Ukraine is something of an enigma for the visitor. The largest country in Europe, it remains one of the least visited, yet it has retained the rustic beauty of old-world eastern Europe, and its place names are heavy with historical significance: Kiev, Crimea, Sevastopol, Odessa, Chernobyl. This fully updated third edition of Bradt's "Ukraine" guide keeps visitors up to speed with this rapidly evolving country. Covering everything from the best places for borsch to the best walks along the Black Sea - alongside an in-depth exploration of Ukraine's history, culture and natural beauty - this is the most comprehensive and practical guide available to a destination as yet undiscovered by the tourist crowds.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and administration, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture Chapter 2 Practical information When to visit , Highlights , Suggested itineraries , Tour operators , Red tape , Embassies and consulates , Getting there and away , Health , Safety , What to take , Money , Budgeting , Getting around , Accommodation , Eating and drinking , Public holidays , Shopping , Arts and entertainment , Media and communications , Business , Travel culture in Ukraine , Cultural etiquette , Travelling positively PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 3 Kiev History , Getting there and away , Getting around , Local tour operators , Tourist information , Where to stay , Where to eat and drink , Entertainment and nightlife , Shopping , Other practicalities , What to see and do , Churches and holy sites , Museums and galleries , Parks , Outside Kiev Chapter 4 Polissya Getting around , Chernihiv , Chernobyl , Zhytomyr , Berdychiv Chapter 5 Podillya Getting around , Vinnytsya , Uman , Kamyanets-Podilsky , Khmelnytsky Chapter 6 Galicia & Volhynia History , Getting around , Lviv , Drohobych , Truskavets , Ternopil , Pochaiv , Volhynia , Lutsk , Rivne Chapter 7 The Carpathians The mountains , Flora and fauna , When to visit , Getting around , Tourist information , Ivano-Frankivsk , Yaremche , Carpathian National Nature Park , Tatariv , Vorokhta , Bukovel , The Chornohora range , Yasinya , Rakhiv , The Carpathian Biosphere Reserve , Verkhovyna , Kosiv , Sheshory , Kolomiya , The Gorgany range , Bukovina , Transcarpathia Chapter 8 The Black Sea Getting around , Odessa , Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky , The Dnistr and Danube delta , Mykolayiv , Kherson Chapter 9 Crimea History , The Autonomous Republic of Crimea , Simferopol , Yevpatoria , Bakhchisarai , Sevastopol , Balaclava , Cape Aiya , The south coast , Yalta , Yalta to Foros , Yalta to Alushta , Alushta , Demerdzhi , Feodosiya , Kerch Chapter 10 The Dnepr Getting around , Cherkassy , Kaniv , Kremenchuk , Kirovohrad , Dnepropetrovsk , Zaporizhzhya Chapter 11 Donbas History , Getting around , Donetsk , Slavyanogorsk , Mariupol , Luhansk Chapter 12 Sloboda Getting around , Kharkiv , Poltava , Mirgorod , Sumy Appendix Language Appendix Further Information Index
Andrew Evans has lived in Ukraine and continues to travel there regularly. He has a particular interest in its culture, history and politics.