24 days in Ukraine Itinerary

24 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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24 days in Ukraine Itinerary

Start: Ankara
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Zaporizhzhya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kharkiv
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Poltava
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Kiev
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Lviv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Pylypets
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yaremche
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Odessa
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: Ankara

1
night
Zaporizhzhya

Zaporizhzhya ©
On the 14th (Tue), examine the collection at Faeton Retro Cars Museum, see the interesting displays at The Historical and Cultural Complex Zaporizhian Sich, explore the striking landscape of Khortitsa National Nature Reserve, then make a trip to Steelworkers Stella, and finally view the masterpieces at Museum-Gallery of Applied Ceramics and Scenic Art of Ilya and Aleksey Burlai.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Zaporizhzhya trip builder site .

Ankara, Turkey to Zaporizhzhya is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Ankara to Zaporizhzhya, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ankara in January: high temperatures in Zaporizhzhya hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Zaporizhzhya

Museums Parks Nature
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Faeton Retro Cars Museum ©
Faeton Retro Cars Museum
Khortitsa National Nature Reserve ©
Khortitsa National Nature Reserve

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.
Appreciate the collections at Avec Fine Arts Gallery and Maestro Gallery. Do your shopping at Palladium and French Boulevard Mall. When in Kharkiv, make a side trip to see Ilya Repin Museum in Chuhuiv, approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kharkov Dolphinarium, see the interesting displays at Marine Museum, make a trip to YermilovCentre of Modern Art, and look for gifts at Karavan Megastore.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kharkiv trip maker website .

Drive from Zaporizhzhya to Kharkiv in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Poltava.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ilya Repin Museum
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Avec Fine Arts Gallery ©
Avec Fine Arts Gallery
Kharkov Dolphinarium ©
Kharkov Dolphinarium
Palladium ©
Palladium

3
nights
Poltava

Poltava ©
Poltava is a city located on the Vorskla River in central Ukraine. Let the collections at Museum of Ukrainian Pottery and The Poltava Museum of Local Lore capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Ivanova Mountain and Sources of Mineral Water. Step out of Poltava with an excursion to Mirgorodskaya Luzha in Myrhorod--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Long-Range Strategic Aviation Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sampsoniy Church, get great views at Podolsk Bastille with the Tower, and head outdoors with The Сhestnut Alley.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Poltava travel planner .

Take a train from Kharkiv to Poltava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kiev.

Things to do in Poltava

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Kiev

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You'll explore and learn at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and Tsekh Art Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Narodniy Dim Ukraine and Mironova Gallery. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), make a trip to Khreshchatyk, and admire the landmark architecture of Golden Gate.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kiev road trip planner.

You can take a train from Poltava to Kiev in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kiev sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kiev

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

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.
Let the collections at Lychakiv Cemetery and Armenian street capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Svyatogo Yura Cathedral and Staroyevryeiska Street. Take a break from Lviv with a short trip to Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Zhorniska, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, delve into the mystery of Insomnia - The Haunted House, don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, and see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lviv trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Lviv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Lviv are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pylypets.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral

2
nights
Pylypets

Pylypets ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Rehabilitation Center of the Brown Bear and then explore the striking landscape of Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shypit Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Polonina Borzhava, and then examine the collection at Bunker Linii Arpada.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pylypets route website .

You can drive from Lviv to Pylypets in 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lviv to Pylypets due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yaremche.

Things to do in Pylypets

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians, Bunker Linii Arpada, Rehabilitation Center of the Brown Bear, Polonina Borzhava
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Shypit Waterfall ©
Shypit Waterfall

3
nights
Yaremche

Yaremche ©
Yaremche is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of west Ukraine. Take a break from the city and head to Hoverla and Makovytsia Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yaremche: Bukovel (Mount Bukovel & Extreme Park Bukovel). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Probiy Waterfall, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Girske Mini-Brewery, explore the striking landscape at Rocks Dovbusha, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carpathian National Nature Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yaremche trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Pylypets to Yaremche in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Yaremche can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Yaremche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bukovel
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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
Mount Bukovel ©
Mount Bukovel
Rocks Dovbusha ©
Rocks Dovbusha

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.
Visiting Catacombs of Odessa and Lanzheron Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and Insomnia- The Haunted House. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Arcadia Beach, make a trip to Potemkin Stairs, take in the exciting artwork at Gapchinska Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Beach Golden Shore.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Odessa online trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Yaremche to Odessa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Odessa when traveling from Yaremche in February, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Catacombs of Odessa ©
Catacombs of Odessa
Catacomb of Kantakuzena ©
Catacomb of Kantakuzena

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