Kyiv and Odessa Holiday SH2

7 Days From £0 (932 USD)

Experience the treasures of Northern and Southern Ukraine in this exciting holiday week. Two great cities, natural escapes, rural lifestyle and much more!

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
End Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Travellers

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Years In Business: 1

Start from modern and bustling Kyiv – ‘the mother of cities’ and its golden-dome churches, wide avenues and green parks. Take a tour of Kyiv’s major attractions, including UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral and impressive Kyiv Lavra. Learn more about organic farming and rural communities in Ukraine by visiting family-owned farm and joining a host family in Ukrainian countryside.

Meet Odesa, country's largest port, vibrant, young and spirited. Spend your time enjoying Odesa's eclectic mix of architecture, and strolling along its shaded valleys and lush parks. Head to Dniester Delta National Park with its serene landscapes, abundant bird life, and learn more about conservation efforts of local community to preserve wetlands at the Black Sea.

Experience Ukraine like no-one ever did before!

And to show you our warm Ukrainian welcome, we'll be the first people you meet! We will provide you with a Welcome Package upon your arrival. What you can find there:

-Trip Itinerary print-out, to keep you constantly informed of your next steps (printed on recycled paper)
-Map of Kyiv and Lviv, to help you explore city on your own
-Sim-card, to always be in touch with us for directions, translation or suggestions (calls to Active Ukraine number are free)
-Portable water bottle, to help minimize the waste and our environmental footprint
-Small present from our team, to welcome you to Ukraine!

Trip Highlights
-Sightsee Kyiv, the mother of Ukrainian cities, the modern yet ancient capital: golden-domes of St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Descent and its crafts market, city’s main Independence Square and Khreshchatyk street, beautiful Kyiv parks and majestic Dnieper River
-Visit family-owned organic farm and learn more about sustainable agriculture and its impact on local communities
-Experience traditional rural life in Ukrainian villages: take a ride in a horse cart, make your own borshch or dumplings, and learn about traditional crafts
-Visit Odesa, Ukraine's largest sea port – vibrant and young city, with eclectic mix of architecture and unique cosmopolitan feel
-Go birdwatching in Dniester Delta National Park, one of the few preserved and intact Black Sea wetlands

Making a Difference
We travel responsibly and encourage others to do so as well! Check out how this particular trip is helping you make a difference and bring positive impact to Ukrainian community.
-You contribute to the economical well-being of local communities by visiting rural areas
-You promote sustainable agriculture by visiting local organic farm
-Your guides are local and give you in-depth knowledge about Ukraine
-You contribute to the environmental protection cause in Ukraine by visiting country’s National Park
-You interact with local people and get to know the real Ukraine

Route: Kyiv – Stolpiagy – Kovalyn – Kyiv – Odessa – Dniester Delta –Odessa - Kyiv
Transportation: All long-distance travel will be done by train. It is a comfortable and environmentally friendly option, very popular with locals. For short distances you will travel by a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, or local public bus, if available.
Physical rating comments: Easy and suitable for travelers with all level of fitness. Children friendly.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
Accommodation: 4 nights in three star hotel or family-owned hotel
Meals: day 1 – none, day 2 – full board, day 3 – half board, day 4 - breakfast, day 5 – full board, day 6 – breakfast, day 7 - none
Point-to-point transfers and airport transfers – overnight train in 2nd class compartment
Guides: English-speaking guide for Kyiv tour and Day 2 rural trip, English-speaking nature specialist guide (optional), English-speaking guide for Odessa tour, English-speaking bird watching specialist in Dniester Delta
Activities: 4 hours walking guided tour in Kyiv, activities at the rural guesthouse, walking tour in Kyiv parks (optional), tour and tasting at organic farm, master class in traditional egg-painting, 3 hours guided tour in Odessa, bird watching tour in Dniester Delta

Excludes
Air ticket to Ukraine
Entrance tickets (approximately 20 euros)
Tips and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Welcome to Kyiv. Pick-up and Welcome. Meeting with your guide. Hotel check-in.Take a guided tour along city's major landmarks and attractions. Visit the UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral with its beautiful frescoes; take a walk at St. Andrew’s Descent – street of writers and artists; learn more about the environmental challenges at National Chernobyl Museum, stroll along the main street Khreshchatyk, and sip delicious tea at the Orange Revolution famous Independence Square.
Day 02. Back in Time – Rural life. Today you will travel to the organic farm Villa Rose. This family-run farm is a perfect example of how sustainable agriculture can be a part of Ukraine’s rural areas. The animals are kept free-range, and cared for with love. Enjoy a tour of the farm from the owner and listen to the story of challenges and perspectives of organic farming in Ukraine. Then travel to the village of Kovalyn, and join a local family in their daily life. Start with delicious home-made lunch. Steamy borshch will definitely capture your heart! And you’ll have a chance to try making your own traditional dumplings. For desert – pick up some fresh cherries from the trees in the yard. Depending on the season, you can help in harvesting the corn, picking up berries or mushrooms from the forest, feeding the chicken, or tending to the field. After some work enjoy mouth-watering dinner, cooked over the fire. After the food, relax in the greenery of house yard, or go fishing at the Dnieper River. For the perfect ending of the day, you can jump into the traditional steam bath! (Optional) Overnight at a 3 star hotel or in the village guesthouse (optional)
Day 03. Nature Escape. Enjoy the day out, exploring beautiful surroundings of Kyiv parks. Relax in the greenery of trees or take a stroll along the eco-walk with our nature specialist guide and learn more about the environmental challenges of the city (optional). Free time to explore Kyiv. Transfer to Odessa in a sleeper train. Overnight in a train (2nd class compartment)
Day 04. Odessa – The Pearl at the Sea. Enjoy your morning breakfast in Odessa, the Pearl of the Black Sea. The city is Ukraine's fourth largest and a major sea port. Founded in 18th century, it has an enchanting mix of Italian, French and Russian architecture. Odessa is a vibrant city, energetic and fun, with plenty of activities for all. After checking in to your hotel, you will enjoy 3 hour guided-tour around the main sightseeing landmarks of Odessa. After the marvels of the city, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of its beach-side restaurants. In the afternoon spend some time alone with the city. Walk around its wide boulevards, lined up with trees, take a stroll at the beach, or go down the famous Potemkin Stairs to the Black Sea. In no time, Odessa's irresistible funky spirit will no doubt capture your heart! Overnight in a 3 star hotel
Day 05. Dniester Delta National Park. This day you will spend at the Dniester Delta National Park. Northern part of Dniester Liman is a wetland of international importance. The area is home to many endangered species, both plant and animal, which are included into the Red Data Books of Ukraine and Moldova, as well as the Red List of Threatened Species maintained by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The bird community, nesting in the wetlands, is especially valuable and includes the glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), its most endangered species. You will have a unique chance to observe and experience the wildlife of Dniester Delta National Park, together with our nature experts at Glossy Ibis campsite. With enormous passion for nature conservation, and intensive knowledge of the local area, our guides will take you to the farthest places in Dniester Delta (Beloe Lake, Turunchuk, Strelka). To top that, enjoy a lovely fresh fish home-made lunch! Travel back to Odessa Overnight in a 3 star hotel
Day 06. River and the Sea. Continue exploring Odessa on your own. Travel to Kyiv. Overnight in a train (2nd class compartment)
Day 07. Farewell and Departure. Free time to explore the city. Farewell and departure.