My partner and I are wanting to take a 3 to 4 week excursion to the Czech Republic, Poland and other points going south (Budapest, Croatia, Vienna and Slovenia are all possibilities). This whole trip idea was brought on by the want to visit Kiev and the site of Chernobyl / Pripyat.
1) Does anyone have any recommendations of the best way to enter/leave Kiev to the other points discussed above?
2) As a Westerner, is there any fears of flying in/out of the region because of current tensions with Russia & US & Ukraine?
This trip would happen off season, in 2016. April or September. I am unsure as to when the Kiev leg of the trip happens in the itinerary. I am currently indifferent as to what city I am traveling from/to afterwards. My current idea is to fly directly from the States, to Kiev. Spend 2 or 3 days in Ukraine and then fly to Warsaw or Prague to continue with my Central Europe itinerary. Kind of a "get that bit out of the way" sort of thing. Continue via railway from there on out.
However, I fear that I will book flights in/out of Kiev and something happens where that part of the trip is not possible? I've considered beginning in Warsaw and booking train/plane passage at the last moment.
I'm rambling. Any recommendations, sample itinerary(s), advice would be greatly appreciated. FWIW, we are in our 40's, a hearty pair but this is our first Euro trip.