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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 Kyiv 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.
Route for Kyiv, Lviv tour

4 Nights in Kyiv

4 Nights in Kyiv

5 days 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.

Beer Tasting Private Tour

OK, Now What?

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

If you're wondering what to do now that you've arrived, we recommend seeking out a rooftop bar with stunning views. Since you're in the heart of the city, finding a good place shouldn't be difficult. We recommend seeking out the 11 Mirrors, rooftop restaurant. Many bars are open past dawn, so you can finish your night with a glass of the local cider. If you'd like some more guidance, we'd be happy to provide a private beer tasting tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 2

Day 2 - 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

Private Sailing Tour along the River Dnipro

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 Tour

Chernobyl Private Day Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had a profound effect on all of Europe at the time, killing relatively few people immediately but the after effects are still being counted in the form of cancers caused by radiation exposure. The disaster had another long-lasting effect, changing government policies on nuclear power in many countries across Europe. A visit here is a sobering one but highly interesting.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 12 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your Third Full Day in Kyiv

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

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 Private Cooking Class (Borshch and Varenyky)

Ukrainian Cuisine Private Cooking Class (Borshch and Varenyky)

Included in your vacation package price.

This exclusive three-hour cooking class at the local kitchen will give you the skills and knowledge you need to cook some of the tastiest Ukrainian dishes - borshch and varenyky. Your local host will provide ingredients and instruction while you get hands-on. Afterwards, you'll get to sit down and enjoy the tasty meal you've created! There's no better way to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 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 Stops

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

Chernobyl Group Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Jewish Heritage and Babiy Yar Private Tour
Light3 hours
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours
Kyiv Urbex Group Tour
Moderate3 hours

4 Nights in Lviv

4 Nights in Lviv

5 days 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

Lviv Private Walking Tour

Lviv Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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

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 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 7

Day 7 - 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

Liqueur Degustation Private Tour

Liqueur Degustation Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Lviv is famous for its liqueurs! 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

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

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

Private Cooking Master Class (Lviv Syrnyk)

Private Cooking Master Class (Lviv Syrnyk)

In this fun, two-hour cooking class, you'll learn to make lviv syrnyk, one of the most famous desserts in Ukrainian cuisine. This light and fluffy dessert is just amazing. You'll have fun learning to make it, then get to sit down and feast on your creation!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

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 Lviv
Moderate2 hours
Private Chocolate-making Class
Light1 hour
Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner
Light3 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.

Kyiv

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Airport Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Sailing Day Tour along the River Dnipro
Chernobyl Private Day Tour
Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour
Ukrainian Cuisine Private Cooking Class (Borshch and Varenyky)
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv - Lviv Train Tickets

Lviv

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

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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