Unknown region of Hutsuls
Kyiv – Chernivtsi – Kolomyya – Yaremche – Bukovel – Verkhovyna – Kryvorivnya – Sheshory – Kosiv – Ivano-Frankivsk – Kyiv (9 days, 8 nights)
Day 1: Kyiv
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Walk in the city center: Khreschatik Avenue, Independence square. Overnight.
Day 2: Kyiv – Chernivtsi
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.
Excursions to 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. Transfer to the railway station. Departure in train to Chernivtsi.
Day 3: Chernivtsi
Arrival 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. Breakfast. Panoramic city tour including St. Nicolas Cathedral, Holy Virgin Nativity Church. Visit to the University – the former residence of Bukovinian metropolitans. Free time. Overnight.
Day 4: Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamenets-Podilskyi
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 5: Chernivtsi – Kolomyya – Yaremche
Breakfast. Departure 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 Yaremche. Accomodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6: Yaremche – Bukovel – Yaremche
Breakfast. 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. Free time.
Optional excursion to Bukovel — famous ski resort in Carpatians. Possible aerial railway on Goverla – is the highest mountain in Ukraine (2061m). Returning to Yaremche. Overnight.
Day 7: Yaremche – Verkhovyna – Kryvorivnya – Sheshory – Kolomyya
Breakfast. Departure to Verkhovyna (the meaning of the highland city situated 620 meters above sea level). Visiting the museum of Roman Kumluk where are exposed old Hutsul clothing, old money, collection of musical instruments etc. Continuation to Kryvorivnya. Visiting museum “Hutsulska grazhda”. Departure to Sheshory – traditional centre of handweaving. Walk to the silver falls. Transfert to Kolomyya. Accomodation in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 8: Kolomyya – Kossiv – Ivano-Frankivsk – Kyiv
Breakfast. Transfer to Kossiv. Visiting artisanal hutsul market. Possible visiting ateliers of ceramics, wood engraving, embroidery, handweaving etc. Departure to the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk. Departure to Kyiv by night train.
Day 9: Kyiv
Arrival to Kyiv. Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
The price includes:
- Accomodation in the 3* hotels: 2 nights in Chernivtsi; 2 nights in Yaremche, 1 night in Kolomyya, 1 night in Kyiv; standard double rooms;
- 8 breakfasts;
- Transport services according to the program;
- Train tickets in 2 class: Kyiv-Chernivtsi; Ivano-Frankivsk-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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