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Where to spend your winter vacation and how much will it cost?

Winter vacations in Ukraine offer a unique atmosphere of Christmas and New Year holidays and family comfort. A trip to the ski resorts of the Carpathians is a traditional choice for many travelers. However, there are other exciting locations in Ukraine. Find out more about where to spend a weekend and how much a winter vacation costs

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Winter vacations are no less popular than summer trips, because winter is a period of Christmas and New Year holidays, traditions, family comfort and a special fairy-tale atmosphere.

Undoubtedly, for most travelers, a vacation in Ukraine in winter is a trip to the ski resorts of the Carpathians. However, there are still many interesting locations in our country and in other regions of the country that are worth visiting in winter.

So, where to spend your winter vacation and how much will it cost? We will find out further.


Ski resorts of the Carpathians


Traditionally, Ukrainians choose the Carpathians for their winter vacation. People come here for active recreation - skiing, snowboarding, sledding or snowmobiling. For this purpose, a number of resorts have been built in the region, the most popular of which is Bukovel, where 68 km of trails of varying difficulty, a toboggan run and an ice rink are available for skiing. Also, many events are held in Bukovel and there are many entertainments and attractions for a family vacation.

The snow cover on the slopes of the resort is maintained with the help of a special snow cannon.

There are many hotels and spa complexes located around the slopes and in the vicinity of Bukovel. The advantage of the resort is a highly developed infrastructure.

Equally popular Carpathian resorts are:

- Dragobrat is the highest mountain resort of the Carpathians, located in the urban-type village of Yasinya, Rakhiv district, Transcarpathian region. Its slopes are mainly used by experienced skiers.

- Slavske is the oldest ski resort located on Mount Trostyan in the Lviv region. There are 11 trails of varying difficulty.

- Pylypets is the second highest resort in Ukraine. It is located in Mizhhirsky District of Zakarpattia Oblast. The total length of the tracks is 20 km.

- Play.

- Yasinya.

- Verkhovyna.

- Apple tree and others.

Prices in the Carpathians vary greatly, so if your goal is to find an inexpensive vacation in Ukraine in winter, you should pay attention to less popular resorts, where you can have a better time than in the most popular places, although losing a little in service.


● Available tours: Skiing tour to Bukovel;

● Duration: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 6 days and a seven-day trip;

● Approximate cost: from 6,500 to 11,400 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: travel by bus according to the route, accommodation in a hotel/cottage/private estate, meals during the tour (breakfasts + dinners + daily coffee - Carpathian break), daily transfer (movement) from the places of residence to the slopes of Bukovel and back , escort/administrative tour services, tourist insurance.

● Additionally paid: rental of ski equipment, purchase of ski passes (subscriptions) for lifts in Bukovel Complex, personal expenses of the tourist, saunas, saunas on grass, excursions in the Carpathians.


Transcarpathia: thermal resorts, palaces, cheese and wine


The business card of Zakarpattia Oblast is numerous mineral waters and balneological resorts. Therefore, it is the best place for relaxation and recovery.

The fields "Luzhanska-4", "Luzhanska-7" and "Polyana Kvasova" are popular, which can be used to cure almost all diseases of the digestive and metabolic organs.

Another advantage of a winter holiday in Transcarpathia is the opportunity to swim in open-air hot pools.

The most popular thermal resort is Koson ("Kosino" complex), which offers travelers to warm up in pools with a temperature of up to 42°С. Near the village there are several wells of mineral thermal water, rich in iron, zinc, calcium and other trace elements. This water treats the musculoskeletal system, rheumatism, kidney diseases, arthritis, radiculitis and even obesity, and also calms the nerves, increases immunity and strengthens the body.

Diseases of the spine, joints, and nervous system are also treated in Khust, Berehove, and Velyatino.

The Transcarpathian region is also rich in numerous castles and historical places - St. Miklos in Chinadievo, Mukachevo Castle "Palanok", Uzhhorod Castle, the castle of Counts Shenborn, etc.

The pearl of the region is local craft production of cheese and wine. Traditional dishes of Hutsul cuisine will complement the rest.


Available tours:

Relax tour "Thermal Zakarpattia";

● Duration: 2 days;

● Approximate cost: 2160 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services, accommodation and insurance.

● Additional charges: entrance tickets to tourist attractions, meals, wine tasting.


10 raisins of Transcarpathia;

● Duration: 3 days;

● Estimated cost: 4,000 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services, accommodation and insurance.

● Additional charges: entrance tickets to tourist attractions, meals, wine tasting.


Let's relax in the Transcarpathian way

● Duration: 3 days;

● Estimated cost: 4,000 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transport and excursion service, escorted by a company guide, hotel accommodation in 2- and 3-bed rooms with amenities, tasting of 8-14 types of wines, insurance, good mood.

● Additional fees: entrance tickets to tourist attractions, meals and visits to thermal pools.




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Winter romance of Ukrainian cities


Kamianets-Podilskyi


A place that impresses tourists with its historical past. During the trip, you can walk through the Old Town and admire the local architecture, visit the theater and look into the Church of the Holy Archangels Peter and Paul. The main gems of Kamianets-Podilskyi are a medieval castle, a grand canyon and large cities across the Smotrych River. Also, be sure to visit one of the local restaurants of Ukrainian cuisine.

● Available tours: Trip to Kamianets-Podilskyi;

● Duration: 3 days;

● Estimated cost: 5,600 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: hotel accommodation, transfer, travel insurance, guide services;

● Extra charge: meals (lunch and dinner), entrance tickets to tourist attractions.


Chernivtsi


For many years, this city in Ukraine has also been known as "little Vienna" or "Ukrainian Paris", because many architectural masterpieces from the period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire have been collected here, which were compactly located next to each other.

The main pearls of Chernivtsi: the legendary Chernivtsi National University, the City Hall, Turk Square and numerous ancient buildings.

A cup of fragrant coffee on the pedestrian street of Olga Kobylyanska will create a festive, romantic atmosphere.

● Available tours: trolley bus tour of Chernivtsi OPEN CERNOWITZ;

● Duration: 1.5 hours;

● Approximate cost: 5320 hryvnias (number of tourists from 1 to 10);

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services.


Lviv


Lviv is one of the most popular Ukrainian cities among tourists. Medieval architecture, majestic temples, numerous coffee shops and famous local restaurants attract travelers from different parts of Ukraine and the world.

However, winter Lviv is an even more festive place. The Christmas market, nativity scene, traditional festivities and festive services create a special atmosphere.

Walking along its cobblestones between centuries-old buildings with a cup of coffee or a glass of mulled wine, you can forget about time and the winter weather.


Available tours:

Lviv delicacies;

● Duration: 3 days;

● Approximate cost: 5120 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services, accommodation and meals (breakfasts).

● Additionally paid: entrance tickets, tastings, personal expenses, travel to the starting point of the tour.


5 palaces of Lviv region + wine and cheese

● Duration: 1 day;

● Estimated cost: 1,040 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services, travel insurance.

● Additional charges: entrance tickets to tourist attractions and meals.


Kyiv


During the Christmas and New Year holidays, it is also worth visiting the capital of Ukraine. Usually, the country's main Christmas tree is installed on Sofia Square. It is planned that this year it will be decorated with patrons' money. Also, in winter, even the usual objects for tourists - the Golden Gate, Andriivsky Uzviz, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Mariinsky Palace - look especially charming.

In addition, guests of the capital will be able to see symbols of stability - military equipment and a shelled wagon of "Ukrzaliznytsia" next to the monument of Princess Olga in a bulletproof vest on Mykhailivska Square, the place of commemoration of defenders on Maidan Nezalezhnosti.


● Available tours: Kyiv is invincible;

● Duration: 5 hours;

● Approximate cost: 4480 hryvnias;

● What is included in the price: transfer, guide services.

● Additionally paid: entrance tickets, personal expenses.


How much will a winter vacation in Ukraine cost?


When planning a vacation, a traveler always chooses between independent travel organization and booking a tour from an operator.

If you plan to go on an individual trip, consider that the cost of staying in a hotel in Ukraine for one person for 7 days is about 10,000 hryvnias. It is also necessary to additionally take care of paying for meals, insurance, round-trip tickets, as well as transfers to slopes, cultural and natural attractions, and other tourist attractions.

At the same time, the cost of a 7-day tour to Bukovel for one tourist is about 11,000 hryvnias, but this includes bus travel according to the route, accommodation in a hotel/cottage/private estate, meals during the tour (breakfast + dinner + daily coffee - Carpathian break) , daily transfer (moving) from the places of residence to the slopes of Bukovel and back, escort services/administrative service of the tour, tourist insurance. Savings can be made due to the fact that tourist operators have the opportunity to accommodate tourists in rooms at lower prices, because they have contracts with accommodation establishments.

Read details about prices for winter tours in the Carpathians at the link.


Peculiarities of the winter vacation in Ukraine during the war


When planning a trip to Ukraine during the war, it is worth choosing regions that are further away from the war zone. Therefore, most tourists prefer to travel to the West of Ukraine. A good geographical position next to the EU and NATO member countries and the absence of a large number of military and critical infrastructure facilities in the region, which can come under targeted attacks by the Russian Federation, make this region one of the best places for a relaxing vacation in Ukraine.

Zakarpattia Oblast is currently recognized as one of the safest regions of Ukraine. There is not even a curfew here, and a considerable number of cities did not hear a single explosion during the Russian invasion.

Kyiv is also the most protected city in Ukraine, thanks to the Western air defense systems installed here.


We will remind you that we have already told you where to celebrate Christmas in Ukraine and shared with you the best places to celebrate the New Year.

Look for even more winter tours for every taste on the Visit Ukraine website. Follow the link and choose your ideal trip!

The best Christmas markets in Europe 2024.

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