Welcome to Ukraine
On arrival at Kiev International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine, bisected by the Dnieper River and known for its religious architecture, secular monuments and history museums. The 11th-century Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a monastery and pilgrimage site encompassing several gold-domed churches. It's known for its catacombs lined with the burial chambers of Orthodox monks, and a collection of gold objects from ancient Scythian times.
Spend the day at leisure or unleash the explorer inside you while you take a stroll in its sprawling neighborhood.
Overnight in Kiev.
After breakfast, the driver will pick you up in the hotel.
Today explore the wonderful city of Kiev and get to see all the highlights of the city on this pleasant 3hour tour. When you first come to Kiev, you get to discover a unique culture, impressive attractions and most of all the harmonious combination of ancient and modern co-existing in the same city. To do so, we invite you to a half day tour, during which you will see preserved architectural ensembles of the XI, XII-XVII centuries and modern architecture in the industrial and financial center of the country. During this highlights tour, you will get to visit the following sights: Mikhailovska Square, Mikhailovsky Cathedral, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev Opera Theatre, The Golden Gates, Sophia Square, St Sophia Cathedral and monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Volodymyr Cathedral, monument to Princess Olga, Andrew's Church, Independence Square, River Port, Funicular, Kontraktova Square, Hostynnyi dvir, Mother Motherland Statue and the Dniper river quay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is free to stroll around the wonderful city of Kiev or you can do an optional visit explore the nuclear zone of Chernobyl and get to see the highlights of the area in one day. The Ecological Tour to Chernobyl We begin our tour with a transfer to Chernobyl zone where we'll meet our guide at the Dityatki block post. At this point we'll go through documents and luggage control as well as a small introduction of behavior in the zone. Our first stop will be near the monument to courageous firemen of Chernobyl, people who literally saved the world. We'll continue with a visit to the office of the Chernobyl interinform State Agency where you will be informed about the liquidation of the catastrophic consequences in the 30 km. zone, the most contagious places and machines cemeteries. We'll visit the Leliv block post. You will be impressed by the tidy revetment on the edges of the road, studded with yellow signs. Our next photo-stop will be near the 4th reactor of the station where we'll see the press centre (except weekends!) and a documentary film demonstrating the liquidation and liquidators of the man-caused catastrophe. Afterwards you will be driven to the nearby 'red forest', which was left for scientific researches and then to the 'ghost city' of Prypyat. You will visit the flats, left in 1986 where private things still can be found: kitchen utensils, furniture, curtains, books, musical instruments and toys. You will see the town that was left by its 50 thousand inhabitants within 24 hours. We'll continue our tour with a stop for lunch before taking a tour of Chernobyl Park of Glory, Second World War Memorial and the Board of Memory to liquidators.
Cost per person AED 1,250.00
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your driver will pick you up from the hotel for a half day excursions to Pechersk Lavra On the high hills of the right bank of the Dnieper rises majestically crowned golden domed Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - the inheritance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the cradle of monasticism in Rus and the stronghold of the Orthodox religion. Monastery Pechersk Lavra was founded in 11 century and was built in 9 following centuries. Lavra , is an honourable title, which was given to very large and important monasteries. The architectural complex of the monastery impresses its visitors even today. On a sunny day, the reflections of numerous domes and belfries shine into your eyes. Many monastery buildings are dated back to 17-18 centuries, and are excellent examples of Ukrainian Baroque architecture style. Since 12 century the only church in the monastery has preserved till now with minor architectural changes that were made later. It is a church over the main entrance gates of the monastery and it's called Nadbramna. The full name of the Church - Trinity Church Nadbramna - Holy Trinity Church of Brama. It was a miracle that it survived, since there were lots of attacks on the monastery throughout the history.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 3199/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
If you are interested in going ahead with this booking, we would require deposits or payments as follows either in the form of cash or cheque:
Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class airfare from Dubai / Kiev / Dubai.
4 nights / 5 days accommodation in Kiev based on double room occupancy.
Return airport transfers on private car.
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the program.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Ukraine: Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia's Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks. Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine, bisected by the Dnieper River and known for its religious architecture, secular monuments and history museums. The 11th-century Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a monastery and pilgrimage site encompassing several gold-domed churches. It's known for its catacombs lined with the burial chambers of Orthodox monks, and a collection of gold objects from ancient Scythian times.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to Ukraine consulate website: http://visa.mfa.gov.ua
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Things to see & do:
Kiev – The capital of Ukraine, this bustling city is home to nearly three million people. The art and architecture here is stunning. There’s an odd mix of Soviet area communist housing and baroque buildings and cobblestone streets. It’s a beautiful town! For theater lovers, the Kiev Opera House is host to world-class operas and ballets or the Ivan Franko Theater for dramas, comedies, and musicals. There is a unique blend of old and new to absorb throughout the city.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant or Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station is a decommissioned nuclear power station near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, 14.5 km (9.0 mi) northwest of the city of Chornobyl, 16 km (9.9 mi) from the Belarus–Ukraine border, and about 110 km (68 mi) north of Kiev. Reactor No. 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Both the zone and the former power plant are administered by the State Agency of Ukraine of the Exclusion Zone (Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources). All four reactors have been shut down.
Carpathian Mountains – One of the most popular destinations in the country, these mountains are a magical collection of forests, meadows, and quaint villages. There are lakes for swimming and good trails for hiking.
Vorontsov Palace – Located inside a park reserve in Alpuka, this 150 room palace is an amazing piece of history to explore. It was built from 1830-1848 and there is a treasure trove of architectural and artistic discoveries to see.
Tunnel of Love in Klevan – About 7km from the city of Klevan, a private railway has turned their railroad track into a natural tunnel by lining it with trees. The tunnel is at its lushest during the spring and summer when the green leaves form a seemingly impenetrable barrier. It’s also beautiful during the fall as the leaves change color. It’s very beautiful and romantic.
City beaches – If you are looking for a quick sunbathing or water sports fix, heading down to a river island might be the thing for you. In Kiev, the Dnipro River is riddled with islands, and on most of them you can buy food and drinks, enjoy some beach, and even work out. Hydropark is host to an outdoor gym.
Visit the Chernobyl Power Complex – Lying 130 km north of Kiev, this nuclear plant had a critical meltdown in 1986. It was one of the worst nuclear disaster in human history. The radiation is weak enough now that people can take short trips to visit the complex and the abandoned, ghost like town nearby.
Ski at Drahobrat – This snowy resort is 4,300 feet above sea level and boasts perfect skiing and boarding conditions year-round. The place is somewhat remote, lying 18km outside of Yasinya, and it is a site best suited for the experienced winter sports enthusiast.
Sports at Olympic/Respublikansky Stadium – If you are wanting to catch some local sports, this is a popular place for various European matches. The stadium holds up to 100,000 people and can be thrilling when full. The final match of the Euro 2012 football championships was held here.
Chernivsti University – Founded in 1875, this university is the most fascinating piece of architecture in Chernivsti. Constructed from a mass of beautifully-laid, red bricks, and decorated with thousands of colored tiles, it sticks out like a sore thumb. The various wings are striking and seem to be influenced by a pseudo-Byzantine-Hanseatic-Moorish style.
Akadia beach – Many of the beaches in Odessa are crowded and dirty in the summer time, but this hotspot is a great place to check out the ocean while staying out of the sand and water. There are a multitude of bars, clubs, cafes here too.
Dyzha – This is a dual café-art gallery in Lviv, and a local hotspot for youthful, alternative types. This is a great place to grab a coffee, a postcard, and relax for an hour or three. There are often musicians playing here.
Visit Chufut-Kale – This 200m high bluff and cave system is the highlight for many people that travel to Bakhysaray. For centuries, many people took refuge here, leaving behind them, burial chambers and casemates
Dance on the Dnipro Party Boat – If you are feeling really adventurous and a little goofy, this is probably the thing for you. These boat rides are about an hour and a half long, and all about having drinks and dancing to disco-tech, Russian-pop music.
Check out Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts – Located in Kiev, this museum has an impressive collection of European art. The interior of the museum is decadently coated in frescoes, intricately carved woodwork, priceless antique furniture, and an array of masterful art.
Ploshcha Svobody – The second-largest square in the world and Kharkiv’s most unique sight, this is an awesome place to check out. At the western end stands the first Soviet skyscraper, complete with geometrically-set concrete and glass blocks and bridges.
Spot wildlife at Askania-Nova Reserve – This vast plain is home to a plethora of animal life: buffalo, deer, antelope, horses, zebras, camels, gnus, rare Central Asian Saiga antelopes, and a huge array of birds.
Lutsk Castle – One of many Ukrainian fortresses, this one lies in Lutsk’s old quarter and dates back to the 14th century. It is 13 meter-high and is topped with three tall towers. The structure is in fairly decent shape and there are even archeological remains dating back to the 12th century nearby.