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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. 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.

4 Nights in Kyiv

4 Nights in Kyiv

4 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Kyiv

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.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Get to know central Kiev

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

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

Chernobyl Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

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!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 12 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your Third Full Day in Kyiv

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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

Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Lviv by Train

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.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer to Lviv with a stop at the tunnel of love

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

Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light2 hours
Chernobyl Private Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Jewish Heritage and Babiy Yar Private Tour
Light3 hours
Kyiv All-In-One Private Full-day Walking Tour
Moderate9 hours 30 minutes

4 Nights in Lviv

4 Nights in Lviv

4 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 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Lviv

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

Day 6

Day 6 - 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 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

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!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Third Full Day in Lviv

Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Liqueur Degustation Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 9

Day 9 - Departure Day

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

We also offer the following excursions in Lviv

Lviv Private Jewish Heritage Tour
Light5 hours
Private Bike Tour around Parks in Lviv
Light2 hours
Private Castles Tour around Lviv
Moderate7 hours
Private Chocolate-making Class
Light1 hour

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.

Kyiv

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kiev Airport Transfer (Patricia Ann Morrow)
Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
Chernobyl Private Day Trip
Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour
Ukrainian Cuisine Workshop Private Tour
Kiev Train Station Transfer
Kiev - Lviv Train Tickets

Lviv

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lviv Train Station Transfer
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour
Explore Lviv Countryside Private Tour
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Lviv 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.

Anna & John

Virginia

JayWay is good to work with:  if you know what you want, they will book it but if you need a lot of help, they can do that too! Kevin was great to work with. He made several good suggestions, including using drivers to take us from country to country in the Baltics. He was knowledgeable and helped make the trip a success. Moonika was very nice and kept in touch to be sure all was ok.

JayWay is good to work with:  if you know what you want, they will book it but if you need a lot of help, they can do that too! Kevin was great to work with. He made several good suggestions, including using drivers to take us from country to country in the Baltics. He was knowledgeable and helped make the trip a success. Moonika was very nice and kept in touch to be sure all was ok.

Year : 2017
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2017
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Maureen & Genrik

California

All the staff at JayWay Travel were not only extremely knowledgeable and proficient but they were really fun to work with and helped me plan the perfect trip! They listened, suggested, listened more, answered all my questions and gave me the choices to make the trip my own. I loved the process as well as the trip itself!

All the staff at JayWay Travel were not only extremely knowledgeable and proficient but they were really fun to work with and helped me plan the perfect trip! They listened, suggested, listened more, answered all my questions and gave me the choices to make the trip my own. I loved the process as well as the trip itself!

Year : 2018
Visited : Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
Itinerary : Tallinn, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius, Krakow, Warsaw, Moscow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
Itinerary : Tallinn, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius, Krakow, Warsaw, Moscow
Rating :
5 / 5

Jan & Susan

California

JayWay Travel can provide you with the arrangements and convenience of an organized tour while simultaneously giving you your independence. They suggested activities and accommodations that were exactly in line with our preferences and the in-country guides also accommodated our special interests.

JayWay Travel can provide you with the arrangements and convenience of an organized tour while simultaneously giving you your independence. They suggested activities and accommodations that were exactly in line with our preferences and the in-country guides also accommodated our special interests.

Year : 2018
Visited : Romania
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Romania
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5

Geoffrey & Jane

Illinois

Excellent in every way.

Excellent in every way.

Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Zagreb
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Zagreb
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Sharon

Ontario

JayWay Travel takes all of the work out of travel and gives you just the enjoyment. Your whole trip is customized to you and your interests and you have the support of a destination manager who is available in case of any issues. They have great tour guides who speak your language. I could go on and on here.

JayWay Travel takes all of the work out of travel and gives you just the enjoyment. Your whole trip is customized to you and your interests and you have the support of a destination manager who is available in case of any issues. They have great tour guides who speak your language. I could go on and on here.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Kay, Annette, Lynn & Katherine

North Carolina

JayWay Travel takes a lot of the stress and guesswork out of a trip to Europe. We felt that JW had excellent recommendations, maps, tours. Would love to use again.

JayWay Travel takes a lot of the stress and guesswork out of a trip to Europe. We felt that JW had excellent recommendations, maps, tours. Would love to use again.

Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5

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