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Discover our Ukraine Tours

From visiting the historic cities of Kiev, Lviv and Krakow, to going back in time on a Chernobyl tour, our hand-picked local tour leaders will share first-hand knowledge and unique insights on our small group tours to Ukraine. 

Enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to wander the eerie streets of Pripyat and uncover abandoned houses, crumbling factories and rusting fairgrounds in this mysterious forgotten land. Or, for a more colorful side of Ukraine, join an adventure to Ukraine's Odessa on the coast of the Black Sea where sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and tree-lined boulevards await.

Considering a trip to Ukraine but new to Explore? We've answered some of the most-asked questions about our small group tours. 

Our most popular Ukraine tours

Discover Chernobyl

Ukraine Short Breaks Trip code KCY
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5 Days From US$1020 without flights

Discover Ukraine and Moldova

Moldova, Ukraine Discovery Trip code UAM
16 Days From US$3130 without flights

Ukraine in Depth

Ukraine Discovery Trip code UKA
13 Days From US$2240 without flights

Highlights of Krakow, Lviv and Kyiv

Poland, Ukraine Discovery Trip code KLK
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Ukraine tour highlights

 

Ukraine is a vast country, but very little is known about it. Its larger cities, such as Lviv and Kiev, are fabulously ornate and have more than a hint of Parisian elegance and Russian ostentation, while the countryside is as rustic and wild as you might imagine. No visit to Ukraine is complete without a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the mostly-uninhabited area surrounding Reactor 4, where you can walk among the eerie abandoned city of Pripyat and the slowly encroaching forest.

 

Kiev

Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev is a wonderful introduction to a country that feels like one of Europe’s last frontiers. Set on the banks of the Dnieper River, the city is easy to explore by metro yet thanks to the near-impenetrable language – Ukrainian and Russian are both widely spoken – traveling around  still feels fantastically adventurous. Kiev is one of Europe’s most underrated capitals, with its mix of centuries-old religious architecture, wide boulevards and gilded domes. While exploring, you might like to visit the warren of underground malls to pick up a hot corn on the cob (a local delicacy) or traditional ceramics to take home. In the evening, visiting a traditional restaurant is a great opportunity to sample the varenyky dumplings, which come filled with meats and vegetables, or try a sweeter version with cherries. On our Ukraine In Depth tour your guide can recommend the best Soviet-style canteens and fast-food places where you can get a dough-encased deep-fried sausage (much better than it sounds!) perhaps with a chaser of nastoyanka liqueur, made from honey and herbs.

Ferris Wheel at Pripyat Fairground, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine


Chernobyl

After the explosion of the Number 4 nuclear reactor in 1986, the area surrounding Chernobyl was evacuated and became an eerie, abandoned place where nature reclaimed the towns and vehicles left behind. In 2011 the area was declared safe to visit, and since tours have commenced leading intrepid travelers into the Exclusion Zone. Our Discover Chernobyl tour gives you two days to explore the Exclusion Zone, including the city of Pripyat which affords perhaps some of the most haunting photographs of the disaster. Built three kilometers from the nuclear site, the city was built to house the plant’s workers and families; now it all lies abandoned, including the fairground, hospital, hotel and sports center. During the trip you’ll even get to stay within the Exclusion Zone at a small hotel, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Ukrainian meal.

 

Strategic Missile Force Museum, Pervomaysk

Join a local guide for a tour of the Strategic Missile Force Museum on our Ukraine Discovery Trip. Descend into the depths of this decommissioned military base to discover the original control room of the most powerful Cold War Soviet missile, the R-36M2 'Governor' bomb, which was nicknamed 'Satan' by the Americans. Part of a 150-metre subterranean tunnel network, take a seat in the commander’s chair and push the red button that would have once launched fatal missiles from their underground silos located within the museum’s grounds. Today, we are grateful that only alarms and lights are activated from this nerve-centre, no weapons. But this is a stark visualisation of the grave power that this former USSR republic once had.
 

Solo travel in Ukraine

 

Travelling solo doesn’t mean traveling alone, as you’ll discover on our small group vacations to Ukraine. Each of our trips is designed to suit solo travllers and on most trips, you’ll find that around half of all guests are traveling solo. Visiting Ukraine as part of a small group means you’ll get to explore with the guidance of an experienced tour leader to illuminate all the fascinating highlights of the country, while enjoying the company of like-minded fellow travelers.

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