Cultural heritage of the Armenian people in Ukraine
Lviv – Zolotchiv – Kamenets-Podilskyi – Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Odessa (8 days, 7 nights)
Day 1: Lviv
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Walk in the city center. Overnight.
Day 2: 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; 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.
Excursion to the Armenian quarter with a splendid Armenian Virgin Mary’s Dormition Church (1370). Meeting with the superior of the church (if possible). Overnight.
Day 3. Lviv – Zolochiv – Kamenets-Podilskyi
Breakfast. Departure to Kamenets-Podilskyi. Visiting Zolochiv Castle (16-17th century) 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. Arriving to Kamenets-Podilskyi. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 4. Kamenets-Podilskyi – Chernivtsi – Kamenets-Podilskyi
Breakfast. 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. Returning to Kamenets-Podilskyi. Overnight.
Day 5 : Kamenets-Podilskyi – Khotyn – Khmelnytskyi – Odessa
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.
Transfer to the railway station and departure to Odessa by night train.
Day 6 : Odessa
Arriving to Odessa. Breakfast. Panoramic city tour including Primorsky boulevard, Shevchenko Boulevard, named after a famous Ukrainian poet, legendary Potemkin Steps - an entrance to the city from the sea, magnificent Opera and Ballet Theatre designed by 2 Viennese architects in a French rococo style, Duc de Richelieu’s Monument - a founder of Odessa, Alexander Pushkin’s Monument, Dormition Cathedral, Vorontsov’s Palace.
Visit the Fine Arts Museum. This museum is located in the former private residence of Count Pototsky, which was purchased by the city and inaugurated in 1899. The 26 halls host a variety of intriguing exhibits - from ancient icons to modern art. Kiprensky, Topinin, Ayvazovsky, Vrubel, Roerich, Benua and Levitan are just some of masters whose art adorns the museum’s walls.
Free time on Deribasivska Street – the heart of the city. It is a must-visit place for all the tourists where you will find a great selection of cafés, restaurants and shops. Overnight.
Day 7 : Odessa
Breakfast. Visiting Armenian church in Odessa. Meeting with the superior of the church (if possible).
Optional visiting Odessa Catacombs (three layers of sandstone catacombs which form the longest – about 1000 km – man-made labyrinth in Europe). Free time. Overnight.
Day 8: Odessa
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight to back home.
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