BOSTON, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Circle Cruise Line, the leader in small ship and river cruising worldwide, is pleased to announce the launch of a new river cruise tour for 2013: The Dnieper River & the Black Sea: Ukraine to Romania. On this 16-day river cruise tour, travelers will explore Kiev, Ukraine and Bucharest, Romania and, in between, witness the influences of Ukraine's Greek, Cossack, Russian, and Soviet heritage as their ship sails along the fabled Dnieper River to the Black Sea.
On this leisurely itinerary, hotel stays in Kiev, Ukraine, and Bucharest, Romania frame a 12-day cruise through Ukraine aboard the M/S Tikhi Don, a private, 216 passenger Grand Circle river ship. Along the way, travelers will visit seven ports, including overnights aboard ship in the famed Ukrainian Black Sea ports of Sevastopol, Yalta, and Odessa. Also featured on the cruise itinerary are Cherkassy, Kremenchuk, Zaporozhye, and Kherson—historic riverside towns that few Americans visit.
Travelers also will enjoy exclusive intercultural activities that will introduce them to Ukraine's cultural and economic renaissance firsthand, including a family visit, a meeting with World War II veterans, a Cossack horseback riding demonstration, and exploring a Ukrainian agricultural university. Unlike other cruise lines that serve an international clientele, Grand Circle's cruise tour serves American travelers only, eliminating the need for language translations and increasing the time travelers have to explore onshore.
With departures available April through October 2013, The Dnieper River & the Black Sea: Ukraine to Romania river cruise tour begins at $2895, or just $181 per day. The 16-day cruise tour includes accommodations (3 nights at the unrated President Hotel in Kiev, 1 night at the First-Class Ramada Plaza Bucharest, and 11 nights aboard a private Grand Circle river ship in an outside cabin); 41 meals (14B, 13L, 13D), plus complimentary wine with dinner onboard; 17 exclusive sightseeing tours with audio headset during the cruise portion of the trip; Grand Circle's discovery series events; services of resident Grand Circle Program Directors; and more. A reverse itinerary, sailing from Romania to Ukraine, is also available.
Grand Circle can also make international air arrangements from New York (or other gateways) from $3895, which includes transfers, all taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges.
To extend the value of their vacation, travelers may opt to begin their trip with a 4-night pre-trip stay in Lviv, Ukraine from $995 or a 5-night stay in St. Petersburg, Russia, from $1195, or $239 per day. Following their cruise tour, they may choose a 3-night stay in Transylvania, Romania, from $545 or a 5-night stay in Istanbul, Turkey, from $1295. For 2013, Grand Circle Cruise Line offers FREE Single Supplement on all pre-and-post trip extensions of this new river cruise tour.
For more information about Grand Circle Cruise Line's The Dnieper River & the Black Sea: Ukraine to Romania or for a free catalog, please call Grand Circle's Catalog & Information Line at 1-800-248-3737 or visit our web site at www.gct.com.
ABOUT GRAND CIRCLE CRUISE LINE
Grand Circle Cruise Line is part of Grand Circle Corporation, the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. The award-winning fleet has been cited for excellence by readers of both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The cruise line joins sister brands Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Travel to provide more than 80 river and small ship cruises, small group adventures by land, escorted tours, and extended stay vacations to more than 100,000 travelers each year. Grand Circle's charitable arm, Grand Circle Foundation, has donated or pledged $91 million to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations worldwide since 1992. Grand Circle has been in business since 1958 and is based in Boston with more than 30 offices worldwide.
SOURCE Grand Circle Cruise Line