Cities, castles, mountains, hot pots and thermal baths. Culture, history, nature, cuisine and creativity. Eight full days for a truly deep experience of all the best that Western Ukraine has on offer

Start date and place: May 8 2021, Lviv

End date and place: May 16 2021, Lviv

Duration: 8 days

Group size: 1 – 14

Spots left: 14

Confirmed: No due to COVID-19

Price: €1297

Early-bird discount: €100 (valid for first 6 spots!)

Western Ukraine has many unique gems to offer. During this trip we explore the region’s culture and traditions. We meet local craftspeople who introduce you to their work and life. We visit small private museums where owners share their passions and open up the heart of Ukraine through their collections and stories. We meet kids at local schools where you can share your experiences and world views, broadening their horizons. We indulge into local cuisine. We see locals creating pieces of art and daily objects, and we create ourselves. And all this happens in beautiful regions surrounded by picturesque Carpathian mountains. This trip will give you new perspectives, a real feeling of community, deep understanding of the local culture and a new beloved country where you will want to come back again and again!

Day 1: Lviv. Gathering at the hotel, free time

Day 2: Official start of the trip. Guided tour around Lviv. Visit to a sculptor creating lyres. Free time in Lviv. Transfer to Mukachevo. Dinner in a celtic cellar with craft drinks tasting

Day 3: Tour around Uzhgorod and its castle. Trekking to Lumshory waterfalls. Traditional Transcarpathian hot pots. Tour around and dinner in the evening Saint Miklós castle

Day 4: School visit. Tour around Mukachevo. Palanok castle. Berehove village. Thermal baths. Wine tasting

Day 5: Khust town. Narcissus valey. Visit to a buffalo farm. Transfer to Verkhovyna. Culinary workshop. Dinner with performance

Day 6: Verhovyna village with well-preserved traditions and everyday life. Museum of Hutsul (local ethnic group) embroidery. Museum of folk musical instruments. Visit to the family baking traditional local bread. Kryvorivnya village, visiting traditional hutsul home. Transfer to Kosiv

Day 7: School visit. Exploring local art and crafts. Pottery workshop. Visit to the family making Carpathian Lizhnyk (woolen blanket). Visit to a local fashion designer. Visit to a family of woodcarvers

Day 8: Kosiv weekly market. Private motocycle club. Visit to the Residence Khata-Maysternya (House-Workshop in Ukrainian). Village Sheshory and waterfalls

Day 9: Tour and free time in Kolomyya. Unique Easter egg museum and traditional egg painting workshop (elective). Region’s museum of folk art. Transfer to Lviv. End of the tour

Included in the tour price

8 nights of accommodation in a twin room

8 breakfasts and lunches

3 celebration dinners

Local transportation by minibus

Professional English-speaking local guide

English-speaking tour leader

Guided tours, workshops, degustations

Medical insurance

Welcome gift package

Entrance fees to the museums

Climate compensation via Chooose

Support of PRO.SVIT – our charity contribution

Not included

International flights

Airport transfer

Alcoholic beverages during meals

5 dinners

Activities outside of itinerary

Our guides

Konstantin Balabanov will be your guide in Transcarpathia.

This region is Konstantin’s motherland, where he was born and grew up. Wherever he travels, his soul is calling him back here. He adores this beautiful land’s mountains, history, traditions, archeology and kitchen. Konstantin knows every corner there, including the most secret and most interesting places. He’s been on every Transarpathian mountain and he loves them with all his heart. He is really looking forward to sharing this love with you, so that you will keep a bit of it in your open hearts.

Nazar Khrushch was born and lives in picturesque Kosiv in the foothills of the Carpathians.

Nazar received his higher education in economics. However, the job of an economist in the office did not quite appeal to Nazar, so he started combining work with travels around the world. He has visited more than 50 countries as a crew member on cruise liners, as well as on his own. Nazar is fluent in English. During our tour he will introduce you to the world of folklore and traditions of Hutsuls and the modern life of the mountain habitants. Nazar’s genuine love to his home region and real passion about its history and culture will make you fall in love with Western Ukraine during the tour.


Practical information

Safety

Due to the war in parts of Ukraine, the country has been shown in media solely from one side. We take safety of our travelers very seriously and continuously monitor and evaluate the situation in the country. At the time being, most governmental recommendations (including those of the UK, USA, Canada and Germany) recommend caution during travels to Ukraine, with avoiding demonstrations and crowds, following the news and not traveling to the occupied territories (Crimea peninsula, Donetsk and Luhansk regions).

Our tours take these recommendations into account and do not include any travels to the war zone and its proximity.

Getting to Lviv 

Lviv has its own international airport (LWO) offering direct connections from multiple European cities. For direct flights, you can check options offered by LOT, Ukraine International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Wizz Air, RyanAir and Air Baltic.

You can also take a train to Lviv. Direct trains travel from Polish Warsaw and Krakow. There are also options from Slovakia and Hungary, among other places.

Health safety

Due to the spread of virus COVID-19, all our tours are put on hold until the situation is safe for travelers and locals we visit.

Diverse governmental health institutions recommend the following prior to your trip to Ukraine: measles and all routine vaccinations to all travelers, Hepatitis A to most tourists and Hepatitis B and rabies to some risk groups. Please contact your healthcare provider at least 1 month prior to the trip to check which measures are applicable in your case.

About the supported charity

This trip will support the Centre of Innovational Education “PRO.SVIT”.

PRO.SVIT is a civic organisation that unites experts in the field of education to strengthen the capacity of educators and educational establishments to implement change and grow in a sustainable way for the good of developing human potential in the society.

Among other activities, PRO.SVIT organises Mentoring training – an educational programme for mentors to develop their skills required for a successful mentorship of a school.

Our money donated to PRO.SVIT will provide a scholarship enabling one person complete the Mentoring training. By sponsoring one person (a headmaster or vice-headmaster of a partnering school), we will make sure that one more educational institution will be run by a person who has essential skills such as project management, conflict-solving, coaching, constructive feedback. We believe that this co-operation, together with our school visits during the tour, empowers a positive and long-lasting change of Ukrainian society from diverse angles.