18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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Start: Doha
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h
1
Kiev
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Poltava
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kharkiv
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Lviv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Yaremche
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Khotyn
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
7
Odessa
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Doha

4
nights
Kiev

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Appreciate the collections at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum and Mironova Gallery. Head to Tsekh Art Gallery and Narodniy Dim Ukrainefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, and make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kiev trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Kiev is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In August, Kiev is colder than Doha - with highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Poltava.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum ©
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum

2
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Poltava

Poltava ©
Poltava is a city located on the Vorskla River in central Ukraine. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get curious at Aviation and Space Museum, examine the collection at The Poltava Museum of Local Lore, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Ukrainian Pottery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Poltava Battle History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sampsoniy Church, examine the collection at Long-Range Strategic Aviation Museum, then see the interesting displays at Poltava Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Poltava road trip planning site.

Getting from Kiev to Poltava by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Poltava

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Museum of Ukrainian Pottery
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The Poltava Museum of Local Lore ©
The Poltava Museum of Local Lore
Long-Range Strategic Aviation Museum ©
Long-Range Strategic Aviation Museum
Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House ©
Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House

3
nights
Kharkiv

Kharkiv ©
Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Palladium and Maestro Gallery. Head to Avec Fine Arts Gallery and COME IN Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Kharkiv: Ilya Repin Museum (in Chuhuiv) and Krasnokutsk Arboretum (in Krasnokutsk). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, look for all kinds of wild species at Kharkov Dolphinarium, hunt for treasures at Tsentralny Rynok, and get curious at Software and Computer Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kharkiv trip site.

You can take a train from Poltava to Kharkiv in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kharkiv

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Ilya Repin Museum, Krasnokutsk Arboretum
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Kharkov Dolphinarium ©
Kharkov Dolphinarium
Palladium ©
Palladium
Krasnokutsk Arboretum ©
Krasnokutsk Arboretum

3
nights
Lviv

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lychakiv Cemetery and Svyatogo Yura Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Pravda B Gallery and Kolektsiya Jewellery Boutiquefor some retail therapy. Step out of Lviv with an excursion to Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Zhorniska--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, make a trip to Lviv City Hall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Glass Museum In Lviv.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lviv vacation builder tool.

Getting from Kharkiv to Lviv by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lviv when traveling from Kharkiv in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Yaremche.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Insomnia - The Haunted House ©
Insomnia - The Haunted House

1
night
Yaremche

Yaremche ©
Yaremche is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of west Ukraine. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Elias Wooden Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of St. John the Baptist, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hoverla, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Girske Mini-Brewery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yaremche trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Lviv to Yaremche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Yaremche sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Khotyn.

Things to do in Yaremche

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
St Elias Wooden Church ©
St Elias Wooden Church
Nativity of St. John the Baptist ©
Nativity of St. John the Baptist

1
night
Khotyn

Khotyn ©
Khotyn is a city in Chernivtsi Oblast of western Ukraine, and is the administrative center of Khotyn Raion within the oblast, and is located south-west of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Historic Customs House, see the interesting displays at Khotyn Historic Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Khotyn Fortress.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Khotyn online tour planner.

You can drive from Yaremche to Khotyn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Khotyn when traveling from Yaremche in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Odessa.

Things to do in Khotyn

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Khotyn Fortress ©
Khotyn Fortress

3
nights
Odessa

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Shop till you drop at Privoz Market and Gapchinska Art Gallery. Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and Catacombs of Odessa will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, engage your brain at Paleontologic Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Interesting Science, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Odessa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Khotyn to Odessa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Khotyn in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Odessa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum
Museum of Interesting Science ©
Museum of Interesting Science
Catacombs of Odessa ©
Catacombs of Odessa

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