|15 May - 25 May|
04 Sep - 14 Sep
This new group tour visits the must-see sights of Ukraine. In Kyiv, explore architectural treasures such as the 11th-century St Sophia Cathedral and the Caves Monastery (Pechersk Larva), with its gold-domed churches and underground tunnels lined with mummified monks. In the Habsburg town of Lviv, you can spend a leisurely afternoon in Viennese-style coffee houses, before continuing by overnight train to Odessa to visit the famous Potemkin Steps and explore the region's rich maritime history.
Arrive in Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel anc check in to the hotel for four nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Today, enjoy a city tour of Kyiv including Kreschatyk, the Golden Gates, St. Sophia and St. Michael Cathedral. After lunch, visit the Cave Monastery before heading to the Great Patriotic War Museum. Spend the evening at leisure. (B,L)
Today on this excursion, gain an insight into the Chernobyl story from past to present and learn about this massive nuclear disaster that rocked the Soviet Union and the world in April 1986. Once home to 50,000 residents, the town of Pripyat now lies abandoned and overgrown. Discover derelict apartment blocks and schools, and the iconic ferris wheel - a haunting symbol of the tragedy. Tour inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone, stop for lunch at the Power Plant canteen and meet the self-settlers who chose to come back to their homes after the evacuation.
Please note: It is a condition of entry to the Exclusion Zone that long sleeved tops and long trousers must be worn at all times. Open toes shoes of any type are also not permitted. (B,L)
Visit Pirogova, a picturesque open-aor museum of old Ukrainian lifestyle and folk culture. The museum is divided into areas representing different regions of Ukraine. Here, discover Ukraine from the 16-19th centuries with many original buildings relocated here from villages all over Ukraine. See wooden churches, windmills, and even a rural school building. Different kinds of structures such as water-mills, forges cattle-sheds, granaries and apiaries will tell a story of how folks lived in Ukraine centuries ago.
This morning transfer to the Kyiv Railway Station for the daily direct train to Lviv (journey time around 5 hours). On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights. In the afternoon take a walking tour around Lviv's Old Town. We start our exploration of Lviv in market Square at the heart of the Old Town, but be aware you could spend the whole day just here. Sixteenth-century Market Square has cobbled, winding roads, palaces, fountains, statues and a myriad of architectural styles, including Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic. There is a church on virtually every corner and the city boasts the best museums ad galleries in the country.
Today visit the dramatic Carpathian Mountains, where the ethnic Hutsul people follow their traditions in hidden valleys. Today's day trip will visit a traditional Carpathian village, taste some home-made produce and a walk in the lower hills. (B,L)
Free day to relax or explore Lviv - Ukraine's second city. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at one of the many Viennese-style coffee-shops. Take an evening walk to Vysoki Zanok (High Castle) for stunning views across the city, especially at sunset. This evening transfer to Lviv Railway Station for the overnight train to Odessa. (B)
Awake in the cosmopolitan port of Odessa ad transfer to your hotel for early check-in for three nights. After breakfast and some time to freshen up - enjoy a city tour of Odessa. The highlights will include a visit to the five-domed Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral, Shevchenko Park with its great viwes of the Black Sea and a walk along Primorsky Boulevard, the city's most popular promenade and home to many of Odessa's finest buildings and monuments. You will also see the exterior of the Baroque-style Opera House and the impressive Potemkin Steps. (B)
Today visit Belgorod-Dnistrovsky Fortress, considered to be one of the ten oldest cities in the world which have been continuously populated. The city was founded 2,500 years ago by Greek settlers from Milet polis and named Tir. The Fortress is located overlooking the estuary and here learn about all the nationalities Turks, Mongols and Tatars, Moldovans and Russian troops who have passed through this way. A;so included is a visit to Shabo Winery for lunch and some wine-tasting.(B,L)
Free day to explore Odessa further or relax on one of Odessa's Black Sea beaches. Perhaps roam the catacombs under the city before descending by cable car to the white sands of Otrada Beach. Banquet on fresh fish in a shore-side restaurant before taking in a performance in the Baroque and Rococo Opera and Ballet Theatre. (B)
This morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK via Gatwick. (B)
15 May 2019
25 May 2019
04 Sep 2019
14 Sep 2019