The golden triangle
Lviv — Odessa — Kyiv (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; 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. Lviv — Olesko — Pidhirtsi — Zolochiv — Odessa
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.
Returning to Lviv. Free time. Transfer to the railway station and departure to Odessa by train in the 2nd class.
Day 4. Odesa
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.
Day 5. Odesa
Breakfast. Visiting Odessa Catacombs - a maze of underground tunnels that makes up a distance of approximately 2,500 kilometers. The catacomb is a large, mysterious labyrinth filled with hidden caves. You will uncover the fascinating history of Odessa’s Catacombs during a 500 meters walk (0.3 miles) through the underground tunnels.
Free time. Optional excursions on your choice:
Day 6. Odesa - Kyiv
In the early morning transfer to the railway station and departure to Kyiv by high speed train in the 2nd class (05:42-12:43).
Arriving to 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 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.
Free time for personal visiting and chopping along Andriivsky Descent - a street-museum, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyiv. 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.
Transfer to Folk Architecture Museum Pirogovo - the biggest open air museum in Europe which offers a great collection of our national ethnographical heritage. There are approximately 300 unique objects of folk architecture, dating back to XVI−XX centuries from all the regions of Ukraine. During the visit you will see unique collections: windmills, watermills, forges, an old traditional sauna, village administration houses, a church school, a priest mansion, cafes named “shynok”, huts, barns, stalls, cellars etc. Overnight.
Day 8. Kyiv - Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to airport for your flight back home.
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The price includes:
- Accomodation in the 3* hotels: 2 nights in Lviv, 2 nights in Odessa, 2 nights in Kyiv; standard double rooms;
- 7 breakfasts;
- Train tickets Lviv-Odessa in the 2nd class sleeper train and Odessa-Kyiv in the 2nd class high speed day train;
- Private transport services according to the program;
- Private English guides service in Lviv, Odessa and Kyiv (Tourists won't be accompanied by the guide during in the train).
- Entrance fees: Olesko, Pidhirtsi and Zolochiv castles in Lviv, Fine Arts museum in Odessa, Odessa Catacoms, Holy Pechersk Lavra, Pirogovo.
The price does not include
- Meals: lunches and dinners;
- Additional payment for train Lviv-Odessa, 1 class cabin - 38 euros p/p;
- Services not mentioned above;
- Personal expenses.
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