Hello! I am new to this list and am looking for advice.
I am planning a trip to the Ukraine in April next year and foremost want to visit the birthplace of my father in Chernivtsi as well as spend some time in Kiev and possibly Lviv.
Not sure how much time to allow in each city as time is limited.
Upon arrival in Kiev, we are thinking of taking the train from Kiev to Chernivtsi. A visit to the archives is essential - I already have some copies of vital records from filmed church records that I have accessed through Family Search. I intend writing to the archives in advance to advise them of my requirements with regard to records.
Not sure of the protocol for visiting the archives in Chernivtsi and how quickly one can get records.
A trip to visit some nearby villages that are of significance is also planned and we are hoping that we will be able to engage an English speaking guide/driver to take us there.
I would value accommodation suggestions please for Chernivtsi - I see that there are several to choose from.
I have yet to ascertain what hotel my travel agent will recommend.
Not sure how many days to allocate to staying in Chernivtsi.
Have considered stopping in Lviv before heading back to Kiev where I hope to spend two or three days taking in the sights of that city before leaving the Ukraine. We thought of travelling by train for these trips as well.
Route suggestions would be great, although I have been told to avoid the really slow trains and want to travel first class.
Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome.