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Kyiv. Kyiv's cave monastery - Kyivo-Pecherskaya Lavra

Kyiv. Kyiv's cave monastery - Kyivo-Pecherskaya Lavra

   Kyivo-Pecherskaya Lavra cave monastery is Kyiv's most famous tourist attraction. It’s a unique historical-architectural reserve (70 acres), which is home to numerous architectural monuments from the Kyivskaya Rus and Ukrainian cultural development periods of XVII-IXX century. The foundation of the monastery is tightly connected with the establishment of Christianity in Kyivskaya Rus in 998. With the lapse of time Kyivo-Pecherskaya Lavra becomes not only an influential religious centre, but also a powerful feudal centre owning vast lands (1 250 000 acres) of arable soil.     
   The activity of the monastery has exerted significant influence on the development of architecture, art, culture and education of Kyivskaya Rus. This was the place where the best craftsmen, artists and clerks in Kyivskaya Rus gathered to create icons, chronicles and books.     
   The monastery with its 86 unique churches and other constructions consists of Lower Lavra (vast web of cages with churches and burials of the most distinguished monks mummified by the specific climatic conditions under the ground) and Upper Lavra with numerous churches of XVII-IXX centuries, which boast ancient sacred iconostasis, unique wall paintings, mural paintings and the highest in former USSR belfry (96.5 meters).
 
Kyiv. The Cathedral of St. Sophia

Kyiv. The Cathedral of St. Sophia

   One of the most famous tourist attractions in Kiev that occupy top spots in the tourists' «must see» list is the pearl of architectural heritage of Kiev - the cathedral of St. Sophia. The interest to the cathedral is underpinned by numerous unique monuments of architecture and works of art that the location comprises. The cathedral boasts the largest (260 sq. m.) mosaic in Europe and the renowned mural of XVII-XVIII centuries. This tourist hotspot is the world famous monument of architectural and historical heritage of XI century. The first stone of the cathedral was laid by the Great Prince Yaroslav Mudriy in 1017, and in 1037 the construction was finished. The cathedral was not only the main Orthodox place of worship in the Kievskaya Rus, but also its political and cultural centre. All the most important events in the life of the country took place within the territory of the cathedral. In the end of XVII beginning of XVIII centuries the cathedral undergone a reconstruction in baroque style. St. Sophia (as it is called by locals) is a place of burial of numerous Great Princes of Kievskaya Rus. The marble sarcophagus of the Great Prince Yaroslav Mudriy is still located inside the cathedral. The cathedral is included in the list of historical and cultural heritage of the world by UNESCO.

Kyiv. The museum of architecture and art «Pyrohovo»

Kyiv. The museum of architecture and art «Pyrohovo»

   The open Air museum that occupies the area of 246 acres was founded in 1969. This unique exposition presents the essence of Ukrainian historical and cultural heritage. More than 60 000 exhibits brought together from all over Ukraine and put on display in 300 specially constructed thematic expositions (country houses, churches, windmills, blacksmith shops, village schools and others) that characterize Ukrainian architectural traditions.                    
   Enjoy a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the Ukrainian rural traditions and customs, culture and lifestyle of XVIII-XIX centuries. 
 
Note: The museum covers a large area of land, with exposition dispersed over all of its territory, thus we recommend footwear that is convenient for long distance walking.

 

Kyiv. Evening cruise on board of MS Rosa Victoria

Kyiv. Evening cruise on board of MS Rosa Victoria

   Rosa Victoria is the most modern and comfortable boat on the river Dnieper. During the trip you will be treated with a glass of champagne or wine with fruits and given an opportunity to enjoy the views of the most famous historical monuments of the Ukrainian capital. You will catch sight of the beautifully illuminated Cave Monastery, St. Vladimir's monument, Nations Friendship Arch and Motherland monument among others. While the trip goes on you will be entertained by a famous Ukrainian folk band Horlytsya, members of which are distinguished artists of Ukraine, laureates of 15 international contests and festivals in Germany, France Portugal, Italy, China, Russian and other countries.

Kyiv. Ukrainain National male choir performance

Kyiv. Ukrainain National male choir performance

   The Revutsky male choir has achieved world recognition for its commitment to the a-capello type of performance - with no musical instruments involved. The unrivaled selection and tuning of  voices produce unprecedented in its quality sound. The choir performs the most famous masterpieces of church songs and Ukrainian folk songs, as well as pieces of the most well-known compositions of such renowned composers as S. Rakhmaninov, P. Chaykovsky, N. Bortnyansky, A. Vedel and others.

Kanyv. Trip to the museum of Taras Shevchenko

Kanyv. Trip to the museum of Taras Shevchenko

   Kanyv, a small town on the right bank of the Dnieper River, 64 km from Cherkasy, was first mentioned in historic annals in 114. At the beginning of our era the early Slavic tribes occupied this territory, as confirmed by the discovery of three ancient settlements, burial sites and buried treasures dated 10th-12th century. Over the years the town was conquered by Tatar-Mongols, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey and Russia. Kanyv was a battle ground for a number of famous battles that the Russian Empire fought against Lithuania (1536), Poland (1625) and during the liberation war (1648-1654) when people of Kanyv participated in battles near Zborov and Berestechko.  Kanyv’s history is closely connected with the most renowned Ukrainian poet and artist, the father of modern Ukrainian language Taras Shevchenko. We will visit his burial site on the Tarasova Hora (Taras’ Montain) and literary-memorial museum of Taras Shavchenko.

Zaporyzhya. Cossack show by

Zaporyzhya. Cossack show by "Zaporozhian Cossacs"

   We want to welcome you to the national park on the Khortytsya Island, the cradle of Zaporozhian Cossacks, where you will witness the most impressive performance by real Cossack-actors. Their improvised fort situates at the most beautiful southern part of the island, where you can also enjoy the beauty of natural reserve.         
   This region is the motherland of Zaporozhian Cossacks who settled here in the middle of XVI century. This was their stronghold that they used as a base during their expansion to other regions of Ukraine.           
   The Cossacks from the horse theatre will perform some fascinating scenes from the life of their ancestors. You will see some traditional Cossack games and get to know how they used to spend their time between battles: riding horses, playing with whips, fighting on swords, shooting guns, dancing and other. After the show the guest are treated with the traditional Cossack kulish (pilaf) and horilka (vodka). 
 
Odesa. Odesa's Opera and Ballet House

Odesa. Odesa's Opera and Ballet House

   The Odessa opera and ballet house was designed by famous Viennese architects F. Felner and G. Gelmer. These talented architects were also in charge of other 48 theatre projects all around the world including the ones in Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Saltsburg and Budapest. Odessa opera and ballet house together with opera houses in Paris and Vienna are recognized as one of the most remarkable examples of architectural art in the world. 
   The interior of the theatre amazes with its aesthetics and beauty. The five-tiered auditorium is richly ornamented – the gold-plated decoration of the interior covers the area of 400 sq. m. and boasts the value of 12 kg of pure gold. The paintings on the ceiling, produced by the Viennese painter Lefler, depict the heroes of Shakespeare’s works. The chandelier weighting 2 200 kg that hangs in the middle of the main hall is a masterpiece in itself. The stage, which covers the area of impressive 500 sq. m., is fitted with the most modern equipment, which allows the demonstration of the most technically demanding performances. The royal staircase in the hallway leads to a huge gold-plated mirror, behind which a program of the first premier of 1887 is preserved. 
   The troupe of the Odessa’s opera house has achieved worldwide recognition regularly performing at the most renowned venues in the world such as La Scala in Milan and Grand Opera in Paris.
Odesa. Trip to Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy

Odesa. Trip to Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy

   During this trip you will get acquainted with one of the oldest towns in the world (built around 2500 year ago) – Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy, as well as with ancient fortress of XIV century. You will hardly find a town in the world that has changed its name as many times during its history as Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy did. Tyra, Belgorod, Ak-Dido, Akkerman - these are just a few of them. Almost all of its names contain the word - white, because the town is built with a white stone. Even today the name of the town Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy means “the White City at the Dniester River”. White stone was used to build all of the town's structures, walls, even the monumental fortress, which is one of the oldest and best preserved fortresses in the Southern Ukraine. 
   The fortress at the time of construction presented a mighty defensive facility with regular garrison, fully equipped and stocked up to withstand long sieges. The fortress incorporates a number of interesting and at the same time very complex architectural solutions. It stands on a high rocky coast at the estuary of Dniester, surrounded by a deep moat from the three sides.               Today the fortress is one of the best preserved architectural monuments of the Middle Ages and is protected by state laws. 
   On the way to Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy you will see numerous resorts, beautiful landscapes and vineyards. We will also drive along the borderline between the Dniester and the Black sea – a unique place where the fresh river water meets the salty sea water.
Odesa. Churches of Odessa

Odesa. Churches of Odessa

   Places of worship is a very special and important part of the history of Odessa - a city that is considered to have the most multiethnic and multicultural society in Ukraine. Almost from the very foundation of the city (1817-1859) Odessa had a special status of a porto-franko region – a free economic zone of XIX century, in which free trade and storage of foreign goods was taking place. This has lead to a large influx of foreigners to the region, which resulted in Odessa becoming a multiethnic centre of Ukraine, with many different religious confessions. During the excursion you will be offered to visit temples of different confessions: Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Synagogue, Mosque in Arabic Cultural Center and others.

Odesa. Trip to Odessa's Fine Arts museum

Odesa. Trip to Odessa's Fine Arts museum

   Odessa's Fine Arts museum boasts one of the biggest and richest art collections in Ukraine. The collection consists of works of Russian and Ukrainian painters who lived in the period from XVI century to the modern times and covers all types of expressions of the fine arts: pictorial art, graphic art, sculptural art, applied art, iconography and others. 
   The museum first opened its doors in 1899. The first paintings presented in the museum where contributed by the Petersburg’s Art Academy. 
   Odessa's Fine Arts museum situates in a palace - the architectural monument of the beginning of XIX century - in the central part of Odessa above the coastline. The exposition occupies 26 halls on two floors of the palace. All presented exhibits are genuine and original.
Odesa. Museum of partisan glory: Odessa’s сatacombs

Odesa. Museum of partisan glory: Odessa’s сatacombs

   This unique museum of partisan glory of the defenders of Odessa during the Second World War is located in catacombs. During the defense of Odessa in 1941 fierce fighting with the fascists invaders were taking place here. The museum situates in the suburbs of the Nerubayskoye village (18 km from Odessa), where the line of defense of Odessa was lying. The heroic battle for Odessa, which continued for 73 days from 5 of August to 16 of October 1941, hindered enemy’s advance on Crimea and Caucasus. During this period these catacombs were home to numerous partisan squads, which were primary source of  intelligence and sabotage activity.
   The history of development of the catacombs around Odessa has deep roots. Millions of years ago vast territories north of the Black Sea were covered by water. With the lapse of time sediments of shells from various types of mollusks created yellow-colored coquina stone. Due to the uncontrolled mining of the coquina stone in the XIX century huge underground labyrinth was formed underneath and around Odessa. Today it is known as Odessa’s Catacombs. 
   The catacombs are organized in a number of levels, i.e. there are tunnels on different depths. The cumulative length of the catacombs is around 1400-2000 km.
Vilkovo. Cruise to the delta of Danube

Vilkovo. Cruise to the delta of Danube

   Vilkovo - the pearl of pre-Danube lows – Ukrainian Venice – is situated at the point where Danube meets the Black Sea, on the border with Romania, 227 km from Odessa. The town, which occupies the area of 1100 acres and is home to 10 thousand habitants, is unique as it stands on the water. The land that supports the buildings of the town has been artificially built up by man. Instead of the ordinary street roads the blocks of the old part of town are separated by the water channels, which occupy 45% of total area of the town. The only transport here is boats. It is hard to believe that this previously inaccessible and uninhabitable land is now home to the whole town full of houses, orchards and vineyards. The history of Vilkovo goes back to the XVII century when the split of the orthodox church took place. The dissenters fled to these hardly accessible, uninhabited, swampy lands. Later they were joined by Don Cossacks, and after the destruction of the Zaporozhian Sich (1775), Zaporozhian Cossacks settled here. 
   After the excursion around the town, which has only four streets lying on the mainland you will have an opportunity to make a trip on the comfortable boat to the delta of Danube visiting natural reserve with its diverse flora and fauna. This area is inhabited by more than 240 different bird species (pink pelicans, brants, herons, eagles and others), including some very rare protected kinds. On the sea coast at the border of Danube and Black Sea you will see 0 km sign, which symbolizes the end of the mighty Danube and beginning the vast Black Sea.
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