Ukraine: from region to region (15 days)
Kyiv – Kozelets – Chernigiv – Poltava – Chygyryn – Subotiv – Cherkassy – Kyiv – Ostrog – Lutsk – Berestechko – Olesko – Lviv – Ivano-Frankivsk – Yaremche – Kolomyya – Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamianets-Podilskyi – Medzhybizh – Kyiv
Day 1: Kyiv
Meeting at the airport.
Panoramic city tour in the capital of Ukraine and the cradle of Eastern Slavonic states. The tour includes Golden Gates and Vladimir’s hill, which is supposed to be the place of foundation of Kiev-city, Bogdan Khmelnitsky’s Monument, National Opera and Ballet Theater, St. Vladimir’s Cathedral - a splendid architectural pearl, with beautiful paintings of V. Vasnetsov and St. Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery founded in 1108, Kyiv Founders’ Monument, Khreschatik Avenue, Independence Square - the scene of many notable events in the capital city of Ukraine.
Walk along Andriivsky Uzviz with possibility to buy Ukrainian souvenirs. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Kyiv
Breakfast. Excursion St. Sofia Cathedral - the world famous historical and architectural monument of the first half of the 11th century. The cathedral is famous for its mosaics and frescos by Byzantine masters. It is the first monument in Ukraine listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visiting the Holy Kyiv Pechersk Lavra - the Orthodox Christian monastery that is the holiest place of pilgrimage in Ukraine. It was founded in times of Yaroslav the Wise in XI century and is one of the most ancient monasteries in Old Rus. Trinity Church, the Assumption Cathedral (renovated in 2000), the Refectory Church and the labyrinth of the Near and Far Caves, with their relics of saints, are real masterpieces of world architecture. Free time. Overnight.
Day 3: Kyiv – Kozelets – Chernigiv
Breakfast. Sightseeing Kozelets: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Cathedral of the 18 century. Departure to Chernigiv. Panoramic city tour including Pyatnytska church of the 12 century, the historical places of castle – BorysoGlibskiy and Transfiguration cathedrals, Collegiums, Regiment’s chancellery, Kateryna’s church, burial-mounds on the Boldyn’s mountains, Yeletskiy and Illinskiy Trinity monasteries. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 4: Chernigiv – Nizhyn – Kachanivka – Gustynya – Lubny – Poltava
Breakfast. Excursion to Nizhyn: Mykolaivskiy cathedral of the 17 century, Pokrova church of the 18 century, Greek Michael’s church, the Nizhyn gymnasium of the higher sciences of the 19 century, the monument to M. Gogol. Departure to Kachanivka. Visiting Tarnovskys’ palace-park complex of the 18-19 centuries. Visit to the old Gustynsky and Lubensky Mgarsky cloisters. Departure to Poltava. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: Poltava – Opishnya – Reshetylivka – Poltava
Breakfast. Poltava – 800 years old city at Vorskla river, the place of a famous battle (1709) when Russian army of Peter I beat Swedish army headed by Carl XII. Poltava city tour in the historical part of the city: Round square and the Glory Monument – one of the main sights of Poltava, White rotunda and monument of Poltavska Galushka. Also we visit a museum of the great Ukrainian writer Kotlyarevsky. His country estate remains the same as in early XIX century representing the typical Ukrainian lifestyle of that time. Excursion to Opishnya – „pottery capital” of Ukraine. Visiting the National museum-reserve of Ukrainian pottery. Transfer to Reshetylivka and visiting the centre of embroidery and carpet weaving. Returning to Poltava. Overnight.
Day 6: Poltava – Chygyryn – Subotiv – Cherkassy
Breakfast. Departure to Chygyryn – old Getman capital. Excursion to Subotiv – the burial place of the kozak Getman Bogdan Khmelnytskiy. Visiting Ilinska church of the 17 century. Departure to Cherkassy. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 7: Cherkassy – Kaniv – Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskyi – Kyiv
Breakfast. Excursion to the Kaniv, where the burial place and the Memorial Museum of the great Ukrainian poet are situated. You will discover a lot of information about a personal and artistic life of T. Shevchenko that will help you understand better his important role in the world literature. Admire a splendid panorama of the Kaniv Reservoir from Tarasova (Chernecha) Hill. Transfer to Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi. Panoramic city tour including Ascension cathedral of 17-18 centuries, Collegiums, Museum of National architecture and Life. Departure to Kyiv. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 8: Kyiv – Ostrog – Lutsk
Breakfast. Transfer to Ostrog. Visiting the Ostroh Castle’s complex (14 th) wich includes the elegant Epiphany Cathedral, raised in the 15th-16th century. Continuation to Lutsk. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 9: Lutsk – Berestechko – Olesko – Lviv
Breakfast. Panoramic city tour around Lutsk: Lyubart castle, Cathedral of the Sacred Trinity, Pokrova’s church. Journey to Berestechko for excursion. Excursion to Museum-reserve „Kozak graves”.
Transfer to Olesko. Visiting the old Olesko castle - an important architectural monument of the XIV-XVII centuries. Nowadays the Olesko castle displays the collections of antique art and furnishings from 16-17 centuries, sculptures, paintings, weapons and objects used in everyday life from different epochs. Departure to Lviv. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 10: Lviv
Breakfast. Lviv is a very beautiful city with its narrow medieval streets paved with stones, architectural decoration done in different styles preserved in its original form. This is an ancient picturesque city founded by Prince Danylo Halystky in the middle of the 13th century. During the panoramic tour you will have an oportunity to admire St. George Cathedral (1765) in baroque-rococo style with unusual ornamental entry, National University Ivan Franco - one among the oldest in Europe founded in 1661, Lychakiv memorial cemetery - most beautiful necropolis in Ukraine, which is rather a sculpture garden or a museum under open air than just a cemetery; High Castle from where you can enjoy the whole panoramic view of the city and surroundings beyond.
Excursion in the ancient part of the town. You will walk through the cozy streets of Lviv where each building is an architectural masterpiece with a rich history. You will discover The Opera House (1900) - an architectural masterpiece with gorgeous paintings and sculptures in the interior; Taras Shevchenko’s monument; Rynok square (16th century) - the heart of the city listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site; Armenian quarter with a splendid Armenian Virgin Mary’s Dormition Church (1370), Dominican Cathedral (1798); an interesting Pharmacy Museum that is one of the oldest operating pharmacies in the world; Baroque style Jesuit Cahedral; the Latin Cathedral and the Transfiguration Church; Jewish quarter with the remains of the Golden Rose synagogue; etc. Free time. Overnight.
Day 11: Lviv – Ivano-Frankivsk – Yaremche – Kolomyya
Breakfast. Journey to Ukrainian Carpathians through Ivano-Frankivsk to Yaremche. Ivano-Frankivsk – the gateway to the Ukrainian Carpathians. Panoramic city tour including Market Square with the Town Hall, Egg Fountain, Holy-Pokrovsky Orthodox cathedral – former Armenian Church, Church of Virgin Mary , Church of the Holy Resurrection etc.
Departure to Yaremche. Visit the mysterious waterfall Probiy, souvenir market, selling handicrafts made from natural materials. You will feel the fresh mountain air, rich aromas of mountain rivers, grasses and trees that grow only in this area, see the original architecture and feel the atmosphere of picturesque town with a distinctive culture of the indigenous population of the region Yaremche - hutsuls.
Transfer to Kolomyya. Accommodation in the hotel. Free time. Overnight.
Day 12: Kolomyya – Chernivtsi
Breakfast. Kolomyya - peculiar corner of Ukraine, who combined in himself the Austro-Hungarian character development and atmosphere of a European town. Visiting Pysanka Museum - one of the most interesting museums in the whole Ukraine. And the aura of its building, unique 13,5 m high stone egg, fills everyone with joy and gladness. The funds of museum have an abundant collection of pysanky, over 12,000 examples of this unique art, from every region of Ukraine and abroad. Visiting the museum Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttia where collected the largest collection hutsul life and art.
Transfer to Chernivtsi - wonderful city is spread out at the foot of Carpathian Mountains, on the picturesque hills of the Prut River. It fascinates with its eclectic architecture, rich cultural heritage and the spider-web like labyrinth of ancient European streets and squares. Accomodation in the hotel. Panoramic city tour including St. Nicolas Cathedral, Holy Virgin Nativity Church. Visit to the University - the former residence of Bukovinian metropolitans. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 13: Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamenets-Podilskyi
Breakfast. Transfer to Khotyn — that was a trade hub in the Middle Ages, fortunately situated at the crossroads of trade routs. Visiting Khotyn Castle constructed in the 13-15th centuries. Transfer to Kamenets-Podilskyi – a town that has preserved the spirit of the Middle Ages. Its impressive fortress is a landmark in the history of construction of fortified places and strongholds. Excursion: “Flower on stone” – historic-architectural complex of the Old city and fortress (14-18th century). The town`s scenic beauty is enhanced by the Polish and Russian Gates, Armenian Bastions, Turkish Bridge (enigma of centuries), Dominican Roman-Catholic Church (14-17century), Trinitarian Roman-Catholic Church, Petropavlivska (Peter and Paul’s) Church, Mykolayivska Church (14th century), Polish and Armenian Market Squares, and other ancient monuments.
Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 14: Kamenets-Podilskyi – Medzhybizh – Kyiv
Breakfast. Transfer to Medzhybizh. The town preserved the Large Castle dated back to XIV—XVI centuries and the Palace of XVI century on the territory of the castle. The town is considered to be a cradle of Hasid movement in Judaism, as here in 1740-60 lived Israel Baal Shem Tov – the founder of the Hasid movement. Departure to Kyiv. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 15: Kyiv
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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