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Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

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Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

I plan to visit Ukraine in July, 2013. 7 days in Kiev, 3 days in Odessa and 3 days in Yalta.

Any recommendations how to get from Kiev to Odessa; from Odessa to Yalta and from Yalta back to Kiev.

Any recommendation on places to visit and in what hotel to stay?

Thank you in advance.

Kyiv
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for Kiev, Ukraine
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1. Re: Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

Hi again, sophia b,

You sound like you need a travel agent to arrange the entire trip to you. Perhaps addressing one of the great many local companies would make it all much easier to you and save lots of time and nerves?

Anyway, I reiterate what I said on another thread tripadvisor.com/…46398846 :

With good Kyiv-Odessa highway, I recommend the fast and comfortable 7hr bus (Autolux are particularly good though not the only ones http://en.autolux.ua/Schedule%20and%20Prices ) instead of the 8.5-9hr train http://tinyurl.com/ctdp2zg on this particular rout. But it’s up to your travel preferences.

As for getting from Odessa to Yalta, this has been discussed many times in this forum before. For example: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g295368-i5302-k573… More tips can be found in these earlier threads: http://tinyurl.com/bzpa658

As been mentioned on these threads, the most comfortable but most expensive way is to hire a private car. Taking a direct bus would mean a very long drive but it will be cheaper than a taxi and entailing no connections. Here you will find some of those buses that can be purchased on-line: http://ticket.bus.com.ua/ (there are more en rout than these). A train will take you to Simferopol first, where you should switch to a taxi/trolley/mini-bus to Yalta. Here you will find the trains’ time-tables http://uz.gov.ua/en/passengers/timetables/

The fastest way back to Kyiv from Yalta is to take a plane from Simferopol. Alternatively, you can take an overnight train from Simferopol. Again, do book all tickets in advance!

Kyiv
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for Kiev, Ukraine
posts: 19,430
reviews: 284
2. Re: Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

As for accommodation, none of us can possibly guess what your preferences in terms of accommodation are and what your budget is. So, please, do invest some time into doing your own research! We can help with some tips, but we can’t choose a place to stay instead of you.

Note that accommodation in July gets very expensive, so apart from hotels, consider renting apartments as well.

Start with those listed on TA; you will benefit from reading the travellers’ reviews then:

Kyiv:

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294474-Kiev-Hotels.h…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294474-c2-Kiev-Hotel…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294474-c3-Kiev-Hotel…

tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g294474-Revi…

Odessa

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295368-Odessa_Odessa…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295368-c2-Odessa_Ode…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295368-c3-Odessa_Ode…

tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g295368-Revi…

Yalta

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295378-Yalta_Yalta_M…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295378-c2-Yalta_Yalt…

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g295378-c3-Yalta_Yalt…

tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g295378-Revi…

Reading feedback on some intermediaries like booking.com might help, too.

Use filters to refine your search criteria.

Kyiv
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for Kiev, Ukraine
posts: 19,430
reviews: 284
3. Re: Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

The very same applies to things to see. What your travel interests are? Ukraine is a HUGE country, and the places on your list are TOP touristy, with lots to see and do.

Please, do your basic research, and then come back to the forum with all particular questions you will have left.

To start with planning on things to see, look through the attractions listed on TA:

Kyiv tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294474-Activiti…

Odessa tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g295368-Activiti…

Crimea tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g313972-Crimean_Peni…

And read through these earlier threads:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294474-i3663-k329…

tripadvisor.com/…24020150

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g313972-i7465-k334…

Also, have a look at this selection of guidebooks available for Ukraine:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294473-c153420/Ukrai…

Enjoy your trip research!

Edited: 8:27 am, January 13, 2013
Kharkiv, Ukraine
posts: 7
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4. Re: Plan a trip Kiev-Odessa-Yalta

Hello

I think you need book more time for Crimea. 7 day in Kiev its too match, 6 day can be ok. For Crimea you need minimum 4 day, becouse you spend half day go from Simferopol to Yalta (2hour), and back (4 hour to dont late on train or flight). In first day you can walk in Yalta, in second visit Nikitsky botanical garden and Massandra palace, in 3 th day you can visit Livadia palace, Alupka and Vorontsov palace and bird-nest castle.( or visit Sevastopol). In finish day you can visit local zoo for example, or Ai-Petri mounines, and prepere go back to Kiev or airport

Have a nice day

Vitaliy

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