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Highlights of Ukraine
Explore Ukraine on this eight day journey as you meander your way through laneways and boulevards teeming with history, culture and traditional cuisine. See Chernobyl’s abandoned ghost towns, the Carpathians’ charming villages and beautiful natural scenery.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Kiev
Guide Price £1140
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Explore Ukraine's capital Kiev
- Wander the eerie streets of the ghost town of Pripyat
- Marvel at the sprawling Carpathian mountain range
- Stroll through the cobblestoned Rynok Square
Day 1 Kiev
Arrive in Kiev and transfer to your hotel. Later this evening meet with your tour leader and fellow travellers. After the meeting head out and explore Kiev and its nightlife, also known for some great places to sample Ukrainian cuisine.
Day 2 Chernobyl
Head out on a day trip to Chernobyl. At Dytyatky, which sits on the edge of the 30-kilometre exclusion zone (the circle drawn around the town after the 1986 accident) you'll pass the first checkpoint. After a short introductory and safety briefing, embark on a tour of Chernobyl town, There’ll be time to explore Lenin Street, the main square, the Palace of Culture, Polissya Hotel, a supermarket and the famous ferris wheel,. Visit the ghost town of Pripyat, where Chernobyl workers were rapidly evacuated 36 hours after the disaster. Wander the eerie, abandoned streets and get a real sense for what happened here. After lunch return back to Kiev.
Day 3 Kiev
Today is a free to explore Kiev and its surrounding areas at leisure, there is plenty to see starting with the golden-domed St Michael’s cathedral or St Sofia cathedral. Perhaps wander the lively Bessarabsky Rynok neighbourhood or explore the Dnipro islands with their outdoor activities on offer. Tonight you board your overnight train as you journey to the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk.
Day 4 Carpathian Mountains
Arrive early morning into Ivano-Frankivsk and take a local bus into the Carpathian Mountains to your guesthouse situated in green rolling hills. Your host will lead a cooking class in the afternoon where you’ll learn to make traditional signature dishes from Ukraine. In the evening enjoy your creations for dinner.
Day 5 Carpathian Mountains
Head deep into the Carpathian Mountains and spend today admiring the natural beauty of your surroundings, enjoy the beautiful countryside and the lovingly decorated Hutsul houses with their private chapels and ornate wells. Return to your guesthouse early evening for dinner.
Day 6 Carpathian Mountains to Lviv
Leave the extensive Carpathians behind as you head west to the Ukrainian city of Lviv. This charming hub is only 70 kilometres from the Polish border and its Polish and Austro-Hungarian heritage can be seen in the distinct architecture that makes up much of the city. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish or you may choose to simply chill out in Rynok square, the central square of Lviv.
Day 7 Lviv
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town as you pass by Rynok Square, maybe visit the Arsenal Museum which houses an amazing collection of medieval weapons, armour and tools, sampling some coffee at one of the cafes in and around the Old Town is a must as Lviv is the undisputed coffee capital of Ukraine. For a more unique experience, head to - Kopalʹnya Kavy, Lviv’s ‘Coffee Mine’
Day 8 Lviv
After breakfast your tour comes to an end.
Departs:Selected departures May - Sep 2020 & May - Sep 2021.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 4 nights simple hotels, 2 nights guesthouse and 1 night overnight sleeper train
- Journey by train, local bus, private vehicle and overnight train
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
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