9 days in Kazakhstan & Ukraine Itinerary

9 days in Kazakhstan & Ukraine Itinerary

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9 days in Kazakhstan & Ukraine Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
2
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 10th (Sat), walk around Almaty Central Park, then get to know the resident critters at Almaty Zoo, and then get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, then walk around First President's Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Almaty trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Almaty is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Almaty, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Almaty to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Almaty Zoo ©
Almaty Zoo
Almaty Central Park ©
Almaty Central Park

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Bring the kids along to Zoo XII Months and Seiklar Rope Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kiev route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Almaty to Kiev in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Almaty to Kiev. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Almaty in August: highs in Kiev hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Zoo XII Months
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Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Zoo XII Months ©
Zoo XII Months
Seiklar Rope Park ©
Seiklar Rope Park

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Lviv High Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, make a trip to Lviv City Hall, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Rynok Square.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lviv road trip website .

You can fly from Kiev to Lviv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kiev in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lviv, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Lviv

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Fri), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Interesting Science, and finally kick back and relax at Beach Golden Shore. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, then get curious at Paleontologic Museum, then don't miss a visit to Potemkin Steps, and finally don't miss a visit to Primorsky Boulevard.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Odessa journey tool .

You can fly from Lviv to Odessa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lviv in August: high temperatures in Odessa hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium ©
Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium
Museum of Interesting Science ©
Museum of Interesting Science
Beach Golden Shore ©
Beach Golden Shore

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