9 days in Ukraine & Istanbul Itinerary

9 days in Ukraine & Istanbul Itinerary

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9 days in Ukraine & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. You'll get in some beach time at Dalia Beach and Aqua Beach. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), stop by Anatolian Carpet Shop, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

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If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airports are Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In June, daytime highs in Istanbul are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bentler Tabiat Parki ©
Bentler Tabiat Parki
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arabic Cultural Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Golden Shore, then see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, and finally Head underground at Catacombs of Odessa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Central City Beach, don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, and then kick back and relax at Arcadia Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Odessa online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Odessa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In June in Odessa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Central City Beach, Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Catacombs of Odessa ©
Catacombs of Odessa
Beach Golden Shore ©
Beach Golden Shore

1
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Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Great Patriotic War Museum, examine the collection at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and finally learn more about the world around you at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kiev route planner.

You can fly from Odessa to Kiev in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kiev are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kiev

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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, then wander the streets of Old Town, then stop by Kolektsiya Jewellery Boutique, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lviv road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Lviv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lviv when traveling from Kiev in June, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr
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Museum of Folk Architecture and Life ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery

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