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Road to Sich

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Region:  Dnipropetrovs’k Zaporizhzhya Cherkasy

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Number of days: 3

Cost: 2400  UAH

Route:   Kyiv - Chigirin - Kodak - Zaporizhia - Novomoskovsk - Dnipro - Kiev
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There are landmarks in every country that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. For Ukraine, perhaps the most important of these places is Khortytsia Island, a cradle of will and national spirit. Our journey follows the path followed by Zaporozhye people who valued above all freedom and knightly virtues - some returned to their Cossack homes and others dreamed of joining the fearless owners of rapids and steppes.

 

1 day

Our first stop is Chigirin, the last civilized city on the border of the Wild Field during the 16th – early 16th centuries. and the hetman's capital, beginning in 1648

In Chyhyryn we will visit the Museum of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, which presents a unique collection of Cossack, Turkish and Tatar weapons and household items, recreated the residence of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, visit the Castle Hill - the citadel of the Hetman's capital.

The capital of the three hetmans - Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Ivan Vyhovsky and Petro Doroshenko - was severely destroyed by the wars of the Ruins of the Second Floor. 17th c., And the redevelopment of the city in 1826 destroyed what remained. But the archaeological excavations of the last decades and ancient documents have helped to restore the most interesting fragments of the once magnificent architectural ensemble. In particular, in full accordance with the drawings of the XVII century. the Doroshenko bastion was rebuilt - a powerful defense mountain defense site. Under the Castle Hill itself, archaeologists have found the foundations of residential and farm buildings. The chronicles show that Bohdan Khmelnytsky's yard, his official residence, was located here. The Hetman's residence was recreated by descriptions (mostly foreign ambassadors) and analogies with preserved monuments of similar purpose. So now it is easy to imagine in what architectural framework the policy of the hetman state was created.

Further we take a road along the Dnieper, among the steppes, once deserted and dangerous, and go to Kodak fortress. The fortress over the Dnieper was built in 1635 by the government of the Commonwealth to prevent the fugitives from fleeing to the Sich and to restrain the Cossack army if it moves from Khortytsa to rebel in the territory of Ukraine. Not so, as it seemed, the Cossacks seized the fortress, and for a long time it was the center of the Kodak Palanka.

In the evening we arrive in Zaporozhye and stay overnight.

 

2 day

Khortytsia is a huge island on which traces of different epochs have been left, although the Cossacks brought glory to it. We will see the most interesting, but not all that can impress the imagination. After all, it takes years to grasp Khortitsa. So, we will visit the historical and cultural complex "Zaporozhye Sich", see the real Cossack boats raised by archaeologists from the bottom of the Dnieper. And then we go on a journey to the protected southern zone of the island to visit two more open-air museums: the Scythian state on the site of the ancient Scythian settlement, and Protolche, a protected corner of the plains, the former Cossack Great Meadow, which houses the Cossack winter.

 

3 day

In the morning we head from Zaporizhzhya to Novomoskovsk, glorious for its nine-storey Trinity Cathedral, one of the 100 best wooden structures in the world. An impressive structure erected during the reign of the last hetman, Peter Kalnyshevsky - the very one for which restoration was saved by the famous Cossack researcher Dmitry Yavornitsky, to whom Oles Honchar's novel "The Cathedral" is dedicated.

Further - Dnipro, where we can find collections, collected by the eminent Cossack researcher Dmitry Yavornitsky and his followers. One of the best historical museums in Ukraine - Dniprovsky. Here we will look at a unique collection of Cossack antiquities, ancient clothing, weapons, household items. The exhibition dedicated to the Industrial Revolution of the Horse is also extremely interesting. XIX - beginning. Twentieth century, at a time when the Dnieper (then - Ekaterinoslav) was beginning the way to its industrial power.

No less interesting is the Museum of Art, which presents a magnificent collection of folk paintings by Kozak Mamai, icons, works by the avant-garde artists of the 1920s, as well as works by folk artists of Petryk painting, who became a business card of Dnepropetrovsk region.

We go home at lunch.

 

Tour cost: 200$ / person

The cost of the tour for a group of up to 10 people – 250$ / person

 

The price includes:

- transport service (bus);

- excursion support;

- food (2 breakfasts and 3 dinners);

- accommodation;

- Entrance tickets and program excursions.

 

Extra charge:

- dinners;

- personal expenses.

 

 

 

Type:  Across Ukraine   Discovering Ukraine   Fortress and palaces   History. Cossacks  

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