There is so much to see, do, and explore on our Ukraine holidays. The Orange Revolution brought the world's attention to developments in this massive yet enigmatic country, and now ancient towns, the vast plains, mountains and Black Sea coast are firm favourites with those who choose holidays to Ukraine. Popular for city breaks are the cities of Kiev and Lviv where visitors are drawn to the breathtaking frescoes in St Sophia's Cathedral and the Golden Gate in Kiev and the lovely faded Baroque and Renaissance architecture of Lviv's Old Town.
Venture into the dramatic Carpathian Mountains, where the ethnic Hutsul people follow their traditions in hidden valleys, and hike to the peak of the highest mountain, Goverla, for superb panoramas. Search out the profusion of castles and wooden churches, in particular medieval Kamenets Podilsky teetering on a rocky outcrop. Chernobyl may be off limits to residents, but you can join one of our guided Chernobyl tours to the devastated site of the nuclear disaster.
Tragically Ukraine has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this past year and together with our local partners and friends we are monitoring the situation closely. A ceasefire was agreed on 5 September 2014 between Ukraine, Russia and the separatists. Travel to Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts are still off limits but these areas were never on any tourist map in the first place. City breaks to Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa are still possible, as well as exploring off-the-beaten track cities such as Chernivtsi, Kamenets Podilsky and Uzhgorod in West Ukraine. Dazzling frescoes, old cathedrals and charming baroque and Renaissance architecture fi ll the popular cities of Kyiv and Lviv, where numerous art galleries, cafés and museums line the cobbled streets.
Ukraine holidays are a great choice for history buffs as you can explore this country's turbulent past in its various museums, learn about formation of Kievan Rus. Fans of religious architecture will be fascinated by stunning churches and unique cave monasteries where you can browse the crypts filled with mummified monks. Rail enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy the overnight trains between Ukraine’s main cities.
For a change of pace while on your Ukraine holidays, head to Odessa and relax on the sandy beach on the shores of the Black Sea and pose for a photograph on the Potemkin Steps.
With so much to see and do during your Ukraine holidays, we guarantee you will be enchanted by this beautiful country.