SPRING in UKRAINE + EASTER IN LVIV 

April 23 – May 4, 2021


12 Days

All Inclusive
Escorted Tour

 This tour can be combined
with
Amsterdam Tulip Festival
In Holland

Tour Land cost:         $2450 Land rate per person double occupancy
Single supplement:   $500
Gratuities:                  $120
Arriving:                     Kyiv
Departing:                  Lviv

FLIGHTS: We will assist you in obtaining your international flights from your gateway city in USA or Canada.

HOTELS: Kyiv: Ukraina Hotel****, Kamianets Podilsky: Reikartz Hotel****, Lviv: Astoria Hotel****

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees. No extra charges.

ESCORT: A professional, English-Ukrainian speaking tour manager for entire tour. For tours of ten or less, local guides in Kyiv, Kamianets Podilsky and Lviv.

MEALS: As indicated on itinerary.  Special: Sviachene Easter breakfast and Farewell Gala in Lviv.

SIDE TRIPS: If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Lviv  on one or two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost.  Advanced 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 group services. 

TOUR DOCUMENTS: USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine. Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

April 23

Fri

USA – 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).  One piece of checked baggage at 50 lbs is pemitted.

April 24

Sat

Kyiv 

D

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.

April 25

Sun

Kyiv 

B/L

Morning transfer to the new Ukrainian Patriarchal  Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. 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. 

April 26

Mon

Kyiv/Kamianets Podilsky

B/L

In the morning  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 and a late lunch. Afternoon express train to Kamianets Podilsky .

April 27

Tuesday

Kamianets Podilsky 

B/D

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 castle was built in the 11th c., but most of what we will see was added between the 14c and the 18c.

This tour concludes with a walking tour of the Kamianets Podilsky Castle. Dinner at hotel.  Evening free.

April 28

Wed

Kamianets Podilsky/ Zarvanytsia/ Lviv 

B/L/D

Today we drive to Lviv.  Enroute we will  visit  Zarvanytsia, followed by lunch prepared by the sisters.  Zarvanytsia is considered the “Lourdes of Western Ukraine.” It houses a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin with Christ Child, a spring of healing water, and an active monastery and church.  Late arrival in Lviv.  Dinner at hotel.

A special  briefing will be held after dinner to advise you of all Easter services, festivities and concerts in Lviv during this final Lenten week and the post Easter celebrations.

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

April 29

Thu

Lviv

B/L

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 under own arrangements.

April 30

Fri

Lviv

B/L

Half day excursion to Uhniv Monastery.  After lunch, we continue on an afternoon bus tour of LvivLviv University, St. George’s Cathedral, the stronghold of Western Ukraine’s Catholic Church and the new Sheptytskyj monument.  Our final stop is Lychakiv Cemetery to view graves of Ivan Franko, Solomija Krushelnytcka, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Oleksander Tysovsky and many others.

Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

May 1

Sat

Lviv

B

After breakfast today, we will continue with our bus tour of Lviv and visit Vysoky Zamok, then proceed to Shevchenko Haj  (Skansen of a Carpathian village).  This tour will end at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Traditional blessing of Easter baskets.  Afternoon/evening free.

Note:  Easter Resurection Liturgies begin at MIDNIGHT Sat May 1st

May 2

Sun

Lviv

B

Attend Liturgy in Church of your choice.  Easter Breakfast Sviatchene at your hotel.

May 3

Mon

Lviv

B/D

Join the festivities of “Oblyvanyj Ponedilok” in Lviv.    Farewell Dinner tonight!

May 4

Tue

Lviv – USA or CANADA

B

Breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to airport.

Easter Week festivities details will be distributed to you upon arrival.

April 30 Fri Lviv Good Friday B
May 1 Sat Lviv Blessing of Easter Baskets B
May 2 Sun Lviv Easter (Sviachene) B
May 3 Mon Lviv Обливаний Понеділок! B

Easter is a family holiday in Ukraine, and Lviv is the best place to feel this atmosphere. It is here that the family spirit is present on every square and street where traditional Easter folklore celebrations, fairs, concerts and theater performances take place. Famous Ukrainian Easter eggs, embroidery, ceramics, decorations, woodcarvings attract guests to the Easter Markets.

Pysanka (Easter eggs) Festival in Lviv will fill the city with the spirit of Easter. This family event will glorify the millennia-old tradition of observing the holiest holiday in the Christian world.

The main purpose of the festival is to promote Easter traditions and to decorate Lviv with the inherent symbol of Easter – eggs. During this period, Lviv will turn into an “Open Air Museum of Eggs,” where Easter eggs will be created and decorated with different materials.

“Easter in a Grove”      Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life annually hosts the ethnographic festival “Easter in a Grove.”  Lviv citizens and visitors can learn about the spring time traditions of our region and participate in the Easter celebrations.

Festival visitors will observe master classes in pysanka making. Both children and adults will  engage in traditional Easter games. Among them – ‘Kryvyi Tanets’ (continuous dance), takes place on the central lawn of the museum.  Throughout the day, on the main stage, you will hear spring songs and hayivky (special songs, which people sing only during Easter). Guests will enjoy performances of singers and folk and dance groups.

The ‘Easter Fair’ takes place on Svoboda Avenue (central avenue) and has become a tradition during the holidays in Lviv – over 80 kiosks!  Residents and visitors of the city will be able to buy various items – handmade souvenirs, embroidered shirts, Easter gifts, honey and wax products, household-decorative items. Organizers serve traditional Easter delicacies that will satisfy all!

LVIV ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL TOURS:

Skansen- open air museum Shevchenko Haj + Lychakiv Cemetery (3 hours) Price: $45 per person (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 Museum + Ethnographic Museum (2 hrs) Price: $20 per person (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 + Krekhiv Monastery incl lunch (6 hs minimum 6 persons) Price: $70 per person 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 per person (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.

Rates are subject to minor changes, pending number of participants on tour and US $ fluctuation.