Ukraine

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3+ adventure travel stars

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kiev

St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kiev

Ukraine adventure travel is filled with culture-rich experiences, exotic places to visit and plenty of exciting activities from the adrenaline-filled sports to those that are more for the thrill of the heart and soul.

Revisit fascinating historical eras and enjoy the exciting modern day experiences from Kiev to the Black Sea and beyond.

If you like watery adventures you can head down to the gorgeous Black Sea or seek out adventures along the way down the Dnieper River. For those that love a good walking tour you can start in Kiev and then visit some of the other culture-rich cities from Odessa to Lviv.

You’ll also find exciting adventures in the air as you skydive, paraglide or take a hot-air balloon ride over some truly beautiful country.

If you would prefer to experience what Mother Nature has to offer you can trek through the picturesque Eastern Carpathian Mountains or scuba dive off the southern coast.

Generally speaking, Ukraine is safe, but you do need to be mindful of the street crime. At the time this was written, Ukraine continues to go through considerable economic, political, and social change and there is a disparity in the levels of income. Because of this sometimes tourists may be perceived as wealthy and easy targets for crime.

The bottom line: Ukraine may not yet have developed a full menu of adventure travel experiences like Spain or Italy, but it’s well worth your time, especially if you’re into European history and culture.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Have you ever seen the beaches along the Black Sea? Gorgeous! The white-sand beaches are absolutely beautiful and the water is a beautiful blue on a clear day… truly an exotic destination for some fun in the sun.

Kiev has a unique magic of its own from the incredible architecture you’ll see in spectacular structures like the golden domes of Saint Michael’s Monastery to the haunting World War 2 landmarks.

You can even tour the site of the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl. That’s not the kind of thing you can see in other parts of the world. It’s said to be safe, but you might want to be the judge that one for yourself.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The culture of Ukraine is heavily influenced by Christianity, which is the main religion of the country. You’ll also notice during your time in Ukraine that the culture is influenced by its neighbors to the east and west as evidenced in the art, music and architecture.

The beautiful capital city of Kiev on the Dnieper River is regarded to be the center of the Slavic culture, and there is much to be explored there.

One thing that stands out is the world renowned Orthodox and Baroque architecture. One example is the Saint-Sophia Cathedral, which is an incredible structure built about 1,000 years ago. There are also stunning examples of Baroque and Renaissance architecture in Lviv.

If you love to explore different cultures you’ll find a rich history across the regions where the Cossack history is revered in the east, central and southern part of the country. People in the west are quite proud of the native Hutsel culture, and Crimean Tartars are experiencing a resurgence on the peninsula.

The Ukrainian cuisine plays a strong role in the culture with a great diversity and some wonderful flavors.

There are many outside influences on the foods including flavors from Russia, Poland, Germany and Turkey using popular ingredients including various tasty meats (pork, beef, fish), mushrooms, vegetables, berries, fruit and herbs.

One thing you’ll probably notice during your Ukraine adventure is the generous portions, so be ready for a feast.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Ukraine adventure travel has a lot of ground to cover from the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains in the west to the history-rich central plains and then on to the spectacular Black Sea coast to the south.

You can find some of the more popular adventure travel activities like canoeing, white water rafting, and eco tours as well as some things that may be new to you. If you like adventure racing then you might want to look into orienteering or rogaining.

Walking tours are also very popular in Ukraine, and you’ll find some interesting ones to choose from like when you’re in Kiev.

If you need a shot of adrenaline you can go paragliding, bungee jumping or maybe jump out of a perfectly good airplane for some skydiving fun.

For more adventures while in Ukraine you can peruse the lists below.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Sailing
  • Trekking

 

atm123Ukraine