18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

Start: Doha
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  9​h
1
Kiev
— 4 nights
2
Poltava
— 2 nights
3
Kharkiv
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Lviv
— 3 nights
5
Yaremche
— 1 night
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.
Head to Tsekh Art Gallery and Charity Storefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and Pirogovo Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Saint Sophia Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Great Patriotic War Museum, explore the galleries of Golden Gate, and see the interesting displays at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kiev online tour builder .

Doha, Qatar to Kiev is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Kiev due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Doha in August: high temperatures in Kiev hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Poltava.

Things to do in Kiev

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Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©

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, see the interesting displays at The Poltava Museum of Local Lore, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Ukrainian Pottery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Poltava Battle History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sampsoniy Church, then examine the collection at Long-Range Strategic Aviation Museum, then examine the collection at Poltava Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Poltava trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Kiev to Poltava takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the 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 ©
Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House ©
Ivan Kotlyarevskiy House

3
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Avec Fine Arts Gallery or Tsentralny Rynok. Appreciate the collections at Palladium and COME IN Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kharkiv: Ilya Repin Museum (in Chuhuiv) and Krasnokutsk Arboretum (in Krasnokutsk). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kharkov Dolphinarium, walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, get curious at Software and Computer Museum, and view the masterpieces at Maestro Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kharkiv trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Poltava to Kharkiv in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kharkiv can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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

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Lviv

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
You'll explore and learn at Insomnia - The Haunted House and Museum of Folk Architecture and Life. Do your shopping at Kolektsiya Jewellery Boutique and Glass Museum In Lviv. Take a break from Lviv with a short trip to Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Zhorniska, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Armenian street.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Lviv visit site .

Fly from Kharkiv to Lviv in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yaremche.

Things to do in Lviv

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

1
night
Yaremche

Yaremche ©
Yaremche is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of west Ukraine. On the 21st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Elias Wooden Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of St. John the Baptist, then take in the awesome beauty at Hoverla, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Girske Mini-Brewery.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yaremche trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Lviv to Yaremche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Khotyn.

Things to do in Yaremche

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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
St Elias Wooden Church ©
St Elias Wooden Church

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. On the 22nd (Thu), make a trip to Historic Customs House, examine the collection at Khotyn Historic Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Khotyn Fortress.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Khotyn vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yaremche to Khotyn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yaremche in August, Khotyn is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Odessa.

Things to do in Khotyn

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Khotyn Fortress ©
Khotyn Fortress

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and Gapchinska Art Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Interesting Science and Catacombs of Odessa. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, see the interesting displays at Shustov Cognac Winery Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium, and get curious at Paleontologic Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Odessa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Khotyn to Odessa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Khotyn in August, expect a bit 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 Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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