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St. Sofia Cathedral, Kiev.

Sandwiched in between Poland, Russia and the Black Sea, Ukraine is a country that is still emerging from its association with the former USSR in hopes of someday joining the EU.

Meanwhile, the country is still one of the most affordable for travelers in Eastern Europe, offering a surprisingly temperate climate and stunning landscapes unique to the region.

Ukraine also offers a rich history and culture all its own, with a mix of the awesome beauty of Crimean Peninsula beaches in the south, and world class skiing in the spectacular Carpathian mountains to the the west.

Kiev, Ukraine's largest and capital city, is one of Europe's oldest cities and usually the first stop for many visitors traveling throughout the country. While here, don't miss a stunning look at the Golden Gate, the last remnant of the old medieval city wall dating to the 10th century.

Further discover the origins of the early Orthodox church at the mysterious Caves Monastery, along with the beautifully situated St. Sofia Cathedral for a peak inside to view its historic icons and frescoes.

Then switch gears, for a truly modern (though macabre) experience at the infamous scene of the world's worst ever nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, with a day trip and guided tour from Kiev to one of the world's most unique travel destinations.

DID YOU KNOW? Ukraine Travel Fun Facts

Arsenalna metro station Kiev 2010 01
Deep below Kiev.

• One of the most famous Ukrainian Christmas songs “Schedryk” is known to the rest of the world as “Carol of the Bells”.

• 105.5 meters (346 feet) underground, the world’s deepest metro station is in Ukraine. It is Arsenalna station in central Kiev.

• Don't be surprised when you see the traditional school uniform of female Ukrainian students which, to the rest of the world, closely resembles the “French maid” costumes seen at costume parties!

• Also, don't be insulted if Ukranians don’t smile on the street, at the market or department stores. They reserve their smiles until they really get to know you.

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More about Ukraine travel & tourism around the Web:

Travel to Ukraine - The official site with a complete country directory including the latest news headlines, travel facts, tips & information, recommended destinations, photo galleries.

Ukraine Country Guide - Great overview for the first-time traveler with pictures, key attractions and things to do, historical and cultural background info.

Ukraine Travel - Lonely Planet World Guide - Fast facts, feature attractions, when to go, how to get there plus maps, typical travel costs, photo galleries.

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