12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

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12 days in Ukraine Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  22 h 45 min
1
Chernobyl
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Kiev
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Lviv
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Odessa
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

1
night
Chernobyl

Chernobyl ©
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): deepen your knowledge of military history at Chernobyl Go. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Pripyat Amusement Park, don't miss a visit to Reactor No 4, then make a trip to Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elijah Church.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chernobyl trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Chernobyl is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Chernobyl to be colder, temps between 0°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kiev.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pripyat Amusement Park
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St. Elijah Church ©
St. Elijah Church
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker ©
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker
Pripyat Amusement Park ©
Pripyat Amusement Park

3
nights
Kiev

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Step out of Kiev to go to Novi Petrivtsi and see Battle for Kyiv 1943 National Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and make a trip to Khreshchatyk.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kiev trip maker app .

Getting from Chernobyl to Kiev by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Kiev sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kiev

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Battle for Kyiv 1943 National Museum
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz

3
nights
Lviv

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lviv is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, stop by Old Town, see the interesting displays at Insomnia - The Haunted House, and take an in-depth tour of Lychakiv Cemetery.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lviv road trip planning site .

You can fly from Kiev to Lviv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. December in Lviv sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery

3
nights
Odessa

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Statue of the Duc de Richelieu, make a trip to Potemkin Stairs, then don't miss a visit to Primorsky Boulevard, then have some family-friendly fun at The Lab Virtual Reality Club, and finally examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around City Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium, don't miss a visit to Teatralnaya Square, then don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Insomnia- The Haunted House.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Odessa planning site .

Getting from Lviv to Odessa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Odessa are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street
Potemkin Stairs ©
Potemkin Stairs

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