If there is one thing that can be said about Kiev, it’s that it attracts an eclectic crowd. Eastern Europe’s social elite mix in its world-class restaurants and clubs. Intellectuals flock to its historic museums, theatres, and cathedrals. And those more interested in hedonism than history come for budget bachelor parties and beautiful Ukrainian brides. Buildings, borsht, and blondes are all great, but if you’re looking for an adventure unlike any other, then we suggest that you try a military adventure tour.
When you get bored of dining and dance shows, you can trade the goulash for grenades and the theatre for tanks. Ukraine Connections offers a range of military activities so extreme they make your company paintball outing look like a water fight at a six-year-old’s birthday party. You can go Rambo on the firing range with an RPG grenade launcher (the kind used to shoot down helicopters). If that’s not heavy enough, you can hop into a tank with a driver who will teach you the controls, and then let you take the wheel and fire away. If that’s not your style, all kinds of handguns and rifles (including the infamous AK-47) are available as well.
Although playing Private Ryan is great during the day, sleeping in a barracks full of snoring smelly soldiers isn’t quite as fun. We recommend you leave your boots at the battlefield and check into the posh Opera Hotel and get your shuteye in style.
The only thing that’s not military about this tour is the food. For lunch you dine on the finest Ukrainian delicacies: vodka and caviar. That’s right, they feed you booze and whale eggs while you play with their weapons of minor destruction. Pretty much the only thing that they don’t offer is a picture of Osama Bin Laden to tape to the target.
We suggest that you bring several.
Ukraine Connections (England Office)Opera Hotel
Office: +44 (0) 1256 882-339
Mobile: +44 (0) 7808 179-129
53, B. Khmelnitskogo St.
+38 (044) 581-7070