Kyiv — Berdychiv — Medzhybizh — Kamenetz-Podilskyi — Khotyn — Chernivtsi — Chortkiv — Terebovlia — Ternopil – Zolochiv — Univ — Svirzh — Stare Selo — Lviv — Olesko — Brody — Dubno — Lutsk — Koretz — Novograd-Volinskyi — Zhytomyr — Kyiv (9 days, 8 nights)
Day 1. Kyiv
Meeting at airport. Transfer to the hotel.
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.
Day 2. Kyiv — Berdychiv — Medzhybizh — Kamenets-Podilskyi
Breakfast. Transfer to Berdychiv. Visiting Berdichiv including Barefooted Carmelites Monastery and Holy Virgin Cathedral. 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 Kamenets-Podilskyi. Overnight.
Day 3. Kamenets-Podilskyi — Khotyn — Chernivtsi
Breakfast. 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.
Departure to 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. Overnight.
Day 4. Chernivtsi — Chortkiv — Terebovlia — Ternopil
Breakfast. Transfer to Chortkiv. Visiting Chortkiv Castle (1610), Assumption Church, Ascension Church. Transfer to Terebovlia. Visiting Trebovlia Castle (1631), Nicolas Church. Departure to Ternopil — one of the largest cities of western Ukraine. It is a quiet, incredibly green city with a unique atmosphere, bright history and a plethora of interesting natural, historical and architectural sights. Panoramic tour including Ternopil Castle (1540), Cross Exaltation Church, Jewish Cathedral. Overnight.
Day 5. Ternopil — Zolochiv — Univ — Svirzh — Stare Selo — Lviv
Breakfast. Transfer to Zolochiv. Zolochiv Castle was 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. Transfer to Univ. Visiting Univ Lavra (16 century) – one of the oldest monasteries in Ukraine. It is situated among picturesque hills. Continuation to Svirzh. Visiting the Castle (16- 17th century). Transfer to Stare Selo. Visiting the Castle (16-17th century). Departure to Lviv. Overnight.
Day 6. 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 7. Lviv — Olesko — Brody — Dubno — Lutsk
Breakfast. 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. Transfer to Brody. Visiting Brody Castle (1630), St. George Church. Continuation to Dubno. Visiting Castle (15-18th century). Transfer to Lutsk. Panoramic city tour around Lutsk: Lyubart castle, Cathedral of the Sacred Trinity, Pokrova’s church. Overnight.
Day 8. Lutsk — Korets — Novograd-Volinskyi — Zhytomyr — Kyiv
Breakfast. Transfer to Korets. Visiting the Castle (15-18th century). Continuation to Novograd-Volinskyi. Visiting Novograd-Volinskyi including Castle (17th century). Transfer to Zhytomyr – one of the oldest historical and cultural cities of Ukraine. Visiting Zhytomyr Transfiguration Cathedral, impressive St. Michael Archangel Cathedral, walk scenic paths of a lovely Gagarin Park and enjoy a magnificent view of the Teteriv River. Departure to Kyiv. Overnight.
Day 9. Kyiv
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The price includes:
- Accomodation in the 3* hotels: 2 nights in Lviv; 1 night in Lutsk, 1 night in Ternopil, 1 night in Chernivtsi, 2 nights in Kyiv; standard double rooms;
- 8 breakfasts;
- Transport services according to the program;
- English guides service during the tour;
- 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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