Explore the mysterious and quaint cultural capital Lviv and fast-evolving, green country capital Kiev, linked by express train, option to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Lviv - 2 nights
Kiev - 3 nights
Ukraine is a diverse destination thanks to its long history and colourful traditions and it is one of Europe’s least discovered countries but home to warm-hearted and fiercely proud people.
The Ukrainian capital Kiev is an attractive city of tree-lined boulevards and wooded city parks, through which the mighty Dnieper River flows on its way to the Black Sea. It was here where the Russian nation was founded in the form of the Eastern Slavic state of Kyivan Rus.
The strikingly pretty UNESCO-listed city of Lviv in Western Ukraine, formerly known as Lemberg, Lvov or Lwów, escaped bombing during WWII and is filled with original towers, churches, spires and cobbled streets with a distinctly European feel.
Following the interest evoked by HBO’s miniseries, the tragic history of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster has been in the spotlight. Following a recent visit, we can offer a compelling option to visit the Exclusion Zone, the Nuclear Power Plant and the town of Pripyat, the site of one of the most notorious man-made disasters.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 25
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Lviv. Transfer to 4-star Astoria Hotel for two nights.
Day 2 Morning walking tour of the old town including Ploshcka Rynok and the Armenian and Latin cathedrals. Enjoy a coffee at the coffee mine. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Visit to Potocki Palace, the Lviv Art Gallery, with an impressive collection of European art from the 14th to 18th centuries and enjoy a tram ride. Late afternoon 1st class train journey to Kiev (5 hrs). Transfer to 4-star Alfavito Hotel for three nights. (B, L)
Day 4 Tour of Kiev including the Old Town, Andrew’s descent, St. Sophia Cathedral, Lavra Monastery and WWII memorial. Enjoy a visit on Kiev’s metro including Arsenalna station, the deepest in the world. (B, L)
Day 5 Day at leisure or optional excursion to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Pripyat including lunch (£145 – prebookable only). (B)
Day 6 Return flight. (B)
This itinerary involves carrying luggage on and off a train.
A central, modern 4-star hotel in an old historical building near the Opera Theatre. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 41 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel close to the Olympic Stadium and a short walk from an underground station. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 229 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Travel by train (7 hrs) to elegant Odessa, the gem of the Black Sea. Stay at the modern 4-star Continental Hotel. Breakfast daily and tour of Odessa with its turn-of the-century architecture including the Potemkin Steps and a guided tour of Odessa Opera Theatre, designed by the same architects as the Vienna Opera House. (return from Odessa, extension only available with LOT)
Day 1 Morning at leisure. Afternoon 1st class train journey (7 hrs) to Odessa. Transfer to 4-star Hotel Continental.
Day 2 Morning tour of Odessa including a tour of the Opera Theatre. (B)
Day 3 Return flight. (B)
A modern 4-star hotel, close to the Opera House. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Ryanair from Stansted
Supplements per person
Single supplement £245
LOT – Polish Airlines from Heathrow £100
Extension - Odessa
2 nights £395
Single supplement £95
Extra nights - Lviv
Astoria Hotel (per night) £60
Single supplement £40
Extra nights - Kiev
Alfavito Hotel (per night) £65
Single supplement £45
Arrival or departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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