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Welcome to Ukraine

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra is filled with golden-domed churches, baroque buildings and orchards and you will be able to discover the mysteries of Eastern Orthodoxy, descend into the catacombs to see the mummies of muchrevered saints and much more. There is often religious ceremonies that take place in lavishly decorated interiors which are accompanied by a beautiful choir and are attended by monks and pilgrims. 

Visit the heart of Ukraine, the main square of Lviv. Surrounded by hundreds of tourists and quick footed locals, in the middle of the square you will find the town hall, which the Ukrainians call ratusha. You will be able to enjoy many of the legendary cafes and cobbled streets, watching the Soviet-era trams race past. This area is a beautiful sightseeing spot or easy for you to take a seat on the summer tables outside the cafes, order a coffee and do some people watching.

Book your Ukraine holiday with JiveHippo.travel for mid July and make it for Sheshory Festival. Sheshory is a three day gathering of musicians and artists from all over Eastern Europe. The Festival for many years took place in the Carpathian village of Sheshory, but has since moved and has been relocated to the rural place of Podillya.

Climate

Ukraine has a continental climate. The southern coast of Crimea, is the only exception, which consists of warm, low snow winters and rainy summers.

The summer can reach up to 39ºC, whereas the winter can drop to 4ºC.

Duty Free

For any visitor over the age of 20, you are able to import; 200 cigarettes, one litre of spirits and two litres of wine. 

Ukraine is not within the EU which means that visitors can buy duty free products if they are departing from within the Euro zone.

Getting Around

You are able to get around easily in Ukraine, thanks to their trolleybus, tram, bus and metro systems.

Local transports are known to be overworked and overcrowded and it is normally simpler to pay for each ride as you bored your choice of transport.

It is ar easier to travel by bus, trolleybus, or tram than it is to travel by taxi. Uber has had a huge impact on the Ukraine taxi services and it is now nearly impossible to hail a taxi down in the street or go to the taxi rank and get one, everything is done over the phone. If you have to get a taxi, then do ask your hotel to call one for you, as they will use a legitimate taxi company. Avoid using taxis that are waiting outside bus and train stations. 

Health

If you are travelling to Ukraine, you will have to make sure that you have adequate travel insurance, as there is no reciprocal health care agreement between the UK and Ukraine.

State medical facilities are quiet poor, however private clinics and hospitals are of far better standard. 

If you do have to be taken to hospital or see a doctor, then be sure to hire a translator as English is not always widely spoken and patients could face communication difficulties.

Language

Very similar to Russian, Ukrainian is the official language spoken in Ukraine.

Most people you hear will be speaking Russian, and mainly only people that work in the tourist areas will be able to speak English.

 

Money

Ukraine officially use the Hryvnia (UAH).

US Dollars (USD) and Euros (€) are genuinely the easiest currency to exchange.

You will be able to use any major credit or debit card while in Ukraine, however if you are going to use your card then be aware that card cloning is very common.

Never let your card out of your sight when paying and using ATMs.

If you are travelling outside of the major cities it is offered that you carry the cash in the local currency, that using your credit or debit cards.

Safety

Most visits to Ukraine are trouble free, however foreigners have been victims of violent crime, mainly in Kyiv and other major cities and travellers of Asian or Afro Caribbean descent should take extra care.

Whist in Ukraine you should monitor the media for any information on possible safety or security risks.

if you are approached by someone asking if you have dropped cash or even a wallet, then take care as this is a common scam used. 

 

Time

Ukraine is under the Eastern European Summer Time (UTC03:00).

When the clocks go back an hour this time then becomes UTC+02:00.

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