WESTERN UKRAINE AGRICULTURAL TRAVEL 8 DAYS
Group size 10 Start Lviv
Countrie 1 End Lviv
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
More than 14 million tourists visited Ukraine in 2017. Vast lands and cultural diversity of the country attract the tourists. In addition to the traditional touristic sites that Ukrainian cities offer, agricultural trips are becoming more popular here, since Ukraine has a long agricultural tradition. Different climatic conditions of these lands offer a rich palette of flora and fauna.
- 7 x nights: 2 x Lviv, 1 x Slavske, 2 x Mukachevo, 1 x Shayan, 1 x Bukovel.
- All-route local English-speaking guide or other languages on request.
- Meals: HB.
- Transfer by modern coach throughout the whole trip.
- Entrance + guided tour: all sacred buildings according to the program; Italian Courtyard in Lviv; Castle in Mukachevo; the cortyard of сount Gabor Bethlen, wine museum in Berehove, Ethnographic Museum in Verkhovyna.
- Other highlights: visit to shepherds, deer farm + cane furniture manufacturer in Iza; goat farm in Mostys’ka; beekeeping near Stryj; wine tasting in Berehove; quail farm in Mukachevo, agricultural company in Ivano-Frankivsk.
- 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
Arrival to Lviv
You arrive in Lviv – the biggest city of Western Ukraine and the cultural capital of the country. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers an integration of architectural styles and a unique atmosphere, a city with multicultural history. For dinner, we drive to the chairman of the regional Cossack association. He invites us for a traditional dish cooked on an open fire and for a glass of kvass – fermented beverage commonly made from rye bread.
Visiting a goat farmer and beekeeper
One Belgian man has built a goat farm not far from Lviv and adheres to organic standards in farming. He presents his rich range of products and reports about the cattle breeding in the Ukraine and about the distribution of his products. On our way to the Carpathians we make a stop in Stryj and visit an apiary. The wide steppes of the Ukraine offer almost paradisiacal conditions to the bee colonies. During the conversation with the owner of the apiary we learn some of the regional specificities of beekeeping and taste honey and other bee products.
The way to the Carpathians
What can be more pleasant than to get up early and to take a short walk in a forest before breakfast. When also beautiful mountain landscapes catch the eye, you can really enjoy your life. After breakfast, we go up in the mountains and visit the shepherds, who will introduce us to their daily lives and their life philosophy. In the evening, we reach town Mukachevo and eat in the restaurant with Lemken cuisine (Lemken – a population group in the Carpathians).
The fortress of Rakoczi family
After breakfast in the hotel you explore the city center of Mukachevo with our tour guide. At every step you find traces of the Austro-Hungarian past of the city. And this little city has much to offer – art nouveau Town Hall at the market square, the white residence of the Rakoczi family and St. Joseph Chapel. If you are near Mukachevo, you should see Palanok Castle from all angles, since it is located on a 68 m high massif of volcanic origin. The castle dates back to the 13th century and for a long time belonged to the Rakoczi family. At the present time the castle houses a museum and has a magnificent 130 rooms. In the afternoon we visit a quail farm near Mukachevo. Quail itself and quail eggs are the main products. There you find out how people take care of suitable ground husbandry in the Ukraine. The guide tells you some history of the quail breeding, the healing effects of the quail eggs, so that you will fancy the idea of having your own quail farm.
Wine region with a deer farm
On this day we continue through the Transcarpathia. The road meanders around the mountain ranges and offers breathtaking panoramas for true nature and mountain lovers. Seldom does a person feel such a unity with nature, suddenly it becomes clear that he or she is a part of it.In an hour you reach the town Berehove. This is a unique town in Ukraine – a center of Hungarian culture, the Hungarians are the most numerous population group in this city. During a city tour you get acquainted with the history and the presence of this town, visit the cathedral built in the 12th century, that was destroyed by the Tartars around 1240 and later rebuilt, as well as the cortyard of сount Gabor Bethlen, where the town museum is now located. Today, the city is famous for its thermal baths. The whole region of Transcarpathia is known for its wines. In Berehove you visit the Regional Wine Museum, and afterwards you are invited to a wine tasting. In the afternoon we visit a deer farm and admire cane chairs and wicker furniture in a Carpathian village, where this craft has been maintained for generations.
On the trail of a mountain people
We continue and come to geographic center of Europe, city called Rakhiv. The place is embedded by the ridges of the forest Carpathians. Nearby, the highest peak of this low mountain range, Hoverla, rises up to 2061 m. Among other things, Ukraine is known for its ancient beech forests, which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. We speak with a qualified professional about forestry in Ukraine. In the afternoon we follow the tracks of mountain people – Hutsuls. The rousing music and unforgettably beautiful woodcarvings are the features of the Hutsuls. In the Verkhovyna, Hutsul settlement, you visit the Ethnographic Museum, that houses a remarkable collection of ancient clothing, household items and Hutsul handicrafts. The museum owner proudly presents his collection of local musical instruments and gives a little show. Near Bukovel we stay in a mountain hotel. In a local inn with Hutsul atmosphere we sit down for dinner and taste the specialties of this region.
A journey through time to the kolkhoz
On this day we drive back to Lviv. On the way you can stop by the souvenir market in Yaremche, full of carvings, ceramics, embroidery and various antiques. Our agricultural journey would be complete if we do not visit a remnant, a relic of the past epoch – a typical Soviet kolkhoz – an agricultural company from the Soviet era. We learn from a real life example how agriculture was built in the past, visible structural differences between then and now and the story of transformation. In the late evening we reach Lviv.
Our program comes to its end today. You take with you unforgettable impressions and the great feeling of having experienced something special. You have spent your time eventfully and we hope that we have managed to persuade you coming here once more in the future. You are always welcome here!