Quick Guide to Ukraine: Country of forested mountains, love tunnels and borscht

2019-06-30 10:30
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Ukraine is one of the biggest European countries known for its Orthodox churches, the lovely Black Sea coastline and forested mountains.

Why go as a South African? It's relatively inexpensive on the South African Rand as 1 Ukrainian hryvnia = 0.54c in ZAR. Plus, the country has it all: architecture, hearty food and spectacular landscapes. 

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Quick Guide essentials: 

Visas: Visa required for South African passport holders. Must apply in person.

Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia

Airport Hub: Kyiv Boryspil International Airport

Peak Season: Either side of summer in May-June or September

Language: Ukrainian

Time Zone: (GMT+3)

Top cities

  • Odesa
  • Lviv
  • Kyiv
  • Kharkiv
  • Chernivtsi

Top attractions

  • Kiev Perchersk Lavra
  • St.Sophia's Cathedral
  • Independence Square
  • Potemkin Stairs
  • Tunnel of Love

What to do

  • Go marvel at the cathedrals
  • Cross the Dnieper River in Kyiv
  • Eat borscht
  • Walk through the Tunnel of Love
  • Get a culture injection in Lviv
  • See the landscape in the Carpathian Mountains

What to eat

  • Borscht
  • Chicken kiev
  • Salo
  • Stuffed cabbage rolls
  • Nalisniki

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