Explore Ukraine From a Woman’s Perspective with Cathy Scott

About Culture & History

Explore Ukraine From a Woman’s Perspective with Cathy Scott

About Culture & History

To truly see inside a country, you need to be able to see the culture from all perspectives. We created this Women’s tour of Ukraine, so you can do exactly that. Meet the incredible, inspiring, strong women who hold onto culture and preserve ancient traditions, in cosmopolitan cities to small villages. Take part in exclusive experiences that are off-the-beaten-path of regular tours. Make connections with locals, be immersed in culture, while also taking some down time to soak up the sights and smells of this beautiful country.

May 16 to 28, 2022

$4750 USD

Price per person land only $4750 USD. Not included: International & domestic flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Single supplement: $1585 USD. Private transfers are available at additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $600 non-refundable deposit.



Your Package Includes:

Included:
• Group airport transfers
• Workshops as listed on the itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Gratuities for guides / drivers/ maids
• 11 nights in quality hotels
• 1 Night in a sleeper train from Odesa to Chernivtsi (First class, 2 beds/cabin)

Itinerary:

Day 1 | Monday, May 16: Arrive in Kyiv (D)

Kyiv is a heart of Ukraine, the city situated on the hills and both banks of Dnipro River!
One of the most ancient of Slavic cities, Kyiv for centuries has remained a major historic and cultural center. Nowadays the cultural life of the Ukrainian capital is extremely rich and diverse and represents a wide range of experimental and traditional styles.

Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Once you’ve checked in and freshened up, we will take you on a city orientation, and show you the nearest money exchange places, ATMs, best souvenir stores, and local restaurants with the most delicious food!
Afterward, you will be taken out for a traditional Kyiv Style Dinner at one of the best restaurants in town! Rest of the evening at your leisure.


Day 2 | Tuesday, May 17: Kyiv (B/L)

Your first impression of Kyiv is bound to be a surprise. Nowadays, Kyiv is not just a city of Golden Domes, exciting and historical museums and memorials, but it’s also a cool, up-and-coming progressive city. To introduce you to the city, we’ll take you on a guided walking city tour – you’ll visit Independence Square, better now known as Maidan, a history-changing place, where the Revolution of Dignity happened! You will be also taken through iconic sights like St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery and St. Sophia’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 10th century!

After the city tour, we’ll stop for lunch in one of Kyiv’s many fantastic restaurants.

Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon. Treat yourself to a shopping at Andriyivsky Uzviz – a street that’s home to the city’s artisans, craftsmen and vendors – discover all kinds of items, from souvenir trinkets, to authentic costumes and war time memorabilia.

Evening at your leisure, but your guide will offer all kinds of suggestions of where to go.


Day 3 | Wednesday, May 18: Kyiv (B/L)

This morning, we’ll visit the ‘Association of Wives and Mothers of Soldiers Participating in ATO’, which acts as a community organization to provide unity in grief for wives and mothers of soldiers killed in the war in Eastern Ukraine. We’ll visit their office in Kyiv, and meet with the director of this organization, and some of the wives and mothers of the soldiers, to learn more about their story.

Afterwards, we’ll visit the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Founded more than a thousand years ago and set on the hills above the Dnipro River, this monastery astonishes tourists with its gold-domed churches, ancient icons and underground labyrinths lined with mummified monks!
Next, we’ll take you for lunch at a restaurant, in the style of a traditional Ukrainian house.


Day 4 | Thursday, May 19: Kyiv – Odesa (B/L)

Odesa – known as the Pearl of the Black Sea, is a blossoming, cosmopolitan city, and historic Black Sea Port. Immigrants from all over Europe were invited to make their fortune here when Odesa was founded in the late 18th century by Russia’s Catherine the Great, meaning that Odesa is one of the most multicultural cities in Ukraine –you will feel its unique vibe as you wander its eclectic streets stunning buildings, and the famous Potemkin steps which sweep down to the glistening Black Sea.

After breakfast and check-out from our hotel, we will get on the bus and travel to the beautiful maritime city of Odesa (475km, ~ 5h 30min). Bottled water will be provided on the bus. On our way, we will have a stop for lunch in an authentic restaurant ‘Batkivs’ka Khata’. The restaurant’s main feature is exclusive dishes of Ukrainian cuisine, prepared according to the oldest recipes.

Upon arrival in Odesa, we’ll get you checked-in to our hotel, situated in the very heart of the city. Have some rest after the trip before we take you for a brief city orientation to get the lay of the land in the town. We will show you around the local neighborhood and help you get familiarized with the area.

In the evening, we recommend you try out one of the many seafood restaurants in Odesa – your guide can help you chose one! The rest of the evening is at your leisure.


Day 5 | Friday, May 20: Odesa (B/L)

For those who enjoy delicious wines, today is your lucky day! Today, the small town of Shabo will open its doors to us… Shabo is home to its own winery and wine factory, where we will take a tour of the winery, and learn how they make their world-famous products – from vineyard to factory shop! Shabo’s wine is famous around the world for its quality and exceptional taste – you’re lucky enough to be able to try some of their fabulous products at a wine tasting, with tips from a professional sommelier! If you like it enough, you can even purchase some to take a taste of Odesa home! After the tour we will return to Odesa, where you can enjoy a leisurely evening of rest and relaxation.

Day 6 | Saturday, May 21: Odesa – Chernivtsi (B/L)

After breakfast in your hotel, we’ll explore Odesa, and to feel its spirit we will take on a leisurely walk through the city on a guided city tour. During this tour you’ll see the Potiomkin Stairs, Derybasivska Street, Duke de Richelieu Monument, Belvedere of Vorontsov’s Palace, the local quay, hear intriguing and thrilling stories of the dark past of Odesa and many more. After working up an appetite on your walking tour, it’s time for lunch following by some free time for relax and individual exploration. Now it’s time to get ready for the overnight train ride. Your Tour Leader will take you to the nearest supermarket to purchase some snacks for your train adventure.

Overnight train to Chernivtsi #136Ш, depart at 04:35 pm – arrive at 10:00 am, 1st class tickets.

It’s a bit of a long ride, but you’ll have the chance to enjoy the scenery of the steppes of Ukraine and your Tour Leader will prepare some fun activities to keep you entertained and provide you with tasty snacks and water on the train.


Day 7 | Sunday, May 22: Chernivtsi (B/L/D)

Chernivtsi – the Capital of Bukovyna – is a cosmopolitan and multicultural city is currently twinned with seven other cities around the world. It is also considered one of Ukraine’s most important educational and architectural sites, as well as being the birthplace of Olha Kobylyanska, one of Ukraine’s first feminist writers.

Arriving to Chernivtsi, we will check you in to your hotel and give you some time to rest and have breakfast.
We’ll then take you on a guided walking city tour. We’ll learn Chernivtsi’s fascinating multicultural history and see the most beautiful and notable sights of its elegant past – city squares, unique cathedrals, museums and stylish coffee shops and restaurants.

Next, we’ll enjoy a visit to the local University – the architectural ensemble of the main campus of the university, the Residence of Bukovynian and Dalmatian Metropolitans are included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These buildings are so beautiful, you’ll think they’re magical!

Once the tour is over, we will take you for lunch and then you are free to explore the city on your own. Take a walk along Olha Kobylyanska Street, a nice pedestrian street with many tasty cafes, street musicians and old buildings. In any case, your guides will help you with the suggestions where to go.

In the evening, we have something special planned! We’ll have dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll learn some of the fascinating culinary delights of the Bukovyna region. Not only that, you’ll be joined at dinner by the incredibly talented and famous Folk Ensemble ‘Gerdan’! Enjoy a performance of traditional folk songs, meet the singers, and by the end of the evening, we promise we’ll have you out of your seats and dancing!


Day 8 | Monday, May 23: Chernivtsi – Kamyanets-Podilskyi – Chernivtsi (B/L)

Today we are taking you on a time travel – to the fortresses of Khotyn and Kamyanets-Podilskyi! You will get to see how the local princes and rulers lived hundreds of years ago. The different types of people that lived in Khotyn and Kamyanets-Podilskyi each brought their own culture and architecture, meaning that this place is steeped in history and culture. Learn the city’s history on a tour through the ancient fortress, the cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the City Hall Building and numerous other fortifications. Return to Chernivtsi in the evening.


Day 9 | Tuesday, May 24: Chernivtsi – Kolomyia – Carpathian Mountains (B/L)

Visit a traditional village deep in the Carpathian Mountains, and experience a lifestyle that has remained the same for centuries. home to sweeping green forests, flowing rivers and breath-taking waterfalls – it’s hard not to feel at-one with nature when you breathe in the fresh mountain air…This is the land of the Hutsuls, Boykos, and Lemkos – meet the local villagers, eat traditional food, sat around one table. Experience how simple, open and hospitable these mountain people are.

Today we will leave Chernivtsi to set off for the city of Kosiv, a cradle of Hutsul culture and pristine landscapes, located high up in the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy the ride, passing through the local towns and villages, observing local rural life, taking pictures of the stork nests – if you’re lucky you might get the chance to get stuck in cow traffic jam!

On the way we will visit quaint little town called Kolomyia. Here you will visit the world’s only Pysanka

(Easter Egg) Museum, which houses a unique and rich collection of specimens of the ancient art – about 12,000 Easter Eggs from different regions of Ukraine and from artists around the world. This two-story building even looks like a large Easter egg.

Once the tour of the museum is over, we’ll take you for lunch in the local restaurant.

After arriving in Kosiv, we’ll go directly to the family ceramics studio, where a local family, preserves the ancient tradition of hand-painted Kosiv ceramics. Watch as these incredible artisans reveal some of their trade secrets, and demonstrate their skills, give you a pottery workshop!

After the workshop, we’ll get you checked-in to your hotel. Enjoy a free evening to relax, looking out onto views of the Carpathian Mountains. Take some optional Spa treatments, relaxing in a traditional sauna, or a massage; or take a walk on the territory of the hotel surrounded by beautiful mountains!


Day 10 | Wednesday, May 25: Carpathian Mountains (B/L)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, take a trip to the local Kosiv mini crafts bazaar. Here, various vendors and artisans from the area get together to buy and sell art supplies, embroidery, antique items, food and even animals! See all kinds of unique items made by local women – Easter eggs, jewelry boxes, spoons, pottery, embroidery, leather goods, and many other goods.

Next stop is a small Carpathian village, located higher up in the mountains, where inhabitants are passionate about preserving their ancestors’ traditions. You’ll be cordially invited to see a traditional Hutsul wedding! See the intricate, handmade costumes and learn the rich traditions which surround this important rite. Learn traditional songs; watch the locals dancing, try rich, home-made Hutsul food made by the local women! Experience the famous Hutsul hospitality at its best!

Return to the hotel, rest of the evening at your leisure.


Day 11 | Thursday, May 26: Carpathian Mountains – Lviv (B/L)

Lviv is a center of Galicia region and a city with a charming medieval atmosphere, delicious coffee, chocolate, beer and sincere, open-minded people!
It has been a cultural, literary, and historical jewel of Ukraine for many centuries. Today, it enters the new stage of development, aiming to impress even the most skeptic connoisseur of beauty.

After breakfast, we’ll check out, before setting off for Lviv. We’ll stop for lunch in Ivano-Frankivsk. Arriving in Lviv in the afternoon, we’ll check you in to your hotel and then we invite you to discover the beautiful and historic city of Lviv during a city tour on a retro train. Spend your time exploring this picturesque city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see some of Lviv’s most famous attractions! Enjoy Lviv’s enigmatic atmosphere, its rich music and culinary scenes. We’ll make you completely fall in love with this city!

Free evening at leisure.


Day 12 | Friday, May 27: Lviv (B/D)

This morning, visit an ethno gallery of unique Ukrainian embroidery. Roksolana Shymchuk, is a designer of unique jewellery, in the Ukrainian ethnic style, but is also a collector of authentic antique Ukrainian clothes, and owner of the gallery. She knows the story behind every blouse in her collection – learn their stories, and hear how women would embroider messages of dissent in times of deep suppression.

Afterwards, you have a free afternoon. We suggest visiting the local souvenir market, where you’ll be able to buy unique embroidered shirts, handcrafted souvenirs, pieces of art, and much more! Or choose from one of our many optional activities.

In the evening, learn how to cook traditional Ukrainian food on a culinary workshop with Sil’ Ukrainian cooking class. They will reveal the secrets of cooking borscht, varenyky (dumplings), pampushky(doughnuts), and other dishes in a cozy atmosphere, comfortable environment and lots of friendly conversation! Dinner of all the delicious fresh cooked dishes is included.


Day 13 | Saturday, May 28: Lviv Departure (B)

After a free morning to stock up on souvenirs we will transfer you to the airport where, sadly, we will have to say our goodbyes!

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