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GEMS OF UKRAINE

D-Dinner
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch
B-Breakfast, D-Dinner
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch
B-Breakfast, D-Dinner
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch
B-Breakfast, D-Dinner
B-Breakfast
Odesa – Kyiv – Lviv
10 Day All Inclusive Tour $1990
Two Departures:

June 26 – July 5, 2019
July 31-August 9, 2019

GEMS OF UKRAINE
June 26 – July 5, 2019
July 31 – August 9, 2019
10 Day
All Inclusive Tour
Departure dates:
June 26 – July 5, 2019
July 31 – August 9, 2019

ODESA (3) – KYIV (3) – LVIV (4)

Land Tour cost:
Single suppl:
Arriving:
Departing:
$1990 per person double occupancy
$500
Odesa
Lviv
FLIGHTS:
We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.
INTER CITY TRANSPORTATION:
Odesa/Kyiv plane, Kyiv/Lviv first-class sleeper train
HOTELS:
Odesa: Mozart Hotel***, Kyiv: Ukraina Hotel***, Lviv: George Hotel***
SIGHTSEEING:
As per itinerary, including all entrance fees. No extra charges.
ESCORT:
Escorted at each destination by local English-Ukrainian speaking guides.
MEALS:
As indicated on itinerary.
SIDE TRIPS:
If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Odesa, Kyiv or Lviv on one/ two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost. Advance confirmation is recommended. Chauffeured cars are available for about $150-$200 per day, and a guide-interpreter is about $15 an hour. No refund will be forthcoming for unused services.
TOUR DOCUMENTS:
USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.
Destination:
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B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Day 1 Wednesday
USA/Canada – Ukraine

Departure from USA or Canada. You may choose an airline that flies directly to Odesa from W. Europe
(Vienna, Warsaw or Istanbul), or you may wish to connect via Kyiv.

Day 2 Thursday
Odesa

Upon arrival in Odesa, pass through customs/ passport control and proceed under own arrangements to your hotel. Your guide will meet you at hotel. Evening walk on seashore promenade with guide.
Dinner at hotel.

Day 3 Friday
Odesa

Morning panoramic bus 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). Lunch
In local restaurant. Afternoon and evening under own arrangements.

Day 4 Saturday
Odesa/ Kyiv plane

Morning is free to discover Odesa on your own. Walk to the bazaar, known for its fish market, enjoy lunch in a local café. You will be transferred to Odesa airport for your flight to Kyiv between 1 – 3PM.
Flight time TBA
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. Welcome cocktail and dinner at hotel.

Day 5 Sunday
Kyiv

Morning transfer to the new Ukrainian Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ for AM Liturgy. Afterwards, we begin our sightseeing of Kyiv with a city tour which 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. The 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. Later we leave you in the Andrijivskyj Uzviz artisan section for an afternoon of shopping in an open air bazaar of more than 100 kiosks. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 6 Monday
Kyiv

We continue our sightseeing of Kyiv with a morning 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. Lunch under own arrangements.
Afternoon visit to Mezhyhiria. Viktor Yanukovych resided here while Prime Minister and later President of Ukraine. Deposed by the Revolution of Dignity, he fled Ukraine in Feb, 2014. Today it is a museum displaying his excessive opulence. The estate is situated on the banks of the Dnipro River and covers over 350 acres.
After dinner we board our sleeper train to Lviv (11PM).

Day 7 Tuesday
Lviv

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.

Arrival in Lviv at 6AM. Bus transfer to your hotel. Early check-in has been prepaid. Breakfast and 10AM city tour.

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 We stop at 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.
Our final stop is the Ukrainian Catholic University campus (UKU) where we will see the newly constructed church
and the most modern library in Ukraine – memorium to Andrij Sheptyckyj. Lunch in University cafeteria.
Afternoon and evening free.

Day 8 Wednesday
Lviv

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. Dinner under own arrangements.
Optional: Philharmonic Hall or Opera Theater performance (pending availability)

Day 9 Thursday
Lviv

Breakfast at hotel. Free day. Optional tour: Skansen Open Air Museum or Potchajiv Monastary (see list below).
Farewell dinner tonight.

Day 10 Friday
Lviv to USA or Canada

Hotel/ Airport transfer 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 hs minimum 6 persons)

    Price: $70

    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.