9 Day All Inclusive Escorted Tour
KYIV (4), LVIV (5)
Plus: Kaniv and Slavsk excursions
Dates: Aug 3 – Aug 11, 2017
Aug 3 – 11, 2017
All Inclusive Escorted Tour
Aug 3 – Aug 11, 2017
KYIV (4), LVIV (5) Plus: Kaniv and Slavsk excursions
Prices are subject to change, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.
As of Feb. 2017 the least expensive airline combining Ukraine + Munich UMPZ was LOT Polish.
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Aug 3 Thursday
USA/Canada – 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 KYIV (code KBP). If you have more than one piece of checked baggage, a surcharge of $25 will be collected upon arrival in Kyiv for porterage.
Aug 4 Friday
Upon arrival in Kyiv, you will be met and transferred to group hotel.
In the evening, we proceed to the Memorials on MAIDAN to pay our respects and lay flowers in memory of the Nebesna Sotnia and other heroes of the MAIDAN.
Aug 5 Saturday
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. Dinner under own arrangements.
Aug 6 Sunday
Morning transfer to the new Ukrainian Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ for AM Liturgy. Afterwards, we continue our sightseeing of Kyiv with a tour of Pecherska Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), an active monastery founded in the 11th c. and center of Christianity for Kyivan-Rus. Its complex of churches reflects a unique Ukrainian baroque style which is only surpassed by the beauty of the newly reconstructed Uspenskyj Cathedral (1998), destroyed by Soviet mines in 1941. The labyrinths of the “near” and “far” caves hold over 115 burial niches containing remains of St. Antoniy, Nestor the Chronicler, and many religious and political leaders. World-renowned Scythian Gold treasures are exhibited within its walls.
A short stop at nearby Honchar Museum, followed by a late lunch. Evening free under own arrangements.
Aug 7 Monday
A full day excursion to Kaniv ( km). The poet Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s ultimate hero, requested that he be buried near this tiny village on a hill overlooking the Dnipro River. His wish was fulfilled, and during communist years his grave was a popular site for clandestine meetings of nationalists and intellectuals. After visiting the newly restored Taras Shevchenko Museum, we return to Kyiv for dinner and overnight. Sleeper trin to Lviv.
Aug 8 Tuesday
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.
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.
Lunch in local restaurant. Evening and dinner under own arrangements.
Optional: Philharmonic Hall or Opera Theater performance (pending availability)
Aug 9 Wednesday
A full day excursions to Slavsk – closest ski resort to Lviv. See breathtaking views of the Karpaty Mountains,
Have lunch in an open fire pit – shashlyky and ride the ski lift. Evening return to Lviv.
Aug 10 Thursday
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 Lychakiv Cemetery Our final stop is the memorial museum “Prison on Lontskoho Street” – the first museum prison in Ukraine dedicated to the memory of those who suffered at the hands of Ukraine’s occupiers. From 1939-1941, thousands of political prisoners were brutally tortured and executed by Soviet authorities. The prison was in use till 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed. Many well-known Ukrainians were imprisoned here for their anti-Soviet activities.
Remainder of the day free. Evening farewell dinner.