Silversea Luxury Cruises À BATUMI

BATUMI

Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea Coast, and the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in Southwest Georgia. With its large port and commercial centre, Batumi is also the last stop of the Trans Caucasian Railroad and the Baku Oil Pipeline. It is situated approximately 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the Turkish border, in a subtropical zone that is rich in citrus fruit and tea. Industries include oil refineries, shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing. View more

At the same time, the export of tea, citrus, and other products from the region by the sea plays an important role in the economy of the town. In 1878, after 300 years of Turkish power, Batumi passed into Russian hands. Today, Batumi Port is connected with all of the seacoast nations of the world by seaways. It is the link connecting the sea, river, railway, automobile, air, and pipeline modes of transport.

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    sept. 20 2021
  • Durée
    15 Jours
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    Silver Shadow
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Excursions depuis BATUMI

Batumi Highlights & Georgian Cuisine

Experience the splendid history, beauty and flavours of Batumi during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Gonio-Apsaro Site

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Batumi City. Pass by the Opera & Drama Theatre and Virgin Mary Cathedral en route to a photo stop at Era Square and its sculpture of Medea. Next, proceed along New Batumi Boulevard and visit Gonio-Apsaros, an ancient Colchis urban centre. During a guided stroll of the Gonio Fortress, see mighty walls and towers, ruins of Roman baths, the garrison mosque and a small archaeological museum displaying findings unearthed from the fortress' territory.


Botanical Gardens

Next, continue along the scenic coastline to the Botanical Gardens. Located on the Green Cape, or 'Mtsvane Kontskhi', the expansive gardens are divided into nine geographic sections, and boast more than 5,000 plant species from all over the world. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll through the garden and explore its unique plants.


Megrul-Lazuri

Following your visit, proceed to the traditional Megrul-Lazuri restaurant for a traditional Georgian lunch complete with a live performance of polyphonic Georgian music and toast-maker, or 'tamada'. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.1 miles (about 1.77 kilometres), at times on inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a sweater or light jacket from the ship.

Batumi Sights & Khachapuri Tasting

Explore the picturesque sights and flavours of Batumi during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and an opportunity to sample a traditional Georgian delicacy.


Old Batumi

Depart the pier for the panoramic drive to Old Batumi. En route, see the Adjara government buildings and modern cinema building. A photo stop is made at Era Square, home of a monumental sculpture of Medea. Next stroll through the old town and view the Batumi Piazza, one of the most beautiful places in the city. The Piazza covers an area of 61,354 sq feet ( 5,700 sq metres) and is surrounded with cafes, restaurants and hotels decorated with beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows. Then proceed to the Theater Square for a photo stop at the Neptune fountain. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping at the nearby Art Salon.


New Batumi

Next, re-board your coach for a panoramic drive past Nuri Geli Lake, which is surrounded by a beautiful park filled with subtropical plants. From here, pass by the University complex and through New Batum where you can see whimsical musical fountains, the Dutch Tower, Aqua Park, Racing Circuit sculpture, Dolphinarium. You will stop at Adjaruli Sakhli or Adjarian House restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine and a traditional Georgian snack called khachapuri, a thin pie filled with

mildly salted cheese.


Virgin Mary Cathedral and Archaeological Museum

Afterward, visit the Archaeological Museum, the oldest museum in Georgia. Here, see a unique collection of artifacts dating from the Stone Age, Greek and Roman epochs. You will be able to view ancient pottery, coins and fine jewelry and have chance to see its most valuable exhibits, Georgian Gold Items, found on the territory of Gonio Fortress and stored in the State Treasury for a long time.


Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for a approximately 1500 metres (about 1640 yards), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, a few steps at the entrance to the restaurant, nine steps at the entrance to the Archaeological Museum, 11 steps at the entrance to the Virgin Mary Cathedral. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Virgin Mary Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Ladies should have covered heads and shoulders and must wear skirt or dresses (ladies in trousers as well as the men in shorts are not permitted to enter the orthodox temples).

Gonio Fortress & Adjara Wine House

Discover the splendid history and winemaking traditions of Batumi during a picturesque, half-day excursion to this ancient city.


City Tour and Gonio Fortress

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Batumi City. Pass by the Opera & Drama Theatre and Virgin Mary Cathedral en route to a photo stop at Era Square and its sculpture of Medea. From here, proceed along New Batumi Boulevard and visit Gonio-Apsaros, an ancient Colchis urban centre. During a guided stroll of the Gonio Fortress, see mighty walls and towers, ruins of Roman baths, the garrison mosque and a small archaeological museum displaying findings unearthed from the fortress' territory.


Adjara Wine House

Next, your drive continues on to the Adjara Wine House, nestled amidst a picturesque landscape. It was built in an attempt to revive the traditions of the winemaking in Adjara that dates back to the 5th century B.C. Upon arrival, proceed for a tasting of the unique Porto Franco wine produced at the Adjara Wine House from the 'chkhaveri' grapes grown in this region. Your tasting also includes Tsolikauri wine and Georgian vodka, or 'chacha'. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 405 yards (about 370 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and six steps at the Adjara Wine House. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.

Gonio Fortress & State Museum of Adjara

Gonio Fortress & Archaeological Museum

Experience Georgia old and new during this picturesque,half-day sightseeing excursion to the Gonio Fortress, Archaeological Museum and Primorsky Park.


Old and New Batumi

Depart the pier for a scenic drive through Old and New Batumi. Along the way, observe the progress of the city's revitalisation plan. Sites to be seen include the Sheraton Hotel, musical fountains, the Adjarian House restaurant, which features models of the main Georgian ethnographic sites exhibited in its courtyard, a huge tourist complex, the Dutch Tower, Aqua Park, Racing Circuit sculpture, Dolphinarium, and many other places of interest. Your first stop is at the ancient Gonio-Apsaros Fortress.


Gonio-Apsaros Fortress

This important Colchis urban centre dates from the late-Hellenistic and Roman periods. The walls were built from pebbles and bricks, and date from the Byzantine period; the merlons were added during a period of Turkish occupation. During your guided walking tour, see the mighty walls and towers, remains of the Roman baths and the garrison mosque. Following your visit, return to town for a refreshment stop before continuing on to the Archaeological Museum.


Archaeological Museum and Primorsky Park

Established in 1988 it houses materials from Bronze Age to Medieval times, excavated throughout Adjara and Batumi and conducted by the joint Georgian-British expeditions. Its collection presents unique samples of Georgian and foreign coins, bronze vessels, glassware, ceramics, etc. Today you will have chance to see its most valuable exhibits, Georgian Gold Items, found on the territory of Gonio Fortress and stored in the State Treasury for a long time.


After a guided tour of the museum, re-board your coach and proceed to Primorsky Park, a popular local venue founded in 1884. Upon arrival, see the beautiful colonnade, a symbol of Batumi, the musical fountains, a tiny bamboo grove, the sparkling blue sea, and subtropical vegetation. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, rough, uneven ground and a few steps at the Gonio Fortress, and nine steps at the entrance to the Archaeological Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Panoramic Batumi & Georgian Home Visit

Explore the traditions, culture and landmarks of Georgia during this scenic orientation tour of Batumi, and a visit to the home of a local family.


Old Batumi

Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Old Batumi. Along the way, a photo stop is made at Era Square, home of a monumental sculpture of Medea. From here, take a guided stroll along the shady seaside promenade to the tiny Church of St. Barbara, which was reopened to parishioners after the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. After a brief visit to the Church of St. Barbara, re-board your coach for the drive through New Batumi en route to the Virgin Mary Cathedral.


New Batumi and Virgin Mary Cathedral

Driving through New Batumi, observe the progress of the city's revitalisation plan. Sites to be seen include the University complex, Sheraton Hotel, musical fountains, the Adjarian House restaurant, which features models of the main Georgian ethnographic sites exhibited in its courtyard, a huge tourist complex, the Aqua Park, and many other places of interest. The Virgin Mary Cathedral is an elegant, 19th-century, Gothic-style church that was converted to a Georgian Orthodox Church in 1989 and blessed as the Virgin Mary Cathedral.


Batumi Mount and Local Home Visit

Following a visit inside the Virgin Mary Cathedral, re-board your coach and proceed for a photo stop at the Batumi Mount, which offers splendid views of hilly landscapes, the sparkling blue sea and the city. Your final stop is at the home of a local family. Upon arrival, meet the family, take a guided tour of their home, learn about the Georgian people, lifestyles and traditions, and relax with home-made pastries, local wine, and tea or coffee. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 11 steps at the entrance to the Virgin Mary Cathedral and 46 steps to access the viewing platform at the Batumi Mount. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Virgin Mary Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Ladies should have covered heads and shoulders and must wear skirt or dresses (ladies in trousers as well as the men in shorts are not permitted to enter the orthodox temples). The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Car with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Car with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Van with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 8-10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Batumi by Private Van with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Batumi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Guides and vehicles are the best in the area but may be below Western standards. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 8-10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis BATUMI

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Kiev & Chernobyl Today

The historical cities of Batumi, Kiev and Odessa are home to a wealth of incredibly well-preserved and beautiful monuments, fortresses, churches, and landmarks that offer a wonderful insight into their grandeur and legacy. Your panoramic, four-day sightseeing adventure begins with a visit to Batumi. Highlights here include the European Square with its statue of Medea, amazing woodcarvings and Georgian cultural exhibits at the Borigalo Ethnographic Museum, and the Gonio-Apsaros Fortress, one of the oldest in Adjara. Next, fly to Kiev for a three-night stay at the at the 5-star Fairmont Grand Hotel. During your first day in Kiev, explore the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and Life-for-Life Memorial. Witness the 'City of Ghosts', and the tragedy that influenced the entire world. The next day, visit the Kiev Monastery of the Caves and explore the subterranean caves beneath Lower-Layra. View artefacts, gems, metalwork, jewellery and Scythian gold at the Golden Treasury Museum. After a Ukrainian lunch, visit the nearby Sophia Cathedral, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, stop for photos at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and enjoy some free time and souvenir shopping at the Adreyvskiy Descent. After dinner at the Dom 10 restaurant and an overnight stay, check-out and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Odessa. Visit the Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration) Cathedral, the largest in Odessa, and enjoy some free time at Cathedral Square. Your journey concludes with a stroll along picturesque Prymorsky Boulevard. See a host of beautiful, 19th-century buildings, statues and monuments, and stop for photos atop the world-renowned Potemkin Steps, the best-known symbol of Odessa, before transferring to the pier and ship.


03MIDBTU-A Kiev & Chernobyl Today

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Batumi

Re-join the ship: Odessa

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 120 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.

LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency in Batumi is the GEL, and the local currency in Ukraine is the UAH; however, US dollars and credit cards are well-accepted by most vendors. Local ATMs are available in some locations visited (shopping stops are planned during this program).


Experience a wealth of incredibly well-preserved and beautiful monuments, fortresses, churches, and landmarks during this panoramic, four-day overland adventure to Batumi, Kiev and Odessa, along with a rare visit to Chernobyl to witness the tragedy that influenced the entire world.


DAY ONE - Sunday, September 26, 2021 - Batumi/Kiev


Disembark the ship, meet your guided and transfer to the European Square & Statue of Medea

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and depart the pier for a scenic sightseeing tour of Adjara. Situated in southwest Georgia on the Black Sea coast, it is one of the most beautiful regions in Georgia. Begin with a short transfer to the European Square, and a photo stop at the statue of Medea. Situated in the centre of the square, it symbolizes the connection between ancient Georgia and the European world.


Borigalo Ethnographic Museum, amazing woodcarvings and Georgian cultural exhibits

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Borigalo Ethnographic Museum. During your visit, marvel at the amazing works of master woodcarver Kemal Turmanidze. The museum contains several hundred examples of his work, together with exhibits of Georgian cultural heritage.


Guided walking tour of the Gonio-Apsaros Fortress

Leaving the museum, continue on for visit to the Gonio-Apsaros Fortress. The history of Batumi is well-represented by this fortress; one of the oldest in Adjara. Its history dates from the 1st century, and is closely connected to the myth of the Argonauts. Upon arrival, explore the legend of the fortress and its cultural antiquities during a guided walking tour.


About Apsaros

According to the Roman and Byzantine sources Apsaros was formed as a settlement during that period. Many historians claim that the Gonio-Apsaros Fortress was once the strategic, political, economic and cultural centre of the Eastern Roman frontier. A theatre and hippodrome functioned here from the 1st century A.D. to the 3rd century A.D. One of the Twelve Apostles of Christ, St. Mathias, is believed to be buried in this historic fortress.


Georgian lunch at a local restaurant

Following your fortress tour, proceed for a lunch at a local restaurant in Batumi. Enjoy Georgian specialities such as khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), kaimagi (cream-filled with crumbled cheese), yakhni (stewed beef in ground walnuts, onion and garlic) and sinori (traditionally made rolls filled with nadughi, a fresh Georgian cheese), try some wine and admire traditional live music.


Transfer to Batumi Airport for your scheduled flight to Kiev

After lunch, re-board your coach and transfer to Batumi Airport for your scheduled afternoon flight (Flight # PQ422), departing at approximately 2:45 p.m. and arriving in Kiev at approximately 4:15 p.m.


Transfer to the hotel for check-in and free time

Upon arrival in Kiev, meet your guide and transfer to the 5-star Fairmont Grand Hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel, with the evening at leisure.


Overnight accommodations at the Fairmont Grand Hotel - Kiev


DAY TWO - Monday, September 27, 2021 - Kiev/Chernobyl/Kiev


Breakfast and a transfer to the Chernobyl area

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide, check your tour documents and depart for the transfer to the Chernobyl area




The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, a territory which has been forbidden from free access

Upon arrival, experience a rare opportunity to see the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, a territory which has been forbidden from free access. It all occurred as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986. Although the Pripyat River, Chornobyl town, and a part of the Kyiv region were directly impacted by the disaster, it has influenced the entire world ever since.


Zalissya Village, abandoned houses and barns, Kopachi Village and the Red Forest

En route to Chernobyl, pass by the village of Zalissya with its abandoned houses and barns, and the shop and house of the only self-settler, Rozaliya Ivanivna. After a document-check at the Dityatki Checkpoint, enter the approximately 18.6-mile (about 30-kilometre) zone. Among the sites that you may see during your visit include the almost-fully-buried village of Kopachi, with a remaining kindergarten; a concrete-reloading unit, essential for the Sarcophagus erection in 1986; and the decontaminated Red Forest, site of the first, and worst, radioactive fall-out.


Pripyat, hospital, river port, cinema, Town Hall, City Executive Committee building, Polissya Hotel

Additional sites to be seen may include the town of Pripyat, populated by 50,000 people before the evacuation (exterior visit only; entrance into the buildings is prohibited for your safely); the hospital receiving the firefighters and NPP workers badly-affected by the accident; a river port with the prestigious Pripyat Café at the embankment; the Prometey Cinema; Town Hall; City Executive Committee building, a police building with a pre-trial detention centre; the first headquarters for mitigation of the accident consequences; and the Polissya Hotel, where there was an observation post for adjusting helicopter operations and the dropping of lead bags over the ruin of the 4th reactor.


Palace of Culture, Ferris wheel, Prypyat Stadium, and a swimming pool

Finally, you may also view the once-lively Palace of Culture, the main recreational site for Prypyat youth; a Ferris wheel in the amusement park that was never opened; Prypyat Stadium; and the Azure swimming pool, which was still in operation after the accident. For safety reasons, entrance inside any of the buildings is strictly prohibited.


Lunch at the Chernobyl Canteen

Following your tour, proceed for lunch at the Chernobyl Canteen.


The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (exterior view only)

After lunch, re-board your coach and head to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Upon arrival, your guide explains the history of the fire extinguishing and evacuation of residents on the night of the disaster on April 26, 1986.


Fire station, memorial, Observation Deck, Arch, secret project, town of Chernobyl-2, giant antennas

Next, view the fire station at the NPP, a Memorial at the administrative building, Sarcophagus (Observation Deck), and New Safe Confinement (Arch), detour around the Chernobyl NPP, and enjoy an opportunity to feed the catfish (depending on the season). In addition, view the secret object of Chernobyl-2, giant antennas of the DUGA-1 Radar, and the secret town of Chernobyl-2, which provided for the operation of antennas for horizontal tracking of the launch of ballistic missiles.


Equipment and robots, Life-for-Life Memorial

Continue your inspection of the city, and the exhibition of equipment and robots that took part in the liquidation of the accident. Finally, visit the Life-for-Life Memorial, which is located in front of the administrative building where there used to be an enormous parking lot in 1986, and the monument, To Those Who Saved the World. At the conclusion of your tour, transfer back to the hotel.


A late dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Fairmont Grand Hotel - Kiev




DAY THREE - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - Kiev


Breakfast at the hotel and a transfer to the Kiev Monastery of the Caves

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 20-minute drive to the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Kiev Monastery of the Caves), an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1051, the Lavra has been a preeminent centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe.


View artefacts, gems, metalwork, jewellery and Scythian gold at the Golden Treasury Museum

In the Golden Treasury Museum, situated at the rear of the Upper-Lavra, view a showcase of historic items, precious stones, metalwork and jewellery; most notable is its spectacular collection of Scythian gold.


Explore the subterranean caves beneath Lower-Layra

Beneath the Lower-Lavra are hundreds narrow passages and caves where monks once lived and worshiped. Over 100 of them lie mummified in niches that line the subterranean streets. Entrance to the caves is free, but most visitors purchase a candle at the entrance for a couple of hrvnias. Women are asked to cover their heads prior to entering the caves, and photography is not permitted inside the caves.


Ukrainian lunch at the 100 Years Back in Future restaurant

Following your guided visit to the caves, proceed for a lunch consisting of modern and innovative Ukrainian cuisine at the 100 Years Back in Future restaurant.


Sophia Cathedral, an UNESCO World Heritage Site

After lunch, walk to the nearby Sophia Cathedral, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, view its amazing frescoes, mosaics, and church paintings dating from the 11th century.


Photo stop at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery & St. Andrew's Church, Desyatynna Street

Next, an exterior photo stop is made at the world-renowned St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. From here, walk through Desyatynna Street and take in lovely exterior views of the wonderful St. Andrew's Church.


Free time and souvenir shopping at the Adreyvskiy Descent, and a transfer back to the hotel

Following your tour, drive to the Adreyvskiy Descent, where some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs for such as Matreshka dolls, works of local art, and wooden crafts. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and transfer to the hotel for some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner at the Dom 10 restaurant

This evening, meet your guide and proceed for dinner at the Dom 10 restaurant. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Fairmont Grand Hotel - Kiev


DAY FOUR - Wednesday, September 28, 2021 - Kiev/Odessa


After breakfast and check-out, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Odessa

After breakfast and check-out, meet your guide, receive a boxed lunch and transfer to Kyiv Airport for your scheduled morning flight (Flight # PS 57), departing at approximately 9:30 a.m. and arriving in Odessa at approximately 10:30 a.m.


Lunch at either the Kumanets or City Garden restaurants

Upon arrival in Odessa, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at either the Kumanets or City Garden restaurants.





Stop by Deribasovskaya Street, the City Garden & Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration) Cathedral

After lunch, visit Deribasovskaya Street and lovely City Garden, then transfer to the Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration) Cathedral, the largest church in Odessa. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of this recently-restored Cathedral and learn about its history.


Cathedral Square, home of the monument to Count Mikhail Vorontsov

Next, head to Cathedral Square, home of the monument to Count Mikhail Vorontsov (1781-1856). His remarkable achievements included building the first steamship to navigate the Dnieper, and establishing a steamship service for the Black Sea ports. During this time, Odessa began to develop as a major port, and gained a reputation as a home to all of Europe. The town grew and acquired its famous steps, the Richelieu Monument, palaces, roadways, and seafront. Vorontsov not only took charge of a number of projects and decisions, but pushed them through the local governing bodies. He even brought over European engineers and doctors, and personally transported a set of surgical instruments from Britain for the town hospital.


Free time at Cathedral Square to browse for souvenirs and explore your surrounds

Upon arrival at Cathedral Square, enjoy some free time to explore your surrounds and browse for souvenirs such as Matreshka dolls, works of local art, and wooden crafts.


Stroll by early-19th-century buildings, Odessa Opera House, the Promenade, park, Pushkin Statue and British Tiger Gun

Next, continue to Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre - the oldest theatre in Odessa, Ukraine. The theatre where P.I. Tchaikovsky, N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, S.V. Rakhmaninov condicted; where Fedor Chaliapin, Salomiya Krushelnitskaya, Leonid Sobinov sang; and Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan danced. Afterwards, continue your walk along Prymorsky Boulevard. Pass by early-19th century buildings, the shady Promenade and the park tumbling towards the sea. At the eastern part, in front of colonnaded Odessa City Hall, a photo stop is made near the Pushkin Statue and a British Tiger Gun, captured in 1854 during the Crimean campaign.



Walk to Prymorsky Boulevard to view the statue of Odessa's beloved first mayor

Continue walking along Prymorsky Boulevard to view the statue of Odessa's first mayor, Duke Armand Emmanuel Richelieu, clad in a Roman toga. According to legend, the Duke wanted to build a new city as beautiful as his native Paris. When Napoleon was exiled to Elba in 1814, the Duke ended his service to Odessa and returned to France. Odessites loved their first mayor. When Richelieu left Odessa on September 26, 1814, 5,000 people followed his carriage; almost the entire city saw him off. The Duke subsequently served two terms as Prime Minister of France.


Stop for photos at the top of the Potemkin Steps, the best-known symbol of Odessa

During your visit, a photo stop is made at Catherine Square and the Potemkin Steps, a giant, 193-step stairway built from 1837-1841. The best-known symbol of Odessa, the Potemkin Steps are considered a formal entrance into the city from the direction of the sea. The top step is approximately 41 feet (about 12.5 meters) wide, and the lowest step is approximately 71 feet (about 22 meters) wide. The staircase is approximately 88 feet (about 27 meters) high and extends for approximately 466 feet (about 142 meters). However, it gives an optical illusion of greater length; a person looking down the stairs sees only the landings, and the steps are invisible, but a person looking up sees only steps, and the landings are invisible.



Transfer to the pier and ship

At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your coach and commence the short transfer to the port of Odessa. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 5.6 miles (about nine kilometres), at times over uneven, cobblestone, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the airplanes, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to airsickness, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with claustrophobia, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing (long-and-short-sleeved shirts, shorts and pants, with flat, non-slip, and closed-toe walking shoes and sneakers, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a weatherproof jacket, raingear, umbrella, small backpack for land visits (for cameras, bottled water, etc.), camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, medications, binoculars, and credit cards and/or local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Women must cover their head with a scarf or a hat. The visit to Chernobyl also requires comfortable clothing that covers most of the body; open shoulders, skirts and sandals are not permitted. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Photography/videography is not permitted inside the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The tour sequence, timings and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

  • Three-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Hotel - Kiev
  • Scheduled flights: Batumi/Kiev and Kiev/Odessa (Economy-Class). Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating
  • Three breakfasts, Four lunches and Three dinners, with drinks included
  • Georgian lunch at the Veranda Acropolis restaurant (or similar) - Batumi
  • Photo stop at the Statue of Medea - Batumi
  • Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and Life-for-Life Memorial - Chernobyl
  • Guided, subterranean cave tour beneath beneath Lower-Layra - Kiev
  • Ukrainian lunch at the 100 Years Back in Future restaurant - Kiev
  • Visit the Sophia Cathedral, an UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kiev
  • Exterior photo stop at the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery - Kiev
  • Dinner at the Dom 10 restaurant - Kiev
  • Lunch at either the Kumanets or City Garden restaurants - Odessa
  • Souvenir stop at Cathedral Square - Odessa
  • Photo stop atop the Potemkin Steps - Odessa
  • Photo stop near the Opera House, Pushkin Statue and a British Tiger Gun - Odessa
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

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