Welcome to Ukraine


Big & Diverse

Ukraine is big. In fact it's Europe’s biggest country (not counting Russia, which isn’t entirely in Europe) and packs a lot of diversity into its borders. You can be clambering around the Carpathians in search of Hutsul festivities, sipping Eastern Europe’s best coffee in sophisticated Lviv and partying on the beach in Odesa all in a few days. Ukrainians are also a diverse crowd: from the wired sophisticates of Kyiv’s business quarters to the Gogolesque farmers in Poltava, the Hungarian-speaking bus drivers of Uzhhorod to the Crimean Tatar cafe owners just about everywhere, few countries boast such a mixed population.

Hospitable Hosts

Despite their often glum reticence and initial distrust of strangers, travellers to the country quickly find out that Ukrainians are, when given the chance, one of Europe’s most open and hospitable people. Break down that reserve and you’ll soon be slurping borshch in someone’s Soviet-era kitchen, listening to a fellow train passenger’s life story or being taken on an impromptu tour of a town’s sights by the guy you asked for directions. Much social interaction takes place around Ukraine’s hearty food, always brought out in belt-stretching quantities. Learn a bit of Ukrainian and you double the effect.

Outdoor Fun

A diverse landscape obviously throws up a whole bunch of outdoorsy activities – from mountain biking and hill walking in the Carpathians to bird spotting in the Danube Delta, from cycling along the Dnipro in Kyiv to water sports in the Black Sea. But if the idea of burning calories on hill and wave has you fleeing for the sofa, rest assured that most Ukrainians have never tried any of the above, but love nothing more than wandering their country’s vast forests, foraging for berries and mushrooms or picnicking by a meandering river.

Living History

As we have now all sadly realised, history didn't end around 1989, and that's doubly true in Ukraine. Having only appeared on the map in 1991, the country has managed two revolutions and a Russian invasion already, and fighting in the Donbas is ongoing. History ancient and recent is all around you in this vast land, whether it be among the Gothic churches of Lviv, the Stalinist facades of Kyiv, the remnants of the once-animated Jewish culture of west Ukraine or the ubiquitous Soviet high-rises.


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$114 Day Trips & Excursions

Chernobyl Tour from Kiev

Your tour begins by meeting your tour staff at the departure point where they will check your passports and dress code.  Drive to Chernobyl with passing Dytyatky checkpoint (on the border of the 30-km Exclusion Zone). You will see an informative and stunning documentary during the 2-hour ride.Entry to the 30km Exclusion Zone. Meeting your guide (if a guide doesn't come with you from Kiev).Arrival to Chernobyl. Introductory briefing on the Exclusion Zone administrative division and regulations, RAW disposal, etc.Sightseeing Chernobyl town.Entry to the 10 km Zone by passing Leliv checkpoint.On the way to the Power Plant you stop at almost fully buried Kopachi village and check its kindergarten which we can enter.Sightseeing Reactor #4 from a 270m distance and construction site of a new sarcophagus.Stop near the Red Forest and Pripyat road sign.Sightseeing Pripyat town: Lenin Street, the main square, the palace of culture, Polissya hotel, supermarket; Ferris wheel, the stadium, school, swimming pool, hospital, etc.Drive through the tiny part of western radioactive trace.Passage through Leliv checkpoint. Radiation control before the lunch.Lunch at the Chernobyl canteen - all ingredients are brought from the outside and ecologically clean. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.Important -Duga 3 (so called "Russian Woodpecker", military over the horizon radar and it?s base called "Chernobyl 2")Final check out at Dytyatki checkpoint. Compulsory radiation control.Return to Kiev around 7pm

$111 Day Trips & Excursions

From Kiev, Full-Day Chernobyl and Prypiat Tour with Guide

You are welcome to join our scheduled 1-day trip, during which you will see: (There can be some changes due to weather conditions!) - Dytyatky checkpoint, an official entrance to the Exclusion zone; - The village of Zalissya with abandoned houses and barns, a shop and the only self-settler Rozaliya Ivanivna; - A bypass road to the NPP around the town of Chernobyl, built a month after the accident to facilitate the traffic of military vehicles; - An almost fully buried village of Kopachi with a remaining kindergarten; - A decontaminated Red Forest at place of the first and worst radioactive fall-out; - The town of Pripyat populated by 50 thousand people before the evacuation;- The hospital receiving the fire fighters and NPP workers, badly affected by the accident; - A river port and the most prestigious Pripyat café at the embankment; - A town hall – the first headquarters for mitigation of the accident consequences;- Polissya hotel, a correction point for helicopters dropping lead bags over the 4th reactor ruins;- Energetic Palace of culture, the main recreational site for the Prypyat youth;- Ferris wheel in the amusement park which was never open;- A fire station, the crew were the second to extinguish fire at the NPP at night of the disaster on April 26, 1986; - Chernobyl NPP: - The Sarcophagus and the New Safe Confinement ("Arch") – an observation point at a 300 m distance; - A fire station at the NPP, the crew arrived the first to extinguish fire at the NPP after explosion, - A NPP cooling pond (feeding giant catfish – depending on the season); - Cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP 3rd generation; - The secret soviet object Chernobyl-2 (radar "DUGA-1"). Giant radar antenna "DUGA-1", secret town of Chernobyl-2 which provided the efficiency of antennas and horizon tracking of the launching of ballistic missiles. - The town of Chernobyl. - Ecologically-clean dinner in a Chernobyl state canteen for the Exclusion zone workers (vegetarian meal available upon request). Tour includes: all formal permissions, comfortable auto transportation Kiev-Zone-Kiev (air conditioning, viewing a selection of documentary films on the route), professional English-speaking guide (or guide plus interpreter), maximally permitted time of stay in the Zone (leaving Kiev at 8.00 a.m., arriving back at 7.30 - 8.30 p.m.), extended program of the visit, teaching skills of radiation survival, compulsory insurance, route map and personal certificate about visit to the Chernobyl zone.

$29.45 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer: Kiev Boryspil International Airport to Kiev Hotel

Your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival gate, holding your name sign. He will be glad to assist you with your luggage. You will be escorted to your private vehicle and taken to your centrally located Kiev hotel or apartment. You will enjoy a comfortable ride and see some of the capital's sights as the driver takes you to your final destination in Kiev.Vehicles are available for a different number of passengers, and are in top visual and technical condition. You can choose a Sedan, SUV or Minibus (Mercedes Sprinter) for your transfer.Distance from Boryspil Airport to the centrally located Kiev hotels is about 33 km.Please, include the following information when booking: Name of the airlines & flight number Arrival time Name & address of your hotel Your mobile phone

$23.56 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Kiev Boryspil International Airport from Kiev Hotel

Meet your driver, holding your name sign, at the reception of your hotel or apartment at the appointed time. He will be glad to assist you with your luggage. Sit back and relax with stress-free transfer, avoiding the hassle of arranging a taxi at the last minute or traveling by public transport. You will appreciate this reliable service.Vehicles are available for a different number of passengers, and are in top visual and technical condition. You can choose Sedan, SUV or Minibus (Mercedes Sprinter) for your transfer.Distance from the centrally located Kiev hotels to International Boryspil Airport is about 33 km.

$90 Private & Custom Tours

Highlights of Kiev Private Sightseeing Tour

The tour will start at 10am from the centrally located hotel or apartment of your stay in Kiev. Your guide will meet you at hotel lobby area on reception. The first part of your big tour will start with 3h city tour by private transport. You will know the most interesting places of Kiev and can expect to see them. Among them are: the Golden Gate, Vladimirskiy Cathedral, St. Michael’s Square and St. Michael's Domed Monastery, Foundation Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskiy, Security Head Office of Ukraine, All-Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Pedagogical Museum, Red Building of the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Bessarabskiy Market, House of Chimeras, House of President of Ukraine, National Bank of Ukraine, Ukrainian House, National Philharmonic Society, Maidan Nezalezhnosti /Independence Square, Kiev’s Funicular, Post Office Square, St. Alexander’s Catholic Church, Contract House, Fountain Samson, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,Holy Spirit Church, Clergy House, and Mariinskiy Park and Palace.Visit the the hill where St. Andrew's Church is situated. Here you will know about the history of the St. Andrew’s Decent and old town. Then your private guide will bring you at 1pm to view the hill of the Pechersk district where Museum of World War II is situated. Here you will start another walking part of the tour to get familiar with territory of Museum. At 1:30pm enjoy lunch at an Ukrainian cuisine restaurant or cafe on  your way. Lunch time is from 12pm - 4pm, except on weekends. The average price about $8US per person.Lastly, enjoy Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery while visiting the Near and Far caves. The Lavra, a large monastery with 28 hectares of land, got this title in 1688. Review the monastery constructions, galleries of the Near and Far Caves, possibility to visit in extra the Museum of Historic Treasures of Ukraine, Museum miniatures and other exhibits. In 1990 Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra Monastery was enlisted into the UNESCO's World Heritage List.Finally, you will go to the nearest Metro station where learn more about Kiev Metro lines and visit the deepest Metro Station in the World – Arsenalna (105.5 meters (346 ft)).      Tour ends after the 6-hour ride and you can return to your hotel by public transport, metro, taxi, or by bus to Downtown – Independence Square called Maidan Nezalezhnosti and the guide will help you.

$29.45 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Panoramic City Tour of Kiev

Meet your guide at the reception of your hotel and start a fascinating 3-hour city tour. You will see how beautiful Kiev is and admire the city’s main attractions. Our first stop will be at the magnificent St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, where you will see beautiful paintings of M. Vasnetsov and discover the relics of St. Barbara. Not far from this sight, there is a splendid building of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, built in 1901. Your expert guide will show you a famous historical monument – the Golden Gates, surrounded by a cozy park. You will see St. Sofia Cathedral, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the B. Khmelnitsky Monument in front of it. You will walk through the cobbled streets of the historical part of the city and admire a dazzling St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Church. You will learn many interesting facts about Kiev and uncover the secrets of the city’s centuries-old history.Later, you will see an impressive building of the National University of T. Shevchenko and discover a monument to a famous poet, situated in a charming park. Moreover, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the Dnieper River from the observation deck near the Kiev Founders Monument.You will also explore the main Kiev square – Maidan Nezalezhnosti and take a walk through the Kreschatik Street. You will enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this small-group tour and your expert guide will tell you a lot of interesting and useful information about Kiev. The tour will end with the drop-off at your centrally located hotel.