Things to do - general

There is so much to see, do, and explore on our Ukraine holidays. The Orange Revolution brought the world’s attention to developments in this massive yet enigmatic country, and now ancient towns, the vast plains, mountains and Black Sea coast are firm favourites with those who choose holidays to Ukraine. Popular for city breaks are the cities of Kiev and Lviv where visitors are drawn to the breathtaking frescoes in St Sophia’s Cathedral and the Golden Gate in Kiev and the lovely faded Baroque and Renaissance architecture of Lviv’s Old Town.

Venture into the dramatic Carpathian Mountains, where the ethnic Hutsul people follow their traditions in hidden valleys, and hike to the peak of the highest mountain, Goverla, for superb panoramas. Search out the profusion of castles and wooden churches, in particular medieval Kamenets Podilsky teetering on a rocky outcrop. Chernobyl may be off limits to residents, but you can join one of our guided Chernobyl tours to the devastated site of the nuclear disaster.

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Ukraine holidays are a great choice for history buffs as you can explore this country’s turbulent past in its various museums, learn about formation of Kievan Rus. Fans of religious architecture will be fascinated by stunning churches and unique cave monasteries where you can browse the crypts filled with mummified monks. Rail enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy the overnight trains between Ukraine’s main cities.

For a change of pace while on your Ukraine holidays, head to Odessa and relax on the sandy beach on the shores of the Black Sea and pose for a photograph on the Potemkin Steps.

With so much to see and do during your Ukraine holidays, we guarantee you will be enchanted by this beautiful country.

Country Ukraine
Visa requirements

No visas are required for citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey(60 days), UK, USA and Uzbekistan may stay in Ukraine up to 90 days without a visa.

Everyone else will need a visa, an invitation or tourist voucher may be required.

Languages spokenUkrainian - Russian
Currency usedUAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia
Area (km2)603.628 km²

Sports & nature

Ukrainian nature

Geographically, most of Ukraine is made up of flat, fertile plains called steppes.

In the west, however, there are the Carpathian Mountains, which stretch across several other eastern European countries. In the south, there are the Crimean Mountains.

Ukraine can be divided into several vegetation-soil zones. Northern Ukraine is primarily a forest zone, with pine and oak trees predominating.

Forest-steppe zone, located just to the south of the forest zone, is capable of sustaining agriculture. This zone is the most fertile area, it is particularly rich in black earth called “chernozem”.

The zone of rich black soils is running west-east across the south-central Ukraine and its intense cultivation has made Ukraine a major producer of winter wheat and sugar beets.

The largest rivers of Ukraine

Rivers play an important role in Ukrainian life. They are vital for shipping, generating electrical power, and fishing. The Dnieper is Ukraine’s largest river, it is also the third largest river in Europe flowing from Belarus through northern Ukraine, and empties southward into Black Sea.

The Dniester is Ukraine’s second-largest river. Located in the western Ukraine, it flows into the Black Sea on Ukraine’s southern border.

The Black Sea is polluted in its deeper depths by sulfur dioxide, which limits the fishing output. Bordering Ukraine and Russia, there is the Azov Sea, a very shallow body of water.

Ukrainian climate

The remoteness of Ukraine from oceans, continental Eurasia, and mainly flat nature of its territory determine the climate of the country as a temperate-continental, gradually changing from west to east.

Only a narrow coastal strip of the southern coast of Crimea is characterized by sub-tropical (Mediterranean) climate.

Most of precipitation fall in the Ukrainian Carpathians (up to 1600 mm per year) and in Crimea (800-1150 mm). In other regions it ranges from 700-750 mm (north-west) to 300-350 mm (in the south-east).

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Nightlife info

Kiev Night Clubs

The clubs suggested here are approved by time andthey’re the favorite place for Ukrainians and foreigners as well.

In 2013 one of the most popular clubs among locals are: Bibique bar ( house music), Boom boom room, Bora Bora club ( near the river, with a swimming pool. Works in summer), Dali Club. If you are hipster - so Green Theater ( in Russian)

Arena is very common club for foreighners, homemade beer bar but a lot of crowd and smoking (address: Baseynaya str., 2а phone: 8(044) 492 00 00 web:

Decadence House is a restaurant and nighclub.Perfect place to show off and impress your date (address: Shota Rustavelistr., 16, phone: 8(044) 206 49 20

Caribbean Club a perfectLatin-American dance club. It’s very crowded there but good mood and newacquaintance is guaranteed (address: Kominterna str., 4 (in acourt), phone: 288-1290) You will need taxi fromthe downtown.

Shooters really good musicto dance, sometimes a Turkish DJ turn Turkish pop music and it gets hot in theclub. (address: Moskovscaya str.Tel. 254-2024, )Cheep and fun. Definitely you need a taxi.

If you are looking for quality and something unique it's recommended:

B-hush rooftop bar is great lounge bar to relax and enjoy the best panoramic view of Kiev. Bar is located on 11th floor of Intercontinental Kiev hotel. Someone to impress and something to remember. Good selection of cocktails, dj and live music from 10pm (address: 2A, Velyka Zhytomyrska st, tel: 219 1919)

Buddha-barKiev (address: 14 Kreschatik st). Good launge zone for yourself. It is marvelous place, with good service, most tasty cocktailsand nice music.

Delux. Also seems to be a night club loved by foreigners close to Dnipro hotel, right near to Dynamo (Lobanovskiy) stadium. Unfortunatly it's impossible to find their website (may be it doesn't exist yet), but the club is very nice, together with atmosphere & music there. Admission ticket is affordable , drinks are a bit expencive, dress-code exists.

just cam back from Kiev.... August 2011 ( 30+ guys that like parties and clubs)

Guys, the best place in town is the Dante-Park - this place is for the most stylish club in KIEV.

everything is expensive in this place - but the girls are the most beutifull in town.

Is is not open all the time, but you may ask the texi driver if it's operated in certain days. No. 1

Another very good club is the Delux - very high stylish and in very high level. NO.2 nice girls...

Shooters - if you are in the middle of the week and want to spend some time in a club . usually this club is open till late and the only one which is full of people even during the middle of the week. good place smaller than the rest but quite nice...

The Arena, used to be the best, but not anymore, now it's no. 3 in the list... it is also closed in the middle of the week...

Also, if you like pub-crawls - you could find them in Kyiv as well: with unique shots , made just for you or even free.


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Culture and history info

>p>Ukrainian nationhood begins with the Kyivan Rus. This Eastern Slavic state flourished from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries on the territory of contemporary Ukraine, with Kyiv as its capital. The name Ukraine first appeared in twelfth century chronicles in reference to the Kyivan Rus. In medieval Europe cultural boundary codes were based on a native ground demarcation. Ukraine, with its lexical roots kraj (country) and krayaty (to cut, and hence to demarcate), meant "[our] circumscribed land." The ethnonym Rus was the main self-identification in Ukraine until the seventeenth century when the term Ukraine reappeared in documents. This ethnonym of Rus people, Rusych (plural, Rusychi ), evolved into Rusyn , a western Ukrainian self-identification interchangeable with Ukrainian into the twentieth century. Ruthenian , a Latinization of Rusyn , was used by the Vatican and the Austrian Empire designating Ukrainians.

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