Unfortunately you will heard about Ukraine because of the crisis with Russia in the Crimea and in the Donbas region, but maybe few of you know that the 90% of the country is not touched by problems of public order and anyway it is a great tourist destination for all those who like being in close contact with a millennial culture rich in history.
Its capital Kiev is connected with Italians national stopovers with direct flights (Milan-Rome-Venice) or from all airports thanks to some international companies like Lufthansa with comfortable stopovers allow you to reach the place in less than three hours of flight.
Kiev is the beating heart of the Ukraine, economic capital with its almost five million inhabitants make it a city suspended between past and modernity. It’s here that around the year 1000 on the banks of the Dnipro born the Rus Di Kiev, the oldest Eastern Slavic State that thanks to two figures as Prince Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise sanctioned its greatness, during the period when Moscow still didn’t exist and in its place there was a magnificent forest.
Knowing Ukraine just because of Kiev could be a mistake if you want to fully understand the culture of the Cossack people but certainly if you haven’t so much time in front of you, it could be a great starting point.
After you chosen the flight you have to decide if you want to stay in hotels or in private apartments. The hotels are generally quite expensive but those who have three stars are cheaper. The hotel should be moder or you can risk to stay in Soviet-Style Hotel. The alternative to the hotels are the apartments that are made available to individuals and agencies, cheaper and often in a very central position that guarantee a very comfortable stay.
The local currency is the Gryvna. If your local currency is the Euro, here it is exchanged with a ratio of 1 to 28. That means that you can dine in any good restaurant at a cost under ten euro.
Restaurants like the locals in general are all very good and the choice is really wide. From the famous Italian restaurants till the Japanese ones and of course those of the local cuisine… it’s up to you the choice! The service is much improved in recent years and the attention to the customer reminds the Europeans standard, differently from the old Soviet customs.
Being in the center of Kiev means that you can visit many of the main tourist attractions. Starting from Maidan Square, renamed Independence Square (the square where three years ago happened the so called Revolution of Dignity) you can come up to the Monastery of St. Michael where you can admire the imposing structure of the Foreign Ministry. Then you enter into Sofia Square where stands St. Sophia, second in the world (after Istanbul) and UNESCO heritage. Continuing on the Vladimirska street, to the left there is a building that once was the headquarters of the KGB and a just up ahead the Golden Gate, the old gate that brings you to the old town, where you will find the magnificent Operà Kiev Theater, where you can enjoy beautiful performances all the year (the cost of the ticket is about ten euro for a good place).
In addition to all this there are many other sights in Kiev such as: the Patriotic War Museum with its Rodina Mat, the museum of folk culture (an open air museum), the Museum of the Chernobyl disaster, the House of Chimeras, the Mariinsky Palace, the Presidential Palace, the Pechersk Lavra an holy place of-Orthodoxy, Baby Jar and much more. In the summer you can have nice walks in one of the seven parks within the city.
A very unique place situated just outside Kiev, is the Kiev Rus Park, a theme park where has been rebuilt the life of the Kiev of the year one thousand, a day in a lost world.
For the fans of eco-tourism you shouldn’t miss a visit to Chernobyl. The visit is organized safely and with the permission of the Ukrainian Government. You will relive the Chernobyl tragedy and you’ll visit the ghost town of Pripyat, an example of a historic cemetery where life has crystallized the Soviet era. It is a photo tour but also very informative and you can ask your questions directly to technicians who still work in that area and meet the “liquidators”, the heroes who helped to contain the incident.
Thanks also to the new fast trains that there are in all the Ukraine area, is easy from Kiev reach in only six hours the city of Lviv (Ukraine’s cultural capital), Odessa with its famous Potiemkin staircase and its beautiful squares, or Dnipro or other smaller cities of Ukraine, all of them with unique characteristics. A special mention is for Chernivtsi, Ukraine’s eastern small town that includes thirteen universities and one of them is very old but still frequented by the students.
A common thing about all the cities in Ukraine is the great hospitality of its people and there every place will surprise you with its peculiarities. For all the nature lovers the suggestion is to pay attention to the Carpathian region where is possible to do an ecological tourism and dedicate your time to the nature but you can decide to spend a week at one of the many Spa Welnnes centers in the area. They have different curative springs.
Our agency is present in Ukraine since 2007. Beyond that you’ll entrust to us (even if we are specialized in the incoming of the Italian tourists) or to another agency the appeal is to visit this extraordinary country that is still outside of any tourist route but that has a lot to give in terms of emotions.
Written by: https://www.ukrainaviaggi.it
Translation by: Hang Around The World