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Ukraine Vacation & Tour Packages

The largest country entirely in Europe, Ukraine is a destination that rewards curious travelers. While there are still tensions in the far east of the country, the western (and very much West-leaning) areas are very safe. They're also fun and unique. Right now Ukraine needs the influx of tourist dollars and the welcomes are actually warmer than ever. There’s a rich history to explore here, and each city in Ukraine has its own atmosphere and traditions. You might think of Ukraine as glumly post-Soviet. But the people of Ukraine are some of the most welcoming and warm-hearted in Europe. It’s not uncommon to get talking to a local at a market or cafe. Locals love to give inside information about interesting things to do while you’re in town. Simply put, visiting Ukraine might be one of the most unique holidays you ever take.

Ukraine's best destinations

Odessa, Lviv and Kyiv are especially vibrant cities that bear the marks of a volatile history. You can see it in the architecture and monuments. Ukraine caters to all interests. Relax on the beaches of Odessa or in the sophisticated coffee shops of Lviv. Then there's the UNESCO World Heritage buildings of the cosmopolitan capital Kyiv. A vacation in Ukraine gives you a chance to enjoy many different activities. You should also get out of the city. The landscape outside Ukraine's cities is often beautiful, especially along the coast and in the mountains to the west. If mountains are your thing, be sure to visit the town of Chernivtsi, with its UNESCO-listed religious complex which now hosts a university, amidst natural beauty. Ukraine definitely offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun like hiking and cycling, so take advantage!

Your Ukrainian travel specialists

Accommodation in Ukraine is comfortable and affordable. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Ukraine, we can make it happen. Visit Odessa, Lviv, Kyiv, Chernivtsi, or all four. Contact us for a free travel consultation. and we'll start planning the perfect Ukrainian vacation, just for you.

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Popular Ukraine Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Ukraine and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Ukrainian vacation packages
Based on 2 reviews

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Ukraine

Is Ukraine safe?

While there are still tensions in the far east of Ukraine, near the Russian border (a twelve hour drive from Kyiv) and in Crimea (further still), life goes on as normal in the rest of the country. This is especially true in the western (and west-leaning) parts of the country we cover. Our staff in Kyiv will keep track of you, but in our years of experience in Ukraine, our guests have had no troubles related to the conflict. The centers of Ukrainian cities are quite safe, especially due to reforms resulting in the creation of a new, American-trained police force. Do keep watch for pickpockets in busy areas and crowds, as you would anywhere else. Ukrainian drivers can also be reckless, so be careful when crossing the street. Crossing from Russia into areas of Ukraine that are not controlled by the government, including Crimea, is illegal in Ukraine.

When is the best time to visit Ukraine?

Ukraine has hot summers and cold winters, making spring and fall pretty ideal times to visit, especially from mid-April to early June, or from early September to mid-October. Kyiv is generally a few degrees warmer than Lviv and a few cooler than Odessa, which has been a famed spa and beach resort town since Czarist times.

Ukraine or The Ukraine? Kyiv or Kiev?

A hot button topic for some. We've chosen to agree with the locals. The correct name of the country is just "Ukraine." "The Ukraine" is how Russians referred to the territory of Ukraine during the Soviet era and earlier. When it comes to the capital city, "Kiev" is the Russian transliteration of the city's name, whereas "Kyiv" is the transliteration from Ukrainian. Since the Euromaidan Revolution, the Ukrainian language has taken on a greater significance, although most Ukrainians also speak Russian.

What is Ukrainian cuisine like?

Ukraine has some of the most fertile soil on Earth, a bounty reflected in local restaurants and markets. Although ingredients are often simple (usually grains, mushrooms, and staple vegetables), food is often first fried or boiled, then stewed or baked. Ukraine's most famous export is borscht, the sour beet soup found throughout East and Central Europe. Restaurants often serve "green borscht," which uses sorrel leaves instead of beets. Ukraine has nearly-countless varieties of cabbage rolls, known as Holubtsi. Just as ubiquitous and varied as borscht are Varenyky, small dumplings similar to Polish pierogi. Food can be fatty, with Smetana (thick sour cream), and butter used as frequent toppings. Salo (cured lard) is also considered a delicacy. Ukraine has a wide variety of breads and pastries, often elaborately decorated and associated with religious holidays.

Horilka, the Ukrainian form of vodka, is popular, and while its ingredients can vary (peppers are a common addition), it is universally strong, especially when distilled at home. Different combinations of fruits and berries are used to make a type of wine, called Nastoyanka if strong, and Nalyvka if it has low alcohol content. As in Russia, Kompot (fruits or berries boiled in water like a liquid compote) and Kvass (a fermented rye drink akin to root beer) are popular non-alcoholic beverages. Kompot is associated with winter, and Kvass with summer, as it is often sold in parks out of large trailers. Tap water should be avoided, as even safe water often has an unpleasant taste due to the amounts of chlorine used.

What is transportation like in Ukraine?

Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe, so flights with Ukraine International Airlines can often be the best way of getting between major cities, such as Lviv, Kyiv, and Odessa. Trains are cheap, but ticket agents and train staff rarely speak English, and travel can be very slow, with many trains averaging around 30-40 MPH. We recommend against car rental, as few signs are written with the Latin alphabet, the roads are often in bad shape, traffic police have a reputation for corruption, traffic in major cities is often poor, animals often appear on highways, and local drivers are often reckless.

Kyiv has an excellent subway system, with some stations as impressive as any in Moscow. Kyiv has several of the world's deepest stations, hundreds of feet underground. Cities have complicated networks of buses, trolleybuses, and streetcars, which can be very crowded, especially at night. In addition are ubiquitous Marshrutkas, private minibuses that drive on set routes, but only begin their journey when full. In most cities, you pay the driver upon entering, but in Odessa you pay shortly before your stop. As these minibuses run on the honor system, people often pass money up to the driver (and hand change back) during the drive.

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