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Ukrainian Rainbow (West Ukraine) 10 days/9 nights

Ukrainian Rainbow (West Ukraine) 10 days/9 nights

Day 1 
Lviv. Arival to Lviv. Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Lviv. Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00-13:00 City tour with visit to the memorial Lychakiv Cemetery
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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3
Lviv - Mukachevo. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Visit Mukachevo castle.
They say that Mukachevo is named after the castle “Palanok”. Its showcase foundation is a 68 meter high dormant volcano. Palanok’s strength has always been impressive: 5-meter thick walls, a large permanent garrison, 164 guns, 60 barrels of gunpowder, and sufficient food supplies in the event of a long siege. In the times of the Transylvanian Prince Rakoci (1633-1711) Palanok Castle became one of the strongest fortresses of Central Europe. Palanok was a stronghold for the anti-Habsburg struggle and the capital of Transylvania. At that time they even had their own mint and an Austrian political prison. From December 1805 to March of 1806 these walls hid the greatest treasure of Hungary from Napoleon’s troops - the Hungarian Holy Crown. Now on the territory of Palanok, with a total area of almost 13,930sq.m, there is a historical museum, art gallery, art studio and cozy coffee houses. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4
Mukachevo – Ivano-Frankovsk. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out
The journey continues to Ivano–Frankivsk through magnificent Carpathian landscapes: the green mountains, alpine valleys, popularly known as “poloninas”, gardens and vineyards. On the way to Ivano- Frankivsk you will visit Khust, the city on the Rika and Tysa rivers. Khust was established in the 11th century. In 1329 Khust was designated a crown city. It was proclaimed to be the Capital of Carpathian Ukraine in 1939. The most famous is the Castle, 11th –12th and 14th – 16th century (ruins), Located on a hill. In 1769 during a storm lightning ignited the gunpowder and caused an explosion which demolished the majority of the buildings.
Then proceed to Rakhiv, city on the Tysa River. It is located in the centre of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. First mentioned in documents dating to 1447. Today this is a popular tourist destination. Visit can be done to the Carpathian Nature Preserve. Carpathian Nature Reserve near the Dolyna Nartsysiv massif (Valley of Narcissus) contains a unique collection of narrow-leafed narcissus. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Day 5
Ivano-Frankovsk. Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Ivano-Frankovsk
The European history of Ivano-Frankovsk began with Stanislav fortress built by Polish magnate Andriy Pototskyi and named after his son Stanislav, and almost ended with the “marmelade fire” of 1868. Almost the whole city burnt due to the carelesness of a lady cooking marmalade on a low fire. In 1962 Stanislav was renamed Ivano-Frankivsk. Its City Hall, built in the constructivism style, houses a Museum of Local Lore, History and Economy, with a wonderful mix of artifacts: the jaw of a saw-fish, a crocodile carcass, furniture from the Pototskyi era and early printed editions of the Bible. In the afternoon will be the visit to the Manyavsky Skyt (1611) Monastery. The first wood church was built in 1612; in 1619 the Vozdvyzhenska Church was built. Stone and wood structures surrounded by a stone wall with towers, many frescoes have been preserved. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6
Ivano-Frankivsk – Yaremche – Kolomyya – Kosmach – Chernivtsi. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out
Yaremcha is one of the major tourist centers in the Hutsul region. The town of Yaremcha is pure romance. You will hear about the Carpathian Robin Hood - Olexa Dovbush, and on the Prut River you will see a true Carpathian wonder - Probiy waterfall. Kolomyya was first mentioned in the Halych- Volynian Chronicle for the year 1240. The city is famous for its master-ceramicists and woodcarvers, is a home of the two largest Hutsul Arts, Crafts and Pysanka Museums mentioned in the British Queen’s Encyclopaedia as world masterpiece museums. Do not miss the chance to discover the world’s only Museum of Pysanka (Easter Egg), whose building is in the form of a 14 metre long egg. Here there are about 6,000 Easter eggs from various countries around the world - Ukraine, Pakistan, Shri-Lanka, Belarus and Poland. From Kolomyia it is not a great distance to Kosiv - one of the oldest Hutsul villages in Ukraine, a real Mecca for folk crafts. Most of all Kosiv is known for its fair, where it is possible to buy almost everything - from original yellow and green ceramics to a devil in a bottle who, according to legend, will help make you rich. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel in Chernivtsi.

Day 7
Chernivtsi – Khotyn – Kamyanets-Podilskiy. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Sightseeing tour to Chernivtsi, the regional civic-political and cultural center of Bukovyna, situated on both shores of the Prut River. The complex history of the city is uniquely reflected in the city’s old quarter, with its buildings of various architectural styles: Bysantine, Gothic, Baroque and others. During the sightseeing tour you will visit Holy Spirit Cathedral; Kobylianska Regional Theater of Music and Drama (1904-05), Residence of the Bukovynian Metropolitans, 1864-82.
Khotyn Fortress visit. It came into being in the times of Kiev Rus. Even then the stronghold which protected ferriage across the Dnister was one of the mightiest in Eastern Europe. Five towers on the high walls (up to 60 meters!) are decorated with ornamental red bricks. In some places the ornament is interrupted by enemy cannon balls, the scars on the body of the movie star fortress. Inside the Castle there are remains of the Governor’s Palace. In that time, when Khotyn belonged to the Ottoman Empire, the palace was transformed into a golden cage for the 37 captives of Pasha’s harem. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel in Kamyanets-Podilskiy.

Day 8
Kamyanets-Podilskiy - Ternopil. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. City tour and the Fortress visit
Kamyanets-Podilsky is listed among the “Seven Wonders of Ukraine” for good reasons. Its gems are the mighty fortress, the incredible Old City, and the fairytale Smotrych River canyon. A rocky island skirted by the tight loop of the Smotrich River flowing in a picturesque canyon, served as a unique pedestal on which over more than a thousand years miracle in stone was created. Evidence that Kamyanets was one of the strongest fortresses of Europe for several centuries is found in the watchtowers standing all round the city-island having a unique system of sluices that raised the level of the Smotrych River in case of attack. In St. Peter and Paul Cathedral from the 15th - 19th centuries there is a 36-metre-high minaret with a gilded statue of Madonna on its top. During Turkish rule (1672-1699), the cathedral was turned into a mosque, and when Kamyanets was returned to Poland, the new rulers decided not to demolish the minaret but installed a gilded statue on its top. In the Cathedral, there is the most valuable art treasure of Kamyanets, a marble headstone of 21-year-old Laura Przezdziecka that was once sought after by the Hermitage museum in St.-Petersburg, but the city managed to keep Laura. Transfer to Ternopil. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel in Ternopil.

Day 9
Ternopil – Pochaev - Lviv. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to Pochaev. Visit Pochayiv Lavra
Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra has for centuries been the foremost spiritual and ideological centre of various Orthodox christians in Western Ukraine. The monastery tops a 60-metre hill in the town of Pochayiv. A first record of the monastery in Pochayiv dates back to 1527, although a local tradition claims that it was established three centuries earlier, during the Mongol invasion, by several runaway monks, either from the Kiev Monastery of the Caves or from the Holy Mountain. Transfer to Lviv. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel in Lvov.

Day 10
Lviv. Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Departure transfer to the airpor