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Scenic Ukraine And Poland
11 Days

ITINERARY

11 days/10 nights

Tour Overview:
Offering the best of Ukraine and Poland by combining the historical cities of Kiev, Lviv, Krakow and Warsaw in one itinerary, this tour is time travel, walking back into the old world charm of a gone by era. The historical churches and castles of Ukraine, along with old towns of Poland, none more fascinating than its post-war-reconstructed-capital Warsaw, are bound to charm even the most seasoned traveler.

Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival Kiev

Arrival in Kiev, transfer to Hotel Park Inn Kyiv**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 (Thursday): Kiev

Founded in the late 9th century Kyiv is one of the oldest cities of 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 bell towers to cathedrals to underground cave systems and strong stone fortification walls. In the evening enjoy an optional dinner with folklore music at Restaurant Opanas. (B)


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 is offered 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 Bell Tower, Monks Refectory and Metropolite House. We proceed to the National Historical Museum with over 800 thousand unique exhibits related to the history and culture of Ukraine. (B)


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 signalled the beginning of the end of Soviet Ukraine. In the afternoon we go to the railway station to board the modern high-speed train bound for Lviv. Upon arrival in the evening to Lviv, transfer to Hotel Dnister**** or similar, check in. (B)


Day 5 (Sunday): Lviv

Lviv is known as the centre of West-Ukraine, which was never incorporated into 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 Town Hall, Black Stone Building, Opera Square, Kornyakt Palace, Medieval Pharmacy-Museum, Armenian Cathedral, Dominical and Bernardine cathedrals and the beautiful Boim Chapel. In the afternoon is offered an optional Lviv Beer Tour. 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. (B)


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, built 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. (B)


Day 7 (Tuesday): Lviv – Krakow

In the morning we are taken to 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. (B)


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. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka. (B)


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 Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw**** or similar. (B)


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, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is offered 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. (B)


Day 11 (Saturday): Warsaw Departure

Transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
July-August 2021, 11 days/10 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 30 - Jul 10, 2021 1610 2365
Jul 14 - 24, 2021 1610 2365
Jul 21 - 31, 2021 1610 2365
Jul 28 - Aug 07, 2021 1610 2365
Aug 04 - 14, 2021 1610 2365
Aug 11 - 21, 2021 1610 2365
Optional Tours: Price Per Person
3-hours visit to the Cave Monastery 60
Ukrainian dinner with folklore music at Restaurant Opanas 60
4-hours excursion to the Mamayeva Sloboda Open Air Museum 60
3-hours visit to St. Sophia’s Cathedral and National Historical Museum (walking tour) 35
3-hours visit to Chernobyl Museum 60
2-hours Lviv Beer Tour 50
8-hours excursion to castles around Lviv 85
Carpathian dinner at Restaurant Trout, Bread and Winep 50
4-hour excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine 85
Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka 60
3-hour excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water 60
Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki 60
Half board at hotels (10 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) 470

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 10 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 10 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Tickets for Cable Car ride in Kiev, entrances to Boim Chapel and Medieval Pharmacy-Museum in Lviv, Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa and St.
  • John’s Cathedral in Warsaw
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Train tickets Lviv- Przemysl-Krakow OW (2nd class)
  • Service of 1st class coach or 1st class vans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

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