Scratch the Ukraine’s hard and often gritty exterior to find a place of unrivalled warmth and hospitality. For example, you'll stay at an eco-tourism farmhouse in Petrushivka village run by Mikola Cherep, a former member of the Soviet army. He can teach you to fight with a saber, ride a horse and understand the basics of Ukrainian martial arts.
Spend your days swimming, fishing, cooking and unwinding in the banya (sauna) before being entertained by Mikola and his Cossack-heritage friends performing acrobatics on horseback after a traditional Ukrainian dinner.
You'll get free time to explore Kyiv, formerly Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Pay homage to the Motherland Monument and St Sofia Cathedral. Visit the Chernobyl Museum and take in an opera or ballet performance.
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