Lviv, Kiev, Odessa

Ukraine is the borderland between Europe and Russia. Explore this resilient region influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists. The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures, a richness of detail and a largeness of spirit that can make a devotee out of even a seasoned traveler. On this compact journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv, with its European feel, before flying to the glittering capital, Kiev, and then on to the historic port city of Odessa.

8 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
  • Flexible Essential:
    Lviv to Odessa

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Tour the old Pharmacy Museum
    Examine the pharmacy's walls, stacked with little boxes, antique bottles, vessels, scales and other instruments from years gone by when medicine was more of an art than a science...
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  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Caves Monastery
    Explore the UNESCO-listed Caves Monastery, Kievan Rus' first monastery, founded in 1051; the monks dug caves and underground labyrinths, living...
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  • Visit the chilling Chernobyl Museum
    Visit the Chernobyl Museum, explaining the combination of human error and design flaws responsible for the 1986 explosion and fire at Reactor #4, only 62 miles from Kiev....
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  • Climb the Potemkin Steps
    Visit the Potemkin Steps, immortalized in Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Ukraine travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Stanford and Northwestern universities have chosen MIR to guide them to Ukraine
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Lviv

Explore beautiful Lviv, founded in the 13th century. Wander its lovely UNESCO-listed Old Town Square, surrounded by 16th-18th century merchant dwellings. Conquered by the Poles in 1349, Lviv has a Central European feel.


  • Lviv’s lovely Old Town, with Prospekt Svobody, Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square), and the Town Hall
  • Pharmacy Museum, its walls lined with old shelves stacked with little boxes, antique bottles, vessels and scales
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Days 4-6: Kiev, fly to Odessa

In the capital, Kiev, visit 11th century St. Sophia and the Caves Monastery, admiring the golden domes and underground tunnels lined with mummified monks. Stroll and shop in one of the city’s most charming areas, the cobbled descent down Andreevsky Street.


  • Golden Kiev, capital of Ukraine and mother city of Eastern Slavic peoples
  • Pecherskaya Lavra or Caves Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1051
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Day 7-8: Odessa

Enjoy Odessa, Catherine the Great’s naval base and strategic fort. Explore the WWII partisan catacombs and the famous Potemkin Steps on the waterfront.


  • The Potemkin Steps, immortalized in Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin
  • The stately Odessa Opera House, a baroque symbol of the city
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $3,295
  • Plus Internal Air $400
  • Single Supplement $595

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  • Min 2 Travelers

Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch, per the itinerary. Other meals are left independent to allow independent exploration.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (size of vehicle depends on number of travelers).
  • Evening cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, the Baltics, or Central Europe prior to or at the conclusion of the tour. Contact us for more information.

Or, choose from one of our private travel suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are superior tourist class, please keep in mind that some aspects of the tourism infrastructure in Ukraine are not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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