With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to discover new places and enjoy every moment of holiday season.

New Year and especially Christmas are most popular and most beloved holidays in Ukraine. Both have a long history and a special set of traditions and rituals, all of which allow to explore a unique Ukrainian cultural identity that miraculously survived on the outskirts of modern Europe.

Odessa is truly magnificent city and has what it seems like endless number of attractions to visit. A traveler who arrives to Odessa for the first time might be overwhelmed with the number of historical landmarks and tourist attractions in this southern Ukrainian city. Let «Destinations» point you in the direction of the most beautiful sacral buildings in Odessa.

Kitaevo is a historical place, located on the south border of the city in the western part of the Goloseevskiy forest. This area has not only picturesque landscapes and monastery but also interesting history.

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Londonskaya hotel is situated in the historical center of Odesa and is considered to be iconic hotel of the city.  Odesa tourists nicknamed the building of the hotel “the frozen music”, due to its elegant architecture and refined ensemble of legendary Primorsky Boulevard. These days Londonskaya is a prestigious four-star hotel, as well as a striking architectural and historical landmark in Odesa.

Khotyn is a small ancient town with eventful and difficult history. The town was established over a thousand years old.  These days it is one of the most important tourist and cultural centers of Ukraine. 

Discover the best things to see and to do in Lviv with kids. Whether you are looking for child-friendly restaurants, free attractions for kids, places to go with kids or ideas for your day out in Lviv, family days out in this city are easy to plan with our top tips.

To some people, the winter may seem gloomy and boring, but it’s really just another season that brings a ton of fun and different things to do with your family and friends.

It's cold outside... and it's not set to get warmer anytime soon at least for another couple of months.  For those snowy days when it’s too stormy even to walk to the nearby bar or cafe, «Destinations» rounded up a list of awesome inside fun activities to keep your mind and body both happy and busy during the winter months.

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In November Darina Zholdak Foundation will open the rock library in Kyiv. Kyiv Rock Library will be the part of Botan Library on Vozdvizhenka, the well-known and beloved place for bibliophiles in the capital of Ukraine.

What is the most important for you when you travel? Comfort? Safety? Impressions? I think these things matter a lot all together. There are hotels which can offer you good service, acceptable price and real comfort. But there are some of them where you can feel yourself like a real celebrity enjoying hi-end rest and Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel is one of them.

Ice skating is the quintessential winter pastime. When temperatures drop below zero, lace up your skates and take it to the rink. Our guide shows the best seasonal ice rinks open in Lviv during winter.

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Save money for seeing the sights or enjoying a good dinner with a stay at one of the best unusual and designer hostels around the world. And just because the places listed below are easy on the wallet, don’t go thinking they’re light on comfort.

Ukraine is an amazing country because its geographical location offers to visit the mountains as well as the seaside. Winter time is the best one to visit Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine to ski and to have a great spa treatment. What are the best destinations for winter hollidays in Ukraine?

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Each year Sirius dog Shelter in Kiev rescues hundreds of dogs and cats who have been lost, discarded, abandoned, injured or neglected. Sirius staff does everything they can to find a loving and responsible new home for every adoptable pet.

“Ukrzaliznytsya” (Ukrainian Railways) Public Joint Stock Company launches "Intercity" high-speed double-deck train. It will run along Kharkiv-Kyiv-Vinnytsya route starting from November 4, 2016.

«Shevchenkivskiy Gai» Lviv Park of Vernacular Architecture is hosting a Pumpkin Party on October 29th, 2016. Pumpkin Party will be the perfect Halloween themed event to visit with kids and family.

You may think that there is no such thing as Halloween celebration in Ukraine at all. Well, partly this is true as you won’t find any day called that in the calendar, however, there are certain traditions connected with this date. «Destinations» rounded up a list of Halloween celebrations around Kyiv.

Planning a big trip on a small budget? Book a room at one of the no-frills resting spots in Lviv. These budget-friendly hotels will help you to save some money for a cup of legendary Lviv coffee or pint of «Lvivske» beer.

It's always a good idea to carefully plan a romantic date. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary or simply spicing up another weekend, Kiev offers great amount of romantic places for that special date.

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