Iv Frankivsk, Yaremche, Tatariv, Verkhovyna
August 2 – 12, 2019 SOLD OUT
All Inclusive Escorted Tour
June 28 – July 8, 2019
Aug 2 – 12, 2019 SOLD OUT
KYIV (3), LVIV (4) KARPATY-TATARIV (3), LVIV (1)
Plus: Rohatyn, Ivano Frankivsk, Kosiv, Kryvorivnia, Verkhovyna, Vorokhta, Yaremche, Bukovel
Lviv/ Karpaty-Tatariv/ Lviv by deluxe AC coach
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Day 1 Friday
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 Saturday
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 3 Sunday
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. Afterwards 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 4 Monday
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 5 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.
Arrival 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 6 Wednesday
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 7 Thursday
Breakfast at hotel. Free day. Optional tour: Skansen Open Air Museum or Potchajiv Monastary (see list below).
Day 8 Friday
Lviv to Tatariv
Today we begin our Carpathian adventure. We view the statue of Roxolana (wife of Suleiman II) before arriving in Ivano Frankivsk for lunch, the capital of this pre Carpathian region. We will drive through some of the most enchanting Carpathian villages: Kosiv, Kryvorivnia, Verkhovyna, Vorokhta before arriving in Yaremche and its famous bazaar/kiosks. You are in the capital of the most colorful ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians – the Hutsuls. 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. After dinner in Restaurant Hutsulshchyna, we continue to Tatariv for overnight.
Day 9 Saturday
Today’s itinerary will be magical! Traveling by jeep, we will venture into the high mountains, where buses are inaccessible and where only sheep and goats roam the pastures. We return to our hotel for lunch with “banosh” on the terrace. Afternoon drive to Bukovel for a ski lift ride to view Chornohora, Ukraine’s highest mountain peaks. Return to hotel for a relaxing dinner.
Day 10 Sunday
We begin our day with a stop in Kolomyia, the heart and soul of Hutsul culture. We visit the famous Pysanka Museum and the Museum of Wood Carving and Fine Arts of the Hutsul region. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Arrive in Lviv 4-5PM. Evening and dinner under own arrangements.
Day 11 Monday
Lviv/ USA or Canada
Transfer 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 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: $195 includes overnight at Edelweiss Hotel***, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, entrance fees and gratuities (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.