Western Ukraine

9 Nights in Ukraine
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London - Kiev: 3 hours and 20 mins Lviv - London (via Kiev): 7 hours Hour Flight GMT +2:00 Continental

What you can expect

Chernobyl

Visit Chernobyl – the site of the world's biggest nuclear disaster

Wondrous architecture

Admire wondrous architecture

Lviv

Enjoy free time in Lviv – the gem of Western Ukraine

About the trip

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.

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single Room
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily, five lunches and four dinners
  • Inclusions as per itinerary
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Kiev
  • Exploring Kiev
  • Chernobyl
  • Kiev - Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi –Chernivtsi - Bukovel
  • Verhovyna Village
  • Bukovel – Lviv
  • Lviv
  • Day at leisure
  • Lviv – London (via Kiev)

Extras

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What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

Kiev (+/- 34 km)

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

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.

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DAY 2

Exploring Kiev

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.

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DAY 3

Chernobyl (+/- 310 km)

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.

  • Breakfast and Lunch  Included
DAY 4

Kiev - Kamianets-Podilskyi (+/- 440 km)

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.

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included
DAY 5

Kamianets-Podilskyi –Chernivtsi - Bukovel

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
DAY 6

Verhovyna Village (+/- 130 km)

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.

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DAY 7

Bukovel – Lviv (+/- 220 km)

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.

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DAY 8

Lviv

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.

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DAY 9

Day at leisure

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.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 10

Lviv – London (via Kiev) (+/- 8 km)

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

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Western Ukraine

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar)

  • Premier Rus Hotel 3* – Kyiv
  • Reikartz Hotel 4* – Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Radisson Blu Hotel 5* – Bukovel
  • Reikartz Medievale Lviv 4* – Lviv

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January -2 °C -7 °C
February °C -7 °C
March 6 °C -2 °C
April 14 °C 4 °C
May 20 °C 9 °C
June 23 °C 12 °C
July - August 24 °C 13 °C
September 19 °C 8 °C
October 12 °C 3 °C
November 4 °C -1 °C
December °C -6 °C

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