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Weekend in Lviv (4 days/3 nights)

Weekend in Lviv (4 days/3 nights)
Lviv is the quintessential old European city. First mentioned in historical records in the year 1256, it was founded by Prince Danylo Halytskyi, who named it in honour of his son Lev. For this reason, you will encounter sculptures of lions all over the city. The historical centre of Lviv is complete and self-contained. Each quarter has its own unique flavour and history in the form of medieval churches, old stone buildings, cobblestone streets, aromatic coffee houses and the artistic ideas that for many centuries have determined the atmosphere of Lviv and the true soul of Ukraine.
Narrow medieval streets paved with stones, architectural decoration done in different styles – all preserved in its original form. Being a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then Poland contributed to the formation of the city’s unique image. In spite of all the whims of history the city has not lost its Ukrainian spirit. So it is no wonder that the central part of the city is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage.  
Over the centuries Lviv has always provided a warm welcome for all its guests, each of them bringing various different products of their civilisations to the city, as well as their national characteristics: German deal, Italian vigour, English merchant's wisdom, Polish humour. They all brought a piece of their motherland and left it here for future generations. So today's international tourists can enjoy unique Ukrainian culture in the city, yet probably find some aspect of that, what will remind them home. And that is part of the secret of why visitors feel as comfortable here as they do in their home countries. So Lviv is not only well worth of visiting - it is worth of coming back to see again and again. 

Day 1
Arrival to Lviv. Meet & greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 
Breakfast at the hotel
09:00-13:00 City tour with visit to the memorial Lychakiv Cemeter
The tour route covers the oldest sights (Pidzamche area - the early medieval part of the city with the Gothic Cathedrals of John the Baptist and Virgin Mary of the Snow, the Romanesque and Renaissance Churches of St. Nicholas, St. Onyfrii and St. Paraskeva), central streets (the unique ensemble created in the Austrian period of Lviv history – the 19th – 20th c.c.), the memorial Lychakiv Cemetery (more than 1500 unique burial monuments and sculptures). It covers 40 hectares (about 110 acres) and since 1991 it has formed a state-sanctioned historical-artistic reserve. It is one of the oldest graves in Europe, dating back to the 1500's, and has been described more as a sculpture garden than a cemetery due to the ornate monuments, tombs and sarcophagi within its grounds. Many graves contain the remains of famous Ukrainians, eminent Poles and Austrians. 
13:00-14:00 Lunch at a city restaurant (optional).
14:00-17:00 Walking tour “The gems of the Old City”
Sightseeing in Lviv should begin in Rynok Square. In the centre of the square stands the 65-metre-tall City Hall, the entrance guarded by two lions. Climbing the 390 stairs to the top of City Hall affords a stunning view of the city. Rynok Square is surrounded by 44 buildings from different eras built in a variety of styles (Renaissance, Empire and Baroque). The most impressive is Korniakt’s Palace built in 1580 with a three-storey arcade surrounding the courtyard (better known as the Italian Courtyard and home to a famous coffee house). All four corners of the square are decorated with sculptures of ancient gods and goddesses. The narrow cobbled streets around Rynok Square once housed the workshops of Lviv shoemakers, printers, chemists and numerous other tradesmen. Some of today's street names, for instance Virmen'ska (Armenian), Yevreyska (Jewish) or Serbska (Serbian) still remind visitors of the multicultural history of the city.
The tour will show You round the most remarkable sights of the ancient city, which has preserved as an indivisible architectural ensemble in spite of wars, fires and social revolutions: the Gothic Latin Cathedral, beautiful Baroque Cathedrals of Bernardines, Jesuits and Dominicans, ruins of the all-Europe-famous Golden Rose Synagogue, magnificent city fortifications, including the City and Royal Armouries, Gunpowder Tower and many other relics. One of Lviv’s oldest buildings is the Armenian Cathedral, whose artistic value is derived from its 15th-century sculptures. Virmenska Street itself is one of the most beautiful streets in Lviv. Almost every house on the street is a point of architectural interest, including the Four Seasons House. Its facade depicts the twelve signs of the zodiac, the four seasons and Chronos, who measures time. Near Rynok Square one can buy medicine at the Pharmacy Museum, founded in 1735. Its interior has remained practically unchanged to the present day. Its massive oak shelves display pharmaceutical glassware and porcelain, and the basement features an exhibition of ancient pharmaceutical equipment. You will also visit the Local Crafts Market (Vernisazh) with its remarkable souvenirs.
17:00 Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3
Breakfast at the hotel
Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life is an open-air museum containing 120 monuments of folk architecture including six wooden churches. Hardly any museum in the world can boast so many religious buildings. The open-air museum is located on a 50-hectare land plot in the picturesque part of the city - Shevchenkivsky Hay (Shevchenko Park). Unbelievably beautiful wooden houses and churches of the past ages create a genuine atmosphere of Ukrainian villages from different regions of the country - the lands of Boykos, Lemkos, Hutsuls, as well as Bukovyna and the Transcarpathian Region. In dwelling and utility houses you will find items of everyday use and farm implements. The churches, chapels and belfries have an authentic look.
Folklore-ethnographic ensembles stage their performances on the museum's territory. It is a fascinating insight into the real life of Ukrainian people in 18-20th century.
12:00- Return to the hotel.
Free time.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport

The above prices include:
• 3 nights accommodation mentioned above hotels (BB)
• Transportation services according to the program
• Services of a guide
• Entrance tickets to the museums
• All these rates are net & include all the taxes and services.
• All these rates are informational and should be checked according to your request.
• Prices may change in case of currency exchange rate fluctuations and changes of hotel rate, transportation services rate.
• The tour can be combined with Kiev visit using internal flights or overnight train. In case of taking an overnight train the duration of the tour can
• be 2 days/1 night with a lower price