Transfers Lviv - Warsaw - Lviv
Travel to Podolia
- Type: Cycling (4 days) + Catarafting (5 days), Guided
- Accommodation: Hotels (3 nights) + Otdoor Camping (5 nights)
- Level: Moderate
- Duration: 8 nights
- Distance: 24 miles/day average
- Base Price: €450
- Start City: Lviv, End City: Chernivtsi,
The spectacular cycling tour is combined with the Dniestr River rafting where you will travel through an exotic Dniestr Canyon. This tour is popular for all the family and adds value and excitement to your holiday in Ukraine. We have selected the nicest landscapes and sights in West Ukraine to make this holiday a really special experience. Taking this wonderful tour, you will explore the delightful hystorycal regions of Galicia and Bukovina, breathtaking panoramas of the Dnister Canyon.
Departure point of this journey is Lviv, one of the most beautiful towns in the Ukraine and a listed World Heritage site. The main destination is Dnister Canyon - one of Europe's largest canyons with a depth of 100 to 250 metres. It is mostly green-covered steep slopes alternating with rocky, abrupt cliffs and ravines. Waterfalls surround the riverbed, the former cave cells of hermit monks dug out of the shale riverbanks, tumbledown castles and other sites of interest. Our vojage mean putting yourself in a whole new relationship with one of the last European biological diversity and untouched nature and seeing surrounding wilderness from a very unique and unobstructed perspective. Enjoy the scenery on easy, flat-water sections on Dnister River...
DAY 1: Lviv Arrival
Lviv is located on the edge of the Roztochia Upland, approximately 70 km from the Polish border and 160 km (100 miles) from the eastern Carpathian Mountains. The average altitude of Lviv is 296 m above sea level. Its highest point is the Vysokyi Zamok (High Castle), 409 m above sea level. This castle has a commanding view of the historic city centre with its distinctive green-domed churches and intricate architecture.
The old walled city was at the foothills of the High Castle on the banks of the river Poltva. In the 13th century, the river was used to transport goods. In the early 20th century, the Poltva was covered over in areas where it flows through the city. The river flows directly beneath the central street of Lviv, Freedom Avenue (Prospect Svobody) and the renowned Lviv Opera House. Lviv's historic centre has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1998. After discovering the brilliance of Lviv's Old Town, you catch up with your tour guide at the hotel in Lviv.
DAY 2: (Cycling) Lviv - Bibrka (approx. 35 km/22 miles)
Bibrka is a town, located about 29 km southeast of Lviv. The town has been ruled at various points by the Kingdom of Poland, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Austrian empire, the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and is now part of the Lviv Oblast in Ukraine; as a result Bibrka has several official and native names, including: Bobrka (Polish/Russian), Prachnik (German), and Boiberke/Boyberke (Yiddish).
To stay at the hotel here, is a real experience. Situated in rural area between the hills covered with forest it has an individual character. With its gorgeous lake and real Russian sauna situated on island, it is an ideal place of relaxation.
DAY 3: (Cycling) Bibrka - Svirzh Csstle - Rohatyn (approx. 50 km/ 30 miles)
After breakfast we cycle along a nearly traffic free hill road. The region is very lovely like Carpathian mountains in miniature. The destination of this morning ride is the Svirz Castle - a fortified aristocratic residence in Svirzh. It was originally built by the Swirzski noble family in the 15th century. Inside the castle is a small church dating from 1546.
Gradually we enter geographic zone of Opillia. Landscapes in Opillia can compete with Swiss ones. Hills covered with still dense forests, small wavy rivers in the valleys. Breathtaking views from the hills over the spiral of villages in the valleys.
Rohatyn was first mentioned in historical documents in the 12th century. In 1520 Roxolana, a native of Rohatyn, was captured there by the Tatars and sold to the Turkish sultan. In the 16th century a renowned school of icon painting arose in Rohatyn, and in the 1580s an Orthodox brotherhood was founded obtaining the stauropegion (a monastery exempt from the control of the local bishop) status. This night we stay at the hotel.
DAY 4: (Cycling) Rohatyn - Halych (approx. 42 km/26 miles)
Halych is a historic city on the Dniester River. The town gave its name to the historic province and kingdom of Kingdom of Galicia - Volhynia, of which it was the capital until the early 14th century, when the seat of the local princes was moved to Lviv. Today Halych is a small city and is located right next to the former capital of the Galicia Kingdom although it preserved its former name.
Gradually, old Halych depopulated to the point that its only mid-14th century inhabitants were the Metropolitan of Halych and his staff. The present-day town is situated about 3 miles (5 km) away from the ancient capital of Halychyna, on the spot where the old town's riverport used to be located and where prince Lubart of Lithuania constructed his wooden castle in 1367. Its main historical monument is the church dedicated to the Nativity of Mary. Originally built at the turn of the 14th and 15th century, it was restored in 1825. This is the last night we stay at the hotel befor entering wilderness of Dnister Canyon.
DAY 5: (Cycling or Rafting) Halych - Koropec (approx. 35 km/22 miles)
Starting out from Halych, today's trip takes you to Koropec. It depends from you - will it be cycling along the banks of the Dnister river or the first day of your rafting trip. Gradually we step into the realm of Dnister Canyon. The Canyon, one of the largest (250 km) and most beautiful in Europe, is the list of Ukraine's natural wonders for good reasons. This wonder-canyon goes through the territories of the Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Khmelnytsky regions, draws tourists by its picturesque steep walls and numerous attractions. Camping and barbeque.
DAY 6: (Rafting) Koropec - Monastyrok (approx. 20 km/12 miles)
The magnificent landscapes and fantastic curves of the Dnister Canyon are strikingly picturesque throughout its entire path. Rafting between the high Dnister "walls" - from 150 to 300 metres high! - is exhilarating. The river's steep slopes are like the halls of a museum of Nature, silent greetings from the past of the Earth: here you can see rifts from the Jurassic era and the world's largest rifts from the Silurian era (over 400 million years old). Camping and barbeque.
DAY 7: (Rafting) Monastyrok - Beremiany (approx. 20 km/12 miles)
The Dnister Canyon, also known as Warm Podilia, is the warmest place on the Dnister: its climate is comparable to Crimea. This area is also a real paradise for ornithologists. Here, you can see white egrets and grey herons, storks, swans, seagulls... Between the Dnister steep slopes, the Rakovetskiy Castle, built almost four centuries ago, stretches its high tower into the sky. Camping and barbeque.
DAY 8: (Rafting) Beremiany - Ustechko (approx. 20 km/12 miles)
There are plenty of waterfalls on the Dnister. The most picturesque, Dzhurynsky waterfall is found some 3-4 kilometres from the river, near the Ustechko and Nahorianka villages in the Ternopil region. It is Ukraine's highest plain waterfall: 16 metres high. Camping and barbeque.
DAY 9: (Rafting) Ustechko - Zalishchyky (approx. 20 km/12 miles) - (Transfer) Chernivtsi (approx. 48 km/29 miles)
Together with the city of Lviv, Chernivtsi is viewed at present to be a cultural centre of western Ukraine. The city is also considered one of modern Ukraine's greatest cultural and educational centres. Historically, as a cultural and architectural center, Chernivtsi was even dubbed Little Vienna, Jerusalem upon the Prut, or the European Alexandria. The city is also a major point of railway and highway crossings in the region, and houses an international airport.
Chernivtsi is located in the historic region of Bukovina, which is currently shared between Romania (south) and Ukraine (north). The city lies 248 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by forests and fields. The River Prut runs through the city's landscape. Finish the trip in Chernivtsi with accommodation in a comfortable hotel situated at center of the city.