18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

18 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kharkiv
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Lviv
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Ivano-Frankivsk
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Bukovel
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 15 min
4
Odessa
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
5
Chernobyl
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Kiev
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Kharkiv

4
nights
Lviv

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Something Interesting and Pravda B Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lychakiv Cemetery and Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church. Change things up with a short trip to Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Zhorniska (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, contemplate the long history of Armenian street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Insomnia - The Haunted House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lviv trip planning tool.

Kharkiv to Lviv is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kharkiv in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Lviv. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Ivano-Frankivsk.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral
Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr ©
Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr

1
night
Ivano-Frankivsk

Ivano-Frankivsk ©
On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Resurrection Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Town Lake, look for gifts at Bastion Gift Shopping & Exhibition Center, then make a trip to Monument to Adam Mickiewicz, and finally don't miss a visit to Rynok square. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Prycarpathian Museum of Arts, then examine the collection at Ivano-Frankivsk Lore Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, and finally contemplate the long history of Potocki Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ivano-Frankivsk trip tool.

Take a train from Lviv to Ivano-Frankivsk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Bukovel.

Things to do in Ivano-Frankivsk

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Prycarpathian Museum of Arts ©
Prycarpathian Museum of Arts
The Holy Resurrection Cathedral ©
The Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Cathedral of the Holy Virgin ©
Cathedral of the Holy Virgin

3
nights
Bukovel

Bukovel ©
Popular historic sites such as St Elias Wooden Church and Nativity of St. John the Baptist are in your itinerary. Visiting Hoverla and Mount Bukovel will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bukovel side-trips: Waterfall Guk (in Tatariv) and Yaremche (Probiy Waterfall & Rocks Dovbusha).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bukovel trip planner.

You can take a bus from Ivano-Frankivsk to Bukovel in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bukovel can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Bukovel

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yaremche
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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
Mount Bukovel ©
Mount Bukovel
Rocks Dovbusha ©
Rocks Dovbusha

3
nights
Odessa

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Akkerman Fortress and Arabic Cultural Center. Take a break from the city and head to Beach Golden Shore and The Odessa Port. Change things up with these side-trips from Odessa: Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (St.Nicolas Church, Ascension Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Catacombs of Odessa, kick back and relax at Arcadia Beach, and make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Odessa trip maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bukovel to Odessa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bukovel in August, Odessa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Odessa

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum
Catacombs of Odessa ©
Catacombs of Odessa
Akkerman Fortress ©
Akkerman Fortress

1
night
Chernobyl

Chernobyl ©
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. On the 14th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elijah Church and then see a world frozen in time at Chernobyl Go. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Pripyat Amusement Park, then make a trip to Reactor No 4, and then don't miss a visit to Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chernobyl trip planner.

Getting from Odessa to Chernobyl by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Odessa in August; daily highs in Chernobyl reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kiev.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pripyat Amusement Park
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St. Elijah Church ©
St. Elijah Church
Reactor No 4
Reactor No 4
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker ©
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker

3
nights
Kiev

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Narodniy Dim Ukraine, examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, and then examine the collection at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kiev online trip maker.

Getting from Chernobyl to Kiev by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kiev can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

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

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