Highlights of Ukraine

Tour Highlights

Explore the historical wonders of Odessa, Kiev and Lviv alongside the natural beauty of Ukraine’s scenic lakes, waterfalls and mountains!
Bordering Russia, Poland Hungary, Romania and the Black Sea, Ukraine is one of Europe’s most intriguing countries in Europe. Diverse and largely undiscovered, Ukraine is a nation rich in colourful tradition, warm-hearted people and “off-the-beaten path” experiences.

We begin our adventure in the port city of Odessa, on the Black Sea coast. Originally founded as a Russian naval fortress, the city boasts a labyrinth of underground catacombs, a beautiful opera house and luscious beaches.
Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, has some of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular golden domed cathedrals, fascinating religious history, hip neighborhoods and awe-inspiring architecture. A highlight here will be a Ukrainian Zabava  - a performance of traditional song and dance.

After Kiev we spend some time in the awe-inspiring Carpathian Mountains range, known for its crisp, clean air and healing mineral waters. Then we proceed to Lviv, affectionately referred to as the “Paris of the Ukraine” - a modern city with a well-preserved old European feel.

Tour Highlights:

   • Performance at Opera and Ballet Theatre
   • Shabo winery tour
   • Kyiv Pechersk Monastery
   • St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and St. Sophia’s Cathedral
   • Andriyivskyy Uzviz - Kiev’s most ancient street 
   • Holodomor Museum
   • Kamianets-Podilsky Fortress
   • Tulova Village Experience & a traditional wedding
   • Kosiv Bazar & Ceramic Demonstration
   • Retro train city tour and walking tour of Lviv, including a visit of the Lviv Opera House
   • A traditional Ukrainian zabava performance

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Odessa, Ukraine.
Upon arrival we transfer to our centrally located hotel. This afternoon we will have an orientation walking tour around town, and this evening is our Welcome Dinner.
On our city tour we will visit the famous Potemkin steps, then stroll down Derybasivska Street - the city’s main promenade. Afternoon at leisure to further explore the city. This evening we attend a performance at the Opera and Ballet Theatre - one of the most beautiful in Europe.
We visit the small town of Shabo where we will take a tour of its famous winery, and try some of their fabulous products! We will have lunch at a restaurant next to the winery, then on our way back to Odessa we will stop in the picturesque beach resort town of Zatoka. We have some time to relax by the sea before heading back to Odessa.
At leisure to explore the city or join an optional excursion. Your Tour Manager will assist. This evening we take the overnight train to Kiev.
We arrive in Kiev and embark on a city tour, starting with the Khreschatyk and Independence Square (now known as Maidan). Then we visit St. Sophia’s Cathedral, built in the 10th century! Pilgrims from Ukraine and abroad come here to see 1000-year-old frescoes and mosaics. We finish with a trip down Andriyivsky Uzviz - a winding street that’s home to artisans, craftsmen and vendors. This evening we enjoy a traditional Ukrainian Zabava (dinner and performance), for a chance to learn some traditional Ukrainian songs and dances!
This morning we visit the Kiev Lavra Cave Monastery, where we will go down into the underground labyrinths filled with ancient mummified monks. Then we visit the Holodomor Museum devoted to the victim’s of the Stalin-made famine in 1932 that killed millions of Ukrainians. Afternoon at leisure. This evening we fly to Chernivtsi.
Chernivtsi is a favourite town for visitors to Ukraine. Our walking tour will show us the stunning university buildings, Theatre Square, Bukovynian Hall of Fame, Turkish Square and various cathedrals and temples. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps to walk along Olha Kobylyanska Street with its many cafes, street musicians and classic architecture.
We’ll see how the local princes and rulers once lived as we visit the fortress of Kamianets-Podilsky - a former Ruthenian-Lithuanian castle and later a Polish fortress. Later, back in Chernivtsi, we enjoy a special treat – a private performance by a local folk-song ensemble - a bukovynian style Zabava!
We enjoy Ukrainian hospitality at its best as we visit Tulova - a village of many traditions and music. Our welcoming hosts will teach us how to make Ukrainian varenyky (dumplings) and other traditional Ukrainian dishes, and we’ll enjoy a lunch of our own making. On our way back to our hotel, we pass by the Carpathian Mountains which range from the Czech Republic to Romania!
Our exploration of the beautiful region of Hutsulshchyna begins at the famous Kosiv crafts bazaar, featuring the finest local craftsmen selling their wares. Then we’ll visit an old wooden church in Pistyn village before enjoying the best of traditional Hutsul cuisine at a local restaurant overlooking the river in the village of Sheshory. Afternoon at leisure.
After a free morning, we learn how traditional local wool blankets, ‘lizhnyky’, are made from the local craftsmen. Later, we are invited to a traditional Hutsul wedding, and learn traditional songs and customs, sample local delicacies and enjoy real Carpathian hospitality!
We continue exploring the beautiful region of Hutsulshchyna in the ceramic town of Kosiv, where we’ll see how the ceramics are made and maybe try our own hand at it! En route to Lviv we will stop in a quaint little town called Kolomyia to see the famous Pysanka Museum - a building shaped like a large Easter egg! In Lviv we’ll walk around the medieval town and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
For our tour of this historic and culturally rich city we’ll hop aboard a retro train, then taste some fragrant coffee in one of many coffee houses. A walking tour will include a visit or the Lviv Opera House with its stunning interiors! Afternoon at leisure. This is a great city for shopping with many souvenir and craft shops, art galleries and an open-air craft market offering a variety of artwork, embroidery, woodcarving and more! Tonight is our Farewell Dinner where we’ll enjoy one last Zabava with a local folk-band performance!
Today we’ll visit sights outside of Lviv’s historic city centre, with a choice to visit either the famous Lychakiv cemetery - where famous Ukrainian writers, politicians and public figures are buried, or the Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, with its collection of architecture and household items of Ukrainian ancestors. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
We bid farewell to Ukraine and fly back to Canada.

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