Classical Ukraine

Kiev and Lviv
7 days
Jun - Sep
Itinerary
Prices

This tour starts in the Kiev the capital of Ukraine and then travels west to the city of Lviv, with its beautiful stone buildings and cobblestone streets.  All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

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Day 1 Arrival Kiev
Arrive Kiev, transfer from airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Kyiv or similar; check-in and welcome meeting.

Day 2 Kiev: City sightseing tour and Cave Monastery
Founded in the late 9th century Kyiv is one of the oldest cities of Europe and the cradle of Slavic civilization and Orthodox Christianity. The morning sightseeing tour introduces us to the historic city and all its treasures including St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, Golden Gates, St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, which we reach by cable car, Independence Square, Opera House and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to the world famous Cave Monastery featuring amazing architectural monuments, ranging from bell towers to cathedrals to underground cave systems and strong stone fortification walls. In the evening, an optional dinner with folklore music at Restaurant Opanas can be added

Day 3 Kiev:  Pirogovo Ethnographic  Museum, St. Sophia’s Cathedral & National History Museum
Morning excursion to the large Pirogovo Ethnographic Open Air Museum, where farmsteads, wooden churches, windmills and village architecture from all regions of the large country will bring us back to the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century rural Ukraine. In the afternoon visit  St. Sophia’s Cathedral and the National History Museum. The St. Sophia Cathedral - built in 11th century – is an UNESCO heritage monastery complex with unique ancient frescoes. The visit includes also Bell Tower, Monks Reflectory and Metropolite House. Then on to the National Historical Museum with over 800 thousand unique exhibits related to the history and culture of the Ukraine.

Day 4 Kiev - Lviv; Chernobyl Museum
Early morning visit to the unique Chernobyl Museum dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which also signalled the beginning of the end of Soviet Ukraine. In the afternoon transfer to the train station to board the modern high-speed train bound for Lviv. Upon arrival in the evening to Lviv check-in at Hotel Dnister or similar.

Day 5 Lviv:  City sightseeing tour and Beer Tour
Lviv is known as the centre of West Ukraine, which was never incorporated into imperial Russia but remained a part the Habsburg Empire. Despite its enthralling and violent history Lviv still has a unique old-world charm. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to Lviv Old Town - a complex of stone buildings from the 14th to the 6th century – and includes the Market Square with City House, Black Stone Building, Opera Square, Kornyakt Palace, Medieval Pharmacy-Museum, Armenian Cathedral, Dominical and Bernardine cathedrals and the beautiful Boim Chapel.  This afternoon enjoy a Beer Tour of Lviv, with the opportunity to learn how craft beer is brewed, a tour of both a 17th century and a modern brewery and some tastings of course !

Day 6 Lviv: Olesko Castle and Zolochiv Palace 
Today’s full day tour takes us to castles around Lviv: Olesko Castle dating back to 13th century and the residence of Polish Kings, like Jan Sobieski. The castle features a magnificent collection of old furniture and paintings, a nice park and a museum with beautiful pieces of jewellery, and Zolochiv Palace - the jewel of defensive architecture, build in 17th century. Over centuries the palace served as fortress and royal residence. In the courtyard we find Grand Palace and Chinese Palace.

In the evening  an optional Carpathian farewell dinner at Restaurant Trout, Bread and Wine can be added.

Day 7 Departure Lviv
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

Departures:  16 and 30 June; 07 and 21 July, 04, 11 and 18 August 2017.

Includes: 6 overnights at 4-star hotels; 6 x buffet breakfasts. Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice. Personalized welcome package; Service of English-speaking tour escort on all tours; Service of 1st class motor coach throughout the itinerary; Hyundai high-speed train Kiev-Lviv one-way 2nd class; 3 hour visit to the Cave Monastery; 4 hour excursion to the Pirogovo Ethnographic Open Air Museum; 3 hour visit to St. Sophie's Cathedral and National Historical Museum (walking tour); 3 hour visit to Chernobyl Museum, 2 hour Lviv beer tour; 8 hour excursion to castles around Lviv;  transfer airport to Hotel (Day 1 only); transfer hotel to airport (Day 7 only).

Excludes: Half board (6 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea), Ukrainian dinner with folklore music at Restaurant Opanas; Carpathian dinner at Resturant Trout, Bread and Wine.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1186.00
Single AUD$ 1583.00

Includes: 6 overnights at 4-star hotels; 6 x buffet breakfasts. Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice. Personalized welcome package; Service of English-speaking tour escort on all tours; Service of 1st class motor coach throughout the itinerary; Hyundai high-speed train Kiev-Lviv one-way 2nd class; 3 hour visit to the Cave Monastery; 4 hour excursion to the Pirogovo Ethnographic Open Air Museum; 3 hour visit to St. Sophie's Cathedral and National Historical Museum (walking tour); 3 hour visit to Chernobyl Museum, 2 hour Lviv beer tour; 8 hour excursion to castles around Lviv;  transfer airport to Hotel (Day 1 only); transfer hotel to airport (Day 7 only).