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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This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
Travel in the Ukraine is possible all year round; however the best times to go are spring, when the blossoms are on the trees, and autumn, when the weather is most clement.
In summer it can be very hot on the Black Sea coast, and busy with Russians and Ukrainians relaxing by the sea. Winter is obviously cold but the domes and spires of Kiev in particular look fabulous under a layer of snow.
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