Ukraine is the cheapest travel destination in 2015

Though Ukraine is currently not in the list of top tourists destinations, the interest to this European country is gradually increasing. Ukraine, with its magnificent and diverse scenery, numerous historical places, hospitable people, delicious cuisine and captivating history, should be in the must-visit list of every avid traveller.


Read about 6 wonders of Ukraine

In addition to offering a plethora of unexplored wonders, Ukraine is also one of the cheapest travel destinations to visit in 2015. Here is a short recommendation list of what to do in Ukraine.

Go Hiking

Carpathians with its lofty mountains and breathtaking scenery is the best place for anyone who is fond of an active leisure and hiking in particular. The Carpathian mountain range is a real paradise for hikers of all levels. Hiking allows not only to challenge yourself, but also to visit numerous traditional villages and get a touch to a local life. Horse and bike excursions are a perfect alternative to hiking.

Discover Extreme Tourism

The most reckless tourists will be offered plenty of adrenaline buzzing activities, like rock climbing and whitewater rafting. If you are thirsty for adventures, extreme tourism of Ukraine will fill your life with unforgettable memories and emotions. You can try medical tourism in Ukraine during your trip.

Hit the Beach

If you are an adherent of a quiet rest, serene Ukrainian beaches are waiting for you. Fine sand and warm waters of the Black and Azov seas, washing the coastline of the Kherson, Zaporizhian region and also Odessa, coupled with the hospitality of Ukrainian people and affordable costs will help you relax and forget about daily difficulties.

Visit Historical and Cultural Places

Ukraine has a glorious history and lots of places reminding of its past. Thus, you can visit medieval fortresses and castles, built in the 14th-15th centuries. The most famous is the stone fortress town in Kamyanets-Podilsky. Ukrainian ancient churches are also impressive. Start with visiting the Kievo-Pecherska Lavra, built in the 11the century, which is also known as the Caves Monastery. Do not forget visiting museums, demonstrating the most interesting personalities and facts of Ukraine’s culture and history.

Explore the Nightlife of the Big Cities

Nightlife in the big cities like Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa is varied and lively. There are lots of fashionable restaurants, exclusive nightclubs and discos with mouth-watering meals, reasonable prices and diverse dinner-shows.

Even though Ukraine is not the most visited tourist destination, it will charm you the very moment you come there. Being one of the cheapest tourist destinations in 2015, Ukraine with its rich cultural and historical heritage, numerous tourist spots and recreation activities will not leave you indifferent.

Tourism: 6 Wonders of Ukraine

In 2007 the Internet community picked 6 wonders of Ukraine out of 21 nominees. Here are the sights that made it to the list.

1. National Historical and Architectural Reserve “Kamianets”. The reserve has an area of 121 ha and includes the Old Town surrounded by the Smotrych river and the adjacent canyon, the Castle Bridge, the Old Castle and the New Castle. The Old Castle, constructed in the 12th century, is the most famous sight in Kamianets-Podilskyi. The castle consists of 11 towers and each of them has its own history. The tallest tower is called The Pope’s Tower, as it was constructed at the expense of Pope Julius II. It also goes by the name of Karmeliuk’s Tower, since the hero of Ukraine’s national liberation struggle Ustym Karmeliuk was jailed in this tower three times.

National Historical and Architectural Reserve “Kamianets”

2. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is an Orthodox Christian cave monastery erected in the times of Prince Yaroslav the Wise by monks Anthony and Theodosius. In the 11th century Lavra became the center from which Christianity spread throughout Kievan Rus. Lavra survived two world wars and Soviet persecution. In 1990 Lavra was added to the World Heritage List.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

3. Reserve “Khotyn Fortress”. Built in the 10th century by Vladimir the Great, Khotyn is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. Khotyn was one of the outposts of the Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia. In the 1230s – 1240s the fortress’s wooden fortifications were replaced with the stone ones. Today Khotyn is one of the biggest cities in Chernivtsi Oblast. A number of films have been shot in the fortress, including Zakhar Berkut, The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe, Three Musketeers, The Black Arrow, The Old Fortress, Robin Hood’s Arrows.

Reserve “Khotyn Fortress”

4. Sofiyivsky Park. The park has an area of 154.7 ha and is located on the outskirts of Uman, an old city in Cherkasy Oblast. The park was established in 1796 by a rich Polish nobleman Stanislaw Potocki, and was meant to be presented as a birthday gift to his beautiful Greek wife Sophia in May 1802. Incidentally, the idea of the park’s creation belonged to Sophia herself. The number of tourists coming to Uman to see Sofiyivsky Park is as big in the winter, as it is in the summer.

Sofiyivsky Park

5. Saint Sophia’s Cathedral is one of the biggest Christian sanctuaries in Eastern Europe and a historical center of Kyiv metropoly. The Tale of Bygone Years says that the cathedral was erected in 1037. It has survived a series of important historic events and has been greatly damaged a few times. In 1990 the cathedral complex was added to the World Heritage List.

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral

6. National Reserve “Khortytsia”. Khortytsia is the biggest island on the Dnipro river. No wonder Ukrainian cossacks picked the island as their stronghold, it is here where one of the first sites of Zaporizhian Sich was located. Another interesting fact about Khortytsia is that miniature samples of all landforms found in Ukraine are displayed here.

National Reserve “Khortytsia”