SPIRITUAL TOUR UKRAINE 7 DAYS
Group size 10 Start Bila Krynytsia
Countries 1 End Kolomyia
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If you are looking for a special trip that includes the unique spiritual experience of the pilgrimage, then you are looking in the right place. Experience with us the positive aura of sacred places and find out about the people who put their lives in the service of God. We will guide you through the ancient pilgrim paths to the shrines of different faiths and denominations. Our long experience and in-depth background knowledge will assure you that your trip will be an unforgettable experience!
- 6 x nights: 2 х Chernivtsi, 1 х Pochaiv, 2 х Lviv, 1х by Kolomyia.
- All-route local English or Romanian speaking guide.
- Transfer by modern coach throughout the whole trip.
- Meals: HB.
- English-speaking city tours: Chernivtsi, Chortkiv, Lviv, Kolomyia.
- Entrance + guided tour: all sacral buildings according to the itinerary; Bila Krynytsia: Dormition of the Mother of God Church, meeting with old-believer priest Chernivtsi: Mihai Eminescu monument, school where studied Mihai Eminescu, residence of the Orthodox metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia, synagogue and cemetery, former residence of Tzadikim, town hall, Bancheny monastery; Chortkiv: St. Stanislaus Church, Church of St. Mary; Pochaiv: Pochaiv Lavra, Dormition and Trinity Cathedrals, underground temple of St. Iov, Holy Spirit Skete; Onyshkivtsi: St. Anna Spring; Kremenets:Kremenets Monastery;Zarvanytsia pilgrim center; Lviv: St. George Cathedral, Armenian Cathedral, Jesuit Church, Lychakiv Cemetery; Drohobych: St George church; Monastery of Hoshiv; Manyava Skete; Kolymyia: Easter Egg Museum.
- Visa Fee
- Travel Insurance
- Single Supplement
- Any meals not mentioned
- Any transfers not mentioned (e.g. first and last day)
- Any expenses of a personal nature
- Camera/video permits
- Tips to the guide and driver
Today we start our way to the centre of old believers –Bila Krynytsia. There we will visit a magnificent Dormition of the Mother of God Church and talk with a local old-believer priest about the peculiarities of this branch of Christianity. Then we start our way to Chernivtsi of Northern Bukovina. After check-in at the hotel, we have a sighting excursion around this stylish city on the river Prut. With our guide, you explore this former most eastern cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian monarchy where once were more libraries than bakeries. You visit the beautiful former residence of the Orthodox metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, culture houses of different nations, walk along the main boulevard with numerous art nouveau buildings, marvel at the Opera House built by the famous Austro-Hungarian architecture studio Fellner & Helmer, explore the Round Square where is situated the town hall. Moreover, if you are lucky, up from the town hall you will hear the last trumpeter of Ukraine. During our tour, among other things, we will visit the street named after prominent Romanian writer, poet, novelist and journalist – Mihai Eminescu who lived and studied in Chernivtsi. We will also see the monument dedicated to him and the school where he has been studying in 1859-1884. In the evening, we will enjoy our dinner and share your expectations about the trip.
Today we will proceed our acquaintance with the city of Chernivtsi. With our guide, you explore this former most eastern cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian monarchy where once were more libraries than bakeries. You
visit the beautiful former residence of the Orthodox metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. On our way to the residence of Orthodox metropolians, we will have a
possibility to see Chernivtsi Synagogue. Our next highlight for today is the local cemetery, where are buried such prominent Romanians as philologist and teacher Aron Pumnul, historian and politician Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi,
folklorist – Ion G. Sbiera. After that, our guide will show you the former residence of Tzadikim from Friedman dynasty. Tzadikim a title in Judaism and especially in Hassidism a branch of Orthodox Judaism given to people
considered righteous. Our final highlight for today is Bancheny monastery, which is one the most recently built monasteries in the whole Ukraine. In the evening, we come back to Chernivtsi.
After breakfast, we will start our way. Our first highlight for today is St. John the Apostle monastery which is situated on the right high bank of the Dnister River from which you will see an exciting panorama of Zalishchyky town – the border between Galizia and Bukivina regions and the Dnister River canyon. Then we will proceed to the city of Chortkiv. During our city tour in the town of Chortkiv we will explore the local castle, the Town Hall and marvel at the magnificent St. Stanislaus Church and beautiful Church of St. Mary. In the late afternoon, we arrive in Pochaiv, where we stay for a night. Our main highlight for today is Zarvanytsia which is known for its icon of the Mother of God, believed to work miracles and is a popular site of pilgrimage. According to the legend in 1240 when the capital of Kyiv Rus Kyiv,was devastated by a Mongol invasion, one monk fled from the city. After a long and tiresome way he decided to stop in a secluded valley to drink water from a spring and pray to the Blessed Virgin. Having done so, and exhausted by the long travel, he fell asleep and saw the Mother of God. After awakening, he found the icon and decided to stay there and build a chapel for the icon.
After breakfast, we start our excursion to Pochaiv Lavra which for centuries has been a centre of various Orthodox denominations. It was founded in 13th century by the monks who fled Kyiv after it was sacked by the Mongol-Tatar troops. According to the tales, here to the monks appeared Holy Mother. During our guided excursion we will explore Dormition and Trinity Cathedrals visit the underground temple of St. Iov and explore holy places of Orthodox places. Four kilometres from the Pochaiv Lavra is located Holy Spirit Skete which is our next sightseeing spot. Further, we will drive to the village of Onyshkivtsi where is located famous St. Anna Spring and get acquainted with mysterious legends connected with it. Then we continue to the city of Kremenets where we visit Kremenets Monastery. In the late afternoon, we start our way to Lviv where we stay for a night.
After breakfast, we start our acquaintance with the city of Lviv once the fourth largest city of the Austro- Hungarian Empire and get acquainted more closely with the Christian traditions of the city of Lions and the whole Ukraine. Ukraine and particularly West Ukraine is known for the diversity of the Christian faiths as here are represented Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Armenian, Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches. During our tour we will visit St. George Cathedral, which served as a mother church of the Greek-Catholic Church, Armenian Cathedral, Jesuit the Church and other prominent places of worshiping in Lviv. In addition, today we will have a possibility to see Lychakiv Cemetery – one of the oldest necropolises in Europe. Here you will find out more about the distinguished personalities who were writing the history of the city.
Early in the morning, we depart Lviv for the Carpathian Mountains. First stop at the old town of Drohobych, formerly the centre of the salt industry. There we will visit the 17th century wooden church of St George which is
one of the best preserved timber churches of Galicia. Not so long ago in 2013 it was enlisted to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as one of 16 Wooden Tserkvas of Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine. Then we continue into the foothills of the Carpathians, we will stop at the Monastery of Hoshiv which is famous for its wonder making Mother of God icon. By the end of the 18th century “Monastic Chronicle’’ says about 117 records of the miraculous recovery, salvation, and other signs of powerful protection of the Blessed Virgin. Afterwards, we continue our way to Manyava Skete which is also known as Ukrainian Athos. Manyava Skete is famous for the apparitions of Virgin Mary, who according to the legends appeared here twice and for its miracle-working icon of Manyava. After that, our bus takes us to Kolymyia where we stay for a night.
After breakfast, we have an excursion around Kolomyia which is an unofficial capital of Hutsuls – ethno-cultural group which inhabits Ukraine and Northern part of Romania (particularly Bukovina and Maramures). During our tour, we will visit the museum of Easter Eggs where you will have a possibility to compare Ukrainian and Romanian traditions of easter egg painting. After that, our program comes to the end and you start your
way back home. We are sure that you leave Ukraine with unforgettable memories and the feeling, you have experienced something really special. You have spent in Ukraine the interesting week, got acquainted with its
culture and traditions and, we do believe, that you have a strong wish to come here once more again.We always welcome you here!