Reasons to Visit
The beautiful Crimean coastline, rich in history, is also great for a relaxing beach break at the end of a busy trip. The area is also well known for it's beautiful national parks so if you do tire of sitting on a beach, there are ample opportunities to head out and explore some lovely countryside.
Ukraine’s onion domed churches and monasteries are the precursors of Russia’s and stretch even further back into history.
Kiev, Odessa and Lviv offer three contrasting urban styles – Kiev having a mixture of ancient churches and imposing Stalinist architecture, Lviv having a style deriving from its roots as a city of the Austro-Hungarian empire, whilst Odessa, built in the 18th century has a grand, faded imperial style.
Ukraine has played host to some of recent history’s most pivotal events – from the WW2 Yalta conference between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, to the tragic Chernobyl accident, the attempted coup against Gorbachev during the Perestroika years to the more recent ‘Orange’ revolution.
Being Europe's largest country, Ukraine is criss-crossed by a busy train network and offers great opportunities for scenic rail journeys. Overnight accommodation is simple but there is always a convivial atmosphere on board offering the opportunity to meet local people and share food, stories and the odd vodka!
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Explore the caves at the Lavra Monastery in Kiev.
For those seeking relaxation, the primarily Russian Crimean Peninsula offers some beautiful Black Sea beaches together with a plethora of cultural sights reflecting its tumultuous history.
Grandmother of the Russian state, centre of Orthodoxy, home of the Orange Revolution, and centre of Ukranian life, Kiev is a city with many faces.
Lviv is the most Ukrainian of Ukraine's cities - the home of Ukrainian nationalism with a beautifully preserved historic centre.
This introductory tour of Odessa will take in the main sites of the city, including the Potemkin steps, scene of the 1905 mutiny by sailors from the Battleship Potemkin, and setting for one of the most famous set pieces in cinematic history (from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin).
This introductory tour of Yalta will take you around the main sites, including the Chekhov House Museum, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Ukraine has much to offer its visitors. The bustling capital, Kiev, has a wealth of history far greater than its current importance would suggest, Lviv offers a more Central European flavour in its gracious old town and the southern city of Odessa is also well worth a visit.
7 Days from £1,240pp
See Kiev and Lviv in this short trip to two wonderful cities.
11 Days from £2,230pp
Explore the greatest cities of Ukraine with some time on the beach at the end of the trip to relax.
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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