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.
Our “Essential” holidays are ideal for those who like to explore under their own steam, safe in the knowledge all their accommodation, transfers and travel are taken care of by us. This 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.
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)
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)
This is an example itinerary staying at our preferred three star hotels, accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options staying at four or five star hotels, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1244 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.
We have just returned from our very enjoyable holiday in Ukraine and would like to thank Christina Gibbons for making all the arrangements. The planning, booking arrangements and ticketing could not have been easier. We appreciated having our train tickets delivered to our hotel, thus avoiding the usual queues in the railway station. All transfers worked to perfection and the drivers were friendly and helpful. We had a very enjoyable trip and would certainly recommend Regent Holidays to others.