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Western Ukraine's Best

This sample 10 day (9 nights) itinerary covers Lviv, Kyiv & Odessa. Over the course of these 10 days you'll enjoy a thorough exploration of the highlights of Western Ukraine, starting in charming Lviv, Ukraine's coffee and cocoa capital, before moving on to the bustling metropolis of Kyiv, a modern city with an interesting past to learn about. Your tour finishes at the Black Sea coast, in Odessa, a famous port city with hidden depths. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa tour

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Lviv

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Lviv accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Lviv

Meet Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

The best way to get to know a city is on foot with the help of an expert local guide. We will arrange for a two hour walking tour that will get you orientated and introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of the old town. Starting with the main square, Rynok, and the grand opera house, you will hear stories and learn secrets that will allow you to better get to know this city. Unlike many cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the destruction in World War II, and nowadays its fascinating streets and numerous museums make it one of the most exciting places in Ukraine to explore. You will uncover the stories behind the medieval atmosphere of Lviv, that will hark you back to days when Lviv was a wealthy trading center.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Show Your Love With Chocolate

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

What can be more romantic than a heart? Especially if it's handmade by yourself out of delicious chocolate? "The chocolate capital of Ukraine" may not sound impressive, but Lviv excels at decadence, from alcohol to coffee to chocolate, and its master chocolatiers are known throughout Eastern Europe. With a private chocolate-making class, you can learn to make various sweets in different forms, or even write a poem in chocolate, while naturally tasting quite a few sweets along the way!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Three Castles Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Leave Lviv, and explore the history of its neighboring villages, castles, and towns. No matter the tour, you'll get a taste of the area's sheer historic and architectural diversity.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Kyiv by Train

It's time to leave Lviv behind and head to Ukraine's capital Kiev. There are several direct trains a day but only two fast trains that leave either very early in the morning or in the later afternoon and gets to Kiev just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Lviv, where you can store your luggage while enjoying your last day in the city if you choose the late afternoon options, and taken to the train station. First class tickets for the train will be provided too. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, the 7-9 hour hour journey time trains are an option or for more flexibility and the chance to see the famous "Tunnel of Love" along the way, a private transfer can be arrange at an additional fee.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer with Stops

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lviv

Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Easy2 hours
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Easy1 hour
Lviv Private Jewish Heritage Tour
Light5 hours
Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Kyiv

When you arrive at Kiev's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Get to Know Central Kyiv

Included in your vacation package price.

After a good breakfast it’s time to tour the city. We will arrange for an expert local guide to take you on a walking tour of central Kyiv. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kyiv's Broadway to its almost Parisian quarter there's much to cover. You'll spend some time in the Maidan, the square that was the locus of the "Euromaidan Revolution" and see the city's main churches, the golden dome of St Michael's and St Sophia's Cathedrals and St Andrew's Church.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

This two-hour excursion will take you thousands of years back in time. With an expert local guide you'll explore one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

Chernobyl Group Day Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The infamous disaster at Chernobyl had a profound effect on Europe, and continues to be felt, in terms of nuclear policy, and in the Zone of Alienation, the area surrounding Chernobyl where few people are allowed to live and work. A trip to Chernobyl might sound risky, but the typical exposure of a one-day tour is equivalent to a one-hour flight, 1/160th as much as a chest x-ray and 1/3600th as much as a whole body CT scan. Three of Chernobyl's reactors were kept running until 2000, and the power plant remains a worksite. A visit to Chernobyl is sobering, but memorable.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 12 hours

All of Ukraine in One Spot

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Motherland Monument may have Kyiv's highest view, but to see all of the largest country entirely within Europe, visit the Miniatures Museum. Here, you'll find 48 works depicting Ukraine's most famous monuments spread out over five acres.

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Odessa by Airplane

The fastest way to get to Odessa is by air. There are several flights throughout the day, some departing Kiev's smaller Zhuliany airport located closer to the city center. The flight time is around 1 hour 20 minutes, so door-to-door should take between 4 and 5 hours. We have included economy class tickets in your package. While it is possible to go by road with a private transfer, it's a very long day and the only interesting stop is at a decommissioned missile base, now a museum.

We also offer the following excursions in Kyiv

Chernobyl Private Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Jewish Heritage and Babiy Yar Private Tour
Light3 hours
Kyiv Urbex Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Kyiv Urbex Private Tour
Moderate3 hours

3 Nights in Odessa

3 Nights in Odessa

3 Nights in Odessa

It’s no surprise that Odessa has been featured in so many famous works of art and literature; it has been a cultural center with a unique energy since it was founded in the 18th century. Today it is a lively destination with an engaging variety of restaurants, shops, and unique architecture. One of the city’s most famous buildings is the Opera House, which is both beautiful and very affordable to visit. A port city on the Black Sea, Odessa is also known for its beaches. The famous Potemkin Stairs lead down to the port and are definitely worth seeing. It’s easy to have a wonderful time just strolling though this scenic, very walkable city. Odessa’s catacombs are a famous sight, and along just about any avenue you can admire brightly colored neoclassical buildings. Gourmands will love exploring the city’s dining scene, which boasts some of the best cuisine in Ukraine.

It’s no surprise that Odessa has been featured in so many famous works of art and literature; it has been a cultural center with a unique energy since it was founded in the 18th century. Today it is a lively destination with an engaging variety of restaurants, shops, and unique architecture. One of the city’s most famous buildings is the Opera House, which is both beautiful and very affordable to visit. A port city on the Black Sea, Odessa is also known for its beaches. The famous Potemkin Stairs lead down to the port and are definitely worth seeing. It’s easy to have a wonderful time just strolling though this scenic, very walkable city. Odessa’s catacombs are a famous sight, and along just about any avenue you can admire brightly colored neoclassical buildings. Gourmands will love exploring the city’s dining scene, which boasts some of the best cuisine in Ukraine.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Odessa

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Odessa accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Odessa

Get to Know Odessa

Included in your vacation package price.

Our guided tour of Odessa has been created to give our guests a better understanding of what makes the city unique. You'll walk though Odessa’s historic quarters, seeing the magnificent National Opera and the Ballet House as well as the beautiful Primorsky boulevard. Of course the city’s most iconic sights are on the list too, including the Potemkin Steps, the Vorontsov and Tolstoy palaces, Deribasovskaya street and the City Garden. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and will lead the tour, regaling you with stories from Odessa's past. You'll get a local's insight to the city and come to a better understanding of its layout and history.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Catacombs Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The longest in Europe, Odessa’s catacombs are nothing like the famous catacombs of Paris and Rome. You won’t see remains of people, stacks of bones or hidden pathways to basilicas. The history that’s hidden here is different, but very intriguing. On this unique and interesting tour with an expert guide, you'll uncover the fascinating history of Odessa’s catacombs during a 0.3-mile walk through underground tunnels.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Odessa

Explore Beyond the Cty Limits

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Ready to step outside Odessa and explore beyond the city limits? We suggest taking a packed full day tour with a private driver and guide who can show you the highlights of the region. You'll see more of the Black Sea coastline, the town of Belgorod-Dnestrovksy and the "White Fortress", one of Ukraine's largest fortresses. You'll also visit the Shabo winery and wine culture center, with a VIP tour and tasting.


For something truly unique, you can also head to Transnistria, a part of Moldova that declared independence when the Soviet Union broke up, and which remains firmly in the past. Here, you'll find the hammer and sickle flying proudly above statues of Lenin. With a private day trip, you'll learn about this strange land's unique history and see its best architecture

The Akkerman Fortress Private Tour and Local Wine Tasting

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Here's one of our favorite day trips outside of Odessa. You'll get to see an ancient fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic vineyard! An expert local guide will tell you exciting stories about the region as you take in the Black Sea coastline and the countryside, as well as the town of Belgorod-Dnestrovksy and the ”White Fortress,” one of the largest fortresses in Ukraine. The tour continues with a visit to the Shabo winery and Ukraine's center of wine culture. You'll explore cellars built two centuries ago, once visited by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and King Carol ll of Romania. Of course there will be time to sample some of the vintages.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Transnistria Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Transnistria might just be the strangest non-country you'll ever visit. A self-declared republic on the territory of Moldova, this former Soviet territory just can't let go of the past. If you'd like to come to a better understanding of this unique region while seeing some of its most important architecture, we recommend this nine-hour tour with an expert local guide and driver.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Based on your departure time, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Odessa

Jewish Odessa Private Tour by Car and on Foot
Light4 hours 30 minutes
Odessa Driving and Walking Private Tour
Light6 hours
Odessa Opera House Private Tour
Easy1 hour
Odessa Private Walking Tour for History, Culture & Food Lovers
Light5 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Lviv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lviv Airport Transfer
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Private Castles Tour around Lviv
Lviv Train Station Transfer
Lviv - Kiev Train

Kyiv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Chernobyl Group Day Tour
Kyiv Airport Transfer
Kyiv - Odessa One-way Flight

Odessa

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Odessa Airport Transfer
Secrets and Splendors of Odessa’s Landmarks Private Walking Tour
Catacombs Private Tour
Odessa Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Angela & Bill

Angela & Bill

Tennessee

JayWay Travel was excellent in that they kept in touch with us for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. We have taken 10 JayWay Travel trips since 2007 so that says enough!! Looking forward to the next one. Health and the Lord willing!

JayWay Travel was excellent in that they kept in touch with us for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. We have taken 10 JayWay Travel trips since 2007 so that says enough!! Looking forward to the next one. Health and the Lord willing!

Year : 2018
Visited : Ukraine, Moldova
Itinerary : Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Ukraine, Moldova
Itinerary : Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau
Rating :
5 / 5

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