The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine is one of the most intriguing countries in Eastern Europe. Bigger than either France or Germany, Ukraine is less visited and more unspoiled. Its vast “black earth” steppe, forested Carpathian Mountains, sophisticated cities of Kiev, Odessa, and Lviv, major archaeological sites, vivid Hutsul mountain culture, and sun-drenched Black Sea coast make Ukraine a variegated and beautiful place to explore. Explore this resilient region influenced by Polish princes, Cossak hetmen, Turkish Khans, Russian poets and nationalists.
Day 1-3. Lviv
Explore beautiful Lviv, founded in the 13th Century. Wander its lovely UNESCO-listed Old Town Square, surrounded by 16th-18th century merchant dwelings. Conquered by the Poles in 1349, Lviv has a Central European feel.
Da 4-6 Kiev, Fly to Odessa
In the capital Kiev, visit the 11th century St Sophia and the Caves Monastery, admiring the golden domes and underground tunnels lined with mummified monks. Stroll and shop in one of the city's most charming areas. the cobbled descent down Adreevsky Street.
Day 7-8 Odessa
Enjoy Odessa, Catherine the Great's naval base and strategic fort. Explore the WWII partisan catacombs and the famous Potemkin Steps on the waterfront.