Itinerary: Kiev, Lviv, Krakow, Warsaw
Period: July-August 2019
Length: 11 days / 10 nights
Tour languages: English German Italian Spanish
DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): ARRIVAL KIEV
Arrival to Kiev, optional transfer to the Hotel Park Inn Kyiv**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2 (THURSDAY): KIEV
Founded in the late 9th century Kiev is one of the oldest cities in 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 an optional excursion to the world famous Cave Monastery featuring amazing architectural monuments, ranging from the bell towers, to the cathedrals to the underground cave systems and the strong stone fortification walls. In the evening we suggest an optional dinner with folklore music at Restaurant Opanas.
DAY 3 (FRIDAY): KIEV
The morning offers an optional 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 we peopose an optional visit to 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 the Bell Tower, the Monks Refectory and the Metropolite House. We proceed to the National Historical Museum with over 800 thousand unique exhibits related to the history and culture of Ukraine.
DAY 4 (SATURDAY): KIEV-LVIV
The early morning is reserved for an optional visit to the unique Chernobyl Museum dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which also signaled the beginning of the end of Soviet Ukraine. In the afternoon we go to the train station to board to the modern high-speed train bound for Lviv. Upon arrival in the evening to Lviv, transfer to the Hotel Dnister**** or similar, check in.
DAY 5 (SUNDAY): LVIV
Lviv is known as the centre of West-Ukraine, which was never incorporated into the imperial Russia but was a part the Habsburg Empire. Even Lviv has had an enthralling and violent history it 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–16th century – and includes the Market Square with the City House, the Black Stone Building, the Opera Square, the Kornyakt Palace, the Medieval Pharmacy-Museum, the Armenian Cathedral, the Dominical and Bernardine cathedrals and the beautiful Boim Chapel. In the afternoon an optional Lviv Beer Tour is offered. We will have an opportunity to learn, how craft beer is brewed and to taste it, and during the tour we will travel from an old monastery of the 17th century to a modern beer brewery.
DAY 6 (MONDAY): LVIV
The full day optional tour today 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 enjoy an optional Carpathian farewell dinner at Restaurant Trout, Bread and Wine with its highlight dish, Carpathian trout.
DAY 7 (TUESDAY): LVIV-KRAKOW
In the morning we are taken to the Lviv Railway Station. Here we depart with the modern intercity train bound for the Polish city Przemysl to catch our connection further on to Krakow. The scenic train ride takes us through the mountainous and forested Polish Sub-Carpathian province before we reach Krakow in early afternoon. Upon arrival we are transferred to Hotel Novotel Centrum Krakow**** or similar, check in.
DAY 8 (WEDNESDAY): KRAKOW
For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. In the afternoon we propose an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offer an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.
DAY 9 (THURSDAY): KRAKOW-WARSAW
We leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where we visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland we reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel Novotel Centrum Warsaw**** or similar.
DAY 10 (FRIDAY): WARSAW
Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, the St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is planned an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water.The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki.
DAY 11 (SATURDAY): WARSAW DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
VISA: Citizens of most countries of Europe and the Americas do not need visa to Ukraine. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can obtain visa at arrival in Kiev Borispol Airport.