Ukraine and Poland

Ukraine and Poland

Depart:
Escorted Tour-Land Only

11 Days/10 Nights

2020 Dates:

July 1, 15, 22 and 29
August 5 and 12
Price per Person:
Price per person in a double room $1799
Single Supplement $689
Package Includes:
10 nights first class hotel accommodation all with private facilities
Round trip airport transfers
Breakfast each morning
4 dinners-drinks not included
English speaking tour escort
Transportation between cities
Rail between Lviv-Przemysl-Krakow and Kiev-Lviv in 2nd class seats
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Luggage handling at hotels (1 piece per person)
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary

Day 1 Kiev
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to begin your exploration of the Ukrainian capital. Overnight at the Hotel Park Inn Kiev or similar.

Day 2 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 you 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 you reach by cable car, Independence Square, Opera House and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The afternoon is reserved for an 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 dinner with folklore music at the Restaurant Opanas. Overnight at the Hotel Park Inn Kiev or similar.

Day 3 Kiev
he morning enjoy an 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 you back to the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century rural Ukraine. In the afternoon visit St. Sophia’s Cathedral and the National History Museum. The St. Sophia Cathedral, built in the 11th century, is a UNESCO heritage monastery complex with unique ancient frescoes. The visit includes the Bell Tower, Monks Reflectory and the Metropolite House. Proceed to the National Historical Museum with over 800 thousand unique exhibits related to the history and culture of Ukraine. Overnight at the Hotel Park Inn Kiev or similar

Day 4 Kiev-Lviv
The early morning is reserved for a visit to the unique Chernobyl Museum dedicated to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which also signaled the beginning of the end of Soviet Ukraine. In the afternoon go to the train station to board the modern high-speed train bound for Lviv. Upon arrival in the evening to Lviv, transfer to the Hotel Dnister or similar for overnight.

Day 5 Lviv
Lviv is known as the center of West-Ukraine, which was never incorporated into imperial Russia but was a part the Habsburg Empire. Even though Lviv has had an enthralling and violent history it still has a unique old-world charm. The morning sightseeing tour takes you to the Lviv Old Town, a complex of stone buildings from the 14th-16th centuries and includes the Market Square with City House, the Black Stone Building, Opera Square, Kornyakt Palace, the Medieval Pharmacy-Museum, Armenian Cathedral, Dominican and Bernardine cathedrals and the beautiful Boim Chapel. In the afternoon enjoy a Lviv Beer Tour. You will have an opportunity to learn how craft beer is brewed and to taste it. During the tour you will travel from an old monastery of the 17th century to a modern beer brewery. Overnight at the Hotel Dnister or similar.

Day 6 Lviv
After breakfast your full day tour takes you to the 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 the Zolochiv Palace, the jewel of defensive architecture, built in the 17th century. Over centuries the palace served as a fortress and royal residence. In the courtyard you find the Grand Palace and the Chinese Palace. In the evening enjoy a Carpathian farewell dinner at the Restaurant Trout, Bread and Wine with its highlight dish, Carpathian trout.Overnight at the Hotel Dnister or similar.

Day 7 Lviv-Krakow
In the morning you will be taken to the Lviv Railway Station. Here you depart with a modern intercity train bound for the Polish city of Przemysl to catch your connection further on to Krakow. The scenic train ride takes you through the mountainous and forested Polish Sub-Carpathian province before you reach Krakow in early afternoon. Upon arrival you are transferred to the Hotel Novotel Centrum Krakow or similar,

Day 8 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 you 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 excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening enjoy a Polish dinner at the Restaurant Hawelka. Overnight at the Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum or similar.

Day 9 Krakow-Warsaw
Depart for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where you visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw or similar.

Day 10 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 enjoy an excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. This evening enjoy a Polish dinner at the Restaurant Dawne Smaki. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw or similar.

Day 11 Warsaw-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport. You can extend your stay in Warsaw or continue to Germany, Lithuania or Belarus.

Additional nights in Kiev and/or Warsaw available.



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