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Follow in the footsteps of the JayWayUkraine Bloggers

This is the itinerary followed by the #JayWayUkraine bloggers in July 2018. With four nights each in Kiev and Lviv you'll have enough time to get to know each city pretty well, experience some of the fun nightlife and dining in both, learn a lot about Ukraine's culture and history and see a bit more of the Ukrainian countryside. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


4 Nights in Kiev

Day 1

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Kiev accommodation.
Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Included : Kiev Airport Transfer (Patricia Ann Morrow)

Day 2

Optional: Get to know central Kiev
After a good breakfast it’s time to tour the city. To best achieve that we can arrange for an expert local guide to take you on a walking tour of central Kiev. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kiev'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.

Kiev Private Walking Tour
Kiev Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Kiev's Outer Highlights Private Driving Tour
The excursion begins with a tour of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra – the most ancient Monastery of Kyivan Rus, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While being a cultural attraction – it’s one of the largest Ukrainian museums in Kyiv – the monastery is currently active. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the caves of the Lavra, a very memorable experience, as long as you're not claustrophobic! Next you will walk a short way to the Motherland Statue – now a symbol and a visiting card of Kiev, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty! Inside there is a WWII museum of which you will visit with your guide as well.
Kiev's Outer Highlights Private Driving Tour
Kiev's Outer Highlights Private Driving Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light

Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
This is a fun cruise that will give you a new point of view on Kyiv. Take your camera, because you'll have some amazing views of the city you can't get anywhere else. Just sit back, sip your welcome drink, and enjoy the sights as you float along on the water.
Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro

Day 3

Chernobyl Private Day Trip

You're in for a very unique experience as you visit Chernobyl on this adventurous excursion. You'll meet the tour group in the city and set off on the two-hour drive to the site. Here you'll be guided around some of the most significant buildings. The group tour is supported with an English-speaking guide and an audio guide in French, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Your friends back home will never believe it!

Chernobyl Private Day Trip
Chernobyl Private Day Trip
Maximum group size : 18
Duration : 12 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Chernobyl Private Day Trip

Day 4

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

On this special tour you'll get to know everything you ever wanted to know about Ukrainian governmental corruption but were afraid to ask. You'll visit the former Presidential Palace with a local guide who will tell you all about the history of the place and how corrupt officials built and held on to it. This is a tour that will really give you another point of view on the past and present of this alluring destination.

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour
Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour
Duration : 4-5 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package

Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour
This tour is all about Ukrainian culture and gastronomy.We invite you for an one hour cooking class in authentic environment with singing songs and getting to know old national traditions. Workshop takes place in the open air park in Kyiv suburbs called Mamaeva sloboda. First you will have one hour walk through the Museum and after the workshop guests you will enjoy local meal.There are few parts of the national heritage that Ukrainians are as proud of and known for as delicious cuisine. Diverse and flavorful, with recipes that have been handed down over generations, there is nothing quite like good Ukrainian dining. Your taste buds will thank you for indulging in a full meal with uniquely and traditionally Ukrainian foods like borshch (beet root soup), varenyky (boiled dumplings with fillings), salo (pig fat) and much more! Don’t forget to complement your meal with scrumptious bread (Ukraine is the «breadbasket of Europe» after all) or tasty desserts and to partake in locally produced beverages ranging, including famous Ukrainian vodka and beer. You won’t soon forget the time you tried the most popular Ukrainian dishes in the best national restaurant in the city!

Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour
Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour, Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour

Day 5

It's time to leave Kiev behind and head to Ukraine's cultural heart, Lviv. 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 Kiev, 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.
Included : Kiev Train Station Transfer, Kiev - Lviv Train Tickets
Kiev

A little about Kiev

Kiev 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 Kiev 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, Kiev 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 Kiev special.

4 Nights in Lviv

Day 1

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

Included : Lviv Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Meet Lviv
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 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 the World War Two, 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.

Lviv Private Walking Tour
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Lviv is a city that truly loves coffee. Relaxing with a cup here is a tribute to local tradition. This private tour of the city's best coffee houses includes several tastings of the best coffee you'll find in the city. During the tour, you'll hear stories about the vibrant history of cafe culture in Lviv.
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Lviv Private Walking Tour, Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Day 3

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour
On this fun trip you'll come to a better understanding of the region's history and culture. Zhovkva is a real pearl of local architecture, and the nearby village of Krekhiv is also an epicenter of important buildings, in this case churches and monasteries. You'll have a guide with you for the day, so you'll learn all about the interesting history that shaped the region.
Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour
Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour
Duration : 5 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package

Optional: Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
If you're a fan of homemade spirits, this is the excursion for you. In an excellent restaurant in the city center, you'll enjoy a guided degustation of local spirits with natural ingredients like honey, fruit and nuts. It's the perfect way to taste the city's rich tradition!
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Duration : 1 hour
Activity level : Easy

Included : Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Day 4

Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour
This tour is a great way to get outside Lviv to see the cultural influence that different countries and religions have had on this wonderful country. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and show you around the countryside, where you'll see incredible churches and evidence of the once thriving Jewish culture. You'll get a whole new point of view on the country and the region.
Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour
Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour
Duration : 9-10 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package

Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
If you're a fan of homemade spirits, this is the excursion for you. In an excellent restaurant in the city center, you'll enjoy a guided degustation of local spirits with natural ingredients like honey, fruit and nuts. It's the perfect way to taste the city's rich tradition!
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Duration : 1 hour
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour, Liqueur Degustation Private Tour

Day 5

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Lviv airport for your departure.
Included : Lviv Airport Transfer

A little about 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 also a cosmopolitan city with a history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience elegance and sophistication in the old European style, will love it here.

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.

Please note, no particular accommodation is specified in the package. The price you see on this proposal is based on estimated costs of 3 Star accommodation, or next best available class, in each destination. The total package price will depend on the accommodation you choose.


  • 4 Nights Accommodation in Kiev
  • Kiev Airport Transfer (Patricia Ann Morrow)
  • Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Private sailing cruise , Welcome drink, Light snacks and fruits
    Excludes : Meals, Tips for the Captain, Transportation
  • Chernobyl Private Day Trip
    Duration : 12 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide + audio guide in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Japaneese, Lunch, Insurance, Permissions, Transportation
    Excludes : Radiation dosimeter (can be rented), Hotel pickup (small fee applies)
  • Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour
    Duration : 4-5 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Entrance fees to the park, Entrance fees to Honka, Golf cart ride
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Museum of Retro cars, Meals and beverages
  • Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Workshop at the open air park in Kyiv suburbs, One hour excursion through the Museum, Cooking class, Meal including vareniki, borscht and salo appetizer., Transportation, English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Beverages, Extra food, Tip for the guide
  • Kiev Train Station Transfer
  • Kiev - Lviv Train Tickets
  • 4 Nights Accommodation in Lviv
  • Lviv Train Station Transfer
  • Lviv Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2 hours
    Includes : English Speaking Guide, Entrance fee to the cathedrals
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Meals & beverages
  • Coffee Degustation Private Tour
    Duration : 2 hours
    Includes : English- speaking guide, Degustation of two coffee samples
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Food&beverages, Additional coffee samples extra 3 euro per cup
  • Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour
    Duration : 5 hours
    Includes : Transportation, English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Meals& beverages, Entrance fees
  • Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour
    Duration : 9-10 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Transportation
    Excludes : Meals and beverages, Tip for the guide, Entrance fees
  • Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
    Duration : 1 hour
    Includes : Tasting of 5-7 types of handmade liqueurs, English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Meals& beverages
  • Lviv Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
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Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
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