Ukraine is probably a lot bigger than you think. In fact, it’s second only to Russia as Europe’s biggest country – and it crams a lot of diversity into its borders.
In Kyiv, you’ll be captivated by an eclectic mix of architecture. Explore the tunnels and catacombs of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, an ancient ‘cave monastery’ where mummified monks and other relics are kept. Enter St. Sophia’s Cathedral, a gold-domed church of frescoes and mosaics dating back to the 11th century. Or simply stroll along Khreshchatyk, the city’s main pull where crowds mingle under a backdrop of modern and Soviet-era buildings.
Ukraine’s natural landscapes are equally as varied. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the western region, offering ample hiking trails and ski resorts, while the offshore Crimean Peninsula is one of eastern Europe’s prime summer destinations. Its beautiful Black Sea coastline is backed with a lush interior of forests, vineyards and old castles clinging to hillsides.
And that’s not all. Elsewhere, you could be exploring the medieval churches of Lviv, descending Odessa’s famed Potemkin Steps, walking through bright yellow sunflower fields, or sunbathing on pebble-strewn beaches.
With so much accommodation in Ukraine, from high-end hotels to humble guesthouses, cheap hostels to luxury resorts, you'll always find somewhere to stay. Wherever you go, you’ll always receive a warm, Ukrainian welcome.
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