Ukraine is one of the best places to visit in Europe.
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Whether you have been to Ukraine before or considering your first visit, I am told that Ukraine is one of the best places to visit in Europe that doesn’t have the rush of tourists. Aside from the European portion of Russia, Ukraine is the continent’s largest country, stretching from Russia in the east to Poland in the west, and between the Black Sea in the south and Belarus in the north. To give you some perspective, Ukraine is a little larger than the state of Texas.
The English-speaking world commonly referred to the country as “The” Ukraine. When Ukraine gained its independence in 1991 the West gradually dropped the word “The”. In 1993 the Ukrainian government requested that the country be called just Ukraine.
Although most Ukrainians understand Russian, about 53% of Ukraine speaks Ukrainian as their primary language while about 44% consider Russian their primary language.
87% consider themselves some form of Orthodoxy. About 2.2% consider themselves Roman Catholic.
The currency of Ukraine is the Hryvnia (UAH). You will find that the US dollar, Euro, Pound, Canadian dollar all are very favorable in the rate of exchange with the Hryvnia. You can check the current rate of exchange between your countries currency and the Hryvnia at any online currency converter.
A visa is not required to travel to Ukraine for up to 90 days from most Western and European countries including the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia. If your country is not one of these listed, you can look online to find out the status of your country regarding visas requirements.
You have probably seen images on the news showing conflict in Ukraine. Without getting too much into the politics, simply put, there are two main attitudes in Ukraine. In the furthest reaches of eastern-Ukraine near the Russian border, the attitude of the citizens is more Pro-Russian. Within the rest of the country and more so the further west you travel, the attitude is more Pro-EU (European Union). The conflicts you may have seen or primarily in Eastern Ukraine. (Again, Ukraine is a rather large country) It is perfectly safe to travel to Ukraine, most especially if you travel to the Western part of the country and stay in the Western cities, Ukraine’s largest city, the Capital, Kiev.
Having lived in Kyiv for over 12 years, I am very familiar with the city and the surrounding countryside. Kyiv is a bustling metropolis which is an interesting combination of the most modern city with ancient landmarks from eras from the past. (over 1,000 years).
Kyiv is very green in terms of parks as there are dozens in and around the city. Mariyinsky and Khreshchatyj Parks are among my favorites in the list of things to do in Kiev! Not only they are located right next to Kyiv’s Dnieper River, they also have wonderful architectural landmarks and Lover’s Bridge, which is popular for lovers and newlyweds.
These magnificent structures dot the landscape around Kyiv. It is something you won’t help but notice and be in awe of upon your visit. From the many golden domes to the architecture, one cannot help but be inspired by the beauty these landmarks bring to the city. St. Sophia Cathedral remains an outstanding architectural landmark and tops the most-visited list of sights in Kyiv. It’s beautiful, serene and calm. Its 11th century mosaics are captivating and you can’t keep being amazed at how ancient history presents itself here: in every stone, a bell tower with great views of the city and an amazing interior full of paintings over 1000 years old.
Kyiv has all the transportation of any major city. Travel by taxi is most common and with the exchange rates in your favor, the rates will be cheap. Of course it is important to have your Ambassador or lady with you to ensure the drivers aren’t charging you the “tourist rate”. There are also bus lines and a rail metro to help navigate in and around the city. The metro is one of the most used methods. In fact, Arsenalna, a station on Kyiv’s Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska line, is the world’s deepest at 105.5 meters below ground.
Kyiv’s main street, Khreshchatyk Street, is often referred to as the shortest yet widest main drag in the world. At only 1.2km long but remarkably wide. Here you will find many cafes and restaurants, markets, gatherings of people. Independence Square, located off Khreshchatyk Street, is another such meeting place where people gather. This is the heart of Kyiv.
Whether you prefer a stroll at night or you are a nightclub kind of person, Kyiv has a lot to offer. Whether you enjoy fine dining or a bar and grill, Kyiv has a great variety. Traditional Ukraine cuisine offerings from around the world are available depending on your taste and mood.
When you are ready to come to Ukraine and meet your lady/ladies, the primary meetings will take place in Kyiv and your stay will be built around Kyiv. Our Ambassador assigned to you will help you maneuver around Kyiv, make recommendations based on your preferences (things to do, places, to dine, sights to see, ect) as well as ensure you know where you are going and how to get there. Naturally, you will be spending time with your lady/ladies who will be the best guides in terms of what to do or where to go at the moment. They too will make sure you aren’t getting charged “tourist rates” from the local taxi’s and vendors. When you are ready to book your Trip we are ready to receive you and ensure your stay is fun and fulfilling. We hope to see you soon.