Departure from Lviv (09:00) – sq. Dvirtseva, 1, Railway station.
Tour of DOVBUSHA ROCK
The rocks of Dovbush in the Ukrainian Carpathians are the largest rock massif. They lie at an altitude of 668 meters above sea level. The height of the rocks reaches from 20 to 60 meters. Three caves are hollowed out in the rocks, there are remains of a stone vault, there are traces of a well, a shaft and a ditch. It is known that these caves were previously used as a rock monastery, and later had defensive significance. Today, Dovbusha rocks are a well-promoted brand. Thousands of tourists come here. These places are declared protected and hunting is prohibited here.
Free time, lunch
Excursion to Tustan fortress
The Tustan reserve includes: a complex of Kamin rocks (Ostry Kamin, Mala Skelya, Zholob) and rocks territorially adjacent to the Voronovo ridge, the area adjacent to these rocks with cultural layers from the earliest times to the Middle Ages, a defense system (multi-row ditches and ramparts ) of the Tustan rock complex, hydrostructure (dam) in the “Ponds” tract, land on which natural monuments are located.
Tustan is a unique monument of history and architecture of the 9th-13th centuries, which has no analogues in Europe. This is a place where history can be turned back and become part of the culture of the Ukrainian Middle Ages.
Check-in at the hotel, dinner.
“Soym” mineral waters
It is believed that the Soimiv Spring is endowed with healing powers, and its uniqueness has no equal. The mineral waters of this place were successfully used not only for pleasant bathing, but also as an effective treatment for various ailments. Water contains numerous minerals, including iron and calcium. Despite its exotic taste, “Soymy” does not lose its value and attractiveness.
Excursion to Lake Synevyr
Located almost a kilometer above the sea, Lake Synevyr attracts with its mystery. This Carpathian diamond is rightfully considered the crown of the Carpathians, and is also known as the Carpathian Sea Eye. Approximately 10 thousand years ago, as a result of an earthquake, this natural wonder was formed, into which three mountain streams merge, thus maintaining a stable water balance. The lake is deep – up to 24 meters, and its area reaches almost 5 hectares.
Lake Synevyr is home to several species of trout, but fishing is prohibited. Swimming in the lake is also not allowed, and in summer the water does not exceed 10-12°C.
Expressive mahogany sculptures decorating the lake repeat the story of two lovers: Vira and Xin. According to legend, their names became the basis for the name of the lake. The height of this monument of love reaches 13 meters.
Visiting Synevir once will leave you wanting to come back again, especially if you are a hiking enthusiast. Discover the incredible beauty of this place, create your own legend, as many generations before you did, who left a piece of their heart here forever.
Rehabilitation Center for Brown Bears “Synevyr”
Synevyr is a rehabilitation center for brown bears, which occupies 12 hectares of picturesque forest with mountain rivers and waterfalls. The main mission of this place is to help brown bears that have become victims of cruel treatment or were kept in captivity without proper conditions.
At the beginning of their new life, the bears spend time in enclosures, but after providing the necessary treatment, they are released into a specially equipped natural environment. For those who do not feel the desire to furnish their own housing, the center provides 28 ready-made dens. These “houses” are covered with wooden logs and insulated with dry leaves and hay below. At the moment, there are 18 bears in the rehabilitation center.
Ecopark “Valley of Wolves”
During your trip to Lake Synevyr, you will come across a sign that will show you the way to the ecopark where the wolf cubs live. This park is home to wolves of all ages and breeds, including the black Canadian wolf, the white arctic wolf, and the Carpathian gray wolf. According to the latest estimates, eight adult wolves and six young wolf cubs live in the ecopark.
Time for lunch
Excursion to Kolochava
One must have a deep love and pride for one’s native land in order to place as many as 10 museums in a small village. You will not find such a feature in any corner of Ukraine, except for Kolochava, which is picturesquely spread among wide meadows and majestic lush forests. Don’t be surprised when, around the next turn of the narrow path, a monument, or a memorial sign, or even a church catches your eye. Because there are really many of them here. And do not be surprised that the village has absorbed the traditions and history of the Hutsuls, Boiks and Lemks, and gladly opens these riches to everyone who seeks knowledge.
Hike to Shipit waterfall
The Shipit waterfall is one of the seven wonders of Ukraine, it stands proudly on the northern slopes of the Borzhavsky Polony massif, near the foot of Mount Hymba, in the village of Pylypets. Its beauty fascinates every visitor. It captivates with its water spectacle throughout the year, even in winter, when the overhanging rocks are covered with snow. The name “Whisper” comes from the word “whisper” because, regardless of the distance, you can hear the echo of falling water, and this sound resembles a whisper. In this place, one feels a special isolation from the outside world. Here you forget about all your troubles, under the influence of the roar of water, which seems to wash away all anxiety from you, leaving you face to face with the power of nature and a round dance of cascades that whisper: “Hissip… Hissip…”.
Ascent on the lift to Mount Gimba
In Polish, the word “gemba” means “lip”. And indeed, the mountain resembles the shape of a lip. From it, you can observe countless panoramas of Borzhavska poloniny, which includes Gimba itself. Routes for tourists and skiers run through this mountain. Eight ski lifts operate on its slopes, allowing even the most leisurely traveler to easily reach the top.
Tasting of local liqueurs
Get ready for a hot immersion in the world of flavors and aromas during your visit to Pylypts in Transcarpathia. Homemade liqueurs prepared by creative local owners await us in this picturesque village. Blueberry liqueur has a special place among them, due to the abundance of this forest berry in the region, it is considered one of the most refined and recognized.
Free time, recreation options in the Carpathians:
If you have energy left after the main program of our tour, you will have the opportunity to try additional activities that we recommend:
– Adrenaline quad biking in Pylypka. I am sure you will enjoy this exciting adventure pastime.
– A paragliding flight from Mount Hymba is an impressive opportunity to observe the beauty of the Carpathians from a bird’s-eye view.
– An active hike to the top of Vysoky Verkh mountain, the height of which exceeds 1.2 km above sea level.
– Relaxation bathing in the vats in Pylypka for maximum pleasure and health.
– Visiting the bathhouse in Pylypka is another great opportunity to get complete rest and recharge your batteries.
Deer farm in Iza
A unique and one-of-a-kind farm in Ukraine where deer and roe deer live. More than one hundred and fifty of these cute animals attract many tourists every year. Indeed, it is impossible not to admire these graceful and sociable creatures, which often become the stars of photo sessions. It would be wrong to deny them their favorite delicacy – crackers or just a piece of bread.
Thermal pool in Velyatino “Warm Waters”
The thermal complex in Velyatin is one of the most visited places for relaxation in the Carpathians, known for its healing properties. Its baths are filled with water rich in bromine and iodine, which help to calm the body. The mineral composition of this water exceeds 100 grams per liter, which is much more than in sea water. People come here for rest, relaxation and health, even from other countries to enjoy these warm waters that are taken from deep wells in Velyatin.
Time for lunch
Geographical center of Europe
There are many centers of Europe in Ukraine and outside of it, this ever-young Europe is quite changeable, restless… But it is this heartland near the village of Dilove, measured (I want to say “dreamed”) by a special and ultra-precise Austro-Hungarian device in the pre-war year 1887… Therefore, there is no need to doubt, after all, you don’t want to… Here, right here!
Hiking in the Carpathians. Climbing Hoverla (snack at the top)
Who does not know what is the highest mountain of Ukraine? The answer is obvious to everyone, it is Mount Hoverla! The journey to the top, which exceeds two thousand meters, passes through crystal clear mountain deposits, monolithic high firs, low-growing mountain pines, a variety of berries and mushrooms, as well as numerous rare plants, many of which are listed in the Red Book. This journey becomes an impressive and unforgettable adventure. If you’re lucky, you’ll not only encounter diverse flora, but also amazing fauna, and you might even be able to capture it on camera. And the views that open from the top – lakes, villages, forest areas… and those that belong not only to Ukraine, but also to Romania! I am sure that this trip will remain in your memory forever, it will help you feel a second wind.
Excursion to Hutsul region
Hutsul region and Hutsuls are a colorful phenomenon of our country. They have long been famous for their bright clothes and unique folk customs, which people from all over the world come to see. The mountains left their mark on the subethnos in character and habits. Hutsuls are extremely hospitable and cheerful people, come and see for yourself!
House-museum of the film “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”
Founded at the turn of the ages, the museum serves as a unique tribute to the Ukrainian poetic cinema of the last century. The workers of this museum, like the Carpathian gold seekers, extracted from the world’s memory a piece of the history of the great film adventure. Simple people, unsurpassed talents and real geniuses are merged here. Folk antiques and advanced methods of expression of that time. Having received numerous international awards, the film “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” continues to fascinate the audience.
Stepping on the beautiful meadows in late summer, you will discover the world of shepherd life. In ancient times, sheep grazing was the main occupation for the Hutsuls, instead, over time, cheese making and wool shearing turned into a less profitable business, but traditions are still tightly intertwined with their daily life… In a miner’s hut under the very roof, large cheese heads – brinza – rest. If you ask the local craftsmen, they will tell you about such things as: gleeg, butz, vurda… We are waiting for you in the Poloninsk hut-staia!
Roman Kumlyk Museum of Musical Instruments
Roman Kumlyk, the founder of the personal manor museum, created in the early 2000s, is not a fan of routine excursions. Something fresh and interesting is always waiting for you here. He traveled all over the Carpathians to collect his unique collection: everyday items, clothes, money, women’s jewelry… But his collection of musical instruments, which is regularly replenished, is of particular value. Mr. Roman will not only tell you about each of them, but also demonstrate how they sound, and maybe even sing. Thus, an ordinary excursion turns into a concert of authentic music, melodies of the hills and valleys.
Rafting on Black Cheremosh
Rafting on Black Cheremosh is an incendiary form of active recreation in the mountains, which, having a small degree of difficulty, is at the same time safe for beginners. Here are ideal conditions for getting to know the water element and enjoying the beauty of the Carpathians. The swollen streams of the river, the wild rhythm of the mountain rapids, such as Dzembronya, Didiv Likot, Bila Kobyla, Guchki, Guk – such impressions you will not be able to forget. Excitement of emotions and sensations, breathtaking Carpathian landscapes, pristine air – such a vacation in the Carpathians will remain in your memory forever.
Excursion to Bukovel
Bukovel, the largest ski resort in Ukraine, offers opportunities for recreation throughout the year. The winter season invites you to mountain skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, dog sledding… In the summer you can enjoy hiking, diving in the lake and various tours. And of course, regardless of the season, you will be able to enjoy clean mountain air, impressive panoramas and an incredible positive attitude.
Excursion to Yaremche
The most popular Carpathian resort on the banks of the picturesque Prut River, surrounded by green mountains welcomes you! Offered: Probiy waterfall, a famous souvenir market, hiking in the mountains, excursions in the Carpathians, etc…
Time for lunch
Dovbush Trail | in the footsteps of the chieftain of the opryshks
“Dovbush Trail” is a short route along wooded mountain slopes, a great option for entertainment for the first half of the day, or even the whole day if you want to deviate from the main route. The trail begins in the protected tract of Drybka, climbs up to the rocky massifs and descends, forming a ring.
22:00 Approximate return to Lviv: (1 Dvirtseva Square, Railway Station)