KYIV-ODESSA / KYIV-UMAN-ODESSA
This tour can be modified and customised accordingly your wishes and ideas. Here you cand find our collection of ACTIVITIES >>
TOUR ID U06(train)/U07(bus)
800 EUR (train)
850 EUR (bus+Sofiivka park)
WHEN: ON REQUEST, ALL YEAR
Guaranteed: May 17; June 7, 21; July 5; August 9, 23*; September 13, 27; October 25; November 8, 22; December 13;
further on request.
* 24/08 is the Independence Day Of Ukraine. Program differs from the standart one. Please, send us a request if you are interested in this date.
INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Accomodation in 3* hotels (4 nights Kyiv/3 nights Odessa), 1/2 DBL
4 Lunches; 1 Dinner
Guided excursions (according with the program)
Transfers (during the tour)
Train tickets to Odessa or bus transfer
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*
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 cuisine. We are sure we have a lot to surprise you!
Baked in an oven homemade sausages, flavored ukrainian borshch served in the 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!
Optional: 3 hours walking tour to the oldest part of Kyiv – Podil. (From 15 eur)
Podil is rightly considered to be one of the most popular districts in Kiev. During its lifetime it was destroyed several times. Catherine II planned to demolish it. In 1811 a huge fire burnt down most of the buildings in Podil. The flood waters of the Dnieper River overflowed onto Podil streets. But this district is immortal.
Optional: Visiting of National Opera of Ukraine. (from 10 EUR)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will continue our adventure through the history of Kyiv.
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.
LUNCH. Today we will have our lunch just nearby the Lavra golden domes. The Restaurant is called Tsarske Selo (Kings' Village) as during the Kyiv Rus times this location was occupied by the village Berestovo with the out-of-town residence of the Kyiv monarchs.
Generosity and prosperity - the basic rules of this place!
We wish you a delicious and dance royal rest!
After lunch we continue learning the history of Ukraine. The next period - Soviet times.
Soviet Time's Kyiv (inc in price)
Visit Statue-monument "Mother Motherland". It is a part of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. This museum was opened on May 9, 1981 in honor of the Soviet victory in World War II. For visitors to the monument-sculpture "Mother Motherland" is a unique opportunity to rise to the observation decks are located at a height of 36.6 and 91 meters and to look a panorama of Kiev from the bird's-eye view.
After that we visit the National Museum “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims" (The National Museum "Holodomor victims Memorial").
Holodomor, or Famine-Henocide, is one of the greatest tragedies in Ukrainian history that took away more than 7 million of people's lives. Soviet government, being responsible for this terrible crime, tried to erase it from our memory, but didn't manage.
To commemorate victims of Holodomor, a memorial complex was erected in Kiev in 2008-2009, including the museum, the Candle of Memory monument and other sculptures as well.
Then we go back to the city centre and continue our tour with the walking along Khreshchatik Street - the main street of Kyiv. By the way Kreshchatyk is shortes central street of Europen capitals. There we will see the old but modern market "Bessarabka", which is all one of the symbols of Kyiv and, of course will honor Ukrainians who were killed in awful winter of 2014. Walk to the Alley of the Heavenly Hundred (incl in price).
Transfer to the hotel
Optional. 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 for today:
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)
We are going to Odessa. But we propose you two variants of such trip. Let's start with the first one:
VARIANT 1 (by train)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check -out
We half half a day till our train to Odessa. And, of course. we offer you some optional activities in Kyiv. We suggest you "Jewish Kyiv" (from 15 EUR), " Culilinary Kyiv Tour" (from 30 EUR), "Kyiv Beer Tour" (from 20 EUR) or any other. Our collection of ACTIVITIES >> will help you
Transfer to the railway station.
16.35 InterCity train to Odessa. Arrival time - 23.45
Transfer to the hotel. Check-in
Overnight in Odessa.
VARIANT 2 (by bus)
Early breackfast. Check-out
Bus trip to Odessa. On the half way to Odessa we have a stop in a very picturesque place. Sofiivka Dendrological Park in Uman.
An ancient city Uman' in Cherkassy region is a place where one of the oldest nd most beautiful park is located. National Dendralogical Sofiivka Park is a great site of a landscape architecture. Here you might feel harmonious blend of legends and present days, fairy-tales and something eternal. As one of the inscription in the park's Grotto says " Leave your memories about bad times here and accept happiness. And if you are happy, you will be happier".
We spend here about 2-3 hours, have tasty lunch in one of the nearby restaurant and continue or ride to Odessa.
Check-in (Odessa hotel).
Free time in 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.
Breakfast at the hotel.
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.
Let's go underground? If you prefer to travel off the beaten tracks and find out something unique, you will be impressed by Odessa Catacombs (Half day tour, incl in price), 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!
Our tour is coming to the end. We invite you to the Farewell Lunch to one very special place with authentic Odessa cuisine.
The tour is over 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.
See you soon!
* You can continue you rest in Odessa or return to Kyiv. We will arrange that for you.