Ukraine Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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Heavily influenced by its religious and historical legacies, Ukraine is a land ripe for adventure. The birthplace of Russian Orthodoxy and home to no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Europe’s second largest country (actually its largest if you don’t count Russia) is actually one of the continent’s least visited destinations. Brash, colourful and richly diverse, Ukraine is made up of a mix of fertile plains, plateaus and rivers that lie within the dominating shadow ...
Heavily influenced by its religious and historical legacies, Ukraine is a land ripe for adventure. The birthplace of Russian Orthodoxy and home to no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Europe’s second largest country (actually its largest if you don’t count Russia) is actually one of the continent’s least visited destinations. Brash, colourful and richly diverse, Ukraine is made up of a mix of fertile plains, plateaus and rivers that lie within the dominating shadow of the mystical Carpathian Mountains.
A country of over 42 million people, its historic antecedents go back to the Byzantines and the Renaissance, a rich legacy that has gone on to bear fruit amongst the monastic architecture of Kyiv and the captivating cobbled streets of Lviv. Amongst the rugged landscapes of the Carpathians you can find the largest populations of brown bears, wolves and lynxes in Europe, along with the distinctive cultural traditions of the Hutsuls, whilst the Black Sea region offers up a chance to discover the elegant 18th architecture of Odessa. A spectacular contrast of medieval Orthodoxy, Soviet realism and traditional Tatar traditions, Ukraine offers up some of the most authentic and fascinating travel experiences anywhere in Eastern Europe, along with a quintessentially European flair.
Start your journey
Travel to Ukraine with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.
HIGHLIGHTS OF UKRAINE
Wander KyivExplore the museums, cathedrals, churches, cobbled streets and art quarter of Kyiv.
WHEN TO GO
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Ukraine though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Ukraine the official unit of currency is the Ukrainian Hryvnia.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour leader will be able to advise you accordingly.
Language & Religion
Ukrainian is the official state language of Ukraine, the other two being Moldovan and Russian
Besides Ukrainian Orthodox Christians, there are Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Christians, Ukrainian Catholics, Protestants and Jews as well as a number of minority religious groups. The Orthodox Church does not see as much dominance as it may see in other countries in Europe, such as Russia
Ukraine is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
The national dish of Ukraine that undeniably originates from the country is borsch. However, varenyky and holubtsi are also considered national favourites of the Ukrainian people and are a common meal in traditional Ukrainian restaurants. Often referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe” the Ukrainian cuisine emphasizes the importance of wheat and grain to the Ukrainian people and its often tumultuous history with it. The majority of Ukrainian dishes descend from ancient peasant dishes based on plentiful grain resources such as rye as well as staple vegetables such as potato, cabbages, mushrooms and beetroots. Ukrainian dishes incorporate both traditional Slavic techniques as well as other European techniques, a by-product of years of foreign jurisdiction and influence.