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Beautiful landscapes, charming old towns and a fascinating history: Ukraine is often underrated. Our tour showcases two of the best-known cities, Kiev and Lviv, as well as Chernobyl, whilst exploring the ancient town of Kamianets-Podilskyi and the Hutsuls ethnic group along the way.

Cathedral, Church, City, Cityscape, Summer

Why go?

  • Discover Ukraine's rich culture, turbulent history and colourful traditions
  • Visit Chernobyl – the site of the world's biggest nuclear disaster
  • Sample delicious food, which is still relatively cheap
  • Admire wondrous architecture
  • Visit the Hutsuls – an ethnic group living in the Capathian mountains
  • Enjoy free time in Lviv – the gem of Western Ukraine

Itinerary

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Following our arrival, we'll transfer to the hotel before our welcome drink and dinner in local restaurant with wine tasting. Overnight Kiev

  • Accommodation 4 * Park Inn by Radisson Kyiv Troyitska
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we will set off on a full-day guided city tour (bus and walking) of Kiev which takes us past many of the great sights, including Khreschatyk Street which is the city’s most famous and well-trodden street. At weekends the busy road closes to traffic, which is when it really comes to life with wacky street performers and musicians. After strolling this famous street, we will proceed to Maidan Independence Square – a must-see in Kiev for its historical and modern significance. We will also explore impressive religious buildings such as St Andrew's Church and Saint Sophia's Cathedral, before finishing our tour at the Motherland Statue complex with the WWII museum. Lunch today will be included.

The evening is free for you to spend how you wish. Overnight Kiev

  • Accommodation 4 * Park Inn by Radisson Kyiv Troyitska
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

Today we will go on a full-day tour to Chernobyl, which is Ukraine's most famous phenomenon. We will see landmarks including the power plant, Kopachi Village and its abandoned kindergarten and Reactor #4. We will head to Pripyat town, which is now silent, and see collapsed schools, run-down hospitals and derelict cinemas. After lunch, we'll pay a visit to the secret Duga military radar station. Overnight Kiev

  • Accommodation 4 * Park Inn by Radisson Kyiv Troyitska
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

This morning we will head to Kamianets-Podilskyi and get acquainted with this ancient city. We will discover the cultural and historical importance and visit the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress which contains restored buildings and towers that provide great viewing positions of the surrounding river canyon. We will also see impressive religious buildings such as Cathedral of the Saint Peter and Paul and St. Nicolas Armenian Church. In the evening we will enjoy our dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Kamianets-Podilskyi

  • Accommodation 4 * Reikartz Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today our tour continues into the Carpathian Mountains with stops at the Khotyn fortress, which was founded in the 13th century, and Chernivtsi – a cosy European city situated where the roads from Europe and Asia cross. After lunch in a typical Bukovinian restaurant, we'll visit one of the highlights of the city – the National University. We will have dinner in a restaurant nestled in the Carpathian Mountains on the way to Bukovel. Overnight Bukovel

  • Accommodation 5 * Radisson Blu Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

This day is dedicated to the mountains and its people – the Нutsuls. We will see the traditional mountain village of Verhovyna and find out about the Ukrainian ethnic group who live there – the Hutsuls who inhabited the Carpathians. Living in desolate mountain areas, they preserved their long-time traditions, handicrafts and way of life. We will visit local private museums to learn about how local people lived and still live there, their culture and traditions.

We will visit the Hutsul Everyday Life and Musical Instruments Museum, which is located on a hill (hiking is required or you will be taken up and down by a Soviet jeep). Here, you will have the chance to find out about Ukrainian embroidery and its different meanings in the unique museum of Vyshyvanka. A homemade lunch will be served in a private house of one of the museum's owners to let you experience the life of locals. We'll then head back to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant is included. Overnight Bukovel

  • Accommodation 5 * Radisson Blu Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

This morning we will have some free time in Bukovel before transferring to Lviv. If you think about Lviv, cosy coffee houses and magnificent churches should come to mind. Mysterious and architecturally lovely, this UNESCO-listed city is the country’s least Soviet and exudes the same authentic Central European charm as Prague or Kraków once did. It’s also a place where the candle of Ukrainian national identity burns brightest and where Russian is definitely a minority language.

After check-in at our hotel in Lviv, we will enjoy a coffee tasting and short tour of Lviv’s Medieval city centre. During our walking tour we will see the architecture of Rynok Square, typical Austrian streets, as well as modern dwellings. Together they narrate Lviv's glorious history. We will walk along the Medieval part of Lviv and see the Armenian church and quarter, Dominican church, Boim Chapel and many other impressive sites in the historical city centre. Overnight Lviv

  • Accommodation 4 * Reikartz Medievale Lviv
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today our half-day tour includes a visit to the High Castle Hill (walk along the hill), where a castle once stood from the 1300s to the 1770s to protect the residents of Lviv during attacks. The hill now offers the best views of the city. We will discover the former Austrian casino, presently called "The House of Scientists". The casino was a meeting place for the aristocratic elite. We will also visit St. George's Cathedral, which serves as a great example of rococo architecture and was built between 1744-1760. Lunch is included.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Lviv independently, or you can join an optional local handmade chocolate master class with a Varenyky master class (subject to availability, payable locally). Overnight Lviv

  • Accommodation 4 * Reikartz Medievale Lviv
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

Today is free for you to spend however you wish.

Lviv is a compact and walkable city (although the cobbles can make it hard underfoot), with the historic Old Town at its centre. The city has less of the concrete Soviet block buildings and more of the colorful facades and charm of old Europe. A walk through central Lviv, especially during sunset, means repeated exclamations about how beautiful the city is and plenty of stops for photos. Cafes and restaurants are extremely quirky in Lviv and must to visit. Overnight Lviv

  • Accommodation 4 * Reikartz Medievale Lviv
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast we will have some free time before we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

A historical tour

Ukraine’s rich historical tapestry has fascinated travellers for years, from the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl that forced 234,000 citizens to flee the surrounding areas amid radiation fears, to the ancient city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, home to an 11th-century Old Town that stands on a tall, sheer-walled rock 'island', connected to a picturesque fortress. Then, of course, there’s the cosmopolitan cities of Kiev and Lviv, which any visit to Ukraine wouldn’t be complete without. Discover Kiev’s historic Orthodox churches that juxtapose against the city's creative, youthful vibrance before exploring Lviv’s cobbled streets and wondrous architecture.

The Hutsuls of the Capathians

Fiercely independent, the Hutsuls that dwell in the Capathian mountain range are a key part of Ukrainian national identity that we’ll discover on this tour. First identified as an ethnic group at the end of the 18th century, their life is centred around herding sheep, agriculture and forestry, and they survive off a diet of mountain ingredients, including mushrooms, berries and brynza (a crumbly cheese). Wooden architecture and a host of handicrafts, from decorated ceramics and embroidered shirts, are also symbols of their culture. During our trip to the mountain village of Verhovyna, we'll visit museums to learn about their culture, traditions and Ukrainian embroidery.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

London - Kiev: 3 hours and 20 mins
Lviv - London (via Kiev): 7 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:
Jan -5°C, Feb -3°C, Mar 02°C,
Apr 08°C, May 15°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 19°C,
Sep 14°C, Oct 08°C,
Nov 2°C, Dec -2°C

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What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Kiev and Liviv/London Gatwick (via Kiev) and transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Breakfast daily, five lunches and four dinners (including one welcome dinner)
  • Wine tasting
  • Coffee tasting
  • Full-day tour of Kiev including Khreshchatyk Street and Maidan
  • Full-day tour to Chernobyl
  • Full-day tour of Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Stops at Khotyn fortress, Chernivtsi and the National University
  • Day visiting the Hutsul people
  • Half-day tour of Lviv
  • Visit of High Castle Hill, St. George Cathedral & the House of Scientists
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Tips
  • Any other personal expenses

Useful Information

Visas
British citizens are allowed to enter Ukraine without a visa for visits of up to 90 days within a 180 day period. Otherwise, you’ll need to get a visa. For more advice on entry requirements contact the Ukrainian Embassy in London or Consulate General in Edinburgh.

You don’t need to complete an immigration card. Immigration officials may require you to scan your fingerprints as part of biometric data collection at border crossing points. For more details, visit the website of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Proof of financial means
You may be asked to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to support you during your stay. The Ukrainian authorities accept the following as a proof of sufficient funds: cash, bank cards along with bank statements, accommodation bookings, tourist vouchers, a letter from the person or company you’re visiting stating that they will cover your expenses, a return ticket or onward travel ticket. You can find more information on the websites of the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK and State Border Service of Ukraine.

Passport validity
If you’re travelling without a visa, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. If you’re applying for a visa, your passport may need to have an additional period of validity. Check with the Ukrainian Embassy in London for further details. More info

Transfer Time
The transfer from Kiev Airport to the hotel is approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.

Included Programme
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

Important info about your full day tour to Chernobyl
From 08:00 to 20:00. Enjoy your full day to Chernobyl from Kiev. Following an introductory briefing, you will head past a Checkpoint and into Chernobyl town, visit the secret Duga military radar station. You will see landmarks including the power plant, Kopachi Village and its abandoned kindergarten and Reactor #4. Head to Pripyat town which is now silent and see collapsed schools, run-down hospitals, and derelict cinemas. After lunch, visit the secret Duga military radar station.

Please note:

1) During Chernobyl tour you must have a valid passport with you (perhaps keep in a sealed plastic bag during your visit) and follow your local guide and their instructions at all times.

2) Please do not eat any berries or drink water from open sources such as wells etc. (bottled water is fine), smoke, eat or drink in open spaces.

3) You are allowed to take photographs and videos of everything except the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the checkpoints which are guarded. Your guide will be able to offer full advice on this.

4) Please wear shoes with closed toes (no flip flops or sandals) and with good grip. It is recommended these are shoes that are older and can be easily washed or thrown away afterwards.

5) Please wear full length trousers (no skirts or shorts) and long sleeves avoiding clothes with many zips. We advise to wash your clothes (or throw them away) and shower after the visit.

6) Do not sit on the ground, put your belongings on the ground or touch the vegetation or any objects you find on the ground or take any artefacts you may find on the ground.

7) It is advisable to bring along for the trip: your personal first aid kit, water, sandwiches and/or some snacks to eat in the bus. In the middle of the tour there is a lunch for the participants of the trip. If you need a vegetarian lunch, please let us know when getting on the bus.

8) Individuals who are intoxicated with alcohol, or in a state of alcohol/drug hangover are not allowed to enter the Zone. It is forbidden to use alcohol and drugs during a trip. It is prohibited to enter the Zone with any weapon and/whether ammunition.

9) Please be prepared for a long day, some long drives, walks, and not modern restrooms.

 

Optional Excursions
In Lviv there will be possibility to attend a local handmade chocolate master class with a Varenyky master class (subject to availability, all information will be given locally).

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of £50.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % add on.

Currency
Ukrainian hryvnia. You can take cash in Euros and Pound Sterling and exchange locally but please note that your notes will need to be in pretty good condition. Alternatively you can use the ATMs (known locally as bankomats) in Kiev and Ukraine.

Dress Code
Casual daytime medium-weight “layers” are recommended. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. Smart, casual wear for the evenings would be acceptable.

 Please note

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. We would not recommend this holiday for those with walking difficulties.
  • The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
  • The tour includes bumpy roads and sometimes a bit of mud

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
18 Apr 2020 27 Apr 2020 9 All Ages £ 1865 BOOK
29 Aug 2020 07 Sep 2020 9 All Ages £ 2179 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Kiev and Liviv/London Gatwick (via Kiev) and transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Breakfast daily, five lunches and four dinners (including one welcome dinner)
  • Wine tasting
  • Coffee tasting
  • Full-day tour of Kiev including Khreshchatyk Street and Maidan
  • Full-day tour to Chernobyl
  • Full-day tour of Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Stops at Khotyn fortress, Chernivtsi and the National University
  • Day visiting the Hutsul people
  • Half-day tour of Lviv
  • Visit of High Castle Hill, St. George Cathedral & the House of Scientists
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Tips
  • Any other personal expenses

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