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Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Ukrainian Christmas where customs have remained unchanged for centuries.

Cobblestone Freeway Tours invites cultural travel enthusiasts to celebrate New Year's Eve in Lviv and Ukrainian Christmas in the Carpathian Mountains for some cozy and wintery relaxation and experiences travellers will not find anywhere else.

Christmas in the Carpathian Mountains is a Signature Level tour offering 4-star hotelS, 2 meals per day plus snacks, all land transportation including high-quality travel buses, a tour host and fully translated local guides, entrance fees, admissions for events, and exclusive special events.

Trip Details

13 days/12 nights | Lviv to Lviv

Service Level: Signature learn more

Our Signature tours offer everything you would expect from Cobblestone Freeway.

  • A combination of 3 and 4 star hotels and character-rich accommodations
  • 2 meals provided per day plus snacks
  • All land transportation
  • High quality bus with air conditioning
  • Cobblestone host and fully translated local guides
  • Entrance fees & admissions for included sightseeing & cultural events
  • Special events exclusively for Cobblestone Freeway Travellers

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Proposed Itinerary

Day
1-3
Arriving in Lviv, meet your guides and cool your heels after the long flight before having a traditional welcome dinner. Get to know the city’s long exciting history and visit all the top tourist sites during a city tour! After some free time we get back together to celebrate New Years!
Day
4-5
On our way to Chernivtsi, we’ll stop in Kolomyya and visit the only pysanka (Easter Egg) museum in the world & Hutsulshchyna Museum. Arriving to Chernivtsi, take a walk along its picturesque center and enjoy the stunning Chernivtsi University which was founded back in 1875. While you here, we have something special planned for you - a performance by the incredibly talented Holos Theatre. We'll end the night with a Zabava in an authentic Ukrainian restaurant.
Day
6-11
Join locals in Tulova. We’ll make our own borshch and pyrohy, learn carols. Experience Christmas in an unforgettable authentic Ukrainian villages. Walk at the famous Kosiv bazaar you’ll find the best of folk arts and crafts in one place. Enjoy the very best of the Carpathians – skiing, sledding, hiking in the mountains. Cultural experiences include local folk bands and a zabava (aka party) or two! It’s going to be a time you’ll fondly remember!
Day
12
We are leaving picturesque mountains and heading back to Paris of Ukraine - Lviv. After arrival, some free time for rest. Farewell zabava in the evening will sum up your unforgettable trip. This will be one for the books!
Day
13
Sadly, it's time to say our goodbyes and fly back home or on to new undiscovered destinations.
map - Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Ukrainian Christmas where customs have remained unchanged for centuries.

Highlights

Non-stop cultural discovery for those who want to experience the real Ukrainian spirit with its ancient history and rich traditions. Explore Ukraine and become a part of its identity.
Have a unique chance to sing Ukrainian carols with locals, ski in the Carpathians Mountains, try traditional Ukrainian cuisine, shop at the Lviv Christmas Fair and much more!
Make lifelong memories and become a part of a larger Ukrainian family!

tour itinerary - Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Ukrainian Christmas where customs have remained unchanged for centuries.

Departure Dates

2017

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inclusive trip items

Your Trip Will Include:

  • Full time Cobblestone tour host & translator
  • Experienced city tour guides
  • 2 meals a day, plus snacks
  • 3 or 4 star hotels & character rich accommodations
  • All land transportation
  • Interaction with local artists, craftsmen, 
performers
  • Entrance fees & admissions for included sight seeing and cultural events
  • Special events exclusively for Cobblestone 
Freeway travellers
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ON: Do a side trip – visit your family, have your family history researched
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ON: Attend a show or performance

Land Package per person from:

$2,160 usd

Flight Packages

We are happy to help you with flight details and arrangements.

Please contact us to book or receive more information.

Single Supplement - $500 USD

Cobblestone Travellers Say:

We talk all the time about the great adventure we had in Ukraine. I look at our pictures all the time and have fond memories.

Susan Burdeyney, Peace River

HOST: Vincent Rees

Vincent Rees has been a prolific dancer, director, choreographer and connoisseur of Ukrainian dance, art and culture for many years. Raised in Victoria BC, Vincent moved to Edmonton in 1992 to join the world renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. With Shumka, Vincent had the great opportunity of performing across Canada as a cast member of “Absolutely Shumka”, “Shumka’s Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker” with the Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine and Shumka.

He has traveled most of eastern Europe, and South America. Vince created Cobblestone Freeway as a way to combine his passion for culture and travel.

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