My wife & I are planning a trip to Ukraine next May. We had in mind arriving in early May, probably Tuesday May 5. But we read that due to holidays on May 1 & May 9 those 2 weekends & perhaps the week in between constitute an expensive "high season" where trains & lodging may be tight.
Our very tentative itinerary currently calls for us to fly into Kyiv on afternoon of Tuesday May 5. Probably mainly just get a taxi or guide to take us to our lodging for the night.
On Wednesday, we would like to visit at minimum the Pirohovo Folk Museum & the Lavra. We will probably take train from Kyiv about midnight that arrives in Kamyanets-Podilsky early the next morning,
We would spend Thursday & Thurs night in K-P. On morning of Friday May 8, we hope to get some form of transit (taxi? guide? marshrutka?) to take us (perhaps via Khotyn fortress) to Romanian border near Siret. We think we can walk across thru border control & again get some form of transport to Suceava where we plan to rent a car for a week in Romania.
We would re-enter Ukraine on afternoon of Friday May 15 in time to catch train from Chernivtsi to Kolomiya where we hope to have arrangements for a few days tour of Carpathian/Hutsul area, etc., before departing from Ukraine.
As budget travelers who prefer small towns to crowds & cities, would we be wise to schedule our arrival in Kyiv a week later - Tuesday May 12 instead of May 5?
Suggestions for forms of transit & their ccmparative costs, guides, sightseeing, scheduling, etc., would all be most welcome along with critiques & alternatives to our very preliminary & perhaps naive itinerary.
We are seniors who will each have a suitcase & a bag & there are limits to our luggage-handling ability - we are not sure that long-distance busses would work well for us. Tho we are usually independent travelers, we expect to make use of tour guides in Ukraine - but maybe would prefer 2 or 3 short tours to one week-long tour of Kyiv & southwest Ukraine.
Again, your thoughts are earnestly solicited!