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Ukraine is a big diverse and largely undiscovered country riched in colorful tradition. It is one of Europe’s last genuine travel frontiers that encourage to look beyond the natural beauty and energy of the place. Talking about the history of ancient art and culture, it can be seen through the Gothic churches of Lviv, the Stalinist facades of Kyiv, the remnants of the Jewish culture or the ubiquitous Soviet high-rises.

 

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Ukraine

Leisure.com offers a wide range of thoroughly planned Ukraine tours. Our team makes all the trip arrangements so that you can enjoy your dream vacation without any stress or hassles. The entire trip can be customized as per your specific interests and requirements or can be entirely tailor-made around special interests and particular destinations. To begin your fascinating journey for luxury Ukraine tour, let us know your requirements by filling out a Trip Request Form. We would then match your specifications with two to three luxury Ukraine tour agents who will work with you to provide you your dream vacation! Apart from Ukraine tours, Leisure also offers other interesting tours such as Thailand tours, Japan tours, China tours, India tours, Bali tours, France tours, Armenia tours, Argentina tours, Antarctica tours and many more.

Ukrainians are quite hospitable. As a guest in the country, you are sure to receive red-carpet treatment. This includes gifts, heavily-laden tables, and many toasts. During your Ukraine tour, these etiquette rules might prove to be useful:

  1. In Ukraine, men are always going to shake hands while greeting for the first time during the day. However, shaking hands with your gloves on is considered a taboo. Ukraine is one of the many countries where this tradition of the handshake is upheld rigorously.  

  2. Shaking hands with a woman is not a custom in Ukraine. Kissing a woman’s hand will make you quite bold.

  3. When visiting someone’s family home, bringing a gift is a tradition. A cake, a bouquet of flowers, or a cake is customary. In case there is a child in the house, providing him/her as well with a small gift is appropriate.

  4. When bringing flowers, make sure that the number of flowers is always uneven, i.e. 3, 5, etc. This is because of the fact that even number of flowers are brought to funerals.

  5. Shaking hands or giving things across the threshold of a door is considered bad luck.

Best Time to Plan Ukraine Tour

Ukraine is blessed with four discrete seasons. Summers are usually sunny and dry, having only occasional rain showers. The country receives the maximum rainfall during the spring season. Winters in Ukraine are marked with chilly weather and snowfall. However, the best part is that every season in the country brings to you plenty of activities. The best time to plan Ukraine tour depends entirely upon personal preferences.

  1. June - September (Pleasant weather and Sunny Days): The summer months can be considered for planning a trip to Ukraine. The days are pleasant and sunny, while nights cooler and comfortable. All the major highlights are assembled by tourists searching for the best in the country. A relaxing day at one of many wellness resorts and mineral springs at the Truskavets or a trekking or hiking trip on the Carpathian Mountains (Green Pearl of Ukraine), the choice is all yours!

  2. October (Off-season): This is the time of the year when the weather starts getting chilly and the country’s foot-falls begin trickling down. This is the month of the fewer crowd, heavy discounts and quiet beaches on the coasts of the Black Sea.

  3. November - January (Winter months): The coldest weather in Ukraine is experienced in the month of January. Frequent rain showers may happen. If you wish to witness the cities covered in heavy blankets of snow, this is the time for you to visit the country. Also, be a part of vibrant Christmas festivities around this time.

  4. February - March: The country faces the winter season’s wettest days in the month of February. It is cold as well! Tourism in Ukraine happens to be at a standstill. One can get heavy discounts on accommodation, however, transportation is difficult because of occasional snow storms.

  5. April - May: The weather is cold yet bearable. This happens to be an amazing time to enjoy both - receding winter season as well as oncoming summer season.

Staying Options During Ukraine Tour

  1. Hotels: Just sometime back, the majority of hotels in Ukraine were former Soviet institutions. Nowadays, most of the older establishments have either been closed or refurbished to an appropriate standard that offers a range of rooms of varied price and quality.

  2. Camping: Sometimes, campsites are available on the outskirts of cities, however, the sites tend to be kind of institutional affairs. Some agencies for adventure travel are able to rent out camping gear to tourists.

  3. Homestay: A comfortable room in a private home is an outstanding accommodation option in Ukraine as the people are quite hospitable as well as friendly, and prices happen to be far more reasonable.

Always check your national government’s travel advice before planning a trip to Ukraine. Political instabilities are affecting travel in specific regions, particularly on the Crimean Peninsula and in Eastern Ukraine. Check the US State Department’s travel advice for Ukraine before departing on your vacation.  Ukraine is not part of the European Union or the Schengen travel area. Citizens of the U.K., Canada, and all EU nations can travel visa-free for 90 days in Ukraine. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your date of departure, and you must present proof of onward or return travel. Carry a print out of your flight tickets to confirm this. Note that some nationalities, such as Australian and New Zealand require a visa on arrival for travel for up to 15 days. Certain documents are required for this.

All About Safety in Ukraine

With Ukraine being in the highlight for all the wrong reasons, safety is surely a major concern these days for travelers. Although crime is on the rise, Ukraine rather remains a safe destination to travel in Europe, unless you step into the war zone, which reckon a small part of the country in the far east.

  1. Do not travel quite long in Ukraine as it has some of the most hazardous driving conditions in Europe. The country’s mix of potholed, poorly lit roads, poor state of many vehicles and often aggressivly idiotic driving style is a lethal combination indeed.  

  2. Avoid becoming a victim of theft by not flashing your money around, taking care of your belongings, staying low-key in appearance and avoiding being alone at night in secluded places or parks.

  3. Credit card fraud in Ukraine is a common phenomenon. When using ATMs, be particularly careful and if possible, use cards only in reputable locations.

  4. With the growth of militias and far-right groups, racism in Ukraine is on the rise. However, serious attacks are infrequent and many of the cities have big multiracial communities.

Ukrainians are quite hospitable. As a guest in the country, you are sure to receive red-carpet treatment. This includes gifts, heavily-laden tables, and many toasts. During your Ukraine tour, these etiquette rules might prove to be useful:

  1. In Ukraine, men are always going to shake hands while greeting for the first time during the day. However, shaking hands with your gloves on is considered a taboo. Ukraine is one of the many countries where this tradition of the handshake is upheld rigorously.  

  2. Shaking hands with a woman is not a custom in Ukraine. Kissing a woman’s hand will make you quite bold.

  3. When visiting someone’s family home, bringing a gift is a tradition. A cake, a bouquet of flowers, or a cake is customary. In case there is a child in the house, providing him/her as well with a small gift is appropriate.

  4. When bringing flowers, make sure that the number of flowers is always uneven, i.e. 3, 5, etc. This is because of the fact that even number of flowers are brought to funerals.

  5. Shaking hands or giving things across the threshold of a door is considered bad luck.

Things to Experience During Ukraine Tour

Ukraine is a developing and young country having an ancient and rich history. On this once-in-lifetime Ukraine tour, dive deep into its traditions and local cultures by exploring places and having unique experiences of the country. Here we have discussed some truly special and natural experiences that one shouldn’t miss during luxury Ukraine tour.

Cycling Along Arabat Spit

Feel yourself like on a gorgeous ocean beach as well as in a desert at the same time on Arabat Spit. This thin strip of sand links the mainland with the eastern region of Crimean peninsula. On Arabat Spit, there isn’t a proper road to drive and is too long for walking. And for this reason, a bicycle is an ideal vehicle here. You can also dive into the waters of the Azov Sea while taking a cycling trip in this area, later fish at the same place, and prepare your catch for a dinner. A few of the families, living on Arabat Spit, will always be kind to you and will narrate a lot many mysterious tales about this wonderful yet difficult to live place.

Caving Experience in Podilla Region

You won’t find so many unique gypsum caves on such a tiny territory anywhere else in the world other than in Podilla region of Ukraine, especially in the Ternopil region. The most fascinating fact is that these caves have been conserved in their native and unperturbed condition, and only rare visitors descend into some of them. However, if you wish to, you can become a part of the team that tours these dungeons. You are guaranteed for an amazing adventure during which you will discover captivating lakes and wonderful galleries. You’ll also have an opportunity to listen to the absolute silence of this not-much-known part of the world.  

Hiking Adventure in Gorgany Mountain Ranges

Although Gorgany ranges of Carpathian mountains are located not far from the main roads, you can still feel yourself like a discoverer and a real pioneer here. Among all the places to witness in Ukraine, this certainly comes to the top as one of the most adventurous ones.

Gorgany mountain range happens to be one of the least traveled in the Carpathians, Ukraine. During a hiking trip, you can pass by a deserted military station. However, there are also chances of facing a wild animal - from colorful and cute salamanders to even dangerous and predatory wolves or even bears. Be careful however on Gorgany path! It is quite easy to lose way here, and so if you are a first-time hiker here, joining a guided Carpathian tour would be a better option.  

Befriend ‘Four-Legged’ Creatures at Kyiv’s Anti-Cafe

Are you a cat-lover? Who doesn’t actually love these soft-fluffy creatures? However, not everyone get this opportunity to keep them in their house because of varied reasons such as lack of enough space, allergies etc. But Kyiv has a way out for you all! The anti-cafe in the city houses not only cats but a real mini-zoo as well. A white african hedgehog, raccoon and chinchilla - all live here! You can come and enjoy some aromatic coffee or tea, flavorsome cookies, family warmth and coziness. The owners here care for the pets and so you must book your visit well in advance since not more than 5 people are allowed at once to the anti-cafe.

Visit Lviv Coffee Mining Manufacture

Have the most memorable coffee experience at the Coffee Mining Manufacture in Lviv. It will look like a normal coffee until you step downstairs and make your way to their dark underground coffee mine. They also hand you your very own helmet with light bulb. Ensure to try out their speciality coffee and prepare yourself just as the server comes with a blow torch to your table for a full on fire show!

There are a number of good luxury Ukraine tour agents who will include all these experiences in their itineraries to make your trip an interesting and memorable one.

 


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