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Grand Tour in Ukraine
(transport based tour)
Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
(Language of the tours: English)

Description of the tour:

In collaboration with KALIPSO Ukraine travel Company.
ATTANTION: THE PRICES ARE CALCULATED FOR 5 STAR HOTELS, there are cheaper options for 3 and 4 star hotels (we can calculate for your group separately.

Itinerary: Kiev city tour – Mamaieva Sloboda - Andrew's Descent – monument "Motherland" and Museum of History of Ukraine in the Second World War - Kievo-Pecherska Lavra - Lviv – Lviv city-tour – Carpathian Mountains - Golden Horseshoe of Lvivsky region – Chernivtsi – Kamianets – Podilskyi – Ternopil - Odessa – Odessa city-tour

Tour program:
FIRST DAY
Arrival in Kiev. Meet-and-greet at the airport.
Transfer to your hotelwill be provided.
Dinner at the restaurant.
Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Kiev.

SECOND DAY
Breakfast in the hotel.
Kiev city-tour. We will start from Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, Bessarabskaya Square, Khreshchatyk street, Independence Square, Valery Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) of Ukraine, Mariinsky Park and Palace, Square Of Glory, Kievo- Pecherska Lavra, Mikhailovskaya Square and St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, St. Sophia of Kiev, Golden Gate and other attractions of Kiev.
Lunch at the restaurant.
Excursion to Mamaieva Sloboda. This Open AirMuseum replicates a traditional Cossack settlement of the 17th and 18th centuries in the heart of Kiev.
Dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Kiev.

THIRD DAY
Breakfast in the hotel.
Excursion along the Andrew's Descent.
Andrew's Descent (also known as “Kiev’s Montmartre”) and one of “must see” places in Kiev - The Saint Andrew's Church. In the buildings, along the streets of "Kiev’s Montmartre", there are art galleries, exhibitions, theaters and art workshops.
Numerous open air Ukrainian souvenir shops can also be found there.
Lunch at the restaurant.
Visiting the most famous symbols of Kiev and Ukraine:the monument
"Motherland" –Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War and Kievo-Pecherska Lavra. A colossal 62-meter statue of Motherland (102 m including pedestal) is made of special stainless steel and assembled with a special crane. The memorial complex "Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II" occupies 10 hectares on the hill of the right bank of the Dnieper. It consists of a giant bowl of the Eternal Flame, an exhibition of military equipment from the times of World War II, as well as post-war years, the alley of the Heroic Cities. Along the slopes of Dnieper lays the front alley, which goes to the gallery of the Main Entrance leading to the square and the museum itself. The sculptures of the gallery embody the heroic defense of the USSR
border from the German attack, the horrors of the German occupation, the guerrilla struggle, the labor feat of the rear, the battle for the Dnieper. And one of the most popular sites highly recommended for visits in Kiev is Pechersk Lavra. Churches and relics for believers, ancient monuments for history fans, magnificent combination of architecture, nature and landscape for beauty enthusiasts – everyone will find something to his taste there.
Dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Kiev.

FOURTH DAY
Breakfast in the hotel (or lunch boxes). Early transfer to
railway station.
06:00- 06 :30 Departure by express train to Lviv.
11:45 or 13:30 Arrival in Lviv.
Lunch in local restaurant.
Transfer to the hotel and check in.
Lviv city-tour. The route of the panoramic walking tour through the center of Lviv passes through the streets of the medieval town, the famous Market Square, avenues that are filled with history. You will see all the most popular and famous monuments of architecture.

Dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight stay.

FIFTH DAY
Breakfast in the hotel.
Excursion “Lviv with the taste of coffee” with degustation 2 cup of coffee in different places.Coffee in Lvov is nothing but a mineral that is mined in the same way as coal or peat. We invite everyone to the amazing coffee dungeons, where you will hear everything about this aromatic drink, watch master classes on brewing the most amazing coffee, and of course, try a cup of magic drink, made in accordance to a unique recipe.

Transfer to Slavske (the Carpathian Mountains). Today you will have interesting excursion to the mountain “Zahar Berkut”. You will see a picturesque landscapes and plunge into the atmosphere of Carpathian nature. It will be amazing!
Lunch in Carpathian restaurant.
Return to Lviv.
Dinner in local restaurant.
Overnight in Lviv.

SIXTH DAY
Breakfast at the hotel.
We suggest you to take a tour “Golden Horseshoe of Lviv region”, 3 castles: Olesko, Zolochiv and Pidhirtsi;
Duration of the tour: 8:00 hours.
Length of the route: 200 кm.
Timing : 9:00 - 18:00
Departure time - 9:00 (recommended).
Route:
11:30 – arrival to Zolochaevsky Castle. Accompanied by the guide you
will have a tour around castle and will see expositions and exhibits.

Free time.
13:30 – arrival to Pidhirtsi Castle. The guide will show you the exterior of the castle (unfortunately the inner part of the castle is closed to visitors due to long term reconstruction works) and will tell you its history.
15:00 – arrival to Olesko Castle.
Lunch at the restaurant in the castle “Gridnitsa” will surely surprise you not just with its colorful and delicious dishes (mixter of the European and local cuisine), but with its stylish medieval elements of decoration and quality of service.
Guide will introduce to the group the expositions of the castle, will also provide information about history and architecture of this place. Free time.
After the trip into medieval times, full of impressions, stories and delicious food, we are returning safely back into current age, to Lvov.
18:00 – returning to Lvov (as planned).
Dinner in local restaurant.
Free time in the city. Overnight.

SEVENTH DAY
Breakfast at the hotel.
Start your trip to Kolomyia.
On the way you have sightseeing tour in Ivano – Frankivsk.
Then we have Visit at Pysanka Easter Egg Museum.
Ukraine is a home to the largest Pysanka (Easter Egg) in the World. It appeared in the Carpathian region and it created by human hands and painted huzul geometric patterns and established themselves in the heart of the wonderful Pysanka museum (Easter Egg Museum).
Lunch in local restaurant.
Then we go on to Chernivtsi with sightseeing tour.
The city is the historical center of Bukovina and along with Lviv it is considered the cultural center of Western Ukraine. In the 12th century, the Galician prince Yaroslav Osmomysl founded a fortified settlement on the left bank of the Prut River.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Chernivtsi.

EIGHTH DAY
Breakfast at the hotel.
The architectural jewel of Chernivtsi is the ensemble of the former Residence of Metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia, which was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and we will start our day from this object.
Lunch in local restaurant and we take our trip to Kamianets–Podilskyi and Khotyn.
Kamianets-Podilskyi is one of the most beautiful cities of Ukraine that attracts travelers from all over the world. Located at the intersection of different cultures and religions, Kamianets-Podilskyi harmonically combines the features of different nationalities in the architectural ensemble of the city.
The highlight of the tour is a visit of the Kamyanets Podilsky Castle, built in the end of the XIV century. It is a well-preserved example of the medieval fortification architecture. Situated in the picturesque canyon of the Smotrych River, it is a must-visit place in the city. You will hear stories about the role of the castle in the history and examine its territory, including watchtowers and defense walls, bastions and dungeons.
Khotyn fortress really impresses people by its power and impregnability and
it is one of the best preserved fortifications. The history of the Khotyn Fortress dates back to the XIII century, however the complex was rebuilt several times in the subsequent years and nowadays it is one of the best examples of the medieval fortification architecture in Ukraine.

Then we go to Ternopil to take night train to Odessa.
Dinner in the local restaurant.
Night train to Odessa.

NINTH DAY
Arrival in Odessa.
Breakfast at the café of the city.
Odessa city-tour. You will walk along Deribasovskaya street and Primorsky Boulevard, admire the beauty of the Opera House, the building of the Odessa National Philharmony, the City Duma (city government house), the monument of Duke, Potemkin Stairs, Passage, the Palace of count Vorontsov. You will see the Odessa Savior-Transfiguration Cathedral, where miraculous icons are exhibited. No doubt you will be surprised by the "Mother-in-laws Bridge", and our guide will help you to solve its main mysteries. You will find out why and how the "One-Walled House" appeared in the city. You will visit the open-air museum "Corner of Old Odessa" and make a wish on the "Bridge of Brides". Cathedral, Catherine and Duma Squares will unveil their secrets for you as well. You will definitely have to visit the smallest square of the city - Square named after Ostap Bender, sit on the 12th chair, in which were hidden the treasures of Madame Petuhova, (reference to the book “12 chairs” by Ilf and Petrov). Also
you can see the monument to the famous soviet singer Utyosov. (locals believe that giving a hug to this monument or rubbing his nose will bring you a good luck).

Lunch at restaurant.
Afterwards – transfer to the hotel. Check in.
We recommend you to take an excursion “Odessky Privoz and Catacombs.

Catacombs - are the former underground quarries, from which the rock-shell was extracted - the main building material of ancient Odessa. At the beginning of the 19th century, here, underground, were created so called “hotels” for the workers and stables. Some poor horses were born, brought up and died without ever seen a day light. After the revolution the extraction of the shell-rock was forbidden. Odessa Catacombs - these intricate labyrinths at some point turned into a safe place for all sorts of criminals and deserters. They were escaping into one of secret corridors and then will safely emerge onto surface of earth a few kilometers away from that point. And in case of a siege, criminals could hide under the ground for weeks, using food stores and wells they had there. For smugglers, labyrinths served as stores for illegal goods.
Free time in the city. We recommend you to have a walk to the beach of the Black Sea. Because Odessa is the Southern capital of Ukraine with Black Sea coastline, relaxed nightlife, festive mood and amazing beaches!
Dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight.

TENTH DAY
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out.
Transfer to the airport of Odessa without guide.
End of service.
Happy return journey home.

Duration of the tour: 10 days

Included services: *hotels may be replaced by equals in the same category. *Because of changes usd/uah rates the program cost may be recalculated * 1 pax group up to 10 pax is calculated for free in TWIN or DBL room The price of program includes: 8 nights in the hotel of your choice 3 nights in Kiev, 3 nights in Lviv, 1 night in Chernivtsi, 1 night in Odessa and 1 night in the train Lviv-Odessa compartment for 4 pax 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches 9 dinners Individual transportations for group during the tour DAY 1: 4 hours with transfer. DAY 2: 9 hours. DAY 3: 9 hours. DAY 4: 2 transfers. DAY 5: 7 hours. DAY 6: 11 hours. DAY 7: 10 hours. DAY 8: 11 hours. DAY 9: 11 hours. DAY 10: transfer. Guide service English, Polish, Spanish, German, Slovakiak, Czech, Italian, French, Greek, Persian, Chinese speaking guide. Kiev city-tour Excursion to the Museum “Mamaieva Sloboda” with entrance tickets Excursion along the Andrews Descent Excursion to the monument Motherland and the Museum of History of Ukraine in the Second World War with entrance tickets Excursion to the Kievo-Pecherska Lavra with entrance tickets Train tickets Kyiv – Lviv 2-nd class sitting train Lviv city-tour Excursion to the mountain “Zahar Berkut” Coffee excursion with degustation 2 cups of coffee Excursion to Easter Egg museum in Kolomya with entrance tickets Ivano-Frankivsk city tour, Chernivtsi city-tour, Kamyanets – Podilskyi city tour Excursion to Khotyn and Kamianets – Podilskyi fortress with entrance tickets Train tickets Ternopil – Odessa – 4 pax in one compartment Odessa city-tour. Odessa catacombs with entrance tickets.
The biggest quantity of tourists
in a tour group: 45 persons



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Lviv 0180

Jaroslaw Vitiv



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