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Ukrainian Rainbow
DAY 1 - KIEV

Arrival to Kiev. Meet & greet at the airport.

Transfer combined with panoramic city tour of Kiev, which is the capital of Ukraine and also the mother city for all Eastern Slavic peoples. More than 1100 years ago Kievan Rus, a powerful European monarchy, was established on Ukrainian territory.

The modern centre & the remains of the old city are both on the hilly west bank of the Dnipro, third largest river in Europe after the Volga and the Danube.

Check in & dinner at a hotel.


DAY 2 - KIEV

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to the golden-domed Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery.
The architectural ensemble (the 11th -19th centuries) of the Upper and Lower Lavra, two underground labyrinths of caves lined with mummified monks, churches and permanent exhibitions of the museums collections, the Big Bell Tower are open to public.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit to St. Sophia Cathedral & Monastery, enlisted into World Heritage of UNESCO. The main of special value are wall pictures of the 11th century 260m² of mosaics and 3000m² of frescos, that make up a unique ensemble of the Middle Age of World Culture History.

Continue to St. Andrews church located at the northern end of the street & at the top of the charming Andriyivsky uzvis (descent). The church was constructed within 1747-1753 in Baroque style - the traditional Ukrainian five-domed, cross-shaped, by Rastrelli, an architect. The slender curves of its blue, white, gold & green exterior stand out against the skyline, perched up above the Podil district at the crest of the historic Upper Town, at the supposed site where the Apostle Andrew erected a cross. Its richly decorated interior features a three-tiered iconostasis & several paintings from the 18th century.

Dinner with folklore performance.


DAY 3 - KIEV - LVIV

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Coach transfer to Lviv. Visit (on the way) to Potchayiv Lavra Monastery.
According to tradition, the Pochayiv monastery was founded by several monks who came to Pochayiv from Kiev- Pechersk Lavra, Fleeing from the Mongol invasion that destroyed Kiev in 1240.

Among the relics of the Monastery are miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin and the relics of St. Iov, its founder; the foot imprint of the Mother of God, spring with healing water. Lunch at the local restaurant.

Check in & dinner at the hotel.


DAY 4 - LVIV

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour of Lviv, an ancient picturesque city which Prince Danylo Halytskiy built in the mid 13th century on the site of an old settlement and named it in honour of his son Lev. Lviv is a city where the architecture of different epochs, styles and traditions of the East and West has combined into a unique architectural ensemble. This is why the central part of the city was announced to be a historical and architectural preserve and was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunch at local restaurant.

A beautiful Neo-Renaissance Opera & Ballet Theater, numerous Catholic & Orthodox churches, the Pharmacy-museum that was set up in 1735 and has been working for more than 260 years on end. But no visit to Lviv is complete without a hike up the Castle Hill where you can have a breathtaking view of the city. Visit to the Museum of Ethnography, Arts & Crafts where you can observe an excellent collection of farm culture & folk art from Western Ukraine, ethnic dress, woodcarvings, ceramics & pysanky (painted eggs), embroidery.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant.


DAY 5 - LVIV - OLESKO - PIDHIRTSI - ZOLOCHIV - "GOLD HORSESHOE" ROUTE (170 KM)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to the French-chateau-style hilltop castle at Olesk. The 17th to 18th century castle, built on the site of an earlier 13th century fortress which was repeatedly destroyed by Tatar attacks during the 15th century, was restored in 1960-75. An 18th century former Capuchin church & monastery stands opposite the castle hill. The castle houses a museum of the 15th to 18th century Western Ukrainian & related art. Particularly interesting is the portrait gallery, which includes a huge 1692 canvas of the Battle of Vienna against the Turks in 1683.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to Pidhirtsi castle complex, 1635-40. The Castle complex includes: a palace surrounded by a system of ditches and walls, Svyatoho Yosyfa i Vozdvyzhennya Roman Catholic Church (1752-66), a Baroque-style gate (18th cent.), and a park with various buildings (17-18 cent.) & Zolochiv castle complex of the 17-18th centuries. Its architecture is reminiscent of Italian Renaissance palaces.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant.


DAY 6 - LVIV - IVANO-FRANKIVSK

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Coach transfer to Ivano-Frankivsk. Visit to Rohatyn (on the way), founded in the 12th century. In 1520 invading Tatars abducted a girl named Nastya Lisovska, who was sold into the harem of the Turkish Sultan Suleyman II (the Magnificent).
Later, known as Roksolana, she became his wife and played an important role in Turkish politics during the 1520s-50s.

Arrival Ivano-Frankivsk. Check in at hotel. Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
In the afternoon will be the visit to the Manyavsky Skyt (1611) Monastery. The first wood church was built in 1612; in 1619 the Vozdvyzhenska Church was built. Stone and wood structures surrounded by a stone wall with towers, many frescoes have been preserved.

Overnight & dinner at the hotel.


DAY 7 - IVANO-FRANKIVSK - RAKHIV - YAREMCHE

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Coach transfer to Yaremche. Then proceed to Rakhiv, town on the Tysa River. It is located in the centre of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. First mentioned in documents dating to 1447.

The original settlers were peasants from Transcarpathia. Today this is a popular tourist destination. Visit can be done to the Carpathian Nature Preserve, 1968. Composed of three complexes, two of which cover the Chomohora range (containing the highest peaks of the Carpathians reaching 2061 m.).

Lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to Yaremche, one of the major tourist centers in the Hutsul region. Visit the Lore Museum and souvenir market.

Check in and dinner at the hotel in Yaremche.


DAY 8 - YAREMCHE - KOLOMYYA - KOSMACH - VASHKIVTSI - CHERNIVTSI

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Coach transfer to Kolomyya. It was first mentioned in the Halych-Volynian Chronicle for the year 1240. The city is famous for its master-ceramicists and woodcarvers, is a home of the two largest Hutsul Arts, Crafts and Pysanka Museums mentioned in the British Queens Encyclopaedia as world masterpiece museums. Kosmach was founded in the 14th cent., the center of Ukrainian Easter egg painting. Oleksa Dovbush, a famous Ukrainian brigand, died tragically here. The village features a unique private museum, established by the ethnographer M. Yusupchuk.
Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch excursion to the unique home-museum of Ukrainian embroidery in the village of Vashkivtsi, which was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The H.Haras Museum-Estate (1901-72), self-taught master-craftsman, artist-ornamentalist. This museum represents rich collection of about 2000 patterns of ornamental work.

Check in and dinner at the hotel in Chernivtsi.


DAY 9 - CHERNIVTSI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour to Chernivtsi, the regional civic-political and cultural center of Bukovyna, situated on both shores of the Prut River.
The complex history of the city is uniquely reflected in the citys old quarter, with its buildings of various architectural styles: Bysantine, Gothic, Baroque and others. During the sightseeing tour you will visit Holy Spirit Cathedral; Kobylianska Regional Theater of Music and Drama (1904-05).

Lunch at the local restaurant.

Excursion to the Residence of the Bukovynian Metropolitans, 1864-82, the architectural complex, which consists of three separate buildings, linked by the same design: the main building and two side ones, which form a large inner courtyard. Today the residence houses the Fedkovych University of Chernivtsy.

Overnight & dinner at the hotel.


DAY 10 - CHERNIVTSI - KHOTYN - KAMIANETS-PODILSKY - CHERNIVTSI (160 KM)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kamianets-Podilsky.

Khotyn city (on the way) is located on the right bank of the Dnister river, 74 km from Chernivtsi. Rich in archaelogical, historical and cultural monuments.
Visit to Khotyn fortress, 12th-16th cent. For a long period of time the fortress was a stronghold of the Galician-Volynian Principality on the Dnister River. The fortress complex includes four defensive towers (1480); commandants palace; a church with fragments of paintings preserved from the 16th cent.; a Russian church (1835), now housing the Khotyn Ethnographic Museum.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

The journey continues to Kamianets-Podilsky, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, in the central part of the Volynian-Podillian Upland on the Smotrych River, the left tributary of the Dnister River, 102 km from Khmelnytsky.
The city was founded more than 9 centuries ago and managed to preserve lots of historical & architectural monuments.
Since 1997 the town is under UNESCO patronage.

Excursion to the Medieval fortress, 11TH -16TH cent. A monument of military architecture of the feudal era. The first fortifications were built in the 11th -12th cent. In the early 16th cent. the fortress was re-designed by the Italian military engineer Camilius, and seven towers were built. In the 17th cent. bastion structures were built (New Fortress). The Old Fortress occupies almost 5 ha.

Transfer back to Chernivtsi. Overnight & dinner at the hotel.


DAY 11 - CHERNIVTSI - KIEV (538 KM)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Coach transfer to Kiev.
Lunch at the restaurant in Khmelnytsky.
Check in and dinner at Kiev hotel.


DAY 12 - KIEV

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Free time. Leisure and shopping.
Check out followed by departure transfer.