Thursday, March 10, 2011;
Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Kiev, Ukraine, with fares starting at just under $900 round trip. Kamyanets-Podilskiy is about 300 miles southwest. Overnight train is $30-$45 one way, or you can hire a car and driver. Alenka VIP, in Kiev (011-380-97-103-4477), can secure train tickets or arrange a car ($450 round-trip for up to three people) to and from the town. Ask for Inna Kravets, who speaks excellent English. Gala Tour (011-380-38-493-0805, gala-tour.net.ua), affiliated with the Gala Hotel in Kamyanets-Podilskiy, can also arrange a car for up to three people for $450 round-trip, or train tickets for about $30 round-trip.Where to stay
Hotel 7 days
4 Soborna St.
Large, refurbished Soviet-era hotel close to the heart of the old city. Doubles from about $55, including breakfast and dinner.
8 Polskyi Rynok
hetman-hotel.com.ua/enFourteen-room hotel inside the old city. Doubles from about $50, with breakfast.Where to eat
8 Polskyi Rynok
Beautiful dining room in the Hetman Hotel featuring excellent Ukrainian dishes. Less than $20 per person.
6 Starobulvana St.
Great Ukrainian food at reasonable prices on the main square. A full meal costs $10-12 per person.What to do
The Old Fortress (tickets $1.50) and the New Fortress (free) are the highlights, but don't miss Sts. Peter and Paul Church, with its minaret and a beautiful marble sculpture by Viktor Brodsky. You might also trek down into the gorge to the wooden Church of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Guided tours of the city are $15-20 for a small group. Arrange through your hotel, or call local guide Max Zhevnyak, 011-380-97-756-1850.Information