18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev)
— 4 nights
Train
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Poltava
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kharkiv
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lviv
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Yaremche
— 1 night
Drive
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Khotyn
— 1 night
Fly
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Odessa
— 3 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev)

— 4 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Appreciate the collections at Pyrohovo Open-Air Museum and Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum. Head to Tsekh Art Gallery and Mironova Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) vacation planner.

Doha, Qatar to Kyiv (Kiev) is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Kyiv (Kiev), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in August, expect Kyiv (Kiev) to be cooler, temps between 31°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Poltava.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Poltava

— 2 nights
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.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Poltava road trip planning site.

Getting from Kyiv (Kiev) to Poltava by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Poltava

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Kharkiv

— 3 nights
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 Avec Fine Arts Gallery and Maestro Gallery. Head to Palladium and COME IN Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Kharkiv: Krasnokutsk Arboretum (in Krasnokutsk) and Ilya Repin Museum (in Chuhuiv). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, stroll through Kharkov Dolphinarium, hunt for treasures at Tsentralny Rynok, and get curious at Software and Computer Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kharkiv trip site.

You can drive from Poltava to Kharkiv in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. 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 fly to Lviv.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Lviv

— 3 nights

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lychakiv Cemetery and Pravda B Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Kolektsiya Jewellery Boutique and Glass Museum In Lvivfor 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, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, steep yourself in history at Armenian street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lviv vacation builder tool.

Getting from Kharkiv to Lviv by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Yaremche

— 1 night
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 stroll through Hoverla, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Girske Mini-Brewery.

To see ratings, reviews, 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 bus; or take a train. 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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Khotyn

— 1 night
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.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, 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 fly to Odessa.

Things to do in Khotyn

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
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Odessa

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

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.
You'll explore and learn at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and N. Roerich's House Museum in Odessa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catacombs of Odessa and Museum of Interesting Science. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, browse the eclectic array of goods at Privoz Market, and meet the residents at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Odessa tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Khotyn to Odessa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Khotyn in August, Odessa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Ukraine travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.