Dnieper River Cruises From Odessa to Kiev

There are no major river cruise companies that currently operate on the Dnieper River in Ukraine.

Dnieper River cruises in Ukraine travel from Odessa to Kiev or Kiev to Odessa.

In the past, river cruise itineraries included the Black Sea region of Ukraine and Crimea in their itineraries. River cruises were previously between Kiev and Kherson on the Dnieper River with the remainder of the journey spent cruising the Black Sea, between Kherson at the southern tip of Crimea and Odessa, Ukraine. However, due to conflict in this region, itineraries no longer include the Crimean Peninsula.

Kiev or Odessa, Ukraine is the starting point of Dnieper River Cruises. Odessa is located on the Black Sea on the southwest coast of Ukraine.

Kiev, Ukraine Botanical Garden on Dnieper River

Botanical Garden in Kiev on Dieper River

Dnieper River Facts

The Dnieper River begins in the South Valdai Hills in western Russia. It flows southward from Russia through eastern Belarus and central Ukraine before reaching the Black Sea at Kherson.

The Dnieper is 1420 miles long and is the longest river in Ukraine and the 4th longest river in Europe. About half of the river  is located in Ukraine. The remainder is split between Russia and Belarus.


Odessa Ukraine on the Black Sea

Odessa, Ukraine on the Black Sea

By Alexostrov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dnieper River Cruise Destinations

Dnieper River cruises either begin or end in Kiev, Ukraine and do not venture any farther north. 

Odessa, Ukraine is the other starting of ending point. It’s located on the Black Sea and is about 190 miles northwest of Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula.

Viking River Cruises is the only major river cruise company offering itineraries on the Dnieper River. Although, they discontinued service along this river for over a year due to conflict in the region, they will resume activity in 2016. 

The "Kiev to the Black Sea" 11-day itinerary features 4 days in Kiev and 3 days in Odessa with visits to a few other cities, including Kherson, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk and Kremchug.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site that could be in your itinerary:

Kiev, Ukraine: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

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