9 Day All Inclusive Escorted Tour
Date: April 2 – 10, 2018
Optional pre-tour 3 days in Kyiv
Optional 2 day Karpaty Excursion
April 2 – 10, 2018
|9 Day Lviv
All Inclusive Escorted Tour
3 days in Kyiv
Optional 2 day
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
April 2 Monday
USA – Ukraine
Please be at your gateway AIRPORT at least 3 hrs prior to flight departure time. Your baggage must be checked to your final destination. One piece off checked baggage is permitted in economy class at 20kg/ 44lbs.
April 3 Tuesday
Upon arrival in Lviv, you will be met by your local tour director and transferred by bus or van to George Hotel. Remainder of afternoon free. Welcome cocktail and dinner at hotel. A special briefing will be held after dinner to advise you of all Easter services, festivities and concerts in Lviv during this final Lenten week and the post Easter festivities.
Situated in the western part of Ukraine, Lviv, the “City of Lions”, is its heart and soul. Founded in the 13th c. by King Danylo Halytckyj, it was named in honor of his son Lev (Leo). Through centuries of Polish, Austrian and Soviet occupation, Lviv was the gateway to “the East”, but with independence in 1991, Lviv is finally free to develop its own Ukrainian identity.
April 4 Wednesday
Today we proceed on a bus tour of Lviv and will visit Vysokyj Zamok, Lviv University, St. George’s Cathedral, the stronghold of Western Ukraine’s Catholic Church, and the new Sheptytskyj monument. Our final stop is Lychakiv Cemetery to view graves of Ivan Franko, Solomija Krushelnytcka, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Oleksander Tysovsky and many others.
Remainder of the day under own arrangements.
April 5 Thursday
Highlights of today’s morning city center walking tour are Rynok, the 15-16th c. city square, the Dominican Church, Armenian Church Complex, the Chapel of the Bojim Family, the Armenian Quarters and the Opera House. Remainder of the day under own arrangements.
Easter Week festivities details will be distributed to you upon arrival.
April 6 Friday
LVIV Good Friday
April 7 Saturday
LVIV Blessing of Easter Baskets
April 8 Sunday
LVIV Easter (Sviachene)
April 9 Monday
LVIV Обливаний Понеділок!
April 10 Tuesday
Easter is a family holiday in Ukraine, and Lviv is the best place to feel this atmosphere. It is here that the family spirit is present on every square and street where traditional Easter folklore celebrations, fairs, concerts and theater performances take place. Famous Ukrainian Easter eggs, embroidery, ceramics, decorations, woodcarvings attract guests to the Easter Markets.
Pysanka (Easter eggs) Festival n Lviv will fill the city with the spirit of Easter. This family event will glorify the millennia-old tradition of observing the holiest holiday in the Christian world.
The main purpose of the festival is to promote Easter traditions and to decorate Lviv with the inherent symbol of Easter – eggs. During this period, Lviv will turn into an “Open Air Museum of Eggs,” where Easter eggs will be created and decorated with different materials.
“Easter in a Grove” Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life annually hosts the ethnographic festival “Easter in a Grove.” Lviv citizens and visitors can learn about the spring time traditions of our region and participate in the Easter celebrations.
Festival visitors will observe master classes in pysanka making. Both children and adults will engage in traditional Easter games. Among them – ‘Kryvyi Tanets’ (continuous dance), takes place on the central lawn of the museum. Throughout the day, on the main stage, you will hear spring songs and hayivky (special songs, which people sing only during Easter). Guests will enjoy performances of singers and folk and dance groups.
The ‘Easter Fair’ takes place on Svoboda Avenue (central avenue) and has become a tradition during the holidays in Lviv – over 80 kiosks! Residents and visitors of the city will be able to buy various items – handmade souvenirs, embroidered shirts, Easter gifts, honey and wax products, household-decorative items. Organizers serve traditional Easter delicacies that will satisfy all!
Evening Gala Farewell Dinner at a specialty restaurant.
April 10 Wednday
LVIV / USA
Morning transfer to airport for flights home.
pre- tour optional extension
March 30 Friday
Departure from your USA or CANADA gateway city to Kyiv.
March 31 Saturday
Transfer to city center Hotel Ukraina. Afternoon/ evening under own arrangements.
Visit one of the many cafes, or just enjoy an afternoon stroll through Kyiv. View Majdan, where the Orange Revolution (2004) took place. Walk to Institutska Str. and pay respect to the Memorial of the “Heavenly Hundred,” dedicated to the first 100 victims of the Revolution of Dignity (2013).
April 1 Sunday
Morning panoramic city tour of Kyiv includes: Khreshchatyk Boulevard, Volodymyr’s Hill, Kyiv National University, the Opera House, St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and the 11th century Golden Gate. The highlight of this tour is St. Sophia Cathedral constructed in the 11th c. by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Its construction reflects a strong Byzantine influence, and its interior is a unique harmonious union of mosaics and fresco paintings. Directly opposite St. Sofia (about 500 m.), you will visit the newly (1999) reconstructed St. Michael’s Sobor. Afterwards we leave you in the Uzviz artisan section for an afternoon of shopping in an open air bazaar of more than 100 kiosks. Afternoon free. Lunch and dinner under own arrangements.
An optional afternoon tour of Lavra Monastery of the Caves can be arranged.
April 2 Monday
Evening transfer for 5PM express train to Lviv. You arrive in Lviv 1130PM – one day earlier than the group. The additional overnight in Lviv and transfer from rail station to hotel have been incorporated into Kyiv extension rate.