Best of Ukraine Tour

The Highlights you'll experience on the 11 Day Best of Ukraine Tour

KYIV

We begin with one night stay in the capital of Ukraine, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe allowing time to see, feel and breath its ancient history. Included is a guided walking tour of the many sights of the city, including the Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Mikhailivski (St. Michael Golden Domed Cathedral), Zoloti Vorota (The Golden Gate), Kyiv Pechersk Lavra including Scithian Treasures Museum, St. Sophia National Preserve and numerous museums and art galleries. We also include a visit to Kyiv’s vibrant and lively Art district – Andrews Slope.

CHERNOBYL

We begin with one night stay in the capital of Ukraine, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe allowing time to see, feel and breath its ancient history. Included is a guided walking tour of the many sights of the city, including the Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Mikhailivski (St. Michael Golden Domed Cathedral), Zoloti Vorota (The Golden Gate), Kyiv Pechersk Lavra including Scithian Treasures Museum, St. Sophia National Preserve and numerous museums and art galleries. We also include a visit to Kyiv’s vibrant and lively Art district – Andrews Slope.

YALTA & SEVASTOPOL

An overnight train brings us from Odesa to Simferopol. We depart on the picturesque sightseeing tour throughout the Crimean Mountains to the city of Yalta. Yalta is the place where the Crimean Conference was held in 1945, the important and dramatic event at the end of WWII. Most people probably know Yalta best for its beautiful and most famous resort areas on the shores of the beautiful Black Sea. Our sightseeing continues on with the guided tour of Yalta, including the Livadia Palace, formerly the summer residence of Russia’s Imperial Family, Bakhchisarai Khan Palace and Massandra winery cellars for wine tasting. We also visit Sevastopol, city formerly closed for visits by any foreigners because of the Russian navy base location. We will have an introductory overview of the city and visit ancient Greek settlement sites including Chersoneses.

LVIV

We begin with a guided tour of the “old city” which includes Market Square with over 40 historical buildings dating back to 11th century which are included in UNESCO list of World Heritage Properties. In particular is the 11th century Armenian church known for its unique mosaics. We also tour the exquisite Lviv Opera House and many other historic sites. We are able to see most of these when we enjoy panoramic city views from Vysoki Zamokthe (High Castle) mountain. Other places to see are the magnificent Lviv Picture Gallery and the Museum of Ethnography and Crafts which is one of it kind in Europe.

Dinner on arrival in Lviv is of Western Ukraine style that includes succulent Carpathian Veal and Krucheniki cuisine. Lunch the following day is a delicious wood fire roast pork infused with herbs and served with a selection of accompanying vegetables in a local restaurant.

ODESA

An overnight train journey brings us to Odesa, where we explore its many historic buildings including the Primorsky Boulevard, Potemkin Steps and visit the very beautiful Opera Theatre. Odesa is a city of colourful contrasts. The cities’ stately 19th century classical architecture is set on orderly planned streets that are surrounded with green space, giving the city an air of elegance. Strikingly ornate buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century are reminiscent of Right Bank Paris.

Being situated on the shores of the Black Sea, there is no better place to try seafood Ukrainian style than in Odesa. Dinner is in a local seafood restaurant where we try the exquisite flounder and freshly crumbed mussels collected from the Black Sea. And for Lunch the next day the menu includes scrumptious “Solyanka soup” with traditional meat and potato pies. Solyanka is a thick, spicy soup in the Russian and Ukrainian cuisine. It is believed it originated from Ukraine in the 17th century. There are normally three varieties of Solyanka, with the main ingredient being either meat, fish or mushrooms. All contain cucumber pickles with brine, and often cabbage, mushrooms, cream and dill. The soup is prepared by cooking the cucumbers with brine before adding the other ingredients.