Ukraine: from region to region (10 days)
Kyiv – Chernigiv – Lviv – Olesko – Yaremche – Kolomyya – Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamianets-Podilskyi – Kyiv (10 days, 9 nights)
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 Kyiv-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. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Kyiv
Breakfast. Excursion 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.
Visiting 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.
Free time. Overnight.
Day 3: Kyiv – Kozelets – Chernigiv - Kyiv
Breakfast. Sightseeing Kozelets: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Cathedral of the 18 century. Departure to Chernigiv – one of the most ancient and beautiful cities of Ukraine. 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. Departure to Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 4: Kyiv
Breakfast. Transfer to Folk Architecture Museum Pirogovo - the biggest open air museum in Europe which offers a great collection of our national ethnographical heritage. There are approximately 300 unique objects of folk architecture, dating back to XVI−XX centuries from all the regions of Ukraine. During the visit you will see unique collections: windmills, watermills, forges, an old traditional sauna, village administration houses, a church school, a priest mansion, cafes named “shynok”, huts, barns, stalls, cellars etc. Transfer to the railway station and departure to Lviv by train in the 2nd class. Arrival to Lviv. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: 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 6: Lviv– Olesko – Pidhirtsi – Zolochiv – Lviv
Breakfast. The whole day excursion "Golden Horseshoe Castles: Olesko, Zolochiv and Pidhirtsi". These castles are great examples of the fortification architecture and you will uncover many secrets of the past, exploring their territory. 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. Next visit to Pidhirtsi castle - a splendid example of the Renaissance architecture. It is surrounded with the fortification ramparts and ravines of the XVII century, including great entrance gates and a park with ancient linden trees of the XVIII century. The last highlight of the program is Zolochiv Castle, built in XVII century. Today, Zolochiv castle is opened for visitors and consists of the Great Palace of late Renaissance and the Chinese Palace with oriental attributes – a rock garden with a place for meditation, flowers and rare plants, a small fountain, an oriental-style rotunda with a sculpture of Chinese Master. Returning to Lviv. Overnight.
Day 7: Lviv – Yaremche – Kolomyya – Chernivtsi
Breakfast. Journey to Ukrainian Carpathians. 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 — 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.
Departure to Chernivtsi. Accommodation in the hotel. Free time. Overnight.
Day 8: Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamenets-Podilskyi – Chernivtsi
Breakfast. 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.
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. Returning to Chernivtsi. Overnight.
Day 9: Chernivtsi – Kyiv
Breakfast. Chernivtsi – a 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.
Free time. Transfer to the railway station and departure to Kyiv by night train in the 2nd class.
Day 10: Kyiv
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The price includes:
- Accomodation in the 3* hotels: 3 nights in Lviv; 2 nights in Chernivtsi, 3 nights in Kyiv; standard double rooms;
- 9 breakfasts;
- Transport services according to the program;
- Train tickets in 2 class: Kyiv-Lviv; Chernivtsi-Kyiv;
- English guides service during the tour (the guides will not accompany the group during the train transfer).
- Entrance fees according to the program;
- One free of charge for tour leader in single room.
The price does not include
- Meals: lunches and dinners;
- Services not mentioned above;
- Personal expenses.
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