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Budget Trip: Kyiv is recognized as one of the cheapest cities in Europe

Budget Trip: Kyiv is recognized as one of the cheapest cities in Europe

How long would you travel around Europe with minimum budget? Travel portal, which specializes in travel planning, made European Backpacker Index-2014. Comparing the prices for accommodation, food, public transport and popular tourist attractions in the 50 most visited European cities in the world, the rating of the most expensive and the cheapest cities was presented.

Thus Bucharest turned to be the cheapest city where a tourist can spend a day with 24,69 USD and Zurich became the most expensive with daily budget in 123,6 USD. Ukrainian capital took the second position in the rating as one of the cheapest tourist centers:

  • Cheap/good hostel: 65 UAH/night
  • Transportation: 4 UAH
  • Meals: 90 UAH
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 42 UAH
  • Attractions: 10 UAH

Daily Backpacker Index: 211 UAH = 25.61 USD/day

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Ukrainian autumn: the most picturesque parks

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Beautiful Ukraine: Buksky Canyon, the dolphin-rock and the church surrounded by water

Beautiful Ukraine: Buksky Canyon, the dolphin-rock and the church surrounded by water

Autumn is a time to travel! Don’t let the cold weather to stop you from resting beautifully and usefully. Catch the last warm days and go for a walk. Don’t worry; the list of beautiful places has been already picked up. The plan how to spend the last warm autumn days is below.

Buksky canyon

Buksky Canyon is a rocky canyon on the river Girsky Tikich near the village Buki ( Mankowski district of Cherkasy region), is one of the most beautiful places in Ukraine. The canyon itself is small, about 5 kilometers in length. This place is unique because there are the ruins of the first hydroelectric power plant in Ukraine .

Before entering the Buksly Canyon, the waters of  Girsky Tikich  rapidly roll off the granite blocks , creating a noisy two-meter waterfall named Vir. It was built a large water mill back in 19th century near Vir. Today, it is possible to see only fragments.


Denish is a village located 20 kilometers away from Zhitomir. Untouched nature, pine forests, crystal – clear river Teterev, granite cliffs – all this one can contemplate just 160 km away from Kiev.

This is a speciall place for climbers . Granite cliffs above the Teteriv seems like adapted for training. Extreme athletes and outdoor enthusiasts regularly organize tours to these places.

The church , surrounded by water at Husincy

Husincy  is now non-existent village in the Kiev region. After flooding the Kanev Reservoir the town was almost completely under water. Its highest point formed a few islands.

In a memory of the village there was left the church, surrounded by water from all sides. Inside the church on the domes and walls still remaining murals and frescoes. A few years ago there appeared a priest who took patronage over the church, and gradually began to make an order in it. He also built a dock. The father goes to church on a rowboat once in a few days. If you’re lucky you will be able to listen to his service, to ask about the church and the history of these places.

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Ukrainian autumn: the most picturesque parks

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Safari park “Taigan”

Lion Park “Taigan” in Crimea is a Ukraine’s first safari park, where are about 50 lions. A unique collection of lions collected from all the zoos of the CIS, Europe and South Africa. Predators live in open cages of 20 hectares, which is similar to the African savannah. The lions’ lives can be seen from a high platform. In addition to the safari park, there is a zoo in “Taigan” where pair of giraffes live, as well as deer, monkeys, peacocks and other animals. There are a café “White Lion”, a fountain and many sculptures of African animals on its territory.

How to get there: it is not difficult get to the safari park: go by bus Simferopol-Sudak to the station Bilohirsk.

Where to eat: there are restaurants and bars, but you can also have a picnic with your products in the shade of tall trees

Where to stay: you can stay in a hotel near the park “Taigan”

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Koyashskoye Salt Lake

Koyashskoye Salt Lake is a group of Kerch salt lakes, which is not the biggest, but one of the most unusual. It impresses with its pink hue of water and white sand beaches. The area takes 500 hectares and the average depth is a meter. It is worth seeing because of its beauty. The brightest and unforgettable impressions are guaranteed. Koyashskoye Salt Lake has become famous as a source of healing mud and salt water, which has medical character.

How to get there: by buses from the Kerch bus station or by your own car by the road “Kerch – Marevka”, it’s 35 km to the village Marevka , then walk about 7 km on foot or go from Kerch to the village Yakovenkovo ​​, and then walk another 5 km along the sea coast to the west.

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Inkerman Winery

Inkerman Winery was founded in 1961 on the basis of carving limestone mines in closed method in Sevastopol. As a result of cutting out of stone in the mountains tunnels at a depth of 5-30 meters were formed. This makes it possible to have a constant temperature of 12 to 15 degrees and the humidity level is ideal for aging wine.

Inkerman Winery is one of the largest classical winemaking enterprises of the Crimea. Gold fund of Inkerman basements is oak container. At the plant 700 casks and 700 barrels for aging wine are located. Wine goes through complex physical and chemical processes during aging in oak barrels. It takes a noble tone of exposure. The whole period of time when the wine is at the stage of aging, plant specialists constantly monitor the state of wine. It is practically the only production that has a full range of table wines of the vintage European and local grape varieties available.

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Wine and Cheese Feast

Wine and Cheese Feast

Start 2015.10.17
– End 2015.10.20

Lvov, Market Square

Wine and cheese feast 2013 will be held for the fourth time in Lviv. Within 3 days one can visit the big fair of cheeses and wines, where will be presented the production of major manufacturers and importers, as well as regional organic products. An interactive cultural program is promised.
At Market Square everyone will be treated with a giant Lvivian cheese cake, which will be bake according to ancient recipe. Participants of the festival will be able to visit an improvised cheese restaurant and wine degustations, enjoy a traditional cake “Konyk” and warm up with hot mulled wine. Visitors will be able to visit a fair of folk crafts, as well as a special area of land art with the huge sofas made ​​of straw, and hundreds of oak barrels.
Wine and cheese feast 2013 in Lviv will be a good opportunity to learn more about the culture and tradition of cheese making and wine in Lviv.

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Ukraine’s main Christmas tree in 2014

Ukraine’s main Christmas tree in 2014

Start 2013.12.25
– End 2014.01.10

Kiev, The National Palace of Arts “Ukraine”

Kyiv Palace “Ukraine” invites you to visit the main Christmas tree of the country. The National Palace of Arts “Ukraine” in Kyiv hosts a fabulous New Year’s show at Christmas every year. A theatrical musical performances, fun contests and attractions are also preparing this year for the young viewers.

During the Christmas holidays more than 100,000 boys and girls from all over Ukraine will visit the celebration of the Christmas tree.

This year viewers will see the story of a child who does not like to walk the dog and play the flute and enjoys computer games. It is this simple boy falls into a whirlpool of incredible events in the virtual world. During the winter holidays children will watch this performance with great pleasure.

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Red Wine Festival

Red Wine Festival

Start 2016.01.13
– End 2016.01.17

Mukachevo, Center of the city

The festival of Red Wine has already become a highlight of Transcarpathian region. The festival invites to taste wines of both famous and little-known Carpathian wine-makers. Besides “Red Wine” is a real folk festival with carols, mummery and a great variety of contests.

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Odessa, Arcadia Beach

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Hardly anyone would argue with the view that “Ibiza” in Arcadia is one of the most popular clubs in Odessa. This institution combines disco, a restaurant and a concert venue. Every week they have concerts of famous bands and performers. They have good food and a great selection of drinks.

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Kiev… City-story, city-legend, the cradle of Slavic civilization, the heart of Kiev Rus, one of the most ancient, magnificent and beautiful cities of Europe. Having been a witness and participant of many historical events and having gone through many trials, Kiev generously shares with each guests its charm and wisdom. Its majestic temples, fantastic landscapes, wonderful architecture, hills covered with mystic and unusual museums make the visitors fall in love with Kiev.

Must-do things in Kiev

  • Buy a souvenir on the “Kievan Montmartre” – Andrew’s Descent
  • Examine back and forth the shortest street in the world – Khreschatyk
  • Discover Ukraine in one day in the museum “Pirogovo”
  • See Notre Dame of Kyiv – a bizarre mansion with chimeras

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This is the city of silver-twinkling waves of the Dnipro river, of chestnut shadows and splendid pine panels forests, doubled on the ancient history enveloped in mysterious legends, which are preserved in ancient monuments and culture. This is the essence of the city – Borysfen capital which sinks in the greenery of the parks. 

Must-do things in Cherkassy

Visiting Chigirin, the place where Ukrainian Cossaks appeared.

Diving into the world of myths and legends walking along the “Sofievka” park.

Admiring excavations of Tripoli culture.

Seeing the only in Ukraine monument to varenyk 

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Puscha Congress Hotel

Puscha Congress Hotel

Distance to airport: 43 Km

Distance to center: 20 Km

Owing to location in the ecologically clean, recreational area of Kyiv, congress-hotel “Puscha” is a unique combination of healing properties of nature and all the comforts of the modern world – the business center, SPA center, conference rooms and a restaurant. Away from the bustle of the city, guests can plunge into  an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility. The hotel is also an ideal choice for business meetings and special events.

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Bakkara Art Hotel

Distance to airport: 35 Km

Distance to center: 8 Km

The Bakkara Art Hotel is located on one of the favourite rest spots for Kyiv residents, the picturesque riverbank of the Dnipro on Venice Beach. One of the attractive features of this location are its proximity to many famous tourist sites – the famed market area of Podil, historic Khreshchatyk Street. The Bakkara Art Hotel looks out over the golden domes of the ancient Pecherska Lavra cave monastery and the broad Dnipro River. The hotel is part of the Accord Hotels network and fully lives up to the philosophy of this brand: exceeding guest’s expectations. The 200 comfortable rooms of the hotel offer a choice of different categories for accommodation, appealing equally to guests looking for a romantic stay or business travellers needing a quiet rest spot. 

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The Landscape Alley

There is a place in the centre of Kyiv, which is hidden from the crowded streets by houses from the one side and pleasant to the eye by breathtaking view of historic Kyiv and mighty Dnieper from the other. It is the Landscape alley, having become stamping ground for Kyiv residents and exciting walking itinerary for tourists.  

Alley is located on the Old Kyiv Hill, which was the centre of ancient Kyiv long ago. Today, walking along the Ukrainian capital, turn off from the crowded Velyka Zhytomyrska Street to the stone arch and you find yourself in the world of childhood, fairy tale and imagination. On the one hand you get magnificent view on Podil, Dnieper River and Castle Hill (Zamkova Hora).

On the other, bizarre beasts and fantastic characters “live” there which fascinate both children and adults. In addition to the cute benches as a rabbit, cat, crow, covered with mosaic, you can see the angels on the pillows, “cheerful elephant” fountain, zebras in love. There is 30 meters “cat-centipede” along the wall. Climb up to his mouth and made the original pseudo-extreme photo of yourself in the jaws of a giant blue cat.

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Visit Ukraine – Where to rest without a visa: top destinations for Ukrainians

Where to rest without a visa: top destinations for Ukrainians

  • Armenia

Even if you have enough money, it is not the fact that you can go wherever you want. The reason for this is rather banal: the visa. However, everything is not as bad as it seems at first glance. It is interesting to know: which of the countries that do not require a visa, Ukrainians travel more often?


Visa: not required. Stay without a visa is 90 days. The flight on the route Kiev-Yerevan takes 1 hour 50 minutes.

Why to go: walk in the forever sunny Yerevan, a ride on one of the world's longest cable cars over the mountain gorge, take a look at Armenian Stonehenge, taste the famous brandy.


Visa: not required. Stay without a visa is 90 days. The flight on the route Kiev-Tbilisi takes 1 hour 45 minutes.

Why to go: sit in one of the home restaurants of Tbilisi, go to the temples and monasteries of Mtskheta and get healthier in the sulfur baths.


Visa: not required. Health insurance is required. Stay without a visa is 180 days. The flight on the route Kiev-Tel Aviv takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

Why to go: look at the shrines of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem, hang out at wild parties in the nightclubs of Tel Aviv, admire the amazing flora and fauna of the Red Sea, sunk into the bottom off the coast of Eilat and to be healed with using therapeutic mud from the Dead Sea.


Visa: Not required, but you must pre-register online. The flight from Moscow to Mexico City takes 12 hours and 50 minutes.

Why to go: enjoy authentic Mexican tequila, plunge headlong into the gap of beach in Cancun, tcrake a photo on the background of the pyramids at Chichen Itza and the Temple of the Sun and the Moon in Teotihuacan.

Hong Kong

Visa: not required. Stay without a visa is 14 days. The flight on the route Kiev-Hong Kong takes 9 hours.

Why to go: enjoy the famous Skyline – a wall of skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbour – Hong Kong and other masterpieces, take a stroll along the Walk of Fame and win the title of the shopaholic.


Visa: visa (effective till December 31, 2013 for residents who have a valid two-or multiple entries Schengen visa).The flight on the route Kiev-Zagreb takes 1 hour 30 minutes

Why to go: get double invigorating effect of the combination of sea air and the aroma of the Adriatic coast conifers sustainable forests. There are also some fanastic tours of Croatia and Eastern Europe which begin here.


Visa: not required. Stay without a visa 30 days. The flight on the route Kiev-Belgrade takes 1 hour 10 minutes.

Why to go: take a dip in the healing sources and evaluate inexpensive spa resorts located directly in protected national parks, visit the oldest Orthodox monasteries.

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