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Experience ancient Ukrainian Christmas traditions!

Celebrate Christmas in Ukraine with us, amongst unique and ancient traditions, where the festive customs have remained unchanged for centuries - we guarantee you will see things you have never seen before, and will never see again! Join the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Lviv, before heading up into the snowy Carpathians for Ukrainian Christmas, to experience the taste and traditions of this quaint winter holiday - on this tour, you will see into the heart of this country and its vibrant culture. Take this tour with us, and you will see Christmas in a way you never thought possible!

Trip Details

13 days/12 nights | Lviv to Lviv

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Itinerary

Day
1-3
Lviv is a dreamy city, whose charm only grows at Christmas time. Experience winter in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Sskate in the ice rink in the main square and drink mulled wine while wandering the cobblestone streets under shimmering lights. Visit the lively Christmas Markets to sample some Ukrainian donuts, pick up some local delicacies, or shop for handmade gifts. Bring in the New Year the Lviv way, with celebrations going on across the city.
Day
4-5
Visit the charming capital of the Bukovyna region, Chernivtsi. This multicultural city is an eclectic mix of traditional dance rhythms, rich food and a variety of nationalities. See Chernivtsi’s stunning University - an ancient and magical collection of buildings, marked a UNESCO world heritage site, that will take you back in time when you step through its doors. Experience a unique performance by the incredibly talented Gerdan Ensemble, and sample some authentic Hutsul dishes – try some “banosh” – a maize base, usually served with a mushroom sauce, sour cream and “brynza” – sheep’s cheese! Trust us – it’s delicious!
Day
6-11
Join locals in the authentic village of Tulova. The locals are ready to welcome you into their village and show their culture and day-to-day life. We’ll make our own ‘borsch’ and ‘pyrohy’, learn carols and experience Christmas Ukrainian-style! Next, we travel into the Carpathian Mountains, home of the Hutsuls. Hutsulschyna is a wondrous place, full of colour and quirks, rich in customs and traditions. You’ll get to see Ukrainian Christmas as the locals have celebrated for centuries. Experience a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner, with all the trimmings, and celebrate Christmas Day in a symphony of colour and carols! Afterwards, enjoy the best the Carpathians have to offer – relax by a cosy fire, or take the option to go skiing, sledding, or hiking in the mountains with views over the snow-covered valleys. In the evening, we’ll party at a Hutsul Zabava (dance party) at one of the houses of the villagers!
Day
12-13
We will return to beautiful Lviv for a last few days of exploring, sightseeing, and some souvenir shopping on the Christmas Markets, before one last Ukrainian Zabava to end your trip with a bang!
map - Experience ancient Ukrainian Christmas traditions!

Highlights

• Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Ukraine in Lviv, Chernivtsi and the Carpathian Mountains
• Celebrate a traditional Christmas with locals in a Hutsul Village – eat a Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper, sing carols and experience traditions passed down through generations.
• Option to to ski in the Carpathian Mountains, on the biggest ski resort in Eastern Europe – Bukovel
• Visit the authentic Ukrainian village of Tulova
• Get transported into a fairy tale world at Lviv’s stunning Christmas Markets
• Attend private concerts and cultural events, exclusively for Cobblestone Freeway travellers

The Cobblestone Culture Experience always includes:

Small Groups

16 people maximum. Sometimes fewer, but there’s never more.

Village Visits

Learn about a country from its people in the places where authentic life is happening.

Folk Performances

Have an intimate experience with local artists so you can live the culture.

Traditional Cuisine

Enjoy a wide variety of delicious local eats and can also have a familiar meal.

Artisan Demonstrations

Learn traditions from the people who keep them alive.

Pacing

Time to breathe, digest and soak up the atmosphere.

5 Star Transportation
First Class Hotels
Two Meals per Day
All Entrance Fees

Departure Dates

2019

Guaranteed Departure

2020

Early Bird Discount available
until Jul 3, 2020*

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Land Package per person:

Based on double occupany

Mon Dec 30, 2019 to Sat Jan 11, 2020

$2,915 usd


Wed Dec 30, 2020 to Mon Jan 11, 2021

$2,978 usd

Flight Packages

Flights may be purchased through a travel agency recommended by Cobblestone Freeway, or a travel agency of your choice.

Please contact us to book or receive more information.

How to Book

Contact your Travel Agent , contact us, or click "Book Now" to register online.

Single Supplement - $600 USD - “Solo traveller friendly!”

Cobblestone Travellers Say:

"The whole tour was a huge, larger than life experience, we learnt more than I ever expected and experience/saw things I didn't know even existed in this world."

Willow Meagher

HOST: Yulia Kluskovska

Yulia has been doing a great job for our company. She is the person who takes care of our travellers in Ukraine. Showing the best cultural spots around Lviv and other no less interesting places around Ukraine. Yulia's very personable, friendly and always ready to share her knowledge and experience with others.

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