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Be dazzled by the golden domes of myriad Orthodox cathedrals, be awed by the monumental Stalinist architecture of Kyiv, be inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Crimean peninsula. On the edge of Europe, Ukraine is a land of the unconventional and quirky, a unique mix of cosmopolitan and Soviet, and this insightful guide shows you how to make the most of it Be dazzled by the golden domes of myriad Orthodox cathedrals, be awed by the monumental Stalinist architecture of Kyiv, be inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Crimean peninsula. On the edge of Europe, Ukraine is a land of the unconventional and quirky, a unique mix of cosmopolitan and Soviet, and this insightful guide shows you how to make the most of it all. Read All About It � Ukraine�s colorful political events and fascinating history explained Find Adventure � ice fishing, mountain biking, caving and skiing are just some of the activities on offer Rest Easy in rural homestays or refurbished Soviet hotels � reviews to suit every budget Get Around � 35 detailed maps include Cyrillic for easy navigation Talk The Talk � our practical language guide helps you chat to the locals: budmo!


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Be dazzled by the golden domes of myriad Orthodox cathedrals, be awed by the monumental Stalinist architecture of Kyiv, be inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Crimean peninsula. On the edge of Europe, Ukraine is a land of the unconventional and quirky, a unique mix of cosmopolitan and Soviet, and this insightful guide shows you how to make the most of it Be dazzled by the golden domes of myriad Orthodox cathedrals, be awed by the monumental Stalinist architecture of Kyiv, be inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Crimean peninsula. On the edge of Europe, Ukraine is a land of the unconventional and quirky, a unique mix of cosmopolitan and Soviet, and this insightful guide shows you how to make the most of it all. Read All About It � Ukraine�s colorful political events and fascinating history explained Find Adventure � ice fishing, mountain biking, caving and skiing are just some of the activities on offer Rest Easy in rural homestays or refurbished Soviet hotels � reviews to suit every budget Get Around � 35 detailed maps include Cyrillic for easy navigation Talk The Talk � our practical language guide helps you chat to the locals: budmo!

30 review for Ukraine

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    This is probably the worst travel guide I've ever read. It completely misses the point of travel in Ukraine. It's constantly referring to the "sub-standard" quality of virtually everything and trashes all but three or four destinations. I can't tell you how many times I read descriptions of places I've visited an scoffed at how offhandedly they were dismissed. People don't visit Ukraine for a relaxing week of 5-star hotels and Western European-style tourism. If not looking for family or engaging This is probably the worst travel guide I've ever read. It completely misses the point of travel in Ukraine. It's constantly referring to the "sub-standard" quality of virtually everything and trashes all but three or four destinations. I can't tell you how many times I read descriptions of places I've visited an scoffed at how offhandedly they were dismissed. People don't visit Ukraine for a relaxing week of 5-star hotels and Western European-style tourism. If not looking for family or engaging in business, people come to Ukraine for a decidedly different tourist experience. Yes, it's an experience that is a little rough around the edges. But it's also filled with cheap and comfortable travel, incredibly hospitable and authentic people, and a surprisingly rich and diverse country that mixes snowy birch forests and rocky sub-tropical beaches as well as European and Soviet history. The LP folks were recently back in Ukraine doing research for the new edition, but I'm not all that hopeful much of this can be salvaged. Go with the Bradt Guide.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Lerit Titievsky

    I'm usually a fan of Lonely Planet guide books, but this one was very disappointing. It's very smug. It only gives phrases in Ukrainian, though Russian is widely used. And it leaves out important basics: don't get your own at kiosks, to get [here], take a left outside of Metro and walk 15 minutes, go underground to cross street, etc. Spent most of the time in Kiev. I was disappointed with a lot of the suggestions. All said, this was the best Ukraine guide book we could find. Plus, 'change' and I'm usually a fan of Lonely Planet guide books, but this one was very disappointing. It's very smug. It only gives phrases in Ukrainian, though Russian is widely used. And it leaves out important basics: don't get your own at kiosks, to get [here], take a left outside of Metro and walk 15 minutes, go underground to cross street, etc. Spent most of the time in Kiev. I was disappointed with a lot of the suggestions. All said, this was the best Ukraine guide book we could find. Plus, 'change' and 'development' are juggernauts -- beasts in themselves -- in Ukraine. I'm sure it's a challenge to write a proper guide in a place evolving so quickly. My suggestion: head online. Visit the travel boards, Lonely Planet has one. Read up on other people's recent travels and post questions before you go. Once there, try to connect with the locals and get suggestions. When back, post then post some more about your experience. (Although, I haven't been good about this.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Heaney

    Parts of this book are severely out of date. Years after a revolution and a Russian invasion and the book still talks about the deposed pro-Russian president, who fled the country in early 2014! Other sections refer to the old Soviet-style police, who were dismissed and replaced a while ago. Information on tourist attractions in some cities was out of date two editions ago and still hasn't been revised, and for a book that makes a point of using the Ukrainian, rather than the Russian place names, Parts of this book are severely out of date. Years after a revolution and a Russian invasion and the book still talks about the deposed pro-Russian president, who fled the country in early 2014! Other sections refer to the old Soviet-style police, who were dismissed and replaced a while ago. Information on tourist attractions in some cities was out of date two editions ago and still hasn't been revised, and for a book that makes a point of using the Ukrainian, rather than the Russian place names, it randomly switches to calling Kyiv "Kiev" at some points. It's a bit of a mess, and some sections would be useless to first-timers in Ukraine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    In light of my impending trip to Ukraine, I got this book from the library to see whether or not it would be beneficial to buy my own copy to bring with me on my trip. I really thought this was a good book. I had heard good things about Lonely Planet but this was the first time that I had ever looked at one. I reviewed the general, Kiev and Lviv section of the book. It didn't seem to cover a lot of the smaller areas in the country so it wouldn't be that helpful for those going more off the In light of my impending trip to Ukraine, I got this book from the library to see whether or not it would be beneficial to buy my own copy to bring with me on my trip. I really thought this was a good book. I had heard good things about Lonely Planet but this was the first time that I had ever looked at one. I reviewed the general, Kiev and Lviv section of the book. It didn't seem to cover a lot of the smaller areas in the country so it wouldn't be that helpful for those going more off the beaten path.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Löki Gale

    A good beginning guide to traversing Ukraine, the book does lack specific details and helpful hints when it comes to navigating mass transit. The phrases in the back of the book are helpful, especially when you come across the regions that do not speak Russian or do not have an affinity for Russian speakers. I highly suggest visiting Lviv, Kiev, and Odessa.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kirill

    As all Lonely Planet books I've owned, this one is by all means very useful, but already dated in some respects. Still it seems to be the most complete guidebook to Ukraine for Westerners. Buy locally published guidebooks in Ukraine for more detailed exploration.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    pretty good

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vasily

    русская версия

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Very helpful for first time visitors - Kyiv was beautiful and this book saved us a lot of time with tips on eating and transportation, time schedules, etc.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Salvador Noguera

    It'll not show everything but for a basic pack-up in your first visit to Ukraine it does cover quite all things you may wanna see and provides some goods tips.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Randall Cook

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Cobb

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  14. 4 out of 5

    Turmeeni

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Corbul

  16. 4 out of 5

    John

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tristana

  18. 5 out of 5

    Horned Pelosi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Louis-Jean Levasseur

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leon

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda Braun

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kamila Franz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Toan Nguyen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candyland

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paulina Parzych

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fede

  27. 4 out of 5

    William Meister

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charles L. Harrell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam Norten

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elfreeman

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