Details: Kamenets-Podilskiy, Ukraine

By John Pancake
Saturday, March 12, 2011; 6:39 PM

Getting there

Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Kiev, Ukraine, with fares starting at just under $900 round tripKamyanets-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,, 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.

Hotel Hetman

8 Polskyi Rynok


Fourteen-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.

Taras Bulba

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.


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