Adventures in Kiev and Lviv SH1

7 Days From £0 (944 USD)

Experience the treasures of Western Ukraine in this exciting adventure week. Start from modern and bustling Kyiv – ‘the mother of cities’ and its golden-dome churches, wide avenues and green parks.

For full no obligation pricing options and operator contact details please enquire:

Full Name*
Email*
Your Country*
Telephone

Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
End Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Section coming soon
Years In Business: 1

Take a tour of Kyiv’s major attractions, including UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral and impressive National Chernobyl Museum. Learn more about organic farming and rural communities in Ukraine by visiting family-owned farm and joining a host family in Ukrainian countryside.

Then visit Lviv – Ukraine’s most charming city. Stroll along its winding cobbled streets and sip coffee at UNESCO World Heritage Rynok Square. Go off-the-beaten track and experience Ukraine rarely seen by foreigners. Spend some time away in the Carpathian Mountains, living the life of Hutsuls – ethno-cultural group of Ukrainian highlanders. Enjoy this remote place, where people still plow their own fields, bake their food and practice traditional crafts.

Experience Ukraine like no-one ever did before!

And to show you our warm Ukrainian welcome, we'll be the first people you meet! We will provide you with a Welcome Package upon your arrival. What you can find there:

-Trip Itinerary print-out, to keep you constantly informed of your next steps (printed on recycled paper)
-Map of Kyiv and Lviv, to help you explore city on your own
-Sim-card, to always be in touch with us for directions, translation or suggestions (calls to Active Ukraine number are free)
-Portable water bottle, to help minimize the waste and our environmental footprint
-Small present from our team, to welcome you to Ukraine!

Trip Highlights
-Sightsee Kyiv, the mother of Ukrainian cities, the modern yet ancient capital: golden-domes of St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Descent and its crafts market, city’s main Independence Square and Khreshchatyk street, beautiful Kyiv parks and majestic Dnieper River
-Visit family-owned organic farm and learn more about sustainable agriculture and its impact on local communities
-Experience traditional rural life in Ukrainian villages: take a ride in a horse cart, make your own borshch or dumplings, and learn about traditional crafts
-Sightsee Lviv – Ukraine’s most charming city, with UNESCO-listed Rynok Square
-Sightsee Kolomyia – the center of Hutsul highlanders' culture, and visit to its famous Easter-Egg Museum
-Experience the traditional lifestyle of Hutsul highlanders and visit Hutsul shepherds
-Visit local Hutsul artisans and learning more about traditional local crafts
-Explore intricate Hutsul wooden churches and architecture

Making a Difference
We travel responsibly and encourage others to do so as well! Check out how this particular trip is helping you make a difference and bring positive impact to Ukrainian community.
-You contribute to the economical well-being of local communities by visiting rural areas
-You promote sustainable agriculture by visiting local organic farm
-Your guides are local and give you in-depth knowledge about Ukraine
-You contribute to the environmental protection cause in Ukraine by visiting country’s National Park
-You interact with local people and get to know the real Ukraine

Route: Kyiv – Stolpiagy – Kovalyn – Kyiv – Lviv – Kolomyia – Kosmach – Kolomyia - Kyiv
Transportation: All long-distance travel will be done by train. It is a comfortable and environmentally friendly option, very popular with locals. For short distances you will travel by a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, or local public bus, if available.
Physical rating comments: Easy and suitable for travelers with all level of fitness. Children friendly.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
Accommodation: 4 nights in three-star hotel or family-owned hotel, 1 night in rural guesthouse (shared bathroom facilities)
Meals: day 1 – none, day 2 – full board, day 3 – half board, day 4 – breakfast, day 5 –full board, day 6 – full board, day 7 - none
Point-to-point transfers and airport transfers (train transfers are in 2nd class compartments)
Guides: English-speaking guide for Kyiv tour and Day 2 rural trip, English-speaking nature specialist guide (optional), English-speaking guide in Lviv and Carpathian trip
Activities: 4 hours walking guided tour in Kyiv, activities at the rural guesthouse, walking tour in Kyiv parks (optional), tour and tasting at organic farm, 3 hours guiding tour in Lviv, guided tour in Kolomyia, activities with host family in Carpathian Mountains, visit to Kosmach artisans and Hutsul shepherds

Excludes
Air ticket to Ukraine
Entrance tickets (approximately 20 euros)
Tips and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Welcome to Kyiv. Pick-up and Welcome. Meeting with your guide. Hotel check-in.Take a guided tour along city's major landmarks and attractions. Visit the UNESCO-listed St. Sophia Cathedral with its beautiful frescoes; take a walk at St. Andrew’s Descent – street of writers and artists; learn more about the environmental challenges at National Chernobyl Museum, stroll along the main street Khreshchatyk, and sip delicious tea at the Orange Revolution famous Independence Square. In the evening relax in the greenery of Kyiv Mariyinsky Park and enjoy the stunning views of majestic Dnieper River. Overnight in a 3 star hotel
Day 02. Back in Time – Rural life. Today you will travel to the organic farm Villa Rose. This family-run farm is a perfect example of how sustainable agriculture can be a part of Ukraine’s rural areas. The animals are kept free-range, and cared for with love. Enjoy a tour of the farm from the owner and listen to the story of challenges and perspectives of organic farming in Ukraine. Then travel to the village of Kovalyn, and join a local family in their daily life. Start with delicious home-made lunch. Steamy borshch will definitely capture your heart! And you’ll have a chance to try making your own traditional dumplings. For desert – pick up some fresh cherries from the trees in the yard. Depending on the season, you can help in harvesting the corn, picking up berries or mushrooms from the forest, feeding the chicken, or tending to the field. After some work enjoy mouth-watering dinner, cooked over the fire. After the food, relax in the greenery of house yard, or go fishing at the Dnieper River. For the perfect ending of the day, you can jump into the traditional steam bath! (Optional) Overnight at a 3 star hotel or in the village guesthouse (optional)
Day 03. Nature Escape. Enjoy the day out, exploring beautiful surroundings of Kyiv parks. Relax in the greenery of trees or take a stroll along the eco-walk with our nature specialist guide and learn more about the environmental challenges of the city (optional). Transfer to Lviv. Overnight at a 3 star hotel
Day 04. Discovering Ukraine’s most charming city. Explore Lviv – Ukraine's most charming and romantic city. Walk along the hidden valleys of its cobbled streets: full of coffee shops, street musicians, and art galleries. Wander around Rynok Square – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit to city's magnificent and world-class Opera Theater (optional) Overnight at a 3 star hotel
Day 05. Ukrainian Carpathians. Take a train to Kolomyia. Town of Kolomyia is the cultural center of Hutsuls. Hutsuls are an ethno-cultural group of highlanders in Ukrainian Carpathian mountains, and has retained its distinctive culture and traditions. Explore town’s famous Easter Egg Museum, with over 6,000 beautifully decorated Easter eggs from all over the world! Get introduced to the lifestyle of Hutsuls and unique Hutsul cultural heritage at the Hutsul Museum. Transfer to the village of Kosmach in Carpathian Mountains. Spend your afternoon visiting famous Hutsul artisans, skilled in traditional crafts such as egg-painting, embroidery, wood carving and weaving, observe their work and enjoy their beautiful creations. Sit down for a master class in your craft of choice and make your own handmade souvenir! Overnight at a rural guesthouse
Day 06. A Day with Hutsuls. Take a short hike to visit traditional highlanders' huts. Every summer Hutsuls still take herds of sheep from all over the villages and spend three months in the mountains, looking after the animals and preparing delicious cheese brynza. You'll have the chance to witness this old tradition, learn about the lives of Hutsul shepherds and try their famous cheese brynza. In the afternoon join your host family in preparing delicious traditional dinner: pick up mushrooms for the soup, collect some vegetables from the farm fields, and practice making your own banosh - traditional Hutsul staple dish. Transfer back to Kolomyia. Overnight in a train (2nd class compartment)
Day 07. Farewell and Departure. Arrive to Kyiv. Free time to explore the city. Farewell and departure.