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See the World at a Slower Pace

The world moves so quickly nowadays… Sometimes, regular travel doesn’t quite satisfy that desire to “live life like a local”. Do you ever feel like you want to spend slower, quality time soaking up a location? Our Long Stay Programs give you that chance!
Spend quality time in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, with Kosiv as your base you can explore the surrounding villages and mountains without rushing or moving from place to place.
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 – meet the local villagers, dance the Arkan and eat traditional food sat around one table. Experience how simple, open and hospitable these mountain people are.

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Trip Details

12 days/11 nights | Lviv to Lviv

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Itinerary

Day
1-5
Welcome to Ukraine! Arriving into Lviv, we’ll transfer you up into the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, which will become your home for the next 10 days. Be at one with nature, amongst green forests and flowing rivers, get to know the welcoming local people, and enjoy the slow life, as it would have been in the old world! Learn the ancient traditions and cultures of this land through its folk arts – meet a local woodcarver and get to know his craft, and discover the art of “lizhnyky”, a unique woolen blanket, made only in the village of Yavoriv. Take workshops - learn how to make a delicious local dish – banosh, and try your hand at painting Ukrainian Easter eggs – “pysanky”!
Day
6-9
Step back in time as we visit ancient homesteads – see the Hutsul Grazhda - an impressive piece of architecture, preserved for centuries; Ivan Franko’s house museum, and ancient wooden Hutsul churches. Take the incredible chance to visit the Kosiv Crafts Bazar! This is once in a lifetime experience! Once a week on Saturdays, vendors, and artisans come to Kosiv from villages in the area, to get together to buy and sell all kinds of art supplies and folk crafts. This is the culmination of all unique arts and crafts in the area. Take the chance to shop for all kinds of unique gifts and souvenirs! Don’t worry! You’ll also have plenty of free time to relax, walk, sit by the river, or just soak up the fresh air and relaxing atmosphere of the mountains.
Day
10-12
Visit a village high up in the mountains, and meet a local man who has been collecting antique clothing from the Hutsul region since he was 14 years old! You will have the chance to try on traditional Hutsul costumes, learn how people would dress themselves in the Old World, and take plenty of photographs! Carry on to another small village, where inhabitants are passionate about preserving their ancestors’ traditions. You’ll be cordially invited to dinner at a Hutsul Family House! Experience the famous Hutsul hospitality at its best!
We’ll return back to Lviv at the end of our stay, but believe us, this Long Stay experience is one you’ll never forget. You’ll feel like you’ve truly got to know this small corner of the Carpathian Mountains, and its hospitable local people.
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Highlights

With a combination of guided tours and coordinated activities each day, along with enough free time to soak up the local area:

• Sit by the river and enjoy watching the world go by
• Read a book or write in your journal
• Wander through the town of Kosiv, and enjoy the quaint atmosphere
• Enjoy spa and sauna facilities at your hotel, and experience full relaxation
• Take walks and hikes in this beautiful area

Plus, we’ve included daily meals together, so you can rejoin your group and talk about all the things you discovered that day!
You will have a Group Leader at your disposal at all times. Even when you have free time, they can suggest activities, to help you arrange transport or hikes, and even teach you some of the local language!


Our Long Stay itinerary is 12 days long, but we recommend you stay as long as you like. With quality internet in our hand selected hotels, it’s easy to work remotely, or just relax and soak it up more of our beautiful destination. Or consider extending your trip with a week in beautiful Lviv! Contact us for more details.

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Your Tour - Your Way!

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

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