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Walking in Carpathians

Days: 8
Transport: train-bus
Tour description:
1 Day
Arrival to Kyiv (KBP)
Transfer to Hotel. Hotel accommodation.
Dinner.
Overnight accommodation
2 Day
Kyiv
Breakfast.
City panoramic tour (more…)
Kiev is a gateway to Ukraine and is still the easiest city to travel to the country. As the capital and the largest city, it usually grants visitors their first impressions of Ukraine, The simple fact remains that there is an amazing amount to see and to do in this city. Without any exaggeration, it is one of the most majestic and greenest cities of Europe, Flowering chestnut trees cover the streets for summer period, and during this time, no other city could seem so green and full of beauty. Even more picturesque is Kiev simply geographically, built on a series of steep wooden hills that rise above the wide channel of the slow-moving Dnipro. The city spreads over 42 km from North to South along the banks of the mighty Dnipro River.

Visit to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (more…)
Kiev Pechersk Lavra or Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian: Києво-Печерська лавра, Kyievo-Pechers’ka lavra), also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015the Lavra has been a preeminent center of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. Together with the Saint Sophia Cathedral, it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery complex is considered a separate national historic-cultural preserve (sanctuary), the national status to which was granted on March 13, 1996. The Lavra also not only located in another part of the city, but is part of a different national sanctuary than Saint Sophia Cathedral. While being a cultural attraction, the monastery is currently active. It was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine on August 21, 2007, based on voting by experts and the internet community. Currently, the jurisdiction over the site is divided between the state museum, National Kiev-Pechersk Historic-Cultural Preserve, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchy) as the site of the chief monastery of that Church and the residence of its leader, Metropolitan Volodymyr. In the late 2010 a monitoring mission of UNESCO was visiting the Kiev Pechersk Lavra to check on situation of the site. According to the Minister of Culture Mykhailo Kulynyak the Kiev's historic site along with the Saint Sophia Cathedral is not threatened by the "black list" of the international organization..

Return to hotel. Check out.
Continuation of city panoramic tour . Excursion to St.Sophia Cathedral (more…)
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List along with the Kiev Cave Monastery complex. Aside from its main building, the cathedral includes an ensemble of supporting structures such as a bell tower, the House of Metropolitan, and others. In 2011 the historic site was reassigned from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine to the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. One of the reasons for that move was the fact that both "Sofia Kyivska" and Kiev Pechersk Lavra are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Program as one complex, while in Ukraine the two were governed by different government entities.

Free time. Optional - visit to St.Andrew's Church (more…)
The Saint Andrew's Church (Ukrainian: Андрiївська церква; Russian: Андреевская церковь) is a major Baroque church located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The church was constructed in 1747–1754, to a design by the Imperial Russian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a cathedral. The Saint Andrew's Church overlooks the historic Podil neighborhood, situated on a steep hill to which the church gave its current name Andriyivska Hill. It is currently one of four architectural landmarks of Ukraine, which were put down on the List of Mankind Treasures of Five Continents by the world society.

Dinner in folk style restaurant "Tsarske selo"
Transfer to railway station. Night train to Lviv (1st class tickets)
3 Day
6.30 Arrival to Lviv
Transfer to Hotel. Hotel accommodation.
City panoramic tour (more…)
Unlike many other cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the terrible destruction in World War Two, and its absolutely fascinating streets and numerous museums make it one of the most exciting places in Ukraine to explore. During the tour you will explore the historic center of our fantastically eclectic city, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will stroll down Lviv’s main avenues, squares, narrow cobbled streets. The city tour starts at the Opera House, which is the first building in Europe built on a solid concrete base for the first time, then you will walk down Svoboda Avenue, which is laid out above the enclosed underground Poltva River. On your way You will have a look at historic building housing The Maria Zankovetska Drama Theatre that was once the biggest in Europe and is the oldest in Ukraine. The medieval atmosphere of Lviv will hark you back to days when Lviv was at the forefront of regional events, and it was once a wealthy trading center. You will see the oldest and most gorgeous churches and cathedrals in the Old Town including Baroque style Jesuit Cahedral, the Virgin Mary’s Assumption church, the Armenian Cathedral with 16-17th century tombstones, Church of the Blessed Eucharist (former Dominican Church), the Latin Cathedral and the Transfiguration Church.

Overnight accommodation
4 Day
Breakfast
Departure to Rohatyn (more…)
It was first mentioned in historical documents in the 12th century. Its name seems to be derived from Ruthenia, name of the region of location. In 1415, under Polish rule, it was granted the Magdeburg rights, and subsequently developed into an important trading and manufacturing town. In 1520 Roxolana, a native of Rohatyn, was captured there by the Tatars and sold to the Turkish sultan of which she became first concubine, then haseki and finally official wife. In the 16th century a renowned school of icon painting arose in Rohatyn, and in the 1580s an Orthodox brotherhood was founded obtaining the stauropegion (a monastery exempt from the control of the local bishop) status. After the First Partition of Poland in 1772, Rohatyn was annexed by Austria, and became a county center. A Ukrainian gymnasium was established there in 1909, and a minor theological seminary in 1931. During the interwar period the town was under Polish rule. In 1939 it became part of Soviet Ukraine and was granted city status. Today it is an important highway junction.

Arrival to Ivano Frankivsk
Transfer to Hotel. Hotel accommodation.
City panoramic tour (more…)
Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukrainian: Івано-Франківськ; formerly Stanyslaviv,[1] Stanislau, or Stanisławów see below) is a historic city located in the western Ukraine.[2] It is the administrative centre of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province), and is designated as its own separate raion (district) within the oblast, municipality. Built in the mid 17th century as a private fortress of the Potocki family, with the partition of Poland in 1772 was passed to the Habsburg Empire, after which it became a property of the State authorities of the Austrian Empire. It was during that time when the fortress was transformed into one of the most prominent cities at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. After the World War I for a short stint it served a temporary capital of the West Ukrainian People's Republic, after fall of which Stanislawow became part of the Second Polish Republic. At the dawn of the World War II the city was "liberated" by the Soviet forces that were soon overran by the Nazi Germany. With the liberation of Ukraine in 1944, in the city for the next 45 years was established the Soviet regime. Few years before the fall of the Soviet Union in the city was raised the blue-yellow flag as the symbol of the independent Ukraine. A city visitor may find elements of various cultures intertwined within Ivano-Frankivsk, the Polish Rathaus, the Austrian city's business center, the Soviet panel multi-stories residential apartment buildings at the city's urban-rural fringe, and others. The city is the third in population amongst other cities in the Carpathian Euroregion, yielding only to Lviv and Košice.

Dinner
Overnight accommodation
5 Day
Breakfast
Departure to Kolomyya (more…)
Kolomyia or Kolomyya, formerly known as Kolomea (Ukrainian: Коломия, Polish: Kołomyja, Russian: Коломыя, German: Kolomea, Romanian: Colomeea), is a city located on the Prut River in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province), in western Ukraine. Serving as the administrative centre of the Kolomyia Raion (district), the city is also designated as a separate raion within the oblast. The city rests approximately halfway between Lviv and Chernivtsi, in the center of the historical region of Pokuttya, with which it shares much of its history.

Transfer to Yaremche (more…)
It was established in 1787 and received the status of a city on December 30, 1977. In interwar period (1918–1939) it belonged to Poland and was the most popular tourist center in eastern part of the Carpathian Mountains (in late 1920s more than 6 000 guests came there yearly). Yaremche was growing year by year in importance and number of tourists. According to some, it had a chance to achieve same importance as other key Polish mountain spas, Zakopane and Krynica. However, in September 1939 it was captured by Soviet troops and became a part of Soviet Union as part of the Ukrainian SSR. During the World War II it was part of the Distrikt Galizien and was liberated by the Soviet forces in 1944. On December 30, 1977 the city of Yaremcha became a municipality within the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Since 1991 it became a part of the independent Ukraine. There are a number of interesting houses with long sloping roofs. There is a wooden Orthodox church and an impressive rail viaduct, located over the Prut valley at the height of 30 meters (100 feet). Next to this there is a swinging bridge which you can walk over for ₴ 1 (~2005? year). On December 14, 2006, the Parliament of Ukraine, officially renamed the city from Yaremcha to "Yaremche". The decision was based on the results of city referendum, as well as the recommendations of City Council, and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council.

Transfer to Bukovel (more…)
Bukovel (Ukrainian: Буковель) is a ski- and spa-resort located in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. The resort is located almost on the ridge-lines of the Carpathian Mountains at elevation of 900 m (3,000 ft) above the sea level near the village of Polyanytsya (Yaremche municipality). It is one of the most popular ski resort in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains and is situated 30 km (19 mi) southwest of the city of Yaremche. Bukovel currently boasts 16 ski lifts with roughly 50 km (31 mi) of pistes. There are 61 pistes sections of which 12 are Blue(beginners), 41 red (intermediates) and 8 are Black (experts). The longest piste is 5G at 2,106 m (6,909 ft). There are 11×4-person chair lifts, 1×3-person chair lift, 1×2-person chair lift and 1×T-bar.

Dinner
Overnight accommodation
6 Day
Breakfast
Tour through Carpathians - Vorohta (more…)
Vorokhta (Ukrainian: Ворохта, Polish: Worochta) is located in the Carpathian Mountains and is part of the bigger Yaremche. Historically it is a tourist spa town and later was also turned into a great ski resort with several ski-jumping ramps. It has only around 5,000 inhabitants, but due to a constant flow of tourists, its population almost year round is bigger. Located on the height of 800 meters above sea level, it is famous for its close ties to the Hutsuls - an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians who live in the Carpathians, often regarded as a Hutsul capital. Vorokhta is surrounded by the Carpathian National Nature Park, it also is the center of winter sports, with several ski-lifts. In 1919-1939 it belonged to Poland and was known all over the country, attracting many tourists, fascinated both by the mountains and the Hutsuls.

Transfer to Kosiv (more…)
Kosiv (Ukrainian: Косiв, Polish: Kosów, Romanian: Cosău) is a city located in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, in western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Kosivsky Raion (district). Initially a small Hutsul settlement with a remnants of a small castle destroyed by the Turks. It was founded at Rybnica River. After the Great War the area returned to Poland and was turned into a powiat seat within the Stanisławów Voivodship. As a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the region was incorporated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1939. The first written mention of it is in the Grant Charter of Prince Svydryhaila Vlady Drahasynovycha, on September 31, 1424. At that time, the village was in the territory of what is today Old Kosiv. In 1565, near the slattern, not far from modern-day Kosiv, Snyatynskyi Starosta Tenchunskyi founded a town named Rukiv. Sir Yazlovetskyi, the head of Kuty, later destroyed it. Some years later, the town was recovered and named Kosiv (the earlier village of this name thus became Old Kosiv). Since 1867, Kosiv has been the center of the Kosiv District. From 1934 to 1939, the town was called Kosiv Hutsulskyi. Until 1772, Kosiv was under Polish control. After this time, it was occupied by Austria. From 1919 to 1939, it was again under Polish control. In 1939 Western Ukraine became part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); however, from the first of July 1941 until the second of April 1944 Kosiv was under the control of fascist Germany. After that time it was, again, a member of the Soviet Union. Today, the town of Kosiv borders on the towns and villages of Babyn, Horod, Smodna, Cherhanivka, Staryi Kosiv, Verbovets and Pistyn. The distance from the railroad station in Vizhnytsa is 12 kilometers, from Zabolotiv is 25 kilometers and from Kolomya — 35 kilometers. Roads with all neighbouring districts connect the city. The total length of roads is 362 kilometers. 160 kilometers of these roads are paved.

Tranfer to Stari Kuty (more…)
Kuty (Ukrainian: Кути, Armenian: Կուտի, German: Kutten, Polish: Kuty, Yiddish: קוטוב, Romanian: Cuturi) is a town in Ukraine, on the Cheremosh river, located in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. It is notable as one of the historical centres and the namesake of a historical region of Pokuttya. Population is 4,272 (2001). The town was first mentioned in 1469 as a village of Jan Odrowąż, the archbishop of Lviv and a personal advisor to several Polish kings. With time the settlement grew and in 1715 Jan Potocki, the voivod of Kiev granted it with a city charter. Two churches were also founded for the local Uniates and Armenians. Thanks to fast growth and the proximity to Bukovina, the town soon became a seat of starost of the land of Halych and one of the administrative centres of the Ruthenian Voivodship of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The town remained a personal property of the family of Potoccy until the partitions of Poland. In 1772, however, it fell under Austrian administration and on May 1, 1782 Kuty lost its town privileges. As a result growth was halted and Kuty remained a provincial town inhabited mostly by Jewish and Armenian merchants, without much significance. In 1849 the town had roughly 3700 inhabitants, in 1880, 6300 and in late 1920s - 8000. Out of them roughly 3300 Jews, 1900 Hutsuls, 1300 Poles and over 500 Armenians.[1] Around that time the town was linked with the rest of Galicia by the Kołomyja-Czerniowce railroad. However, as both Galicia and Bukovyna were under Austrian rule, the town could not capitalize on its proximity to the border. After the collapse of the Central Powers in 1918 the town was briefly under control of the West Ukrainian People's Republic. However, soon it was seized by Romania and then passed to Poland. The town became the most important center of Armenian minority in Poland as well as one of the main border crossings between Poland and Romania. In 1930 Polish Army built a new wooden bridge across the river. [1] It was there that the Polish president Ignacy Mościcki spent his last days in Poland before he crossed the border into exile during the Polish Defensive War of 1939[2][3]. Until September 20, 1939 the town was defended by the Polish Army. Among the last soldiers to be killed by the Red Army in heavy fights for the bridge across the Cheremosh river was a notable Polish writer, Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz. After Kuty was annexed by the USSR, the area was administered by Soviet Ukraine except German occupiation between 1941-1944. Since 1991 it is a part of independent Ukraine.

Dinner in folk style restaurant
Hotel accommodation
7 Day
Breakfast
Departure to Chernivtsi (more…)
Chernivtsi (Ukrainian: Чернівці, Ukrainian pronunciation: [t͡ʃerɲiu̯ˈt͡sʲi]; German: Czernowitz; Polish: Czerniowce; Romanian: Cernăuți, Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃernəˈut͡sʲ]; Russian: Черновцы Chernovtsy; Yiddish: טשערנאוויץ Tshernovits; see also other names) is the administrative center of Chernivtsi Oblast (province) in southwestern Ukraine. The city is situated on the upper course of the River Prut, a tributary of the Danube, in the northern part of the historic region of Bukovina, which is currently divided between Romania and Ukraine. At the time of the 2001 Ukrainian Census, the population of the city was 240,600 Together with the city of Lviv, Chernivtsi is viewed at present to be a cultural center of western Ukraine. The city is also considered one of modern Ukraine's greatest cultural and educational centers. Historically, as a cultural and architectural center, Chernivtsi was even dubbed "Little Vienna," "Jerusalem upon the Prut", or the "European Alexandria."[citation needed] Chernivtsi is currently twinned with seven other cities around the world. The city is also a major point of railway and highway crossings in the region, and houses an international airport.

City tour in Chernivtsi
Lunch
Excursion to Chernivtsi University. Free time. Shopping
16.00 Transfer to the railway station
16.44 Departure to Kyiv(train № 628)
8 Day
08.03 Arrival to Kyiv. Morning coffee
Free time. Shopping
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