12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h 15​min
1
Kiev
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Zaporizhzhya
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  8​h 30​min
3
Yaremche
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Pylypets
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Lviv
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Kiev

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Sophia Cathedral and Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra. Appreciate the collections at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and Pirogovo Open-Air Museum. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Great Patriotic War Museum, take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, examine the collection at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kiev trip itinerary site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Kiev is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in Kiev are colder (13°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Zaporizhzhya.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©

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night
Zaporizhzhya

Zaporizhzhya ©
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Faeton Retro Cars Museum, explore the striking landscape of Khortitsa National Nature Reserve, then examine the collection at The Historical and Cultural Complex Zaporizhian Sich, and finally examine the collection at Motor Sich Aviation Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zaporizhzhya day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kiev to Zaporizhzhya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yaremche.

Things to do in Zaporizhzhya

Museums Parks Nature
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Faeton Retro Cars Museum ©
Faeton Retro Cars Museum
Khortitsa National Nature Reserve ©
Khortitsa National Nature Reserve

2
nights
Yaremche

Yaremche ©
Yaremche is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of west Ukraine. Visiting Hoverla and Extreme Park Bukovel will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yablonitskiy Pass (in Yablunytsya) and Bukovel (Mount Khomyak & Mount Bukovel). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Probiy Waterfall and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yaremche itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Zaporizhzhya to Yaremche in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pylypets.

Things to do in Yaremche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bukovel, Yablonitskiy Pass
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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
Mount Bukovel ©
Mount Bukovel
Probiy Waterfall ©
Probiy Waterfall

1
night
Pylypets

Pylypets ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Shypit Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pylypets tour planner .

Traveling by car from Yaremche to Pylypets takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Pylypets

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians
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Shypit Waterfall ©
Shypit Waterfall

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nights
Lviv

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Insomnia - The Haunted House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Armenian street, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally make a trip to Rynok Square. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lviv City Hall, then see the interesting displays at Beer Cultural Experience Center “Lvivarnya”, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Architecture and Life.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lviv tour itinerary site .

Getting from Pylypets to Lviv by car takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral

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