9 days Ukrainian tour

TOUR ROUTE: Kyiv-Lviv-Olesko-Zolochev-Pidgirtsy-Odesa
MEALS: Full Board as mentioned in the itinerary.

Day 1 Kyiv
– Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the restaurant with guide’s assistance.
– Dinner at local restaurant.
– Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

Day 2 Kyiv
08:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00-12:00 City tour. We will show you Kyiv the capital of Ukraine and the cradle of Eastern Slavonic states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. It is a beautiful city with its centuries-old history and rich culture.
The Golden Gate of Kyiv. It is a historic gateway in the ancient city walls of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. It was reputedly modeled on the Golden Gate of Constantinople, from which it took its name.
You will enjoy amazing view of two golden-domed monastery complexes while walking along Sophiiska and Mykhailivska Squares.
Monument to Prince Vladimir, the Baptist of Rus, is located at the park of Vladymyrska Girka. St. Vladimir’s figure rises above steep Dnipro bank. Prince holds a cross in the right hand and a princely cap in the left.
Monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky is most known city monument, an original symbol of Kyiv. It is put up in honor of hetman Bogdan Khmelnitsky, who went down in history of Ukraine as an outstanding commander, statesman, headed the revolt of Ukrainian people against Rech Pospolitaya rule. Bogdan Khmelnitsky is also known for Pereyaclavskaya Rada that made Moskovia and Ukraine allies.
We will show You Vladimir’s Cathedral the most prominent sacral painting complex of the late XIX c. decorated by world well-known artists.
You will pass main Kyiv’s street – Khreshchatyk. Khreshchatyk began its history as a street in the end of 18 – the beginning of 19 centuries. Reconstruction and development of Khreshchatyk, caused a lot of different opinions, proceeds even today. In the late nineties of the last century it was decided to transform Khreshchatyk in a foot zone during days off and holidays.
12:00-13:00 Lunch at the local restaurant.
13:00-18:00 You will visit the National Kyiv-Pechersk Caves’ Monastery Historical and Cultural Reserve. The monastery was set up in the mid XI century A.D. It is one of the most ancient monasteries on the territory of Eastern Slavonic states. During this tour you will visit Museum of Treasures displaying the rich Scythian Gold collection and collection of the Judaic ritual silver objects XVIII-XX c, Museum of Microminiatures.
Please Note: Museum of Microminiatures is closed on Tuesday. Museum of Treasures is closed on Monday and every last Friday of month.
18:00-19:00 Dinner at the local restaurant.
19:00 Transfer to the hotel.

Day 3 Kyiv
08:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – 13:00 Today’s tour will get you to the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life situated in the picturesque suburb of Kyiv Pirogovo. It is one of the largest museums under open air in the world that covers about 159 hectares and contains more than 300 unique buildings of folk architecture XVI – XX c. churches, houses, household constructions and workshops filled with household utensils, working instruments, clothes, works of folk art.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the local restaurant.
14:30 – 18:00 After breakfast you will visit the National Museum of World War II. The major exposition is located in 15 rooms covering the area of 5,000 square meters and includes more than 12,000 exhibits. The documents of military commanders; valuable collections of orders, medals and arms; unique things and documents of Nazi-occupation and liberation period. On the territory of the museum there is a large exposition of military equipment of Soviet epoch.
Please Note: the National Museum of World War II is closed on Monday.
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant.
19:30 Transfer to the hotel.

Day 4 Kyiv – Lviv
08:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
09:00-12:00 Visit to Andriivskyi Uzviz (Descent) that starts from St.Andrew’s Church will impress You with its unique atmosphere. Numerous art galleries and shops of folk and applied art make this romantic street the cultural center of Kyiv.
St. Andrew’s Church a striking piece of baroque architecture of XVIII c. built according to the designs of well-known architect B.Rastrelli on the top of Vladimir’s Hill.
– Transfer to the railway station in Kyiv. Fast train Intercity+ to Lviv.
Boxed dinner.
– Meeting at the railway station in Lviv.
– Dinner at a local restaurant.
– Transfer to a Hotel. Check-in.

Day 5 Lviv
08:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00-12:00 Lviv, Old Town. The tour will show you the most remarkable sights of the ancient city, which has preserved as an indivisible architectural ensemble in spite of wars, fires and revolutions – the medieval Rynok Square with the Town Hall and a set of ancient buildings, the Gothic Latin Cathedral, beautiful Cathedrals of Bernadines, Jesuits and Dominicans, ruin of the all Europe famous Golden Rosa Synagogue, magnificent city fortifications, including the Town and Royal Armouries, Gunpowder Tower and other old relics.
12:00-13:00 Lunch at the local restaurant.
13:00-18:00 “The Shevchenko Grove”
The Shevchenko Grove is a museum in the open air. Here you can see the pieces of Ukrainian woodcraft and home stuff. The Shevchenko Grove is located in a very picturesque place in Lvov. Over 10,000 exhibits from different ethnographic regions of Western Ukraine are collected here.
18:00-19:00 Dinner at the local restaurant.
19:00 Transfer to the hotel.

Day 6 Lviv – Оdesa
08:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00-12:00 The full day excursion “The Golden horseshoe of Lvov region” (Olesky castle, the castle in Podgortsy and Zolochevsky castle)
Olesko castle is a famous monument of the 12th-17th centuries. The ancient Russian fortress became the magnate residence many years later and was rebuilt in the style of the Italian Renaissance.
12:00-13:00 Lunch at the local restaurant.
13:00-19:00 Podgortsy castle is a piece of architecture of the late Renaissance of 1640. It belonged to the Zhevusskys – the magnate family. It is surrounded by bulwarks and pits. The cathedral was built in the baroque style. It has the front gates and a park of the 18th century with old lindens. Podgortsy castle is the branch of Lvov art gallery.
Zolochevsky castle. There are two wonderful stones with the manuscript dating back to the 13th-16th centuries in its area.
Please Note: Olesky, Podgortsy and Zolochevsky castles are closed on Monday.
19:00-21:00 Dinner at the local restaurant.
21:00 Transfer to the railway station.
22:20 Night Train to Odesa.

Day 7  Оdesa
08:43 Arrival to Odesa
Transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast.
11:00 City Tour. Beautiful buildings, mild climate and soft sea made the city the real pearl of Black Sea coast of Ukraine. The tour will take you to the world-known 142-m long Potemkin’s Stairs that was build 1837. The magnificent Opera House in Odesa is one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. And the main street of the Humour Capital Deribasovskaya. You will feel the atmosphere of fun and joy.
13:00-14:00 Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in and free time to refresh.
15:30 Transfer to the Smuggling museum. Odesa, as a true city-bride, mysterious, multifaceted and changeable. It is impossible to imagine not only without the sea, humor and special language, but without the spirit of adventure. The bandits, smugglers, and other brave guys always feel at home here. That’s why a special place among the attractions of the southern capital occupies a special place young and adventurous spirit impregnated museum dedicated to smuggling and smugglers, the story itself is fairly replete with juicy details.
17:00-19:00 Free time and buying souvenirs.
19:00–20:30 Dinner at the local restaurant.
20:30 Transfer to the hotel. Check in.

Day 8 Оdesa
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – 13:00 Odesa Catacombs. Under Odesa city and Odesa region we have the huge area of labyrinth. You will see the expositions:
Fallout shelter – the theme of “Cold War”
Stalker – postApocalypse.
Before and after logging in – the theme of “Mine case, the construction of the city, the catacombs growth, etc.”
Island lovers theme of psychology, anatomy, biorhythms, sun, etc. influence
Partisan parking – the theme of WWII partisan movement, their way of life and the realities of the time
Catacomb Church – history of persecution and split the church.
The prisoner – the history of the slave trade.
The criminal environment – the history of crime, their relation to the dungeons, the legends of the past.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the local restaurant.
14:00 – 18:00 Visit to Shustov Cognac Museum, opened to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Shustovs’ factory. You will know THE HISTORY OF COGNAC BIRTH (Original wine making and spirits distilling. Cooperage and aging of cognac spirits. History of Shustov dynasty. History of Odesa Cognac Factory. Cinema. The film about the history of the legendary cognac drink. exhibits.) You will have tasting & tour “Vine and copper”.
New offer from Art-Bar of Shustov cognac winery Museum. Become a “MaÎTre De Chai”*
*MaÎTre De Chai is a chief man in every cognac factory. He is responsible for blending cognac spirits of different age in order to provide an ideal taste and aroma. At Shustov cognac winery Museum you will have an opportunity to create your own ideal blend with exceptional taste and unique aroma. Organize your own tasting at home, which will be remembered by your friends and colleagues. We are sure that you will be able to create an ideal blend, because our professional expert will help you to do this.
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner at local restaurant.
19:00 Transfer to the hotel.

Day 9 Оdesa
– Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
– Transfer to the Odesa International Airport.
– Departure from Odesa.

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