Kyiv - Odesa: Two Capitals Show on map

Kyiv - Uman - Odesa - Belgorod-Dnestrovsky

Kyiv and Odesa are in top three towns that you ought to see, when travelling through Ukraine. The first one is ancient and majestic, the second one is daring and luxurious: if you don't visit these - so spiritually different, but equally magnetic - cities, you can't form an opinion about the country.

It is naturally more convenient to start a trip from the capital. And not only, because Kyiv is Ukraine's main transport center, but also because it is one of the oldest, most majestic and beautiful cities in Europe and has incredible number of cultural and spiritual heritage sights. Walk along the legendary Khreshchatyk, admire its original architectural ensemble, feel the inexpressible atmosphere of Ukraine's capital's main square - the Independence Square. And then, you should obligatory see monuments dating back to Kyivan Rus times: the Golden Gates, the St. Sophia and the St. Michael Cathedrals. Afterwards head for 'Kyiv's Montmartre' - the Andriyivskyy Descent with its inimitable aura.

Then, make a three hour trip by route taxi to Uman, where one of Ukraine's astonishing wonders - the National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka” - is located. It reckons among the most beautiful parks in the world, along with the famous parks of Versailles, Potsdam and Florence. Stroll along its green alleys, peep in its mysterious grottoes, admire its beautiful statues and make a wish on the Venetian bridge. And if you visit during the summer, go boating on the underground river Styx, which leads to the Dead Lake.

You can take a bus from Uman to Ukraine's southern capital, one of Ukraine's most picturesque cities - Odesa. It's not only an ideal place for recreation, but a town rich with natural and cultural sights. Walk along the shady Prymorsky Boulevard, walk down the famous Potemkin Stairs to the sea, stroll through elegant block pavements and admire snow-white buildings that are buried in verdure of endless parks.

Spend the next day recreating on Odesa's luxurious beaches or head for Belgorod-Dnestrovsky by route taxi. It is Ukraine's oldest town that reckons among the ten oldest towns in the world, on par with Rome and Athens. Its main attraction is the biggest fortress on Ukraine's territory that is the unique monument of defensive architecture dated to the 13th-15th centuries.

Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (Akkerman fortress)