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UEFA 2012 Ukraine

 

UEFA EURO 2012 will be played from 8 June to 1 July 2012. Ukraine and Poland will co-host the European soccer championship. The UEFA EURO 2012 matches will be played in eight stadiums, four in Poland – Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw – and four in Ukraine – Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv and Kyiv.

You can find the match schedule here: http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/
Important to know is that the final will take place on 1 July in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Here you can enjoy the closure ceremony before the match and the Cup Presentation Ceremony after the match.

Tickets:
Markiyan Lubkivskyi, the head of the Local 2012 Organizing Committee in Ukraine, announced that the cost of match tickets at the EURO 2012 Football Championships will be less than those at the previous championships in 2008. The sale of the tickets will start on the 1st of March 2011. The only authorized channel for this will be the official UEFA Internet site (www.uefa.com). The most impatient supporters can now enter this website and fill in the relevant part on registering their email address, as the announcement on the start of sale of tickets will be sent to this email address.

Hotels
Not only existing hotels will be available, new hotels will be build also in the hosting cities. For example the Swissotel Hotels and Resorts are building a new complex which is part of the project ‘Sky Towers’ in Kyiv. The hotel will be ready by 2012 and is located close to Viktory Avenue. For more information click here:
http://www.swissotel.com/Swissotel.com/en/Swissotel%20Kiev%20Factsheet.pdf

You can also book Hotel and Event Ticket Packages. Great Atlantic Travel and Tour, for example, will develop different travel programs for varying needs, budgets, and desires. The Euro 2012 Program will be divided into arrival and departure dates with several options regarding the length of your stay. You can already register so they will keep you informed with further information as the programs are developed.  Once the finalized information is available, those on this list will receive a priority booking period prior to general release of the Euro Cup 2012 programs. (http://www.greatatlantictravel.com/sports/2012-euro-cup/euro-cup-2012.aspx)

Roadtrip is another travel agency who provide packages including hotels, excursions and tickets for different matches. You can join their Euro 2012 pre sale list on http://www.roadtrips.com/euro-2012.aspx

Tourism in the “Cities-Hosts” of Ukraine

Kyiv
Given the international experience as well as Kyiv’s potential, the business, cultural, and recreational tourism are developing. Furthermore, in the context of the forthcoming 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, the sport, youth, and family tourism are emerging.

Kyiv can offer around 100 different excursions. Also, tourist companies suggest travelling to other Ukrainian cities, such as Chernihiv, Bila Tserkva, Lviv, Kamyanets-Podilsky, etc.

Useful links:
http://www.tour2kiev.com/en/excursii-kiev.html
http://www.kiev.info/
http://www.kievtown.net/eng/kiev_museums/index.html
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Lyiv
Modern Lviv is a treasury of national ideas and culture. Moreover, it is the economic, educational, and cultural centre of the western Ukraine. There are a lot of museums, art galleries, theatre and music groups there. The Lviv Opera and Ballet theatre’s repertoire is rich. The tourist Lviv region encompasses not only legendary Lviv with its unique architectural ensemble and rich history. It also offers for sightseeing an old fortress Zhovkva, ancient castles of Zolota Pidkova, wonderful landscapes with lakes in the state reserve Roztochchya, resorts for mountain-skiers in the Carpathians, famous recreation centres like Truskavets, Morshyn, and Shidnytsya.

Useful links:
http://lviv.travel/en/index
http://www.inlviv.info/
Lviv Restaurants

Kharkiv
Kharkiv is the administrative centre of the Kharkiv region ranking the second in terms of population in Ukraine. Also, it is a large scientific, cultural, industrial, and transport centre.

Useful links:
http://www.kharkov.ua/turism/turism-e.htm
http://en.ukraine2012.gov.ua/publication/owners/kharkiv/19139.html

Donetsk
Once you are in Donetsk, you will have wonderful opportunities for travelling, spending leisure time, and recreation not only in the city but also in various nature areas (sea, forests, step). One can also have good time visiting theatres and museums, the countryside, karst caves, largest salt mines, or unique enterprises.

Useful links:
http://en.ukrainecityguide.com/donetsk/index.php?mode=regions


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