Ukrainian native Nataliya Poshyvaylo-Towler has packaged personlised tours to her homeland through Beyond Tours, her independently operated company specialising in tours to Ukraine. The tours, personally guided by Nataliya, take in Ukraine's spectacular beauty and rich cultural heritage as well as detouring off the beaten tourist path.
She came here on a working holiday in 1997 and ended up meeting and marrying Kiwi, Paul Towler. When Towler visited Ukraine in 2000 he said he was overwhelmed by the beauty and culture of Nataliya's homeland and hence was a born the idea of starting Beyond Tours.
Departing this year in May and August, the land-only tours ex Kyiv use air-conditioned tour bus and 1st class train. Highlights of the 20-day tour include six nights in Kyiv two days in Odesa plus touring among the mountain villages of the Carpathian Mountains and in the Podillya region with its many castles and fortresses steeped in legendary Cossack history.
The tours are priced at $7995 net and the operator can be contacted at 0800 UKRAINE. More details are at www.beyondtours.co.nz