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UKRAINE HOLIDAYS   >   EUROPE


Bakhchisarai,  Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kaniv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kremenchug, Kyif [ capital city ], Lugansk, Lviv, Mariupol, Odessa, Sevastopol, Simferopol, Ust-Dunajsk, Uzhorod, Yalta, Zaporizhyie.

Ukrainian landscape:  mostly of fertile plains or steppes and plateaus, crossed by rivers such as the Dniepr, Donets, Dnister and the Southern Bug as they flow down into the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov.

Capital City Ukraine : Kiev


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Car Rental Ukraine  Sixt   -    

Hotels

Car Rental Ukraine  Booking/com   -   Hotel Guide Ukraine

Tour Operators  

Thomas Cook

 
Create your perfect trip to Ukraine   -   Flight, Hotel and Car.

G Adventures

  Blacksee-Crimea 
This site is an on-line travel guide to what for most western travellers is a new destination - the beautiful Crimean Black Sea coast. Here you will find detailed information to help you plan your vacation, and you can book self-catering holiday accommodation in Yalta or Gurzuf, or hotels throughout Crimea and Ukraine
  Bob Sopel Ukrainian Travel
  Fregata Travel
  Regent Holidays   -   Ukraine & Moldova



  Solo East Travel   -   located in Kiev
Travel to Ukraine with SoloEast. Located in Kiev (Kyiv) it's licensed to provide travel and visa assistance, hotels, air and train tickets, tours to Ukraine and other services for travellers. Tourism Administration of Ukraine License #425695

Travel Guides Ukraine / Related books

Amazon.com - Travel Guides Ukraine 

Ukraine (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841623113 Ukraine (Bradt Travel Guide)
Andrew Evans (Author)
Ukraine is something of an enigma for the visitor. The largest country in Europe, it remains one of the least visited, yet it has retained the rustic beauty of old -world eastern Europe, and its place names are heavy with historical significance: Kiev, Crimea, Sevastopol, Odessa, Chernobyl. This fully updated third edition of Bradt's Ukraine guide keeps visitors up to speed with this rapidly evolving country. Covering everything from the best places for borsch to the best walks along the Black Sea – alongside an in-depth exploration of Ukraine's history, culture and natural beauty – this is the most comprehensive and practical guide available to a destination as yet undiscovered by the tourist crowds. Andrew Evans has lived in Ukraine and continues to travel there regularly. He has a particular interest in its culture, history and politics.
Paperback: 464 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (Mar 2010); ISBN-10: 1841623113; ISBN-13: 978-1841623115.

Kiev (Pocket Guides) 
Paperback: 160 pages; Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing (22 Oct 2009); ISBN-10: 1848482779; ISBN-13: 978-1848482777.

Ukraine (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - 1741044812.

Ukrainian (Lonely Planet Phrasebook)
Marko Pavlyshan (Author)
Includes and easy-to-use phonetic pronunciation, updated phrases from traveller feedback, and a sustainable travel section enabling enquiries for green options.
Paperback: 292 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 2008); ISBN-10: 1741041910; ISBN-13: 978-1741041910.

Transport / How do I travel to Ukraine


Ukraine borders the Black Sea to the south, the Russian Federation to the east, Belarus to the north and Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania [ southwest the delta of the Danube ], and Moldova to the west.

  Airport of Kiev  =  Boryspil International Airport, located 30 kilometers from the city center. The city's other main airport Zhuliany-Kyiv, located 7 kilometers from the center, handles domestic flights.

 
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  Airline Tickets Ukraine / Discount Flights
Cheap flights to the Ukraine / Price comparison possible

Ukraine is connected to European and Asian cities via an extensive network of railways and roads. Train and Bus travel are the least expensive and most convenient way to reach just about any location

  Ukrainian Buses   -   Автобусное расписание по Украине.

  Online Maps Ukraine [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection Europe ]


Links 

  Web-portal Ukrainian Government

  Kiev   -   capital city   -   northern Ukrain
Kyiv made its mark as a city break destination soon after independence, with its grand palaces, Orthodox cathedrals, medieval monasteries and the winding streets and brightly coloured houses of the old town. You will find a lively nightlife with restaurants serving interesting local dishes.

  Bakhchisarai
  Chernobyl  / Chornobyl   -   not far from Kyiv   -   known for nuclear accident in 1986
On April 26 1986, the Chornobyl-4 nuclear reactor suffered a catastrophic nuclear meltdown and fire, resulting from a flawed reactor design, and mistakes made by the tired plant operators, who violated procedures intended to ensure safe operation of the plant. A secondary factor contributing to the accident was the fact that plant operators were insufficiently trained and unfamiliar with many characteristics of the reactor.
  Dnipropetrovsk
  Donetsk
  Kaniv
  Kharkiv   -   second largest city in Ukraine
  Kherson
  Kremenchug
  Lugansk
  Lviv
Lviv which has a wealth of rococo, neo-classical and renaissance style buildings arranged along picturesque cobblestone streets
  Mariupol
  Odessa
Wandering along the cobbled streets of the old town one can feel the Turkish and Balkan influences of past centuries. A must-see with an eclectic mix of Slavic and Turkish influence
  Sevastopol
  Simferopol
  Ust-Dunajsk
  Uzhorod
  Yalta
  Zaporizhyie

  Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains are equally as grand and the foothills are dotted with unspoiled medieval towns and villages.
  Crimean Peninsula   -   autonomous
The Crimean peninsula attracts summer revellers to the lovely seaside resort of Yalta because of its Florida-like climate and to see the luxurious dachas which used to belong to the communist elite.
Crimea.
Steeped in history, Crimea is a fascinating region to explore, as well as a great place to relax. Across the centuries it has attracted settlers such as the Greeks, the Venetians and the Genoese - all of whom founded cities along the coast and inter-married with the local people. The western terminus of the Great Silk Road was on the Crimean coast. After a long period as part of the Byzantine empire, it was overrun by Chingiz Khan's Golden Horde and remained a Tatar Khanate until annexed by Imperial Russia in the eighteenth century . This rich history is still alive today in its fabulous palaces and historic sites, and in the culture and way of life of today's Crimean people.
Cities:  Feodosiya, Yalta, Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Sevastopol, Simferopol
  FC Dynamo Kyiv
  News from Ukraine   -   Kiev Post
  Tiraspol
Capital of the self-proclaimed independent Trans-Dniester Republic
  Ukrainiansoccer.net

Cuisine   -   Ukrainian Cooking

Popular all over the globe is Ukrainian borsch. It is made with fresh vegetables – cabbages, red beet, tomatoes etc. adding pork fat pound with garlic and parsley. The combination makes borsch boast of exquisite aroma and marvelous flavor. There are more than 30 recipes for the true Ukrainian borsch (each region has at least one) and requires up to 20 diverse components.
Very popular in Ukraine are all kinds of kasha (cereal porridge), vareniki filled with cottage cheese, smashed potatoes, stewed cabbage or berries. Among the favorite dishes are also meat and potato stew – pechenja, Ukrainian bitki (chops) with salo (pork fat) and garlic filling, cold boiled pork stewed with cabbage and salo, krucheniki (chopped tenderloin stranded over a filling) etc.

The Best of Ukrainian Cuisine  -  by Bohdan Zahny
Now updated with a complete list of menu terms in Ukrainian and English, this unique cookbook presents both traditional and contemporary Ukrainian cuisine in an easy-to-use menu format. Ukrainian dishes call for a variety of ingredients including natural products such as meat, poultry, fish, mushrooms, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Here is a comprehensive guide to Ukrainian cooking, including favourites like: zakusky (appetisers), ioushky (cabbage soup), kasha (buckwheat groats), pyrizhky (stuffed pastries), and medovyky (honey cakes).
Paperback 300 pages (August 1998); Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc

History of Ukraine

The Ukraine was founded by Swedish Vikings [ 'Varangians or Rus' ], who gave the Ukraine its first powerful dynasty, the Rurik dynasty. During the 10th and 11th centuries these Vikings in the east created the largest and most powerful state in Europe and, ironically, laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries.
Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, soutern parts of Kievan Rus were incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; northern parts formed Mongol dependent Muscovy.

Independence: 1 December 1991 (from Soviet Union)

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of the Ukraine  -   by Anna Reid
The Ukraine is one of the most neglected countries in the world. It has a population of 52 million - larger than Britain's - and a land mass the size of France; it also has Chernobyl, and after Russia is the largest nuclear power. The word 'Ukraine' means 'borderland' and for most of its history the lands that make up present-day Ukraine have been a collection of other countries' border regions. Prior to Stalinism and Nazism, Ukraine was ethnically extremely diverse, including Russians, Poles, Jews, Greeks and Armenians. Their ghosts linger in language, literature, and architecture, quite distinct from Russia's.
Paperback 272 pages (March 6, 2003); Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson history
  National museum of History of Ukraine
The museum's extensive exhibits consist of eight sections dealing with various aspects of Ukraine's history from prehistoric times to the present. The museum has rich collection of archeological and ethnographical findings, coin, works of art and old books. Behind the museum there is a path that provides a good view of Podil, Kyiv's lower town from the highest point of Old Kyiv.
The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 
Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship. He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace.
Paperback 384 pages (August 31, 2004);  Publisher: Yale University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 030010586X.

Music, Art & Culture

The most distinctive musical instrument unique to Ukraine is the bandura, a circa 7th century invention used for folk music. Starting in the 15th century, traveling musicians (kobzars) used the bandura for epic folk tales (dumy), while the secretive, blind kobzari invented their own bandura music.

Culture Shock! Ukraine (Culture Shock! S.)  -   by Meredith Dalton
Paperback 240 pages (September 1, 2001); Publisher: Kuperard
  Info Ukes   -   Ukrainian Music Library
Classical Music, Bandura, Popular Music, Traditional Music and more

Black Sea Winds by Julian Kytasty
If you're tired of all the familiar instruments, and fancy being seduced by the sound of a new one, tune in to the Kobzari of Ukraine. The instrument in question is the bandura, a unique stringed beast which is part Central Asian lute, part medieval Kievan lap harp. Its sound is magical, especially as plucked, strummed, and tapped by Julian Kytasty on Black Sea Winds. Kytasty represents an unbroken link with a buried historical tradition. Kobzari were blind singers who travelled through Ukraine in the pre-Soviet days: Stalin and his friends regarded them as dangerously nationalist and did their best to abolish their tradition--sometimes by summary execution, sometimes by "re-education". As a result the kobzar repertoire was largely lost. But not quite: Kytasty's father and grandfather continued to play and sing it, and Kytasty also found one of the last great kobzari, Heorhiy Tkachenko, who gave him many tutorials before his death aged 95 in 1993. Three of the songs on this lovely CD are taken from Tkachenko's own repertoire; some of the others, together with the instrumental improvisations, are by Kytasty himself. --Michael Church


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