Three capitals: Kiev, Lvov, Odessa

Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Route: Kiev-Lvov-Odessa

Tour program:

1st day, Wednesday

Arrival to Kiev. Meeting with the firm representative at the railway station at 7.30 a.m.
1 p.m. Meeting with the guide at the underground station “Kreschatik” (entrance to Gorodetskogo street).
Pedestrian excursion “Architectural chronicles and parks of Pechersk”
Really in Kiev you can plunge into the atmosphere of bohemian Paris of the end of XIX – beginning of XX centuries. A huge quarter, which became a favorite place of artists, poets, musicians, singers and other art bohemia had appeared here, in the centre of Kiev, on the territory of Mering’s big estate.
Along the excursion you will pass through Gorodetskogo street, find yourselves at the Solovtsov’s theater, hear the story about the first pay park, about Ginsburg’s skyscraper and much other interesting information about Kiev life. You will see numerous monsters, chimeras, idols and angels on the facades of the houses; you will get to know many interesting facts about the street, which has kept its charm even in the noisy center of the city. Then on going from Ivana Franka square and up stairs you will reach the building of Presidential Administration and one of the most fantastic houses in the city – the Houses with Chimeras which was built by the architect Gorodetskiy after whom the street was named. Along Luteranskaya street you will go to the House of Wailing Widow at which you will see the house where Maria Tarnavskaya – Kiev aristocrat of royal blood, femme fatale or black angel as she was called by her contemporaries – lived.
Excursion to Chocolate House. The state constructed at the turn of the XIX century and the XX century and named by the local citizens as Chocolate House is located in the center of Kiev, in Shelkovichnaya street. But no to be mistaken on thinking that sweets are sold and candies are produced here. The house fa?ade is chocolate here; the house is saturated coffee-chocolate color with numerous molding. Due to it the house is really liked to be made of exquisite chocolate bars. Not only facade but inner interior is beautiful too. The house looks like a daedal casket from the inside. The unique interiors of the house were decorated in different art styles (Modern, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque).

4.30 p.m. Free time
(pedestrian tour, tour duration is 3 hours)

2nd day, Thursday

1 p.m. Meeting with the guide at the underground station “Pochtovaya ploshad” (near the funicular).
Pedestrian excursion “History of business and cultural development of Kiev”. Along the excursion you will get acquainted with the monuments of religion, architecture and science, know a lot of interesting facts about the great people who had caused the development of Kiev. They are organizers and founders of sugar industry, bridge constructors, aircrafts, architects, doctors, composers and teachers, scientists and merchants as well as the other talented people who are famous not only in Kiev but in Europe. You will see the creation of architects who embodied the beauty of Ukrainian Baroque, nobility of Florentine Gothic and refinement of Modern in stone. Besides you will hear rare information concerning mythology, heraldry and history of Europe.

4 p.m. Excursion is over in Gorodetskogo street.
(pedestrian tour, tour duration is 3 hours)

3rd day, Friday

9 a.m. Meeting with the guide in the hotel hall. Transfer to the railway station (we recommend to leave to luggage in the left-luggage office of the railway station).
Bus review excursion about the city “Get acquainted with Kiev”.

Along the excursion you will get acquainted with the amazing city over the Dnieper River and its historical objects:
At first we will stop near Vladimirskiy cathedral which was founded at the end of the ХІХ century, in pseudo Byzantine style; the best artist such as Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Pimonenko, Vrubel and others painted the cathedral. (visiting of the cathedral).
The next stops are National opera of Ukraine (1901), Golden Gate – the main gate of the city, monument to B.Khmelnitskiy, Sofievskaya square, Mikhaylovskaya square, Nezavisimosti square, Funicular, Pochtovaya square and Kontraktovaya square (stop), embankment of the Dnieper River, monument to Kiy, Shek, Horiv and Lybid – the monument to founders of Kiev (stop), monument “Native Land-Mother” and others.

12.30 p.m. Excursion to the National Historical-Cultural Reserve Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra – the proud of Ukraine, treasure of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, the place of mass pilgrimage, in cave labyrinths of which the relics of more than 120 saint people are placed. In the upper territory you can visit the museums of: historical treasures, of decorative art, of book and publishing, of theatrical art, of Syadristiy’s miniature.

2.30 p.m. Free time
(bus-pedestrian tour, tour duration is 4,3-5 hours)

Departure to Lvov (train tickets are for an additional fee)

4th day, Saturday

Arrival to Lvov
8 a.m. Meeting with the firm representative. Transfer to the hotel. The accommodation is guaranteed after 12 a.m.
1 p.m. Meeting with the guide at the Opera Theater
Pedestrian excursion “Old city”: you will be welcome by Lvov of the XIV – XVIII centuries with its narrow streets, cathedrals and legends. Along the walk you will see St. Peter and Paul Cathedral of Jesuit Order, Latin Cathedral, the Boims Chapel, Rynok Square with its Renaissance houses-palaces, Armenian Quarter, drugstore-museum (visiting), Dominical Cathedral, architectural ensemble of Uspenskiy Cathedral, fortifications of an ancient Lvov, former Jewish Quarter.

3 p.m. Pedestrian excursion “Austrian Lvov” – the excursion to an ancient Lvov of the XVIII – XIX centuries, the time of the reign of Austrian Emperors who enriched Lvov with beautiful buildings and quarters. Along the excursion you will see the monuments of architecture, decorated in different styles: Classicism, Eclecticism and Baroque.

5 p.m. Free time
(pedestrian tour, tour duration is 4 hours)

5th day, Sunday

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from the hotel on your own.
10 a.m. Meeting with the guide in the downtown.
Out-of-town excursion “Palaces of the western Ukraine”:

11.30 a.m. Oleskiy Castle is the monument of architecture of the XIII-XVIII centuries. It’s a stony castle, the former palace of Polish kings. It was constructed as an ancient Russian fortress, and at the beginning of the XVII century it began being used as the residence of the Polish magnate. Yan Sobesskiy III and Mikhail Koribut Vishnevskiy were born here.

1 p.m. Podgoretskiy Castle. The first mentions of the castle in Podgortsy dates back to 1445. The construction of the castle was paid for by Stanislaw Konetspolskiy who bought it with surrounding villages from Yanush Podgoretskiy.
It was seen by almost every inhabitant of the USSR. Though they had hardly guessed that it was located in Ukraine. It was changed into Louvre along the shooting of the movie “The Three Musketeers”. Namely here the scenes of Marlezonskiy ballet were shot and namely to this palace D’Artagnan brought diamond pendants from Duke Bekingem.

2.30 p.m. Zolochevskiy Castle. The town of Zolochev is located along the former important trade route which joined the West with the East and South of the Europe. The first mentions of Zolochev dates back to 1442. The town got the Magdeburg Law on the 15th of March in 1523. A big Armenian settlement had already existed here at that time. In 1532 the owner of Zolochev, Stanislaw Seninskiy sold it to Andrey Gurko, Poznan castellan. Then Zolochev and the fortress become the property of Yakub Sobesskiy…

5 p.m. Arrival to Lvov

Departure to Odessa (train tickets are for an additional fee)

6th day, Monday

8 a.m. Meeting with the firm representative. Transfer to the hotel. The accommodation is guaranteed after 12 a.m.
1 p.m. Meeting with the guide at Transfiguration Cathedral (Sobornaya Square)
Pedestrian excursion “Odessa is a city of all religions”. Odessa always was an international and multi- confessional city. It was the center of pilgrimage to shrines of Palestine, Rome, Constantinople, Sinai, Athos during long time.
Along the excursion you will get to know about creation, destruction and reconstruction of numerous cathedrals of Odessa, hear the history of Odessa shrines: Uspenskiy Cathedral (miraculous icon of the Kasperovskaya Mother of God), Svyato-Uspenskiy Male Monastery and Seminary, Saint Mikhail Female Monastery. Except of orthodox cathedrals in Odessa there are synagogues, Catholic churches, Greek Church and Armenian Church, Arab Cultural Center, Lutheran Church which has been constructed and opened recently, and houses of worship of different religious communities.

4 p.m. Free time
(pedestrian tour, tour duration is 3 hours)

7th day, Tuesday

Breakfast in the hotel
10 a.m. Meeting with the guide in the hotel hall.
Review excursion about the city “Ah, Odessa..!”. Along the excursion you will get acquainted with the most beautiful places and sights of the city: one of the symbols of Odessa – Opera and Ballet Theater where Shalyapin and Sobinov, Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse and Mariya Zankovetskaya, Anna Pavlova, Maya Plisetskaya and many other talented artists gave their performances; exquisite house in style of Venetian Gothic – Odessa Philharmonic.
On Primorskiy boulevard you will see: City Council, and elegant monument of Pushkin near the building. Among the most beautiful ancient buildings on the boulevard are Londonskaya Hotel and Cultural Palace of Sailors, and, of course the world-famous Potemkin Stairs with its 192 stairs which was built in 1837.
You will pass through the ancient streets of the city: Deribasovskaya street, Pushkinskaya street, Lanzheronovskaya street and Pishelyevskaya street.

1 p.m. Transfer to the railway station
(bus-pedestrian tour, tour duration is 3 hours)

Tour fee includes:
accommodation, breakfast according to the program – continental, excursions according to the program, entrance tickets to the museums (Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, Chocolate House), transfer: Kiev railway station-hotel- Kiev railway station, Lvov railway station-hotel, Odessa railway station-hotel- Odessa railway station, transport service according to the program, guide service.

Additional costs:
payment for an early meeting at Kiev railway station (earlier than 8 a.m.), transfer: hotel in Lvov – railway station, entrance tickets to the museums of Lvov (payment in the museum).