Kyiv – Poltava – Cherkassy – Kyiv (8 days, 7 nights)
Day 1: Kyiv
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accomodation. Overnight.
Day 2: Kyiv
Breakfast. 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.
Optional: visiting Chernobyl Catastrophe museum or Pirogovo.
Day 3: Kyiv – Poltava
Breakfast. Departure to Poltava. Visiting regional private agricultural compagny. Departure to Gogolevo village and visiting Gogol's house-museum. Tranfert to the village Velyki Sorochyntsi, famous by its large fair national trade Sorochynskyi yarmarok. Arrival to Poltava. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 4: 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.
Possible: meeting with representatives of the Regional Department of Agriculture or visiting Agricultural Research Institute APV in Poltava region.
Visiting privite seed company.
Day 5: Poltava – Cherkassy
Breakfast. Departure to Cherkassy. Stop in 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 kozak Getman Bogdan Chmelnytskiy. Visiting Ilinska church of the 17 century. Departure to Cherkassy.
Possible: meeting with students of Agricultural College in Chygyryn.
Visiting regional agrucultural company.
Excursion to museum Kholodnyi Yar. Visiting Motronyneskyi monastery.
Arrival to Cherkassy. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6: Cherkassy
Breakfast. Possible: visiting France-Ukraine Breending Training Center or/and meeting with one of the Ukrainian's largest grain traders.
Departure to Kyiv. Stop in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi. Panoramic city tour including Ascension cathedral of 17-18 centuries, Collegiums, Museum of National architecture and Life. Continuation 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.
Arrival to Kyiv. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 7: Kyiv
Breakfast. 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.
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. Walk along Andriivsky Uzviz with possibility to buy Ukrainian souvenirs. Free time. Overnight.
Day 8: Kyiv
Breakfast. Free time or optional visiting. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The price includes:
- Accomodation in the chosen hotels: 4 nights in Kyiv; 2 nights in Poltava, 1 night in Cherkassy; standard double rooms;
- 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners;
- Transport services according to the program;
- English guides service during the tour;
- Entrance fees according to the program;
- Organisation of meeting and agro visitings during the tour;
- One free of charge for tour leader in single room.
The price does not include
- Meals: lunches;
- Services not mentioned above;
- Personal expenses.
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