11 Day All Inclusive Escorted Tour
KYIV (2), KAMIANETS PODILSKYI (2)
YAREMCHE (1), LVIV (4)
Plus: Dnister Riverboat Ride, Bakota Monastery,
Chernivtsi, Bukovel Ski Lift and Kolomyia
Dates: July 13 – July 23, 2017 and
Aug 3 – Aug 13, 2017 and
Sept 21 – Oct 1 2017
All Inclusive Escorted Tour
July 13 – 23, 2017
Aug 3 – 13, 2017
Sept 21 – Oct 1, 2017
KYIV (2), KAMIANETS PODILSKYI (2) YAREMCHE (1), LVIV (4)
Plus: Dnister Riverboat Ride, Bakota Monastery, Chernivtsi, Bukovel Ski Lift and Kolomyia
Kamianets Podilskyi/ Chernivtsi/ Yaremche/ Lviv by deluxe AC coach.
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Day 1 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.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 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.
Day 4 Sunday
Kyiv/ Kamianets Podilskyi
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 Hanchar Museum, followed by a late lunch and transfer to the rail station for our 5PM express train to Kamianets Podilskyi. (Arrival 11:45PM)
Day 5 Monday
This “museum city” is renowned for its diverse historic architecture, but the real “wow” is the immense canyon that completely encircles the old city. The rocky island is high and inaccessible, except for one very small road leading to the site of Podilia’s largest medieval fortress – the conclusion of our tour at the end of the riverboat cruise. The castle was built in the 11th c., but most of what we will see was added between the 14c and the 18c.
Today, you will cruise on the second largest river of Ukraine, Dnister. Enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon, the castle, and then visit the ruins and rock formations of Bakota Monastery, established in the 12th century. It was discovered by St.Antonij, who was also the founder of Pechersla Lavra Monastery in Kyiv. In 1255, during the Tartar invasions, monks and area inhabitants hid in the labyrinths of the caves where they eventually perished. The monastery and the town never recovered, though efforts were made as late as the 15th c. to resettle and rebuilt it.
This tour concludes with a walking tour of the Kamianets Podilskyi Castle.
Dinner under own arrangements. Evening free.
Day 6 Tuesday
Kamianets Podilskyi/ Yaremche
We rejoin our touring coach for a drive through some of the most enchanting Carpathian villages before arriving in Chernivtsi, the capital of Bukovyna. It’s a beautiful and mysterious town with many narrow streets and hidden views, and some incredible architectural gems which we will see during our city tour: The National University of Chernivtsi, Kobylanska Museum and the Opera House, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and the two churches of St. Nikolai.
In the afternoon we travel to Bukovel ski resort for a ride on a ski lift to see the spectacular Chornohora Mountain range at sunset (weather permitting), and then to Yaremche for overnight and dinner at the famous Hutsulshchyna Restaurant.
Yaremche – the capital of the most colorful ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians – the Hutsuls. Travel through the picturesque area called Hutsulshchyna and marvel at the examples of modern day Hutsul architecture with its wooden buildings, red-clay tiles and steep roofs built for the heavy snow of the mountains.
Day 7 Wednesday
Yaremche – this morning “we shop until we drop” at its famous bazaar/kiosks. Then we continue to Kolomyia, the heart and soul of Hutsul culture. We visit the famous Pysanka Museum and the Museum of Folk Art of the Hutsul Region. Lunch at a local restaurant. We proceed to Lviv through Rohatyn to view its newly constructed statue of Roxolana. Estimated arrival in Lviv 8PM.
Day 8 Thursday
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.
Remainder of the day free, with lunch and dinner under own arrangements.
Optional: Philharmonic Hall or Opera Theater performance (pending availability)
Day 9 Friday
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.
Day 10 Saturday
Day free. Gala Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 Sunday
Morning transfer takes us to Lviv airport for your flight home.
LVIV OPTIONAL TOURS:
Skansen- open air museum Shevchenko Haj + Lychakiv Cemetery (3 hours)
Price: $45 (4 hrs – minimum 6 persons)
The open air Museum of Folk Architecture deserves special attention. The exhibit includes wooden structures from the 18th –20th cent., grouped into villages surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. The Lychakiv Cemetery is known for its beautiful and unique tombstone sculptures. Ivan Franko, Solomia Krushelnytska, Filaret and Mykola Kolessa, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Volodymyr Tysovsky and other notables are buried there.
Metropolytan Andrej Sheptytsky National Museum + Ethnographic Museum (2 hours)
Price: $20 (entrance fees included, minimum 3 persons)
The National Museum has the largest icon-paintings collection in Ukraine. The Ethnographic Museum displays the rich folk heritage of Western Ukraine.
Zhovkva City Tour and Krekhiv Monastery + incl lunch (6 hours)
After Lviv, Zhovkva has the largest number of architectural monuments in the region. Highlights include the ancient Castle of the 17th –18th cent., the Market Square, the Roman Catholic Parish Church of 17th c. (Renaissance), Basilian Monastery, Church of the Nativity and the 17th century Synagogue.
Krekhiv, village in the Zhovkva district, 40 km from Lviv, was first mentioned in historical sources dating to 1456. It is best known for the 17th -18th cent. Basilian Monastery. Many structures have been preserved: St. Nicholas Church, Holy Trinity Church, bell tower, walls and gates. Restored in 1991, the monastery has a beautiful linden tree alley from the 17th century.
Pochaiv Monastery + Olesko Castle + incl lunch (10 hours)
Price: $95 (entrance fees included, minimum 6 persons)
After Kyiv’s Cave Monastery (Pecherska Lavra), Pochaiv is the second largest Orthodox shrine in our country. It is located in the Ternopil region, 140km northeast of Lviv. According to legend, it was founded by Kyiv monks fleeing the Tatar invasion of 1240. The Monastery itself was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1527. The central church of the Monastery complex is the Dormition Cathedral (1771-1783). The Pochaivska Lavra is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites in Ukraine. Among its many relics are the footprint of the Mother of God in a rock, spring with healing water and the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin. The Olesko Castle, located 70km west of Lviv, is a historical architectural structure dating from the 13th -18th cent. Bohdan Khmelnytsky spent his youngest years at the castle. After the 1975 restoration, a museum was established and the Castle now serves as an exhibition site for the Lviv Gallery of Arts. It features five hundred paintings, sculptures and works of applied art from the 10th -18th cent.
- Prices are subject to change, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.