Golden ring of the Carpathians

Description

To discover %Liv%, the splendid city of western Ukraine, a true jewel of the Carpathians, both authentic and modern. The architecture of the old town, in Austro-Hungarian and Polish style with Italian Renaissance influences, is remarkable.

You can stroll through its picturesque little streets, visit the very old pharmacy museum (1672), the palaces, the ancient churches and the 16th century Olesko Castle.

In addition, you will follow a course in traditional Pyssanka craft painting (decorated eggs). And you will travel to the land of the Hutsul mountain people, and have many other experiences.

For all group trips in Ukraine, Vacanture offers:

- a choice of modern and designer hotels, located in the city centre, with a range from 3-star to 5-star hotels (in line with international standards of comfort, hospitality and aesthetics).

- a choice of modern restaurants, with a designer decoration, and a high quality service. They offer a revisited authentic Ukrainian cuisine, designed to satisfy a demanding international clientele.

- transfers in modern, air-conditioned buses that meet strict international standards for comfort and safety. Highly qualified personnel for bus driving.

- optional activities for evenings

The detailed program of the stay
7 days / 6 nights
%Liv%, Yaremtche, Kolomya, Ivano-Frankivsk


Program (7 days / 6 nights)

  • 1

    Lviv

    Meeting at the modern Danylo Galytski airport of Lviv.

    Transfer to the hotel. Installation in the rooms

    Visit of the city. You will admire the rich architecture of Lviv which reflects almost all the trends of European architecture of the 13th - 18th centuries.

    Dinner at the restaurant

  • 2

    Lviv

    Breakfast

    Departure on foot for a guided tour of the old town, with discovery of the medieval district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit of the Latin, Armenian and Orthodox Cathedrals and the Assumption Orthodox Church with its Renaissance bell tower, as well as the Korniakta Tower.

    Visit of the Pinzel Museum.

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Visit of the National Museum, with its rich collections of icons (14th - 17th century), decorative and popular art objects.

    Visit of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lviv, one of the most beautiful in Europe. With splendid architecture and interior and exterior decorations.

    Optional: Opera evening of Lviv subject to performance.

    Dinner at the restaurant

  • 3

    Lviv

    Breakfast

    Visit of the history museum located in the former Royal Palace of Jan Sobieski, King of Poland. It is one of the oldest museums in Ukraine.

    Coffee break

    Lunch at the restaurant in the old medieval Armenian quarter

    Visit of the pharmacy museum, including a pharmacy in operation since 1672. Tasting of the museum's magic potion.

    Walk in the small streets of %Liv% and coffee tasting in one of the city's renowned restaurants.

    Dinner at the restaurant

  • 4

    Lviv

    Breakfast.

    Departure by bus to visit the Château d'Olesskiy (13th century), 75 kms from Lviv. In this 16th century Renaissance style castle, King Jan III Sobieski of Poland was born. Today, the building houses a large collection of works of art.

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Back to %Liv%

    Visit of the ethnographic museum in the open air, a charming reconstruction of rural life from the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

  • 5

    Lviv

    Breakfast

    Visit of the Palace of Count Pototski, home to the richest fine arts museum in Ukraine, with its collections of European art, sculptures and portraits, as well as a collection of icons. Including masterpieces by Rubens and other famous artists.

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Departure by bus to discover the Vinniki village, where you will be introduced to the art of Pyssanka: the egg decorated in a Ukrainian traditional way that has lasted for thousands of years. The making of a Pyssanka, a word meaning "written egg", was once accompanied by rituals.

    The Pyssanky were decorated with symbols representing the offering. They were carried out only by women, in the calm of the night, under the family roof. The work was carried out in a silence interspersed with ritual songs announcing spring. These incantations were supposed to transmit to the raw egg (because one does not kill life) all the forces of Good.

    Dinner at the restaurant

    Back to %Liv%

  • 6

    Lviv - YAREMTCHE - KOLOMYA

    Breakfast

    Departure by bus to discover the country of the Hutsuls, a Ukrainian mountain population living mainly in the Carpathian mountains.

    In the past, the Hutsulshchyna has attracted the attention of many travellers, writers, artists and researchers.

    Descriptions and stories about the Hutsuls have long held a mixture of fiction and legends. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries that the characteristics attributed to the Hustuls were established.

    The Hutsuls are considered as authentic shepherds, very attached to their mountains, their freedom and their independence. Today, artisanal production is a source of income for most families.

    The region has also been distinguished by the presence of the Oprysken, bandits who appear in folk tales and songs. These criminal gangs looted the nobles and then took refuge in the mountains. Some of their leaders later became legendary heroes.

    Visit the village of Yaremtche, famous for its handicraft market.

    Lunch on the banks of the Prute River. You will taste the traditional mountain cuisine of the Hutsuls in a kolyba.

    Visit of the city of Kolomya.

    Visit of the Hutsul Folk Art Museum and Pyssanka Museum (eggs richly decorated by hand)

    Departure for the city Ivano Frankivsk.

    Dinner at the restaurant

    Back to %Liv% in the evening

  • 7

    Lviv

    Breakfast
    Free time.

    Transfer to the airport and assistance with boarding formalities, flight to your city.

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