A trip to Ukraine will, undoubtedly, be one of the most memorable vacations you’ve ever had. Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe, is home to some of the most brilliant, breath-taking scenery found in the world, including the Carpathian Mountains. The residents are a peaceable people that are friendly and hospitable in spite of the fact that the country is undergoing a massive transformation as it struggles to leave its communist roots behind and move forward to a democratic way of life.
For the shopper there is much to choose from. Souvenir shops abound with reasonably priced keepsakes and other goods including silk scarves, mouth-watering dark chocolates, wooden dolls and hand-woven rugs. Rarely will you ever find a shop owner that will barter with you about the prices, but at the local bazaars it’s considered the norm. Fresh fruit, flowers, meat, cheese and vegetables can also be found at the outdoor bazaars in Kyiv, Lviv, and Chernivtsi.
Dinning out in Ukraine, you’ll find an array of dishes from a number of different cuisines including French, Indian, Italian and Japanese. But, in order to get a true feel for Ukraine, try some of the local cuisine. Some of the most popular are Borshch (beetroot soup), Varenniki (dough that’s enhanced with either cheese, meat or a fruit) and Holubtsi (cabbage rolls).
Ukraine has an absolute zero tolerance for drinking and driving. A glass of wine with your meal or a few drinks while enjoying an opera at one of the many live performing theaters is fine, but getting behind the wheel while inebriated will land you in deep trouble with local law enforcement in addition to some pretty hefty fines.
Find cheap flights to Ukraine here. Kyviv Boryspil is Ukraine’s primary international airport. Air Canada, Lufthansa, KLM, Austrian, Air France, Air Ukraine and Czech Airlines all offer travel to Ukraine. It should be noted that there is a 50 pound weight limit on checked luggage. Overweight luggage will cost you dearly.
Find the best prices for hotels in Ukraine here. Accommodations in Ukraine include both state-run and privately-owned hotels, which have drastic differences in price depending on the locale and the level of services offered. You may also stay at any number of short or long term apartment rentals. The prices for these apartments are usually at least 50% less than hotels. There are also a few hostels to be found, but not many.