18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev)
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
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— 3 nights


Kyiv (Kiev) — 4 nights

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Let the collections at Pyrohovo Open-Air Museum and National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra and Golden Gate. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sophia's Cathedral, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, take an in-depth tour of Chernobyl National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Tsekh Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyiv (Kiev) trip itinerary 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.
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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.
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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 COME IN Art Gallery. Head to Palladium and Maestro 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, 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.
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Lviv — 3 nights

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lychakiv Cemetery and Glass Museum In Lviv 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 lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Armenian street, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, and make a trip to Lviv City Hall.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lviv online road trip planner.

Fly from Kharkiv to Lviv in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kharkiv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lviv, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yaremche.
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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.
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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 taxi; 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.
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Odessa — 3 nights

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 Shustov Cognac Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, browse the eclectic array of goods at Privoz Market, and examine the collection at Museum of Interesting Science.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Odessa journey maker website.

Getting from Khotyn to Odessa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Odessa when traveling from Khotyn in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Ukraine travel guide

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.