Tourist Destinations Galore in Ukraine
Many travelers contemplating a visit to Eastern Europe are surprised to find just how many interesting attractions there are in Ukraine. And so there should be, after hundreds of years of history and a strong culture shared with surrounding nations such as Russia, Poland and Romania. There are thousands of fascinating old historical buildings, hundreds of beautiful woodland areas and lakes, and dozens of interesting old cities to see. The country is divided up into several regions or ‘oblasts’ and each region is then further divided up into districts (raions) in which you will find literally hundreds of thousands of cities, towns and villages. There are so many destinations in Ukraine worth visiting that you will be simply spoiled for choice!
If you are trying to get an idea of how to arrange your trip to Ukraine, it may help you to learn that the country is divided up into twenty-four different oblasts. These are: Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Chernivsti, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Ivan-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Kiev, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhia and Zhytomyr. The country also encompasses the autonomous republic of Crimea. Each of these provinces or regions are subdivided into 494 different ‘raions’, complete with their own capital city and various attractions. The vast majority of the oblasts are named for their administrative capital and the most well known capitals are usually Kiev, Odessa and Lviv. Those who are new to Ukraine will most likely want to start their travels at one of these three cities since they likely have the most to offer. However, that does not mean that these are the only Ukrainian destinations worth considering, and you really should try to find out all you can about the various cities and villages in Ukraine in order to make the most of your stay here.
In order to help you become better acquainted with the many different destinations in Ukraine, we’ve done all we can to provide you with a basic description of at least a few of the different cities and towns in each province. Why not take a look and see which ones appeal to you the most? Doing so can save you time and money and make your holiday in Ukraine a much more enjoyable one.