Welcome to Ukraine. Part 1

Welcome to Ukraine. Part 1

Mar 22, 2018, 1:58 AM |

9 Reasons Why Ukraine Is A New Trending Travel Destination


10/30/2017 05:12 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2017
Beth Doane
Lviv, Ukraine

By Beth Doane

In a continent full of well-traveled destinations, one country is stepping forward as Europe’s final frontier: Ukraine. Colorful, enchanting, and never boring, Ukraine is at the edge of a tourism boom. From the sophisticated museums and cafes of Kyiv to the peasant food and rural farms of the countryside, Ukraine has something for everyone. Here’s why Europe’s undiscovered marvel should be on your travel bucket list.

1. The Food

Ukrainian food is so much more than borsht, pierogi, and vodka. In the Carpathian Mountains, try banosh: a highland shepherd dish of corn flour cooked in sour cream with salty sheep cheese, wild mushrooms, and crunchy speckles of pork fat. In cosmopolitan Kyiv, where traditional food with a modern twist is served in upmarket environments, savor fine dining experiences at budget-friendly prices. A favorite here is Pervak Restaurant, 2 Rohnidynska St, in downtown Kyiv. (Make sure you have the vodka tasting- ask your waiter for their favorites, which probably will include horseradish and Plum). Also, find the secret path to the OB Restaurant in Maidan, (Original Blockade) for some of Ukraine’s fines food and libations – everything is sourced in Ukraine – meats, fish, beer, wine cognac, champagne and more! Worth the challenge to find it, but make sure you know the password – ;-). Also, another must go is to have Chicken Kyiv (yes, there really is a Chicken Kyiv dish) at the Chicken Kyiv restaurant and leave room for the absolutely heavenly Kyiv Cake, like no other desert I have ever had.

Beth Doane
Lviv, Ukraine

2. Lviv

If Prague has become too crowded for you, consider Lviv: now known as “the new Prague”. You better hurry though before it becomes completely “discovered”. As the mayor Mayor Andriy Sadovyi of Lviv recently told me in an interview – if Kiev is the heart of the country, than Lviv is the soul. This stunning city is where traditional Ukrainian music, food, architecture, and history come together in an unforgettable whirlwind of experiences – plus a splash of modern kitsch.

Beth Doane

3. Chernobyl Tours

The site of one of the most notorious and frightening nuclear disasters in modern history doesn’t seem like an obvious tourist hotspot, but a swarm of tour operators hope to change all that. They insist that Chernobyl safe to visit – and the 10,000 tourists who explore the site every year agree. If you’re eager to see a post-apocalyptic version of a world that could have been – or celebrate the wildlife that has started to reclaim the abandoned area – you’ll love Chernobyl tours. Photographers call it a dream to experience too.

Beth Doane
Chernobyl, Ukraine

4. Accessibility

With daily non-stop flights on Ukrainian International Airways going to Kyiv from New York’s JFK airport and dozens of other cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, and even Beijing daily, Ukraine’s marvels have never been so easy to access. Just pack a bag, step on a plane, and go – no annoying connections necessary! And, the fares to Ukraine are significantly lower than to almost all other European destinations.

Beth Doane
Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine

5. Architecture

Ukraine boasts some of the world’s most beautiful Slavic architecture. From Carpathian wooden churches in the countryside to Saint Sophia’ Cathedral and the majestic Opera Hotel in Kyiv, Ukraine’s historic buildings will mesmerize even the most discerning architecture buff.

Beth Doane
Opera House, Lviv - Ukraine

6. Cost

More than almost anywhere else in Europe, Ukraine is affordable! Why sleep in overpriced hostels in Rome or London when you can enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal in one of Ukraine’s finest restaurants for around $15USD. In Ukraine, budget costs don’t mean budget quality.

7. Carpathian Mountains

Everyone who sees Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains immediately falls in love with their wide, sweeping vistas, breathtaking mountain peaks, and unforgettable local culture. Escape Kyiv’s cosmopolitan city vibe with a hike in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, paint traditional Easter Eggs with local mountain shepherds, or enjoy vodka and dumplings in a rural guesthouse!

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8. Safety

Despite what eye-catching headlines about Crimea might suggest, Europe’s biggest country is incredibly safe. Standard travel wisdom applies: avoid demonstrations and disputed territories, and let Ukraine’s friendly locals put you at ease in no time at all.

Beth Doane
Lviv, Opera House, Ukraine

9. Culture

In a country of so many wonders, Ukraine’s best feature is easy to spot: its people. Ukrainians are friendly, English is widely-spoken, and everyone is eager to share the many incredible festivals and events that make Ukraine such a fun place to visit all year-round. For more details on how to explore and where to stay see below.

Ukraine International Airways

How to Get There:

Ukrainian International Airways also known as UIA, is Ukraine’s leading international airline with its hub at the ultra-modern Kyiv Boryspil Airport (KBP). UIA features three classes of service along with legendary Ukrainian hospitality onboard its daily non-stop flights from New York’s JFK airport to Kyiv and easy connecting flights to ten cities throughout Ukraine, and also with onward connections to over 80 destinations around the world. Partnerships with JetBlue and Virgin America allow for easy seamless connections from over 50 gateways in North America. Frequent flyers with UIA can also earn and redeem miles through our Panorama Club frequent flyer program and fly on other international airlines like Air France, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Etihad, and TAP Portugal. UIA also has a tri-lingual reservations staff and booking can be made at 1-800-876-0114, online at www.FlyUIA.com

T: +1 800.876.0114 W: www.FlyUIA.com

FB: facebook.com/flyuia.us/


Where To Stay:

Kyiv – The must stay property is The Opera Hotel; it has old world charm with 5 star rooms and service. The property features great restaurants, bars and spas and is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Best of all, you’ll enjoy being at the crossroads of Kyiv’s business, cultural and historical districts and walking distance to “Maidan”, the downtown center and home to the orange revolution. The Opera Hotel features the 140 boutique styled and decorated rooms and is a short walk to the Opera House, St. Sophia and St. Vladimir churches. This luxury hotel is spacious yet cozy and all rooms are elegantly appointed with stylish furnishings. If you want a splurge try our one of their suites – Russian, Italian and French are each decorated to reflect world-famous opera compositions from their respective countries, or ask for the Egyptian, American, Moroccan or Japanese suites which evoke the distinctive character of each country and culture.

Opera Hotel Kyiv – Member Leading Hotels of the World

53, B. Khmelnitskogo Street

Kyiv, 01054, Ukraine

Tel: +38 044 581 7070


Lviv- The Leopolis Hotel is a fabulous five star property located in the city center, just a few minutes’ walk to the Market Place, the amazing Opera Theatre, the Vernissage, and St. George’s Cathedral. Whatever you want to see or do or taste in Lviv – everything is located close by Once here, you can easily (and affordably) indulge yourself with luxury and comfort and where one still feels the turn of the century European romance and the city’s old world Bohemian atmosphere. The hotel is located in an authentically restored building that happens to also be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a great place to be based and where you can easily explore Lviv’s history, culture and entertainment, and dining options.

The Leopolis hotel features 78 exclusive rooms and suites, all decorated in hues of soft pastel colors in a hotel that just oozes with comfort and coziness. Italian furniture, luxurious interiors and spacious bathrooms will please even the most demanding guests. Satellite TV, wireless internet access, flat screen TVs, luxurious cosmetic sets, round-the-clock room service – all of these will help make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.

The hotel offers great dining and drinking options as well, and one of the places to be seen in Lviv is at their charming hotel bar. Their On Shevska restaurant has some amazing local and international dishes, and you will feel quite happy after enjoying the chef’s masterful culinary creations.

Leopolis Hotel, Lviv, Ukraine

Hotel Leopolis

Teatralna Street 16

Lviv, Ukraine 79008

Tel: +38 032 295 9500



How to Tour: JC Travel – is professional tour company that will show you Ukraine (and neighboring countries) like a local. Ask to speak to the owner, Julia Kulik, who is very hands on and will personally craft an itinerary that speaks to you. This company will arrange everything you need to see and do – from an exclusive day tour of Chernobyl, or if you are brave enough an overnight tour – and all of the sights, sounds and tastes to make memories sure to last a lifetime. And they have a US number to handle your queries in real time.


T: +38 068 920 5397

US: +1 914 348 3823

E: enjoy.ukraine@gmail.com