We know Ukraine. We love Ukraine.
And we want You to know and love it, too
Number of days: 10
Cost: 28000 UAH
For most people, Slavic lands and their histories are a bit of mystery. When you join this tour, you will discover not only Kyivan Rus, a proud, ancient Slavic kingdom, but much more. You will see with your own eyes historic Kyiv, Ukraine’s 2000 year-old capital with its priceless blend of past and future, and enchanting Lviv, the country’s cultural capital. In-between, medieval castles and fortresses, magnificent mountains and quaint provincial cities wait for you!
Day 1 – Kyiv
Group meets in airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in.
14.00 – Lunch.
15.00 – “Kyiv through the Ages” walking tour. As you explore Kyiv through the ages, you will see some of the most wonderful monuments and sites in the capital of Ukraine. Here is Kyiv close-up: The Zoloti Vorota or Golden Gates, St. Sofia Cathedral, the old citadel “whence the land of Rus began,” Andriyivskiy Uzviz with its beautiful Andriyivska Church. You will see for yourself why Kyiv is called both ancient and eternally young!
18.30 – Dinner.
19.30 – Evening outing (possible visit to the Pinchuk Art Center).
Day 2 - Kyiv
08.00 – Breakfast.
09.30 – “Kyiv, the City of Legends” sightseeing tour. See this powerful and glorious city in all its beauty: Podil, Pechersk, Lypky, the picturesque banks of the Dnipro River, and the Maidan, where the Revolution of Dignity took place. There’s nothing like Kyiv’s panorama, with its modern skyscrapers and its golden-domed churches. Next, we descend to Khreshchatyk with its chestnuts and fountains, the heart of Kyiv and probably of all of Ukraine.
12.00 – Lunch.
St. Sophia Cathedral tour - the world famous monument of architecture and monumental painting of the eleventh century. The base of the cathedral remembered in the annals as a 1017 and under 1037 r.Budivnichim Cv. Sofia chroniclers called the Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev. Sources indicate that in this case, Jaroslav completed undertaking of his father, Vladimir - Baptist of Russia. Dedicated to the Wisdom of God, the cathedral, on a plan of founders, was to argue for Christianity in Rus.
One hour Dnipro trip - From the boat during the trip you can see beautiful Podil buildings, golden domes of ancient temples - the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, Vydubitsky Monastery and St. Michael's Church. Among the green tree crowns, you can also view magnificent historical monuments - the monument of Prince Vladimir Monomakh, the Column of the Magdeburg Rights and The Motherland Monument.
Day 3 - Chjrnobyl
Alternatively you can travel to the Chornobyl exclusion zone.
Day 4 – Vinnytsia
Depart for Vinnytsia by train, a picturesque Podillian city that lies along the banks of the Southern Buh River.
Transfer to hotel. Check into hotel.
Evening walking tour of the city. Visit to the water and music show at the Vinnytsia Fountain: enjoy the classical music accompanied by a multi-media series of images.
Day 5 – Kamianets-Podilskiy – Khotyn – Chernivtsi
Depart for Kamianets-Podilskiy by train.
The main site of this town is the Kamianets-Podilskiy fortress, an immense fortification built over the 15 th and 16 th centuries. This impressive site has given the town the nickname, “Flower on Stone.” Over the course of its centuries-old history, this museum town with a natural canyon formed by the Smotrych River saw many ruinations and reconstructions, but it has maintained its architectural originality.
Check into hotel.
Day 6 - Kamianets-Podilskiy – Chernivtsi – Kosiv
Sightseeing tour in Kamianets-Podilskiy.
Depart to Chernivtsi.
Sightseeing tour of colorful Chernivtsi, filled with elegant mansions built when the city was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This is a real paradise for photographers! The most striking and original complex is the one-time Metropolitan residence. Today, it houses the University of Chernivtsi and has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
Depart for Kosiv, the center of Hutsul folk arts. Here you will meet master artisans who will show you some of the aspects of uniquely Hutsul crafts. Check into local Hutsul home.
Dinner with Hutsul cuisine and socializing.
Day 7 – Kosiv – Kolomyia – Kosiv
Walking tour of Kosiv, the heart of Hutsul country. Here you can see where nature seems to blend with Hutsul life, filling artisans with its beauty and inspiring them to create bright and joyous hand-crafted works. In the Kosiv private Museum of Folk Arts you will see one of the best collections of wood, ceramic, leather and metal crafts, traditional Hutsul costumes, and embroidery.
Master class in pottery: here you will see how original Kosiv ceramics are made and have a chance to sit at the potter’s wheel yourself!
Depart for Kolomyia.
Kolomyia is famed for its museums, whose genuine richness lies in its vast collections of artisanry and art. The Museum of Folk Arts of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttia contains some of the most beautiful examples of wood carving and encrustation, masterpieces of embroidery and ethnic costumes, musical instruments and weapons, ceramics and weavings, icons and sculptures.
The only Museum of the Pysanka in the world is in Kolomyia. Here you can see the remarkable, delicate art of decorating an Easter egg and see the amazing variety of ornamentation from all regions of Ukraine.
Dinner at a kolyba or Hutsul inn with local folk musicians.
Return to Kosiv.
Day 8 – Kosiv – Kryvorivnia – Verkhovyna – Yaremche – Ivano-Frankivsk - Lviv
Depart for Kryvorivnia. Nestled in a deep valley, this tiny village 7 km from Verkhovyna saw the lives of many famous Ukrainians cross paths, drawn to its picturesque location and extraordinary energy.
Here you will see
The Hutsul Grazhda or Homestead, the small mountain fortress in which the mountain people once lived.
Kryvorivnia is also home to the wooden Christmas Church, build according to the local architectural traditions and one of the oldest in Ukraine.
Transfer and introduction to Verkhovyna.
The impenetrability of the mountains kept civilization and urban culture at bay for many centuries. Here you will catch a glimpse of many fascinating customs, traditions, rituals, folklore and legends that disappeared long ago from other parts of Ukraine. Even in other corners of the Carpathians, they have not always been well preserved.
Visit the Roman Kumlyk Museum of Folk Musical Instruments.
Visit the Museum of Sergei Paradzhanov’s famed film “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.”
Leave for Ivano-Frankivsk. Along the way, we visit the Carpathian souvenir bazaar in Yaremche and take a walk to the Prut rapids.
Arrival to Lviv.
Check into hotel. Dinner and walk around town.
Day 9 – Lviv
Sightseeing tour by bus around Lviv, the cultural center of Western Ukraine and the modern-day capital of Halychyna. Sometimes called “Little Paris,” Lviv welcomes guests with its Medieval beauty, preserved in buildings from the 14 th and 15 th centuries, Gothic churches and narrow cobbled streets. Among the sites worth visiting are the Church of Sviatoho Yura or St. George’s Church, the Lviv Polytechnical Institute, the Organ Hall, and the buildings of the one-time Halych Sejm or legislature, prospekt Svobody and Adam Mickiewycz Square. You will tour the Ratusha or City Hall and enjoy a bird’s eye panorama of this beautiful city.
Lunch and excursion.
The walking tour of Old Lviv encompasses Ploshcha Rynok or the market square that is a kind of small open-air museum: all the buildings around this square are architectural monuments of the 16 th through 19 th centuries. In fact, the entire center of Lviv is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Transfer to railway station.
Depart to Kyiv
Day 10 – Kyiv
Arrival to Kyiv.
Transfer to airport.
The tour price includes:
- accommodation in hotels 3 * (double rooms),
-guide-accompanying throughout the trip
-Excursions and entrance tickets on objects according to the program
-Transport service with a comfortable bus
23-25.08 Weekend in Kyiv
24-25.08 Rafting on Myhiy rapids
25.08 Painting lessons
07.09 AT THE BRYNDZA TO RAKHIV
13-19.09 Best of Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa
13-15.09 Legendary Odesa
13-22.09 HIGHLIGHTS OF UKRAINE & MOLDOVA
13-15.09 Weekend in Kyiv
14-15.09 Ascania-Nova ecotour