I have no idea why, but Ukraine used to be The Ukraine from what I can remember. I don’t know when that changed or what the motivation was. Maybe they traded it to The Gambia in exchange for coconut exports; stranger things have happened.
Whatever the reasoning, I’m sure we won’t figure it out over the next two weeks as we explore the country. We’ll be in Kiev, Odessa, Simferopol, Bakhchisaray and Yalta. There will be planes and trains and hopefully a funicular or two. And there will be food and drink galore.
The flight routing looks something like this:
We’ve got business class award seats on Lufthansa, Austrian (Tyrolean) and United Airlines (100,000 points each) to go with a revenue flight on WizzAir. Not bad at all for relatively high season in Europe.
On the hotel front things will be interesting. The dearth of western-branded properties in Ukraine only reinforces my belief that focusing on those programs would be a waste of money for me. I’m sure that the Grand Hyatt or Radisson Blu in Kiev are lovely but there’s no way they are worth the asking price, even on points. Just not happening.
Expect more reports from the road over the next two weeks; I certainly plan to be writing them.