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Discover the magic of Ukraine at wintertime

Celebrate Ukrainian Christmas with us, but bring your camera! We guarantee you will see things you have never seen before, and will never see again! Learn Ukrainian traditions, see the stunning, colourful costumes, and capture 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 not just amazing photos, but some amazing memories too!

Trip Details

14 days/13 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 dream for any photographer – with its cobblestoned streets matched with classical and renaissance architecture, Lviv is known as the Paris of Ukraine for a reason... Explore the many contrasts of Lviv, from its decadent Opera House, to street sellers at the Vernisage open air Market, and Christmas Markets too! Take part in photography workshops and seminars, and then we will take you to exclusive spots to get the best shots. See Lviv by day and by night, because trust us, this is a city that never sleeps..
Day
3-7
Travelling up into the Carpathian Mountains is a sight to behold... Sweeping green forests, quaint wooden houses, ancient Hutsul churches and never-ending hills –it’s hard not to feel at-one with nature when you breathe in the fresh mountain air... Hutsulschyna is a wondrous place, full of colour and quirks, rich in customs and tradition – and you will get the see traditional Ukrainian Christmas celebrations here! You’ll get to experience nature at its best, with trips up into the Carpathian hills for views over the snow covered valleys; a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve Dinner, with all the trimmings, and celebrate Christmas Day – a cacophony of colour and carols! 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. Get your camera ready!
Day
8
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
9-12
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... See how local princes and rulers lived at the fortress of Kamianets Podilsky. Finally, celebrate Ukrainian New Year, or Malanka 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... See how local princes and rulers lived at the fortress of Kamianets Podilsky. Finally, celebrate Ukrainian New Year, or Malanka – colourful costumes in a parade of all kinds of characters – prepare to be blown away by this spectacular display! colourful costumes in a parade of all kinds of characters – prepare to be blown away by this spectacular display!
Day
13-14
We will return to beautiful Lviv for a last few days of exploring, sightseeing, some souvenir shopping on the Christmas Markets, and taking those last, perfect shots.
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Highlights

- Wander Lviv’s famous Christmas Markets
- Celebrate a Traditional Ukrainian Christmas in a Hutsul village
- Experience the New Year’s celebration of Malanka
- Take lectures and practice on photography from professionals
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Ukraine
- Enjoy the mystic Carpathian Mountains
- Visit the authentic Ukrainian village of Tulova
- Attend private concerts and cultural events exclusively for Cobblestone Freeway travellers

Departure Dates

2019

2020

Early Bird Discount available
until Jul 3, 2019*

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Your Trip Will Include:

  • Escorted tour from beginning to end
  • All events included in the Itinerary
  • 2 meals a day, plus snacks
  • All land transportation and transfers in an air conditioned, high quality bus with a professional driver
  • 12 nights in 3+4* Hotels + 1 overnight stay at a village house
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: Extend your trip
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: Do a side trip – visit your family, have your family history researched
  • OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: Attend a show or performance

Land Package per person:

$2,950 usd

Flight Packages

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

Please contact us to book or receive more information.

Single Supplement - $500 USD

HOST: Roman Petriw

Roman's fascination with photography started at age 12 when he visited a touring exhibit of the iconic and powerful black and white portraits of the world renowned Yousuf Karsh. His passion for photography quickly became his insatiable addiction and obsession as he learned the poetic language of light and the magic craft of creating compelling images. His absolute favorite subjects are people, and he has photographed the whole range from newborn to 100+. Over the years his assignments have included over 500 weddings, tens of thousands of university grads, celebrities, commercial advertising, the world of theatre and dance, the political and corporate world, international cultural events, and major world sports championships. He lives and breathes 'photography' and gets a thrill to share his experience with others who also enjoy learning how to communicate with light, shadow, form and texture.

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