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BEST OF UKRAINE

Available tour dates:
April 30 - May 13, 2022 (available)
Ukraine is a land rich in culture, heritage and tradition. On this tour we explore western, eastern, southern and central Ukraine: so diverse and so different from each other you may think we travel across different countries. We go off-the-beaten track to discover unique cultures and ethnicities: from the Cossacks of the Zaporizhzhia to the Hutsuls of the Carpathians. Wooden churches, lavish monasteries, Soviet nuclear bases, Jewish heritage, Ukraine's big three cities - Kiev, Odessa and Lviv, and much, much more.
14 days, 13 nights

KIEV/2 nights - KHARKIV/1night - DNIPRO/2 nights - ODESSA/2 nights - VINNYTSIA/1 night - CHERNIVTSI/1 night - YASINIA/1 night - LVIV/3 nights
Day 1, Saturday

Welcome to Kiev! Welcome to Kiev and Ukraine! The journey from airport to hotel will take between thirty minutes and an hour, depending on traffic and time of day. We are staying at a very central and comfortable Radisson hotel. We have early check in, in case you arrive early. In the afternoon we will meet for a walk in central Kiev, including the former Karait temple (Synagogue), the Golden gate, St Sophia (including the bell tower and main church), and St Andrew’s church and street. We will have some chocolate, coffee and/or ice-cream in Podil, a look at the Podil Zhitnii Rynok and Chernobyl museum. We will take the metro and then the Kiev funicular. We will see the Friendship Arch, have a look at the Kreschatyk central street and Independence square (Maidan), and have our welcome dinner at a Crimean Tatar restaurant. 

Overnight in Kiev, Radisson Blu City Center, two nights. Dinner. 
Day 2, Sunday
After a late breakfast we head out to explore more of Kiev: including the Gorodetsky House, the Crematorium (one of the most stunning Soviet modernist buildings), the Motherland monument, and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra - Ukraine’s holiest monastery. In the Lavra we will visit the stunning Uspensky cathedral, the Miniatures museum, and the Treasury. If you are keen for more steps (after yesterday’s St Sophia bell tower), we could climb the Lavra bell tower, too. We will have a look at the nearby Berestovo church, which like St Sophia and the Lavra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will have lunch in the outskirts of town, near Mezhyhyria residence, former wannabe dictator Yanukovich’s playground. We will do a tour of the residence grounds including the car collection and the main building. In the later afternoon we are back in Kiev, for some time on your own, including dinner - there is a really iconic, yet simple Ukrainian restaurant a minute away from our Radisson hotel.

Overnight in Kiev, Radisson Blu City Center, second night. Breakfast. 
Day 3, Monday
An early breakfast and we are off to eastern Ukraine. We will have a brief stop at Myrhorod, where writer Gogol dwelt for a while. Today’s main stop will be in the village of Opishnya, famous for its pottery. We will have lunch in a good village tavern, and then visit the National Pottery Museum, and one of the local potters for a demonstration and talk. In the afternoon we continue, stopping at the town of Poltava to have a look at the battle place (which had incredible consequences for both Russia and Ukraine) and the centre of town. We will have dinner in the outskirts of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine’s largest city, at a good rural inn, Nasha Dacha. We will arrive around eight pm at our comfortable central hotel in Kharkiv. We are right on the Main Street of town - and it is lively in the evenings (yet the hotel is very quiet)! Feel free to enjoy a stroll. 

Overnight in Kharkiv, 19 Hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 
Day 4, Tuesday
A morning on your own: to walk and explore the city, or have a long breakfast (our hotel has an amazing breakfast!). At eleven we meet, check out from our hotel, and walk to the Derzhprom, once highest building in Europe, and currently located on the second largest square in the world after Tiananmen. We will go to the central market, from where we will buy a light lunch to go. At 12.30 we depart south, towards Dnipro. On the way we will stop at the village of Petrykivka, famous for its flowery folk art. We will have a workshop and dinner in the village, and at seven continue to nearby Dnipro. We are checking in at the massive Menorah Jewish cultural centre, for two nights.

Overnight in Dnipro, Menorah hotel, two nights. Breakfast, dinner. 
Day 5, Wednesday
Breakfast at eight, and then we will have a tour of the Menorah museum and synagogue. We will then walk to the Dnieper river and the Diorama of the Battle of the Dnieper in 1943. At noon we continue to Zaporizhzhiya, and have lunch at a good Cossack restaurant. In the afternoon we visit the Cossack fortified settlement and equestrian theatre, before returning to Dnipro in time for an early dinner.

Overnight in Dnipro, Menorah hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch. 

Day 6, Thursday
An early breakfast and we head south-west, towards Odessa and the Black Sea coast. We will stop for a little stroll and lunch in the industrial town of Kryvii Rih (the only place on this itinerary that we have never been to). In the afternoon we will visit the Nikolaev observatory. Around six-thirty we arrive in Odessa, check in, and fresh up before dinner. We will have a little orientation walk, including the famous Potemkin stairs and the Opera house. We will have dinner at the lovely little Maman restaurant.

Overnight in Odessa, hotel de Paris, two nights. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7, Friday
Morning and lunch on your own to explore Odessa streets and museums (we can visit together the Modern Art museum and the Catacombs at Nerubaiske, and have lunch at Tyulka Jewish restaurant, if you want). In the afternoon, those who want, can join me to the Shabo winery and Akkerman fortress. We will enjoy a Georgian dinner at Shabo, and get back to Odessa around 9 pm.

Overnight in Odessa, hotel de Paris, second night. Breakfast. 

Day 8, Saturday
We start at eight, driving north, and visiting first the Strategic Rocket Forces museum, with its fully restored nuclear silo and command bunker. Those who want can descend 12 levels down to the command centre - it is very claustrophobic! At noon we depart to the nearby town of Uman, where we will have a little Jewish lunch, and visit the grave and shrine of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, founder of a group of Hasidic Jews. Uman now has an entire Jewish neighbourhood, vibrant and expanding. In the afternoon we will visit the large and scenic Sofyivka Park, and then depart to Vinnytsia. Dinner at a good fish restaurant on the central square, and then we will go to the Southern Bug river to see the Roshen fountains, largest floating fountain and multimedia show in Europe.  

Overnight in Vinnytsia, hotel France, one night. Breakfast. 

Day 9, Sunday
We continue west. We will go off the beaten trail, stopping at some interesting old villages. We will see the old synagogue (in pseudo-Moorish style) in Shargorod, converted to an alcohol distillery in Soviet times, and now just abandoned. A picnic lunch in a forest. We will stop for a couple of hours to see the pretty centre and fortress of Kamyanets-Podilski, and for an hour to see the large fortress of Khotin. In the early evening we will arrive in Chernivtsi. Check in, a bit of time to freshen up, and then a little walk and dinner in town.  

Overnight in Chernivtsi, AllureInn, one night. Breakfast, lunch. 

Day 10, Monday
At ten we will do a tour of Chernivtsi University, former residence of the bishops of Bukovina, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we are off to the nearby town of Kolommya, where we will visit the Hutsul Folk Museum, and the Painted Egg museum (this is a great place to buy a souvenir!). We will have a light lunch, and then continue to the village of Nizhny Verbizh to see the stunning wooden church, and then to another nearby village to see the legendary museum of Dovbush, a local Robin Hood-like figure. The founder and keeper of the museum is just as interesting as the museum and village. Afternoon we continue to Yasinia, where we will see another world heritage-listed wooden church. This is the start of our drive through the gentle and scenic Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. We will stay the night at a comfortable little inn, with amazing food. Dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Yasinia, Five Chimneys, one night. Breakfast, dinner.

Day 11, Tuesday
 After breakfast we continue driving along the border with Romania, stopping to have a look at the ginormous houses in the richest village in Ukraine. Small houses here have on average twenty bedrooms, large houses have sixty bedrooms. If the timetables match, we may take the narrow gauge train (one of the very last in Ukraine) of Vinogradiv - to be confirmed. Picnic lunch. We will visit yet another wooden world heritage church (in the village of Matkiv), and the salt works and church of Drohobych. Around seven pm we will arrive in Lviv. Dinner in a good restaurant near our hotel.  

Overnight in Lviv, Bankhotel, three nights. Breakfast, lunch. 

Day 12, Wednesday
A walking tour of Central Lviv: including the Armenian cathedral, the gingerbread workshop, the glass museum, a private lavishly decorated chapel, a chocolatier and the ruined Golden Rose synagogue. We will also visit the Folk Museum, and the Lychakiv cemetery. Afternoon on your own to explore Lviv (I recommend visiting the St Yuri cathedral or hiking to the High Castle!). Dinner in town.

Overnight in Lviv, Bankhotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.

Day 13, Thursday
We will have a tour of castles and churches around Lviv: including the old church and Jewish quarter of Zhovkva, Olesko castle (birthplace of Jan Sobieski) and the picturesque Pochaiv Lavra monastery. Farewell dinner in Lviv. 

Overnight in Lviv, Bankhotel, third night. Breakfast, lunch.

Day 13, Friday
End of tour. End of the tour after breakfast. Transfers to the airport for your onward flights: you can fly to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, Warsaw on LOT, Frankfurt on Lufthansa, Vienna on Austrian. Or you can get by car to Krakow in Poland.  

Breakfast.
€3460 per person, sharing double or twin room, €680 single supplement.
Maximum number of travelers is 10.
Price includes
  • Accommodation in some of Ukraine most atmospheric lodgings. 
  • Transport with a new, comfortable minibus.
  • Drivers and guides lodging and food.
  • All meals according to programme, always in carefully selected places. 
  • All taxes and fees.
  • Bottled water, refreshments and sweet treats while on the bus and while exploring sights. 
  • A comprehensive information pack with maps, literature, useful knowledge and gifts. 
  • Tips for pretty much everyone but guide and driver.
  • All activities according to the program. 
  •  Entry tickets to all sights that are ticketed. 
  • And much, much more. 
Price does not include
  • International air fares.
  • Medical and travel insurance. 
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, internet, drinks apart from those included. 
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment
Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and send it to office@lyuba.tours or info@lyubatours.com. A deposit, upon booking, at the amount of €500 per person is required to assure your place. The final payment is to be made no later than three months prior to the start of the tour. But during the COVID and post-COVID-19 world, we will accept final payment only when we have confirmed all tour details, and you when you are confident about travelling.

Extra nights in Kiev and Lviv and transfers
If you want to spend a night or two prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the tour hotel or another hotel. We can also recommend a nearby hotel which is cheaper. Please note that we have included transfers in the price - advice us of your arrival and departure times.

Tour information
Once we get your deposit, us folks at Lyuba Tours will immediately send a confirmation of space by e-mail. We will also send reading materials, music and more information about the country: what to bring, what to expect, money, weather, food and other wise. We will send all this by snail mail or email.
About a month before the tour, we will send you hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-minute notes. We will be happy if you meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure we have time to post your materials. Upon arrival in Ukraine, you will find even more stuff awaiting you: maps, phrasebooks, postcards, and more.

Customs and entry requirements
For this trip you require a passport with validity six months beyond the last day of the tour. That passport should have a blank page for a stamp.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Ukraine for up to 90 days. If you don’t happen to be a U.S. citizen, please make sure you have whatever documents are necessary to enter (and exit) Ukraine. We can help with this as well. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance
We strongly, strongly, strongly advise you to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance plan, if you don’t have one already. Insurance should cover trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain travel-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Although please do read the insurance company’s fine print, especially the section on ‘pre-existing conditions’.

Ground transportation
We will travel across Ukraine in comfortable, air-conditioned private minibuses. Smoking is NOT permitted on any of the vehicles.

Health regulations
You are advised to get a Hepatitis A and B vaccines, as well as a COVID-19 shot. Please see the CDC’s website for recommendations: www.cdc.gov. We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster.

Health considerations
To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form.

Opportunities for adventure
This tour is designed for those interested in learning everything about Ukraine. We will present you with all sorts of perspectives, and you will see many shades of Ukraine.
Also, this is a moderately active program (‘soft’ adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. No! Roads will be bumpy. Don’t expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy
We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We’ve spent months researching and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings and yourself.

Changes in itinerary
Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardize the traveler’s comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travelers.

Cancellations and refunds
Should a trip be cancelled due to travel restrictions in your home country or Ukraine, we will refund all moneys paid - but you may opt to have your deposit go towards a future tour booking with us. We will also take into account private considerations (e.g. workplace imposed quarantine upon return), and cancel and refund your trip accordingly. These are unprecedented times. We, as travellers, understand, and remain flexible. We are committed to have you travel with us, but we want these travels to be safe.

On the participant’s part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of €500, irrespective of reason up to 90 days before the tour. Cancellation made 89 days to 30 days before the tour will result in a cancellation fee of €750. From 29 days before the tour, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour. Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement member cannot be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate has been assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found.

Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, and if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount. Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable.
Meet your guide
YURI BOYANIN
Yuri is Lyuba's son. Travel is in his blood. He's been on the road since 28 days old. Ever since, he's visited 130 countries on all continents. He is enormously passionate about the world, about art, architecture and history. He is eager to show you some of the Caucasus' and Central Asia's most splendid and least known corners, which he has explored for years. Yuri has a PhD in History.
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