This itinerary provides the perfect introduction to lesser-visited Western Ukraine, delving further into the country than a visit just to the capital. Starting in the former Hapsburg cityof Lviv, journey through the Carpthian mountains on an 8-day private tour to visit bustling cities and small local villages for a taste of daily life in the rural Ukraine.
Learn more about Ukrainian history and culture on a trip that routes through forested mountainous landscapes following the Dnister and Prut Rivers, see ancient castles and picturesque wooden churches, spend time in Yaremcha, Chernivtsi and Ternopil, as well as the impressive Pochaiv Monastery.
Please contact us if you wish to visit other villages and towns not mentioned on this itinerary.
Arrive Lviv, transfer to the 4-star Hotel Panorama and check-in for two nights. This is the largest city in Western Ukraine and has far less visible Soviet influence than many of Ukraine's large cities. In fact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts pretty Central European-style architecture with cobbled streets and tram lines.
Awake in Lviv, the largest city in Western Ukraine and embark on a sightseeing tour that takes you though the city's historical Rynok Square. The tour continues in the afternoon to reach Vysoky Zamok (High Castle) hill, which boasts breathtaking views of Lviv unfurling beneath. In the evening, relax at your hotel or perhaps opt to enjoy a ballet at the Opera House. Speak to a Regent Ukraine Specialist about booking tickets in advance. (B)
Today set off for Yaremcha to enjoy a walking tour of one of the most popular resorts of Ukraine, visiting its traditional handicraft market. Continue to the village of Bukovel for the afternoon and take a lift to the top of a hill for the best view of the surrounding mountain ranges. In the evening, return to Yaremcha to check-in to the Krasna Sadyba Hotel. (B)
Hotel Krasna Sadyba
In the morning drive to Chernivtsi and see its Byzantine-style red-bricked university and the twisted cupolas of St Nicholas. The city of Chernivtsi is located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, on the banks of the Prut River. The town is an old outpost of the Habsburg Empire and once had a large Armenian, Jewish and German population. Check-in to the Bukovyna hotel in the city centre for one night. (B)
After breakfast, head towards Hotyn and for a sightseeing tour which includes the city's picturesque medieval castle, looking out over the Dnister river. Continue to the town of Kamyanets-Podilsky, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, which is situated on the territory of the national park Podillia. Here you will explore its old castle, the Armenian quarter and the Cathedral of Peter and Paul. In the afternoon, make your way to Ternopil and check-in to the Ternopil hotel for one night. (B)
The impressive Pochaiv Monastery (Orthodox) tops todays itinerary. This gleaming white, gold dome-topped monastery has been the foremost spiritual centre for Orthodox denominations in Western Ukraine for centuries. Continue to Olesko Castle, a monument from the 14th -17th century, and see its rich collection of paintings and sculpture. In the afternoon, return to Lviv and check-in to the Hotel Panorama for two nights. (B)
Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps take advantage of Lviv's European influences and wander the cobblestone streets in search of a coffee house, or set off to explore the pretty architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
8 day tour, from £1105 per person
- Return flights to Lviv in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick via Kiev
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in 3/4-star hotels with breakfast
- Meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation
- Sightseeing as specified with English-speaking guide
- Travel insurance
- Meals/services other than those mentioned
Single Supplement: £205
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