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Highlights of Romania & Ukraine

Many spectacular destinations await you on this unique Eastern European voyage of discovery. We've designed two weeks around the highlights of Romania and Ukraine, and the result is a perfectly balanced vacation, combining history with sightseeing, famous castles with UNESCO Heritage sites and everything is planned so you can travel between destinations without rushing things.

Besides the most inviting cities that you would guess, like Bucharest, Kyiv, or Lviv, you will visit off the beaten path Transylvania, Bucovina, and Chernivtsi. The Romanian capital, Bucharest, will amaze you with its shocking mix of architecture and fantastic nightlife. Brasov, the vivid Saxon town in Transylvania with a great vibe and wines, is a travel back in time. In Bucovina, you will explore the rural and folk heritage of the region. Like an evolution, you will approach your final destination by visiting enchanting Chernivtsi first, home of a grand, historical university complex and multicultural history. Lviv, the heart of Ukrainian culture, is your next destination where you can delve into artistic and culinary delights, walking its cobble-stoned streets, which fortunately survived the devastating bombarding in WWII. Finally you will arrive in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, the multifaceted metropolis, which is the last destination of your Eastern European journey. Along the way the transfers between destinations are colored with exciting sites en route to complete the impression that you are on a highlight tour.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange additional 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 your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.


Route for Bucharest, Brasov, Gura Humorului, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Kyiv tour

2 Nights in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

3 days in Bucharest
3 days in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially near Lipscani Street. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially near Lipscani Street. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Bucharest

After your flight arrives at Bucharest's Henri Coanda airport, we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to your centrally located Bucharest 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.

Dine and Drink on your First Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night, it’s best to start with a short walk in the Old Town to see a glimpse of how Bucharest looked and felt at its zenith. Seek out a traditional dinner at one of the city’s famous restaurants: Manuc Inn, Hanul Berarilor, or Caru cu Bere. Make sure you don’t miss the bean soup in a bread bowl, cabbage rolls, or pork stew. Save some room for dessert: the best option is Papanasi, a pastry shaped like a doughnut with a small sphere on top, filled with soft cheese, and covered in sour cream and sour jam. After dinner, you should definitely enjoy a glass of Romanian wine at one of the many rooftop bars located in the Old Town: Linea Closer to the Moon, Nomad SkyBar, or Pura Vida SkyBar. You’re in a Latin country so get out there and enjoy the vibe!

Dine and Drink on Your First Night

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Bucharest

Bucharest Private Walking and Palace of Parliament Tour

Get to Know Bucharest on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting your bearings in Bucharest on a private tour with a local guide. On this 5 hours tour you’ll take in all the major sights, the Romanian Atheneum – city's symbol and the most famous concert hall, Revolution Square - where the 1989 anti-Communist revolt went nationwide, Museum of National Contemporary Art, former Royal Palace, Old City and Old Court of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula legend inspiration) – includes Manuc's Inn and Stavropoleos Church and the massive Palace of Parliament (famously known as Ceausescu's Palace or People's Palace, conceived by Romania’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu). It’s all impressive, to say the least.


Bring your passport, which you’ll need to enter the Parliament building.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours

Taste Romania’s Food and Wine with an Expert

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Romania’s super-tasty cuisine with one of our expert tour guides. You can take a slow walk through central Bucharest's boulevards and side streets to enjoy traditional food, pastries, and desserts, and learn the stories behind them. If you prefer a more leisurely tour, you can join the Traditions in Bucharest tour, where you’ll have the chance to taste several types of traditional wines along with a cheese platter after a tour of the Village Museum.

Street Food And Culture Private Tour

Street Food And Culture Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The Romanians may live far to the east of their fellow Romance-speaking relatives, but they have a similar joie-de-vivre and religious devotion for good food. Living at the crossroads of Eastern, Southern, and Central Europe, their cuisine has diverse influences, with elements from Russia, Serbia, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Ottomans. Take a walk in and around the Old Town and let your guide introduce you to a world of local treats: traditional pastry, local fast food booths, old-fashioned grocery stores and more. There will be many stories about cuisine and local culture and the talented street food chefs will treat you with dishes you never had before!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Bucharest’s Village Museum – a medieval time capsule at the heart of an urban jungle. This outdoor park is the perfect reconstruction of the authentic Romanian village: water mills, churches, log cabins or wine presses brought here decades ago from all across the country and re-assembled on spot. After learning about traditions and folklore it’s time to actually experience them. Literally. End the tour in style with a wine tasting session at Bucharest’s first reopened wine bar since the fall of communism in 1989.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Brasov by Private Car

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Bucharest this morning and drive you to Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania. Without stops the drive should take about 3 hours, but close to Brasov you'll stop at Peles Castle where we recommend taking the tour and enjoying a tasty lunch at the castle restaurant. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Private Transfer to Brasov with a Stop at Peles Castle

3 Nights in Brasov

3 Nights in Brasov

4 days in Brasov
4 days in Brasov

3 Nights in Brasov

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Brasov

Welcome to Brasov! After the drive, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Dine, Drink, and Watch

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night, walk up to the Sub Tampa restaurant, located between Brasov's walls and Mount Tampa. Here, in addition to great food, you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Brasov's old town, and the fortress overlooking the city from the opposite side. After dinner, you can descend back to the old town for a quick wine tasting session at Le Sommelier or Terroirs Boutique de Vin, both located on Diaconu Coresi street. You should definitely try wines from local Feteasca Neagra grapes and neighboring regions such as Dealu Mare and Tarnava.

Dine, Drink, and Watch

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Brasov

Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour

Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Brasov while learning some general facts about the town itself and the Transylvania region. Start from Council Square, visit the Black Church, the largest Lutheran church in Southeastern Europe and then continue down on the narrowest street in Europe, called Rope Street. Next, there’s just a 30 minute drive to the famous Bran Castle – a place where the legend of Vlad Impaler meets the fiction of count Dracula. 


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5-6 hours

Get Brasov's Best View From Mount Tampa

Suggestion to explore on your own

Every visit to Brasov should include a cable-car ride to Tampa Hill where superb views are just waiting to impress you. From your first moments in Brasov, you’re likely to notice the Hollywood-like “BRASOV” sign high above the city on Tampa Mountain. Hike for an hour, or just take the cable car and when you get there, walk the short path to the big white letters bearing the city’s name. The walk is not difficult, but there are enough rocks underfoot along the way to warrant wearing comfortable shoes. At the end, next to the “V” in Brasov is a viewing platform for a gorgeous birds-eye view of Brasov. The panoramic view will make you fall in love with the city.

Brasov From Above

Day 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Brasov

Sighisoara Private Day Trip

Sighisoara Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a magical day trip to Sighisoara, one of Europe's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns. With its towers, cobblestone streets, plentiful art, and old traditions, this town is a great way to enjoy a medieval atmosphere, and learn about the lives and history of the Transylvanian Saxons, German settlers who founded most of Transylvania's cities and towns.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 7 hours

Traditional Romanian Cooking Class

Traditional Romanian Cooking Class

This is an authentic cooking class tour but more important, an experience you won’t easily forget. Right in the heart of Brasov, your guide will invite you to “Mama M” house where a wonderful lady will greet you. A senior cook born and raised during the communist period, she not only learned how to cook using old-school recipes but, like many back then, learned how to appreciate food. She will offer culinary & cultural insights while helping you prepare a few traditional dishes that you’ll then serve together with some local Romanian wine & plum brandy. 


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Gura Humorului by Private Transfer

Today you are leaving Brasov to enjoy the ride to the amazing region of Bucovina, which is famous for its untouched nature and UNESCO-listed painted monasteries. You will be going through the Carpathian Mountains and stopping at Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorge, the most breathtaking natural attraction in Romania, with tall rocky walls reaching 400 meters, that narrow up to 7 meters in its most spectacular part.

By Private Transfer to Bucovina with a Stop at Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

3 days in Gura Humorului
3 days in Gura Humorului

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

Bucovina is becoming rightfully famous for its eight UNESCO-listed painted monasteries, although there are more which have yet to be listed. With walls covered inside and out with colorful Byzantine-inspired religious frescoes, these temples clearly come from another time. Bucovina itself is a quaint, quiet off-the-beaten-path region, with great opportunities for hiking and biking. Alongside the natural scenery, you'll love exploring the unique houses and medieval streets. There are also numerous local artisans there, some offering workshops where you can get hands-on with traditional crafts, such as making black pottery, or painting eggs. Several interesting day trips are also possible from Bucovina, so you'll have no shortage of activities. This is a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Romania's larger cities to get back to nature and the country's traditions.

Bucovina is becoming rightfully famous for its eight UNESCO-listed painted monasteries, although there are more which have yet to be listed. With walls covered inside and out with colorful Byzantine-inspired religious frescoes, these temples clearly come from another time. Bucovina itself is a quaint, quiet off-the-beaten-path region, with great opportunities for hiking and biking. Alongside the natural scenery, you'll love exploring the unique houses and medieval streets. There are also numerous local artisans there, some offering workshops where you can get hands-on with traditional crafts, such as making black pottery, or painting eggs. Several interesting day trips are also possible from Bucovina, so you'll have no shortage of activities. This is a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Romania's larger cities to get back to nature and the country's traditions.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Gura Humorului

Your driver will bring you straight to your Bucovina accommodation.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Gura Humorului

Classic Bucovina Private Tour (Painted Monasteries, Black Pottery and Egg Museum)

Bucovina Tour, with Visits to the Egg Museum and a Pottery Workshop

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be visiting some of the most fascinating areas of regional history and culture, the UNESCO-listed Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, the Vama Egg Museum, and the Marginea black pottery workshop. At the agreed-upon time you’ll be picked up from your accommodation by an expert local guide who will accompany you for the day, making the past come alive as he regales you with stories from history. You’ll be driven first to Bucovina, then to the other stops. The tour lasts the whole day, and afterwards you’ll be driven back to your accommodation. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Chernivtsi by Private Transfer

Today you will head to Chernivtsi in Ukraine. This is a non-guided transfer and it takes about 3 hours, depending on the time spent at the border.

1 Night in Chernivtsi

1 Night in Chernivtsi

2 days in Chernivtsi
2 days in Chernivtsi

1 Night in Chernivtsi

Chernivtsi is located in the foothills of the Carpathians, on the border between the Carpathians and the East European Plain. Throughout the centuries, Chernivtsi was formed as a city with a unique variegated architecture, rich cultural heritage and a tolerant atmosphere. Tours of the old town of the Austrian period provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the architectural ensemble of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In total, in the historical part of the capital of Bukovina, there are more than 600 monuments of architecture, 25 of which are of national importance. The architectural jewel of Chernivtsi is the UNESCO-listed ensemble of the former Residence of Metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia.

Chernivtsi is located in the foothills of the Carpathians, on the border between the Carpathians and the East European Plain. Throughout the centuries, Chernivtsi was formed as a city with a unique variegated architecture, rich cultural heritage and a tolerant atmosphere. Tours of the old town of the Austrian period provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the architectural ensemble of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In total, in the historical part of the capital of Bukovina, there are more than 600 monuments of architecture, 25 of which are of national importance. The architectural jewel of Chernivtsi is the UNESCO-listed ensemble of the former Residence of Metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Chernivtsi

When you reach Chernivtsi your driver will take you directly to your hotel located in or very close to the historic center.

Chernivtsi Private Walking Tour

Chernivtsi Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you're interested in learning more about the cities you visit on holiday, this four-hour private tour of Chernivtsi is perfect for you. You will see the most notable buildings and monuments while hearing stories about the vibrant history of Chernivtsi. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken back to your accommodation, with a new appreciation for the rich and diverse past and present of this lovely city.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Lviv by Private Transfer

It's time to leave Chernivtsi behind and head to Ukraine's cultural heart, Lviv. On the way, you will stop in Kolomyia to explore the town, visit the Pysanka Egg Museum, and have lunch. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for a fee. With the stop included, this non-guided transfer takes about eight hours.

By Private Transfer with a Stop in Kolomyia

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

4 days in Lviv
4 days 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 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Lviv

Your driver will bring you straight to your Lviv accommodation.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Lviv

Lviv Private Walking Tour

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

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

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 two 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.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour will allow you to experience some of the majestic history of the Lviv region by touring its most impressive palaces and castles. You'll start in the picturesque hills of Olesko, where a fortress still shows the marks of past battles. In this area there are several easily accessible sites. You'll also see a fairy tale palace with slender towers, shining mosaic tiles and playful decorations. The past will come alive for you as you tour these castles with an expert guide. You'll love learning more about the royal past of this region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

This exclusive three-hour cooking class in a local kitchen will give you the skills and knowledge you need to cook some of the tastiest Ukrainian dishes: borscht (the famous Ukrainian national soup) and varenyky (dumplings, similar to pirogi) in a cozy atmosphere and comfortable environment with friendly conversation. You can also substitute the varenyky for deruny, potato pancakes akin to thicker latkes. You'll share the dinner you have cooked together and discuss what you think. There's no better way to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - 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.

By Train to Kyiv

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Upgrade to By Private Transfer with Stops
By Private Transfer with Stops

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3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

4 days in Kyiv
4 days 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 12

Day 12 - 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.

Private Sailing Tour along the River Dnipro

Get a New Perspective

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

Would you mind seeing the city from the water onboard a sailing boat with a glass of wine? Rent a boat for only you and your family or friends and enjoy swimming in Dnipro river or romantic sunset. If you wish, you can even sail the boat by yourself, with the captain's guidance.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Kyiv Private Walking Tour

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

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

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

Chernobyl Group Day Tour

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

Authentic Shopping

Suggestion to explore on your own

Kyiv is known to be quite cheap when it comes to shopping. If you are a person who likes to bring home some fashion, we can definitely recommend visiting "Vsi Svoi" on Khreshchatyk 27, which only offers Ukrainian garments. Traditional Ukrainian clothing has caught on since the Maidan Revolution, and the sight of men and women alike wearing traditional white outfits featuring vivid, complex red embroidery has become common. If you prefer more boutique shopping and luxury, or are even just seeking some souvenirs such as paintings, be sure to head to Andriivsky Descent, which happens to be one of the most scenic parts of the city.

Authentic Shopping

Day 15

Day 15 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Kiev airport for your departure.

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.

Bucharest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bucharest Airport Transfer
Bucharest Private Walking and Palace of Parliament Tour
Bucharest - Brasov Private Transfer with a Stop at Peles Castle

Brasov

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour
Sighisoara Private Day Trip
Brasov - Gura Humorului Private Transfer with stop at Red Lake and Bicaz Gorge

Gura Humorului

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Classic Bucovina Private Tour (Painted Monasteries, Black Pottery and Egg Museum)
Gura Humorului - Chernivtsi Private Transfer

Chernivtsi

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Chernivtsi Private Walking Tour
Chernitvsi - Lviv Private Transfer with a stop in Kolomyia

Lviv

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

Kyiv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Chernobyl Group Day Tour
Kyiv 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

4.8 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Kathleen, Bruce & Aaron

Kathleen, Bruce & Aaron

California

The people at JayWay Travel are very pleasant and responsive. Every aspect of the trip was planned well and taken care of. It took the stress out of trying to plan a trip in a region where I had no experience traveling.

The people at JayWay Travel are very pleasant and responsive. Every aspect of the trip was planned well and taken care of. It took the stress out of trying to plan a trip in a region where I had no experience traveling.

Year : 2018
Visited : Romania, Ukraine
Itinerary : Bucharest, Chernivtsi, Gura Humorului, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Romania, Ukraine
Itinerary : Bucharest, Chernivtsi, Gura Humorului, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
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