This itinerary is perfect for first time visitors to Ukraine. With the convenience of overnight trains linking the diverse cities of Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, more time is left to experience this incredible country. Explore architectural treasures in the capital, wander the cobblestone streets in Lviv and delve into Odessa’s rich maritime history.
Part of our Essential portfolio, all hotels, transfers and train tickets are booked for you, but the itinerary leaves you free to spend the days as you wish. However, we can recommend the must-see sights and book a variety of excursions in each city. Speak to a Regent Ukraine Specialist for more information.
Fly to Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel and check in for four nights.
Spend three days exploring Ukraine’s capital at leisure. Explore the underground caves of the Pechersk Lavra monastery and be sure to venture inside St. Sophia’s Cathedral to gaze at the well-preserved frescoes and mosaics. (B)
Although controversial, the Monument to the Friendship of Nations is still a popular sight to visit, probably due to the fact its location offers a wonderful view of the city and Dnipro River. From here follow the footbridge to Trukhaniv Island where cafés, restaurants and the city’s beaches can be found. (B)
Perhaps consider taking a day trip from Kyiv and gain an insight into the Chernobyl story from past to present and learn about the massive nuclear disaster that rocked the Soviet Union and the world in April 1986. Speak to a Regent Ukraine Specialist about booking this trip in advance. (B)
Morning transfer from the hotel to the train station in Kyiv and board the day train to Lviv. On arrival in Lviv and transfer to the hotel for three nights. (B)
Start your exploration of Lviv in Market Square at the heart of the Old Town, but be aware you could spend the whole day here. Sixteenth-century Market Square has cobbled, winding roads, palaces, fountains, statues and a myriad of architectural styles, including Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic. Be sure to visit the handmade chocolate shop. Keep a look out for its large glass windows which offer a fantastic view of the in-store chocolate factory. (B)
Day at leisure to explore further. (B)
Free day before taking the overnight train to Odessa. (B)
Arrive in Odessa and check in to the hotel for three nights. In this laid-back town, the famous Potemkin Steps lead down to the Black Sea and Ukraine’s biggest commercial port. (B)
Make time to wander along Deribasivs’ka Street, a colourful and energetic route jam-packed with restaurants, bars and cafés, and head to Vorontsov’s Palace to explore the adjoining park complex and enjoy fantastic views of the Black Sea coastline. (B)
Day at leisure to perhaps relax on one of Odessa's many beaches. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
12 day tour, from £895 per person
(Single person supplement + £275)
- Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick
- All airport taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in three-star hotels with breakfast
- All transfers
- Train tickets in 1st class 2-berth compartments
4-star hotel Per person twin-share from £1195 Single room supplement from £525
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