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Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Malanka!

Celebrate Malanka in Ukraine this year, celebrate Ukrainian New Years 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! Celebrate a traditional Ukrainian Christmas in the wintery Carpathian Mountains, before marvelling at the colourful spectacle of the Malanka Festival in Chernivtsi. Learn Ukrainian traditions, see the stunning, colourful costumes, and experience the local people at their most festive – on this tour, you will see into the heart of this country and its vibrant culture. You’ll be taking home some amazing, colourful memories from this tour – other New Year’s celebrations just don’t compare!

Trip Details

15 days/14 nights | Lviv to Lviv

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Lviv is a dreamy city whose charm grows at Christmas time. Experience winter in one of Ukraine’s most beautiful cities. Skate on the ice rink in the main square, and drink mulled wine while exploring the cobblestone streets under twinkling lights. Visit the lively Christmas Markets to sample Ukrainian donuts, pick up local delicacies, or shop for handmade gifts.
THutsulschyna is a wondrous place, full of colour and quirks, rich in customs and tradition. You’ll get to see the Ukrainian Christmas locals have celebrated for centuries. Experience a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner with all the trimmings and celebrate Christmas Day: a symphony of colour and carols! Enjoy the best the Carpathians have to offer: skiing, sledding, or hiking in the mountains overlooking views of snow-covered valleys. Finally, take part in a Hutsul Zabava at one of the homes in the village. We finish this leg of the journey with a visit to the Yaremche Bazaar. The locals sell a number of things from antiques, to handmade blouses, carved wooden eggs and delicate jewellery!
Welcome to Tulova: a small, authentic village, where the locals are excited to welcome you into their village, show you their culture and day-to-day life. Here, we’ll learn how to make our own traditional dishes of ‘borsch’ and ‘pyrohy.’ We’ll learn some carols, and experience Christmas in true Ukrainian style!
Chernivtsi is the capital of the Bukovyna region, and is considered to be one of Ukraine’s most important educational and architectural sites. Its spectacular university is an ancient, magical collection of buildings, which take you back through time as you step through its doors. Then we get to the highlight of our tour… we celebrate the Ukrainian New Year, or ‘Malanka.’ See the amazing unique parade, which starts in the village of Krasnolisk, and proceeds through the centre of Chernivtsi! This is a hypnotic feast for the senses; a whirlwind of colours, song and tradition. We will watch the festivities, admire the handmade costumes and pageantry in the city centre!
We will return to beautiful Lviv for the last few days of exploring, sightseeing, and souvenir shopping at the Christmas Markets, before one last Zabava to end your trip with a bang!
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Malanka in Ukraine Tour

- 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 and sing carols with locals
Experience a unique and colourful Malanka parade in Krasnolisk and Chernivtsi – a feast for all your senses!
- Take the chance to Ski in the Carpathian Mountais
- 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

tour itinerary - Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Malanka!

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.


Time to breathe, digest and soak up the atmosphere.

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

Land Package per person:

January 3 to January 21, 2020 Closed

January 3 to January 17, 2021

$2,995 usd

Based on double occupancy


Flight Packages

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

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Early Bird Discount

SAVE $200 per person when you book six months prior to departure.

How to Book

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Single Supplement - $520 USD - “Solo traveller friendly!”

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