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Region: Kyiv City
Number of days: 3
Cost: 1650 UAH
Who were the Cossacks? How did they live and fight, gaining brilliant victories over their enemies? What did Cossack’s knighthood mean in the history of Ukraine and in the context of European history? The best way to find answers to these questions is to visit the heart of Cossack Ukraine - Kyiv, and to attend two Hetman capitals of the Cossack state - Chyhyryn and Baturyn.
Day 1. Acquaintance with Kyiv as the city where most attractions of Cossack era were left. Best samples of Ukrainian "Cossack" baroque impress guests by their elegance and beauty –the bell tower of St. Sophia’s Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Church. And lots of beautiful temples and buildings built in that time at the expense of the Cossack chairmen. The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is situated here – higher educational institution, where in XVII century future well-known knights of Ukraine were educated. Kyiv breathes Cossack history, one needs just listen for it and look attentively at it. Transfer to the hotel / hostel. Lunch.
But the most interesting is waiting ahead. Guests will be able to come back a couple of centuries ago, to get in the Cossack village and feel a little Cossacks too. There are watch towers, houses with wooden shutters under a thatched roof, and a church with carved iconostasis, and a forge, and a pottery – it is even impossible to name everything. Adorable Cossacks acquaint guests with this unusual place, and making a pot or horseshoe for luck with one's own hands will leave an unforgettable impression.
Day 2. In the old hetman capital Chyhyryn, with its architectural and natural attractions, the spirit of heroic Cossack past is hovering. Departure from Kyiv. Visit of the Archaeological Museum, which presents a unique collection of Cossack, Turkish and Tatar weapons and objects, the museum of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, restored Hetman residence, fortifications review of the Castle Mountain – the Citadel of hetman capital. Lunch.
In Sybotiv guests will inspect St. Elijah church-tomb - the small private house, where the Hetman’s family prayed. It combines exquisitely high quality defensive characteristics with the features of the Baroque style. Holodny Yar (Cold Ravine) is a legendary and a bit magical place. In the eighteenth century great rebellion broke out here, it was called Koliivshchyna, in the early twentieth century fighters for Ukraine's independence founded here a republic. Maxim Zaliznjak’s Oak is one of the 10 oldest trees in Europe, because this giant tree is 1100 (!) years old. Return to Kyiv.
Day 3. The history of Baturyn, now it’s a small village, and once the fortress and the hetman capital of left-bank Ukraine, is both majestic and tragic. This place has an extraordinary energetic. Departure from Kyiv. Main castle tower of Baturyn citadel greets visitors, who enter the bridge going into real Cossack fortress, with wooden walls and defensive towers, the Hetman's house and a treasury, wells and of course a church. There are collection of Cossack pipes and banners, samples of clothes and weapons of that time, icons and decorations in museum... There is original furniture and furnishings of Cossack Chairman in the house of the general judge. The luxurious palace of Hetman K.Rozumovsky impresses too, it was renovated according to the samples of the nineteenth century. Return to Kyiv and parting with the group.
Cost 165 EUR * with accommodation in hostel / 235 EUR * for 1 person with accommodation in hotel (for a group from 15 pax)
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Type: Discovering Ukraine