Galicia – one of the most cosmopolitan regions in Europe.
This excursion will take you into one of the most colorful regions of Europe where you will meet Romanian culture and tradition, German, Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian, and not only. Also you will meet the Orthodox church, the Greek Catholic one, the Roman Catholic one and next to the mosaic one. In the 13th century King Andrew II of Hungary used the style Galicia et Lodomeria – a Latinised version of the Slavic names Halych and Volodymyr, the major cities of the principality of Halych-Volhynia, which the Hungarians ruled from 1214 to 1221. The full official name of the new Austrian province was Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the Duchies of Auschwitz and Zator. After the incorporation of the Free City of Krakow in 1846, it was extended to Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, and the Grand Duchy of Krakow with the Duchies of Auschwitz and Zator ( German: Königreich Galizien und Lodomerien mit dem Großherzogtum Krakau und den Herzogtümern Auschwitz und Zator).
Day dedicated to Maramures. Today we continue to explore the Maramures region, the wooden churches – Desesti, Surdesti etc. Visit to a local hat – and plum brandy – maker and seeing a traditional wash machine etc. One of the most beautiful and complete mural painting entities is found here in the church of St. Parasceva of Desesti. The church was built in 1770 in traditional style with a very slender tower. The inside paintings were realized by the local painter Radu Munteanu. The church displays a collection of 14 wooden painted icons of great artistic value. Due to the harmonious whole and the well-preserved paintings, the church has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is called the wooden cathedral of Gothic style and is the most beautiful one of the 31 old wooden churches of the Maramures area. Visit also the Former communist prison, transformed in Museum of the Communist Holocaust . The Highlight for today would be The Happy Cemetery from Sapanta. Same accommodation and traditional dinner accompanied with the local plum brandy.
Sighetul Marmatiei – Gura Humorului. Departure to Bucovina , over Iza Valley. The drive will take us all day but we will also see and visit many sites. First we visit Barsana Monastery and Bogdana, a wooden church dated from 1710, than we go over Prislop pass (1400m) to enjoy the World of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Stop to see the village of Ciocanesti with their interesting painted houses. Lunch on the way, free dinner and accommodation in Gura Humorului.
Day dedicated to Bucovina. Among the most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Their painted exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell. Day dedicated to the famous painted monasteries. We will depart after breakfast and visit a local artist who paints the Easter eggs. She will demonstrate us the technique she uses and anyone can try its first steps in this art. We continue to Moldovita monastery, meet sister Tatiana who will present us the paintings, and after we will have lunch in the monastery. Afternoon we depart towards Voronet and Humor monastery. Voronet Monastery (as well as Humor, Arbore, Sucevita and Moldovita ) are UNESCO patrimony – built in XV century by great Moldavian ruler Stefan cel Mare. The Voronet Church preserve great outside and inside frescoes from XVI century, the “Last Judgment” is comparable with Sixtine Chapel from Vatican. Free dinner so you have time to practice for the egg painting.
Gura Humorului – Chernivtsi. Today we will cross the Ukrainian border and go to the capital of Bucovina, Chernivtsi. We will arrive around noon, lunch in Chernivtsi. Full Guided Sightseeing Chernivtsi Tour. Six hundred years old in October 2008, Chernivtsi was once the chief city of Bukovina (Beech Tree Land) in old Moldavia (now Moldova). It belonged to the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century. After WWI, it rested temporarily within Romania. Today, the city remains the ‘capital’ of the unofficial Bukovina region, but its past Jewish, Armenian, and German communities are now just ghostly presences. Visiting Central Square, Turkish Square, theater, “ship-house”, “Gentlemen-street”, cathedrals. Excursion to Chernivtsi national university (former residence of metropolis of Bucovina). Free dinner and accommodation.
Chernivtsi – Hotin – Kamenetz’-Podilsky – Lvov. Breakfast in the Hotel. Check-out.Travel to Lvov via Khotyn and . On the way Guided Tour to Khotyn Fort – a massive fort overlooking the Dniester River is a site of epic proportions. This 12th-16th century structure rests a top a man-made platform 33 feet deep, a remarkable example of ancient engineering genius. Its 50 meter walls are still the tallest in all of Europe. Next stop – the Medieval Kamenetz’-Podilsky. Lunch. Guided sightseeing tour at Kamenetz’-Podilsky Fort, the Russian and Polish estates, the Cathedral and Dominican Catholic churches to the unique Town Hall and the Armenian wall and Bastion, St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic church with minaret – this city eats, sleeps, and breathes history. Arrival in Lvov. Dinner and accommodation.
City tour of Lvov. Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour: Cathedral of St. George-masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Ukrainian-Catholic Metropolitanate of Western Ukraine. The High Castle Hill – place of Lviv foundation, from where one can enjoy magnificent view of the city. Lviv National Ivan Franko University, Polytechnic University, Old Tram Depot, Lychakiv Cemetery – one of the most ancient landscape cemeteries of Europe. On a cemetery one can be introduced to Art of famous Lviv sculptors of various styles and epochs. Monuments of an epoch of classicism of such masters as Antony Shimzer, Pol Evtel, Vitver and many other are widely presented. This necropolis is known also as place where Polish, German, Ukrainian, Armenian art workers were buried (poets, writers, artists, scientists, military). Lunch. “Medieval Town” City introduction with architecture and way of life during XIV-XX centuries; taking a view of Jesuit Church of St. Peter and Paul (XVII century), Roman Catholic Cathedral (XIV-XVIII centuries), Uspenskaya Church (XVI century), Bell Tower “Kornyakta” (XVI century), Municipal and Royal Arsenal (XVI-XVII century), Jewish Quarter, Ruins of Synagogue “Golden Rose”, defensive walls, Dominican Cathedral (its history dates back to the beginning of the XIV century, current building has been built in the XVIII century; at the moment there is a Museum of the History of Religion in this building), Pharmacy Museum, Kornyakt’s House or the Residence of Polish King, Jan Sobieski III (Historical Museum), Armenian quarter and Cathedral (XIV-XVI centuries), Market Square (unique museum in the open air – all 45 buildings on the square are considered to be architectural monuments of XVI-XX centuries), Italian Patio (courtyard), Town Hall, Ivan Pidkova Monument, Taras Shevchenko Monument, Freedom Boulevard, Lviv Opera Theatre (which is viewed as one of the three most beautiful theatres of Europe), Boimov and Kampianov Monuments (XVII century), Boim’s and Kampian’s chapels (XVII century), Bernardin Monastery of XVII century (today in the former monastery there is Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of St. Andrew, however the building of the Monastery is partially occupied by archives, where huge collection of autographs is being preserved of Peter I, Charles XII and others). Visit to a real Lviv coffee house, where one can hear History of Coffee, indulging oneself with ethnic coffee ceremony. Free dinner.
Free morning to enjoy Lviv and do the last shopping. In the afternoon excursion to Lviv Brewery. First in Ukraine Museum of Brewery with total area of 500 sq.m. that is located in the building of XIX century. On the 14th of October 2005 on the occasion of the 290th year anniversary from the date of Lviv’s brewery foundation First Ukrainian Museum of Brewery was opened. Main purpose of the Museum was to perform to every single visitor an unquenchable deepness of the BEER WORLD. To visit Museum means to approach the mystery of the brew birth, learn by experience the History of its genesis, meet with the tradition of the production & consumption of “Lvivske» brew and to feel deeply its great taste! Farewell Dinner with Ukrainian music and national performances.
Comments: The trip can be extended with 2-3 days , by introducing Cracovia , and surroundings.
• Double/twin room: Eur
• Single supplement: Eur
• Accomodation in 3-4* hotels
• Meals according to the program
• Professional English-speaking guide services
• Entrance fees
• Printed info about the sites visited
• Luxury coach transport’ services with A/C
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