- 14 Days
- From £1,249
London to Ukraine via Hannover and Warsaw
Ukrainian capital Kiev with its eclectic architecture
Odessa on the Black Sea, founded by Catherine the Great
European Lviv with winding cobbled streets and cafés
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
12 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
Two overnight sleeper journeys with a private 2-berth compartment
Flight from Lviv to London in Economy Class
City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Your Ukrainian adventure starts this morning at London St Pancras where you board a Eurostar across to Brussels. Here, you make the easy transfer onto the German InterCity Express (ICE) service that takes you through eastern Belgium. When you reach Cologne, you transfer onto another sleek German train across the industrial Ruhr region and into the city of Hannover in time to check in at the Crowne Plaza Schweizerhof Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
This morning you rejoin the rail network at Hannover and travel east on the high-speed line to the capital city, Berlin. At the modern Hauptbahnhof (main station) you have a short time before your onward train, the Berlin-Warsaw Express.
Moving at a gentler pace through the former East Germany, you cross the river Oder at Frankfurt-an-der-Oder and enter Poland. Just after 7pm you arrive into Warsaw’s communist-era Centralna railway station and check into the Polonia Palace Hotel (or similar), which is close to the station.
You have a day to relax in the hotel or head out and explore all that Warsaw has to offer. Perhaps take a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour and spend some time in the old town, or at the fascinating Warsaw Uprising Museum.
In the late afternoon it’s time to board your overnight sleeper, the Kiev Express, which takes you due south-east and across the border into Ukraine.
Arrive into Kiev Pass, the main station serving the Ukrainian capital, and make your way through to your centrally-located hotel for your 3-night stay.
A European capital that is often overlooked, Kiev is an enticing mix of architectural masterpieces, gastronomy, vibrant nightlife and dynamic art. Having experienced two revolutions in modern times, the Ukrainian capital unconventionally combines the best of east and west. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring St Sophia’s Cathedral, the Khanenko Museum of Arts and the 335-ft Motherland Monument.
Take the once daily service from Kiev to Odessa and check-in at the Premier Geneva Hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
Often dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea”, Odessa may well be one of the most fascinating destinations in the Ukraine. Founded only as recently as 1794, this lively port-city has its own distinct character and a vibrant atmosphere that isn’t found elsewhere in the country. Highlights include the famous Odessa Opera House as well as the majestic Potemkin Steps leading down to the Black sea.
Leave your bags at your hotel and spend another day exploring Odessa today. This evening, return to the station for an overnight journey by comfortable Ukrainian sleeper to Lviv. Settle into your comfortable double compartment as the train makes it way northwest through the vast open plains of southern Ukraine, with the rocking of the carriage sending you to sleep.
Next morning, you arrive in Lviv where you transfer to the Hotel Leopolis (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
The largest city in western Ukraine, Lviv enjoys an easy-going, almost playful air, embellished by its wonderful mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau architecture.
Step out onto the main boulevard, Svobody Avenue, and enjoy a coffee in one of the many Viennese Coffee houses. A visit to the Opera House is a must, as is a wander through the old city around Rynok Square.
After breakfast this morning, make your way to Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport for your flight back to London.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Return by rail instead of air, taking an overnight sleeper to Vienna then daytime trains through Germany and Belgium. Contact us for details.
Typical Hotels on this Itinerary
The Crowne Plaza Hannover Schweizerhof is a modern hotel conveniently located just 400 yards from the main train station. All 200 stylishly furnished bedrooms are non-smoking with flat-screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. Dine out on the on-site restaurant’s outdoor terrace during the summer months.
This historic hotel is ideally situated, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and within walking distance of the main station. The Polonia Palace features spacious air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and heated bathroom flooring. Enjoy Polish and European cuisine at the Strauss Restaurant.