Kyiv – Kozelets – Chernigiv – Nizhyn – Poltava – Chygyryn – Subotiv – Cherkassy – Kyiv (8 days, 7 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 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 – ancient capital of the Ukrainian Cossak hetman Bohdan Khmelnytskyi. Visit the museum to learn more about the liffe history of the hetman and society of Cossak time. Near the museum is situated the chuch of the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul. Excursion to Subotiv – the burial place of the hetman Bogdan Khmelnytskyi. Visiting Ilinska church of the 17 century. Moving 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
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The price includes:
- Accomodation in the 3* or 4* hotels: 2 nights in Kyiv; 1 night in Chernihiv, 1 night in Cherkassy, 2 nights in Poltava; standard double rooms;
- 7 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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