UKRAINE IN NUTSHELL
It is impossible to see all Ukraine for a week or so. But we created this tour to give you an idea what Ukraine is? Three most beautiful Ukrainian cities. Three gems.They are so different and so unique. Every of them has its own history, taste, colour, charm and style. After visiting them you will defenitely fall in love with Ukraine and will look forward to visiting and exploring this incredible country again and again.
TOUR ID U09
WHEN: THURSDAYS OR SATURDAYS
OR ON REQUEST, ALL YEAR
INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Accomodation in 3/4*hotels (3 nights Kyiv, 1 night Lviv, 2 nights Odessa), 1/2 DBL
Early check-in (Odessa day 6)
4 Lunches; 1 Dinner
Guided excursions (in accordance with program)
Transfers (during the tour)
Train tickets to Lviv and Odessa
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Optional excursions and tours (see the program)
Entrance tickets during optional excursions
Lunches and dinners (not indicated in program)
PAY EXTRA: Single accomodation, hotels 4-5*
This tour can be modified and customised accordingly your wishes and ideas. Here you cand find our collection of ACTIVITIES >>
If you’re wondering if Kiev is worth visiting there’s a simple answer to that question – definitely yes! There are so many reasons to visit Kiev, from amazing architecture to interesting history and vibrant atmosphere and each of them is already a good excuse to plan the trip to the capital of Ukraine.
Kiev has much to offer to its visitors. It ranges among the largest European cities, but it is not as familiar to the foreign guests as London, Paris and other world tourist centers.Those who visit Kiev once, fall in love with this charming city and return over and over again to discover its attractions. Start your acquaintance with Kiev right now.
Meeting at tha airport. Transfer to the Hotel.
Check-in. Free time.
Welcome Dinner – Restaurant of Ukrainian Cuisine (City centre)
Start your aquitance with Ukraine with its absolutely fabulous Ukrainian cuisine. We are sure we have a lot to surprise you!
Baked in an oven homemade sausages, flavored ukrainian borshch served in a cabbage, varenyky with cherries...the list is huge, but you have a good chance to try as much as possible. We can assure you will not stay indifferent! Ukrainians are one of the most hospitable nations in the world. So, just be prepared to eat much and tasty!
Breakfast at the hotel.
3 hours sightseeing tour (incl in price)
Whether it is your first time in the city, or you are simply short of time, you will get a good overview of the city with our professional guides who know and love Kyiv.
Travel back more than 1,500 years to the city’s birth and discovers landmarks that represent Kiev through the ages. You will go to Old Kiev Hill, where the city originated. Visit the famous Golden Gate, the former gateway to the fortress city.
Peek inside St. Sophia Cathedral with its onion-dome roof.
See the churches of St. Michael and St. Andrew and walk down the artistic street Andriivsky Uzviz.
LUNCH in the restaurant of "new ukrainian kitchen" (incl in price). It is situated in the legendary part of Kyiv, in 19th century wooden building. The restaurant was awarded as the Best Ukrainian Restaurant. The menu consists of pre-revolutionary recipes from different part of Ukraine, combined with elements of the molecular cuisine.We will surprise you with a new vision of the Ukrainian cuisine!
2 hours tour - Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Monastery (bus/walking) (incl in price)
Visit the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery, a complex of monasteries established in 11th century and now on the UNESCO world heritage list. This incredible site is famed for the golden domes of the main church and its fascinating network of caves.
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery is the center of Christianity in the Ukraine and home to one of the biggest and most incredible cathedrals in Kiev. It is also home to a network of mystic underground caves that hide mummies of monks and saints, much like the pyramids of Egypt. This fascinating site was voted one of the 7 wonders of Kiev, and is absolutely a must-see for any visitor to Kiev.
Optional. Visiting Kyiv National Opera (from 10 EUR) or take a river trip "Kyiv at Nighttime" (available April-October). Boat trip by the Dnipro River. (from 30 EUR)
Today you have a free day in Kyiv but we propose you to choose 1 of our optional tours:
A: 1-Day trip to CHERNOBYL (Exclusion Zone, lunch incl) (Optional from 60 eur)
Chernobyl is the most famous Ukrainian phenomenon. If you plan to visit Ukraine or are already in the country, don't miss the most important and unique experience and site.
Radiation makes the zone particularly interesting. Now at the ground there lays, in the thousand-times-decreased scale, a picture of contamination after a large radiation incident – the picture extremely intricate, interesting, representative also for chemical accidents and terrorist attacks, and fortunately already safe for the visitors. Of course, the Zone in its central part still has places with elevated radiation, and we definitely would NOT recommend you staying at them for a long time. However, if you follow the suggested route and the guides' directions, your visit to the Chernobyl zone will be absolutely radiation-safe. (from 60 EUR lunch incl)
B: 1 DAY trip to Mezhyhirya Residence (mansion of ex President of Ukraine - V. Yanukovych) is definitely a unique attraction that represents both a real embodiment of luxury and an example of how limitless power can affect human mind. The former president of Ukraine V. Yanukovych’s residence impresses its visitors with its refinement and magnitude (from 40 EUR lunch incl)
You also can choose any other tour or activity from our Collection of ACTIVITIES >>
If you’re planning a trip to Eastern Europe, be sure to visit Lviv. Lviv is considered to be the Western Capital, the Cultural Center and the Heart of Ukraine. All year round, the city welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Throughout its long history, Lviv has been a part of eight different states and has managed to keep and cultivate the best traits of all of its rulers. The city combines the character of a Medieval kingdom, the architecture of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the mixed German-Polish dialects and the soul of independent Ukraine.
Next destination is Lviv.
Transfer to the railway station.
06.35 InterCity train to Lviv. Arrival time - 11.10
Let's start our aquaintance with Lviv with a branch/lunch in a nice local Lviv restaurants (the place will be discussed before the start of the tour).
Time to check-in and have a fast break.
After break we start our Sightseein Lviv Tour (3,5-4 hours, incl in price). For the all fans of selfie and just nice views and photos! First our stop will be underneath the High Hill Castle. It will be your first attraction in Lviv worth seeing. The observation deck of the castle will open fantastic panoramas of the whole city.
We continue our tour in the Old Town. Lviv’s historic center can be called an outdoor museum. For good reason, it was included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage sites – it has nearly two thousand historic, cultural and architectural monuments. The heart of the city, the Rynok Square, amazes with colorful houses, taken straight from the pages of fairytales. In its center stands the Town Hall, from which one can see breathtaking views of the city. All roads from Rynok Square will lead you to Lviv’s main street - Freedom Avenue. It begins at the admirable Opera House, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Optional: Visiting Lviv Opera (from 10 EUR)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we offer you our Gourmet Tour with Lunch (incl in price).
Join the most interesting and dynamic tour in Lviv! You'll visit restaurants that are popular in the city, hear modern legends and stories about the city,see architectural monuments and historic places and most importantly – feel the city!
Enjoy dishes and house spirit tastings in the following three restаurants:
"Gas lamp": The highest (4-storeyed) Lviv pub. Lviv brought to the world a gas lamp that later on became famous as “Viennese”. Jan Zech and Ignacy Lukasiewicz, the local pharmacists, invented it in 1853. The pub holds one of the biggest collections of gas lamps in Europe. This atmosphere of a real Lviv pub is added by explosions, flashes, smell of gas and rock music. A guide with a lit lantern will lead you up to the restaurant.
"Kryjivka" - the most visited restaurant in Europe, 1 000 000 visitors per year. It is the last hiding place of Ukrainian Insurgent Army left from the times of the World War II. Its motto is “The Fight Continues”.
"At the Golden Rose" - Galician and Jewish restaurant is located in Lviv historic Jewish quarter near the ruins of the “Golden Rose” synagogue. Visitors are met with Jewish customs here.
The menu is without prices and the cost of the dishes depends on customer’s skills to bargain.
Besides, you will have an opportunity to visit more restaurants:
"The Most Expensive Galician Restaurant" tells the story about the world of "free masons", its secret symbols and signs.
"House of Legends" is a restaurant where every room is dedicated to a separate legend of Lviv.
"Masoch-cafe" is a window into the world, created on the works of the "father of masochism", Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, born in Lviv.
At the end of the tour we invite you to have a late lunch or early dinner at Beer Theatre PRAVDA. Beer Theatre “Pravda” is a place where the best world brewers are crafting unique brand of beers, bringing to Lviv their technology and skills. A unique Lviv beer brand is starting history. You can stay there longer and you will be surprised by an absolutely great live music performed by talanted musicians.
Transfer to the Lviv Railway station. Night train to Odessa
Odessa is a beautiful pearl on the Black Sea coast that holds a special place in the hearts of Ukrainians. A visit to Odessa is sure to be unlike a visit to any other city. In contrast to other cities of the former Soviet Union. Odessa is known throughout the world for its food and people, art and culture and has, what is considered to be, the second most beautiful and important opera house in the world.
Enjoy – beautiful architecture, hidden gems, quirky places, fascinating history, and a strong multicultural past.
The city has so much to offer, so many layers to discover that everyone will find something for themselves there with plenty of culture, history or fun to immerse into.
Early arrival to Odessa. Early check-in. Breakfast at the hotel. Short break.
3 hours Odessa Sightseeing Tour (incl in price)
During our tour you will see the most important Odessa landmarks and know a lot of interesting facts from the history of this beautiful city.
Potemkin Stairs is the prominent staircase in Odessa, connecting the city center to the port and seaport.There are some interesting features of the staircase. Thus, a person looking down the stairs sees only the landings, and the steps are invisible, but a person looking up sees only steps, and the landings are invisible.
Sea Port, The monument to Duc (Duke) de Richelieu, City Garden, Passage etc.
Deribasovskaya street is the central street of Odessa and one of the main attractions of the city. Roadway is lined with stone blocks and driveway is closed for cars. Along with the seafront, Deribasovskaya is also a favorite place for an evening walk for the residents of Odessa and other visitors.
And, of course, the jem of Odessa is Odessa Opera House.A ccording to Forbes Magazine 2008, the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theater is one of the 11 most interesting sights in Eastern Europe, and it is the only theater in the list. The pages of this theater's amazing history are full of names and events out of which emerge much of the cultural history of Odessa.
After long but nice walk we propose you to get aquianted with Odessa food and have a lunch in one of the local restaurants. Black Sea mussels, tiny fish with a so tasty name - tsatsa, forshmak and maby other delisious dishes.
After lunch you have free time. But you always can choose some optiobal exursion, for example, "Jewish Odessa" (from 15EUR) or "Criminal Odessa" (from 15EUR) or other ACTIVITIES >> from our collection.
In the evening we offer you to visit performance in Odessa Opera House (Optionally, from 10 EUR)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Free time in odessa. Or you can choose some optional tour.
If you prefer to travel off the beaten tracks and find out something unique, you will be impressed by Odessa Catacombs (Half day tour, from 40 EUR), which is the largest underground labyrinth in the world. Its length is about 2500 kilometers and its depth is up to 40 meters. Every tunnel has its unique history and hides its own secrets. For years the poorest people and criminals had used the catacombs as a shelter. Smugglers transported contraband goods through these tunnels. It is said, that even the Masons used Odessa Catacombs while escaping the police. But the most famous Odessa Catacombs is for the role, which they played during the World War II. They became a refuge for partisans, where they not only struggled with the enemy, but also lived, slept, cooked food. You will be able to visit the unique underground Museum of Partisan Glory and observe not only the partisan’s weapons, but also household items, personal things, photos.
* NOTE: The temperature in catacombs even in summer is 15 degree!
Or another choice is Shabo Wine Tour (incl wine tasting) (from 40 EUR)
All the wine fans are invited to take a half a day trip to the Shabo Wine Culture Center, situated in Odessa region. You will discover the magical world of winemaking, exploring the beautiful territory and listening to the captivating stories about this noble beverage. The highlight of this tour is a tasting of the best Shabo wines in a cozy and friendly atmosphere.
Our tour is coming to the end but we hope Ukraine has taken its place in your hearts and you will come back again and again to explore it more.
* If you have flight today's evening we will arrange transfer to the Airport to you.If you fly tomorrow, just relax and enjoy this evening in Odessa.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfers to the Airport.
Have a good flight!
* You can continue you rest in Odessa or return to Kyiv. We will arrange that for you.