|
|Th 5||Arrive Sevastopol after lunch. Sevastopol tour (2).
|F 6||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.
|Sa 7||Yalta and White Palace tour (3) in am.
|Su 8||Aloupka Palace tour (2-3) in am.
|M 9||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
|Tu 10||Optional tour to Akermann Fortress in Bilgorod (3) in am.
Odessa catacombs tour (3) in afternoon. Dock overnight.
|W 11||Lv. Odessa 10:10 am, Ar. Istanbul 11:40 am. Transfer to Conrad
Istanbul. Free time in afternoon.
|Th 12||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!
|F 13||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!!!
|Sa 14||Lv. Istanbul 5:50 am, change in Frankfurt, Ar. SFO 12:05 pm.|
I'm looking forward to adding my own pictures of these places.