New Year in Ukraine: Lviv – Kyiv
7 days, 6 nights
Day 1 (December 27): Lviv
Arrival. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accomodation. Walk in the city centre. Free time. Overnight.
Day 2 (December 28): 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 3 (december 29): Lviv — Olesko — Pidhirtsi — Zolochiv — Lviv – Kyiv
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.
Return to Lviv. Transfer to the reilway station and departure to Kyiv by train in the 2nd class. Overnight in the train.
Day 4 (December 30): Kyiv
Arrival. 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. 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. Accomodation. Free time. Overnight.
Day 5 (December 31): 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.Free time. New Year celebration.
New Year celebrations at the Independence Square in Kyiv will start in 9:00 pm on December 31st, and finished after midnight on January 1st.
Day 6 (January 1): Kyiv
Breakfast. In the afternoon excursion to Podil historical area – one of the oldest neighborhoods of Kyiv, the birthplace of the city's trade, commerce and industry. It still contains many architectural and historical landmarks, and new archeological sites are still being revealed. Excursion includes the Kontraktova Square, Andriivskyi Uzviz (Descent), Our Lady Pirogoscha Church, St. Nicolas Pritisk Church etc. Free time. Overnight.
Day 7 (January 2): Kyiv
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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The price includes:
- Accomodation in the hotel 3* or 4*: 2 nights in Lviv, 3 nights in Kyiv; in double/twin standart rooms;
- Meals: 6 breafatsts
- Train tickets: Lviv – Kyiv, compartment 2 class.
- Transport service according to the program;- Guide service according to the program;
- Entrance fees: Olesko, Pidhirtsi and Zolochiv castles, St Sophia's Cathedral, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.
The price does not include:
- Air tickets, taxes, insurance;
- Program of New Year celebration in one of the capital restaurants – contact us.
- Optional excursions;
- Transport service not mentionned above;
- Meals: lunches and dinners;
- Personnal expenses.
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