Arrival to Kyiv. Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to the Hotel. Check-in.
Meeting with the guide in the lobby.
WALKING CITY TOUR
3 hours tour is a good opportunity to see all the key sights of Kyiv.
Travel back more than 1500 years to the city birth and discover landmarks that represent Kyiv through the ages. Visit the famous Golden Gate, St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Volodymyr Cathedral, mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. See the churches of St. Andrew and St. Michael Cathedral, walk the main street of the city – Hreshchatyk, try the funicular and admire the temples of Podil!
Breakfast at the hotel
EXCURSION TO MEZHYGIR’YA (MUSEUM OF CORRUPTION)
Mezhyhirya is the luxury residence of the former Ukrainian President V. Yanukovich.
Learn the most striking facts about the ex-president’s rule and explore the territory of the "museum of corruption", its spacious and lavish grounds which includes a “VIP territory” with perfectly cut trees, a tennis court, non-freezing lake and a farm with ostriches, peacocks, pheasants and other rare birds and animals.
The highlight of the tour is V. Yanukovych's mansion called “Honka” and a health center. The interior of Honka creates a dual impression when you see all the excessive opulence of everything around you - golden chandeliers and mosaic floors, luxurious furniture and exotic decoration.
EXCURSION TO OPEN AIR MUSEUM PIROGOVO
The exposition displays the architecture of Ukrainian villages (peasant houses, windmills, wooden churches), items of peasant life (furniture, crockery, clothes, musical instruments), routine life of peasants and Ukrainian national art.
Museum was found at the outskirts of Kiev in 1976. Its territory was divided in sectors according to territorial and time principals.
You simply move backward into the past: antique Ukrainian mazanka hats, chapels dated 16-17 century, windmills — all this pieces were collected in various regions of Ukraine, shipped to the museum and renovated. Each hat was turned into museum showing common life of Ukrainians of the past centuries — furniture, dishes, clothes, musical instruments, work utensils. According to ethnographers mansions with original country houses and utility structures are reconstructed with the paper accuracy and grouped in compliance with the planning specific of settlements of the corresponding geographic and ethnographic regions.
Second life was given to the moved there wooden churches — unique phenomenon in the world architecture. Windmill exhibition located on the highest hill of the museum represents it’s ideological and compositional center.
Breakfast at the hotel
KYIV–PECHERSK LAVRA TOUR
Museum of miniatures
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery is the center of Christianity in Ukraine and home to one of the biggest and most incredible cathedrals in Kiev.
It is also home to a network of mystic underground caves that hide mummies of monks and saints, much like the pyramids of Egypt. This fascinating site was voted one of the 7 wonders of Kiev, and is absolutely a must-see for any visitor to Kiev.
The museum of Miniatures situated here is highly recommended for visiting as well. This unique place offers you to dive into the world of Mykola Sydiarskyy. Here you can find the smallest book in the world, the masterpiece located just on a half of the poppy seed and many impossible things.
MUSEUM OF GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1941-1945
An important Ukrainian national landmark was commemorated on the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from the Nazi invaders.
The Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 was opened on 9 May 1981. 24 million people have visited it from almost 200 countries since then. The sprawling memorial complex provides plenty of space to walk around and explore. The outdoor area contains a number of impressive structures such the Motherland Statue.
Transfer to the train station. Pick up point is the Hotel.
Arrival to Lviv. Meeting at the train station.
Breakfast, meeting the guide.
LVIV GRAND CITY TOUR
Lviv is no doubt one of the most charming places in Ukraine.
It is a city of magnificent architectural landmarks: impressive temples and ancient squares, cozy narrow streets, museums and galleries housing artistic masterpieces of different historical epochs. It combines Western Galician culture with modern European. This is reflected in language, cuisine, architecture, art and music.
During the 5 hours tour in a comfortable car you will visit 3 main Lviv sights: Lychakiv Cemetery, St. George Cathedral and Lviv High Castle (Vysokyy Zamok) and see more of the city (Opera Theater, Monument to Taras Shevchenko, Latin Cathedral, The Boim Chapel, Rynok Square, Armenian Church, Dominican Latin Church, Assumption Church and Old Town).
EVENING PERFORMANCE AT OPERA THEATRE
Optional for extra cost
Lviv Opera and Ballet House, Lviv’s special pride, was built by a famous Vienna architect Z. Gorgolevsky in the style of “Vienna pseudo Renaissance” which is a mixture of different architectural styles. This imposing building is richly decorated from the outside and has sumptuous interior.
The stage is decorated with an original theatrical curtain called the “Parnassus” that was designed by famous Polish artist G. Semygradsky. “Parnassus” was painted in Rome at the end of the 19th century especially for the Lviv Opera House. The painting was exhibited in Rome and in Lviv art galleries before it was brought to the theatre right after its opening.
The Theatre has the name of famous Ukrainian singer Solomia Krushelnytska. Her charming voice was heard on every famous world stage together with great singers of the 20th century such as Caruso, Batistini, Shalyapin, and conductor Toscanini. It was for Krushelnytska that Jacomo Puccini composed the opera “Cio-Cio-San”.
Now there are 25 operas, 15 ballet performances and 2 operettas in the theatre’s repertoire. These are works of Ukrainian composers, as well as world classics Bise, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Straus and others. The performances are in Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and Polish languages. The price is from 2 USD to 10 USD per person.
Breakfast at the hotel
FULL DAY CASTLE TOUR
with lunch at Olesko Castle
The most popular tourist itinerary is the one that leads to Olesko, Zolochiv and Pidhirtsi - the small villages famous for their age-old majestic castles.
Olesko Castle is an outstanding architectural and historic monument from the 13th - 18th centuries, once a strong fortress of Old Rus in the 14th century. Later in the 15th - 16th century Olesko Castle was turned into a palace for aristocracy and remodeled in the Italian Renaissance style in the 1620s.
The famous Polish king Jan III Sobieski was born there in 1629. The king often lived in Olesko Castle and collected numerous art works. After restoration in 1965-1975 Olesko Castle became a museum. Hundreds of unique paintings, sculptures and applied arts can be seen in the museum. Among them are icons, portraits, still-lives, the monumental picture of the Battle of Vienna, old furniture and wooden sculptures.
In the Olesko Castle basement there is a well which also served as an escape passage for the besieged. A nice park with some modern sculptures surrounds Olesko Castle.
And within a short distance there is one more castle, quite not like the previous. It resembles a fairy-tale palace with the slender towers, shining versatile mosaic tile and playful decoration. There are hardly any castles in the world that went through such roller coaster transformations – from a royal residence to a hospital, vocational school for farming machinery mechanics, ghost-haunted ruins, museums, crumbling structures in perpetual state of restoration where cows and goats graze on once well-kept lawns.
Pidhirtsi Castle is a unique architectural monument in the late Renaissance style dating back to 1635-1640. It belonged to the aristocratic Rzewuski family, was not intended as a defense structure and should be more accurately called a palace. It has been under restoration after years when it was used as a Soviet hospital.
Pidhirtsi Castle is surrounded by a moat and includes a Baroque church of St. Joseph (1752-1766). It has a wall with a heavy gate and a park with old trees. Visitors to Pidhirtsi Castle will be invited to take a short walk to see a beautiful wooden church of St. Michael from 1720.
Zolochiv Castle was built as a citadel with bastions in the 1630s. In the 17th - 18th centuries the castle belonged to the rich Polish families of Sobieski and Radziwill. In the days of Austro-Hungarian empire Zolochiv Castle was turned into a prison and later kept on being a grim prison under Stalin. A memorial and an exhibition to commemorate those who perished here can now be seen in the castle as well as a chapel outside the castle walls.
Inside Zolochiv Castle visitors could see a newly restored Chinese palace built to follow European fashion for Chinese art in late 17th century. To the right there is a larger residential palace undergoing restoration.
From the bastions one could see surrounding countryside and the town of Zolochiv. Tourists would be taken to the old magic stone in the castle courtyard. It has engraved inscriptions in unknown language and a hole in the middle that will help fulfill your wishes if you put your finger there and turn.
Free day in Lviv
Transfer to the Rail Station. Pick up point – the Hotel.
Departure to Kyiv
Arrival to Kyiv Transfer to the International Airport.