You are keen on travelling! Welcome to Ukraine, my Friend!
This message is dedicated to Ukraine – a country we admire and love. We know Ukraine inside out and travelled it far and wide. So, let us guide you through our Motherland whose «glorious spirit shines and lives forever»!
Steeped in history and architectural innovation, Ukrainian towns big and small have absorbed styles of numerous cultural periods now offering for your viewing pleasure hundreds of historical landmarks from majestic fortresses to ancient palaces and magnificent cathedrals. Add to that open-space museums, opulent city squares brimming with heroic past, breathtaking views and markets oozing quirky local color and you will become closer to understanding Ukraine’s unforgettable spirit.
Ukraine dazzles every visitor with its natural wonders as well. The mighty Dnipro river runs down from north to south, while in the south-west the enchanting Dniester meanders among fantastic canyons. The picturesque Carpathian Mountains await tourists as do beautiful beaches in the seashores, both crowded and secluded.
No matter where you wind up – in the bustling Kyiv or the «seaside pearl» that is Odessa, in the venerable Lviv or trend-setting Dnipro – you will always have something to see, a place to stay and delicious food to taste.
Some of the brightest annual events to make your trip to Ukraine perfect:
GogolFest (Spring/Fall, Kyiv) – a comprehensive cultural festival whose lineup includes, but is not limited to, visual arts, film, literature, music, performance art, dance and theatre. www.gogolfest.org.ua
Z-Game (March/August, Bukovel / Odessa) – a series of athletic/music festivals, the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. These parties, concerts and adventure sports competitions are always unforgettable. www.z-games.com.ua
Humorina (1st April, Odessa) – an annual festival and parade of humor, jokes, costumes, tricks and silliness which is considered to be one of the most cheerful and joyful masquerade holidays in Ukraine.
Ukrainian fashion week (Spring/Fall, Kyiv) – a sartorial gala conducted in accordance with the world standards of prêt-à-porter. Under the festival’s aegis are also the annual best fashion awards, holiday fashion week, young designer competitions etc. www.fashionweek.ua
Atlas weekend (early July, Kyiv) – a young festival that has already become one of Ukraine’s largest, it runs the gamut of musical genres and also incorporates into its program theatre and poetry from local and international performers alike. www.atlasweekend.com
The hot air balloon festival (May/October, Kamianets-Podilskyi) – hot air balloons soar above Kamianets-Podilskyi city in spring and fall. During the festival they float over the fortress mornings and evenings. Guests can schedule rides.
Sorochyntsi fair (late August, Poltavska oblast) – a colourful extravaganza where you can purchase wares from thousands of artisans, as well as attend art shows and concerts. www.yarmarok.in.ua