Three regions of Western Ukraine, two traditional celebrations, eight days of deep dive into Ukrainian culture

Start date and place: 11 Jan 2021, Lviv

End date and place: 19 Jan 2021, Ivano-Frankivsk

Duration: 8 days

Group size: 1 – 14

Spots left: 13

Confirmed: No due to COVID-19

Price: €1390

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 craftsmen 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 three schools where you can share your experiences and world views, broadening their horizons. We take part in the local celebrations, prolonging the winter festive period. We indulge into local cuisine. We see locals creating pieces of art and daily objects, and we create ourselves. And all this happens in a beautiful region neighbouring 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!

11 Jan: Lviv. Gathering at the hotel, free time

12 Jan: Official start of the trip. Guided tour around Lviv. Visit to a sculptor creating lyres. Free time in Lviv. Transfer to Chernivtsi

13 Jan: Guided tour around Chernivtsi. Trip to Glyboka – community driving multiple projects for local development. School visit

14 Jan: Old New Year parade in Vashkivtsi. Transfer to Kosiv, free time. Traditional celebration dinner with carols

15 Jan: Exploring local art and crafts. Pottery workshop. Visit to the Residence Khata-Maysternya (House-Workshop in Ukrainian). School visit. Visit to a family of woodcarvers

16 Jan: Walk in Kolomyya. Unique Easter egg museum. Traditional egg painting workshop (elective). School visit. Region’s museum of folk art. Village Sheshory and waterfalls

17 Jan: Kryvorivnya village, visiting traditional hutsul (local ethnic group) home. Verhovyna village with well-preserved traditions and everyday life. Museum of folk musical instruments. Visit to the family baking traditional local bread. Museum of Hutsul embroidery. Culinary workshop. Dinner with performance

18 Jan: Kosiv weekly market. Private motocycle club. Visit to the family making Carpathian Lizhnyk (woolen blanket). Visit to a local fashion designer. Traditional dinner

19 Jan: Seeing the celebration of The Baptism of the Christ. Transfer to Ivano-Frankivsk. End of the tour

Included in the tour price

8 nights of accommodation

8 breakfasts and lunches

3 celebration dinners

Local transportation

Professional English-speaking local guide

English-speaking tour leader

Guided tours, workshops

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 guide

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

He 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. Over five years he has visited more than 50 countries. Nazar is fluent in English. Currently he works as a tour guide in the Carpathians. During our tour Nazar will introduce you to the world of folklore and traditions of Hutsuls. And lovers of outdoor activities will discover the beauty and grandeur of the Ukrainian Carpathians thanks to our guide.


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

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.