10 Days $1290 tw
ODESA – KYIV – LVIV
Includes: 3-4 start hotels, tours, and inter city
Transportation. Priced for individual travel
Date: Sept 11 – 20, 2018
September 11 – 20, 2018
Individual Travel Arrangements
September 11 – 20, 2018
ODESA (3) – KYIV (3) – LVIV (4)
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
USA/Canada – Ukraine
Departure from USA or Canada. Choose an airline that flies from western Europe to Odesa. Best connections are from Vienna to Odesa.
Upon arrival in Odesa, pass through customs/ passport control and proceed under own arrangements to your hotel. Evening free.
Sep 13 Thursday
Morning panoramic walking city tour will include the most important Odesa historical, architectural and cultural landmarks: Assumption Cathedral, Fine Arts Museum, Prymorsky Boulevard, Opera and Ballet Theater (exterior), the famous Potemkin Staircase, Derebasivska Street, the Passage and Cathedral Square (4 hrs). Afternoon and evening under own arrangements. Theater season begins in September. Check with hotel reception desk for performance schedule.
Sep 14 Friday
Odesa/ Kyiv plane flight time TBA
Upon arrival in Kyiv proceed under own arrangements to your hotel. Here you will join a Scope group for your
two day stay in Kyiv, which will include sightseeing program, tour transportation and two meals.
In the evening, we visit the Memorials on MAIDAN to pay our respects and lay flowers in memory of the Nebesna Sotnia and other heroes of the MAIDAN.
Sep 15 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.
Sept 16 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.
You return to hotel under own arrangements. Remainder of evening free.
Claim your rail tickets for trin to Lviv at hotel reception desk.
Arrive at Kyiv rail station not later than 10:30 PM for your 11:00PM sleeper train to Lviv. Claim your rail tickets at hotel reception desk.
Sept 17 Monday
Arrive in Lviv at 7:00AM and proceed under own arrangements to your hotel. Rooms are available after 2:00PM, however you may leave your suitcases with the concierge and enjoy breakfast at one of the many city center cafes.
Highlights of today’s afternoon (beginning about 3pm) 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. Duration 3-4 hrs.
Remainder of the day under own arrangements.
Optional tour: Chauffeured car/guide within city or in outskirts of Lviv can be arranged. See list below.
Sept 18 Tuesday
Lviv under own arrangements
Sept 19 Wednesday
Lviv under own arrangements
Sept 20 Thursday
Transfer under own arrangements to airport for return 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 hs minimum 6 persons)
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.
Ivano Frankivsk – Yaremche (1) – Kolomyia – Rohatyn (2 days)
Price: $250 includes: overnight at Edelweiss Hotel***, breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, entrance fees and (minimum 6 persons)
Day 1 – At 7:30 AM, we join our touring coach and head to the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. First we visit one of the richest forest regions of Ukraine, Ivano Frankivsk, the Subcarpathian capital of Ivano Frankivsk oblast. After a short walking tour of city center, enjoy lunch at Nadia Hotel. Then continue to Yaremche, capital of the most colorful, ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians – the Hutsuls.Travel through the picturesque region 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. Before checking into our hotel for overnight, we stop at the famous Yaremche Bazaar to buy some of their creative art crafts. Dinner tonight at specialty Restaurant Hutsulshchyna.
Day 2 – After breakfast we continue to Kolomyia, the heart and soul of Hutsul culture, famous for its master ceramic artists and woodcarvers. We visit the unique Pysanka Museum and the Museum of Folk Art of the Hutsul Region. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon return to Lviv through Rohatyn to view its newly constructed statue of Roxolana. Estimated arrival in Lviv 7PM.
- Prices are subject to change, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.