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Experience the unique and ancient traditions of Malanka!

Celebrate Ukrainian New Year 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

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
1-2
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.
Day
3-8
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.
Day
9
Welcome to Tulova… A small, authentic Ukrainian Village: here the locals are keen to welcome you into their village, to show you around, to experience their culture and day to day life. Here we’ll learn to make our own traditional dishes - “borshch” and “pyrohy”, learn some carols, and experience Christmas in true Ukrainian style!
Day
10-13
Chernivtsi – the Capital of Bukovyna – is considered one of Ukraine’s most important educational and architectural sites… Its spectacular University is an ancient, magical collection of buildings, which will take you back in time as you step through its doors… Then for the highlight – celebrate Ukrainian New Year, or “Malanka” with us and see the amazingly unique parade – “Vertep” – a hypnotic festival of colour, culture and tradition – it’s a feast for all your senses! Locals dress up in handmade costumes and parade through the centre in a pageant of brightly colours and bewitching performances.
Day
14-15
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 the unique and ancient traditions of Malanka!

Highlights

- 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!

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2019

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