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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Lviv is a dreamy city, known as the Paris of Ukraine, whose charm is only accentuated at Christmas time... Experience winter in one of Ukraine's most beautiful cities: skate on the ice-rink in the main square, drink mulled wine, while wandering the cobblestoned streets under the glistening lights. Visit the thriving Christmas Markets to sample some Ukrainian donuts, pick up some local delicacies, or shop for handmade delights or souvenirs. See in the New Year the Lviv way, with celebrations going on across the city - enjoy a delicious dinner followed by celebratory champagne and desserts!
Visit the charming capital of Bukovyna – Chernivtsi. This cosmopolitan and multicultural city is an eclectic mix of traditional dance rhythms, rich food and a variety of nationalities. See Chernivtsi’s stunning University - an ancient, magical collection of buildings, marked a UNESCO world heritage site, and will take you back in time as you step through its doors...Experience a unique performance the incredibly talented Holos 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!
Join locals in the authentic Ukrainian village of Tulova - here the locals are keen to welcome you into their village, to show you around, to experience their culture and day to day life. We’ll make our own borshch and pyrohy, learn carols, and experience Christmas in true Ukrainian style! Travelling up into the Carpathian Mountains is a sight to behold... Hutsulschyna is a wondrous place, full of colour and quirks, rich in customs and tradition. You’ll get to see Ukrainian Christmas as it is celebrated by locals in small villages, with traditions passed down through generations. Experience a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve Dinner, with all the trimmings, and celebrate Christmas Day –a cacophony of colour and carols! Enjoy the best the Carpathians have to offer - skiing, sledding, hiking in the mountains with views over the snow covered valleys. And finally, take part in a Hutsul Zabava at one of the houses of the locals! Not forgetting a trip to Kosiv bazar – truly a once in a lifetime experience – the locals here sell everything from antiques to handmade blouses, to washing machines and old Lada parts.
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!
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Christmas in Ukraine

• Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Ukraine in Lviv, Chernivtsi and the Carpathian Mountains
• Celebrate a traditional Ukrainian Christmas with locals in a Hutsul Village – eat a traditional Christmas Eve Supper, sing carols and experience traditions passed down through generations.
• Take the chance 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

Christmas in the Carpathians with Cobblestone Freeway Tours

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 wintry relaxation and experiences travellers will not find anywhere else. For more details, visit our website for full dates and prices: https://cobblestonefreeway.ca/tour-package/christmas-carpathian-mountains/

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until Jun 30, 2019*

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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 Cobblestonefreeway travellers
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ON: Do a side trip – visit your family, have your family history researched

Land Package per person:

$2,915 usd

Flight Packages

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

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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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