Head for Ukraine, the heart of Eastern Europe

Surrounded by Russia, Byelorussia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldavia, Ukraine also borders the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Its capital is Kiev and the currency is the hryvnia. Spread over an area of roughly 600 000 km² and with 45 million inhabitants, Ukraine is made up of vast flat landscapes, coastal in the south and mountainous in the north. Its contrasted architecture is based on Slavonic and Orthodox influences. Thanks to Air France's regular flights, head for a new universe and discover an Eastern culture based on generosity and good manners.

What to visit in Ukraine?

In 2007, the Ukrainian government organised a competition to designate the "Seven Wonders of Ukraine" as follows: the Sofiyivsky Park in Ouman, the Kamianets fortress in Kamianets-Podilskyï, Khortytsia, the ruins of Chersonèse in Crimea near Sevastopol, the Khotyn fortress, the Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) and Saint Sophie's cathedral in Kiev. Three other sites were also highly placed: the Ostroh castle, the Livadia Palace and the Pysanka museum in Kolomyia.
In addition, the city of Lviv offers a journey back in time via its architecture which reflects the different ruling powers in Ukraine's history: Lithuano-Polish, then Russian and Austrian.
On the Black Sea coast, discover the city of Odessa, the Crimean Pearl and, of course, the unmissable Yalta with its impressive baroque castle nicknamed the "Swallow's Nest".
Hikers will enjoy walking in the Carpates mountain range with its breath-taking views.

Ukraine, gastronomy to beat all comers

Ukrainian cuisine takes pride of place in the national culture in which hospitality is important. Primarily based on meat, vegetables, fruit and bread, the wide variety of dishes offers something to delight every palate. So, try the soups, such as a vegetable borscht, a youshka based on fish or a rosolnyk made from cereals; discover the many salads such as the olivye commonly known as a "Russian salad" or the vinihret made from beetroot, and main courses such as the pechenya, roast meat, the kholodets, jellied meat or the varenyky, a kind of ravioli stuffed with vegetables. Thanks to Air France's flights to Ukraine, you can come and taste all these mouth-watering dishes and discover a new form of cookery.

Preparing your journey to Ukraine