Monastery of the Caves (Lavra)

Monastery of the Caves (Lavra), Kiev

Kyiv’s World Heritage Lavra, or Monastery of the Caves or Kiev Pechersk Lavra, is the city’s most extensive and amazing sightseeing attraction. The Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from bell-towers and cathedrals to underground cave systems and strong stone fortification walls. To get an adequate appreciation of the complex will require at least a half day visit.

Yalta – Jewel of the Crimean Peninsula

Sunbathing on Yalta's Pebble Beach, Ukraine

From Russian tsar, aristocrats to the ordinary holidaymaker, people flock to Yalta to enjoy its warm, sunny weather in summer. But Yalta is also famous for the 1945 Yalta Conference where Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met to discuss the shape of post-war Europe.

Odessa – "Pearl of the Black Sea"

Opera and Ballet Theatre, Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea” is the Ukraine’s third largest city and the largest city along the Black Sea. This was Catherine the Great’s city. She fancied Odessa as the St. Petersburg of the South and wanted Odessa to be a European city…