Galicia – a cradle of kings
Arrival to Lviv. Meeting at the train station. Getting on the bus. Initial acquaintance with Lviv: history and geography. Religious denominations in Lviv. Neo-gothic Church of St. Elizabeth and Olga. The pearl of Ukrainian baroque – St. Georges Cathedral. Lviv as an administrative and financial centre of the Habsburg monarchy. Princely Lviv – the capital of Rus” kingdom. Onuphriy Monastery – the entombment of the first Slavonic book printer Ivan Fedorov.
Princely churches of St.Nicholas and John the Baptist. City panorama overview from the High Castle Hill ( the highest point of Lviv). Transfer via bus to the city centre.
Check-in the hotel. Free time
Walking tour. Lviv Opera Theatre, Svobody ( Liberty) Avenue, Monument to T.Shevchenko, Jesuit church of St. Peter and Paul, Latin Cathedral, the Boims Chapel, Rynok Square with its Renaissance houses-palaces, Armenian quarter, the pharmacy-museum, Dominican church, architectural ensemble of the Assumption church, defence fortifications of old Lviv, former Jewish quarter, St.Andrew church and the Bernardine monastery, monument to Danylo Galitskiy, St.Mary square and A.Mickewich square.
Return to the hotel.
Breakfast. A tour outside Lviv ” The Golden Horseshoe”. The history of Galicia and its fortifications. Old Rus” town of Plisnesko. Castles in online casino Olesko. Pidgirtsi and Zolochiv. Basillian monastery.
Return to Lviv.
Breakfast. A tour outside Lviv, visiting Zhovkva, a former king”s residence with many interesting monuments of 17-18 century: St. Laurent cathedral, Church of Christ Nativity with Basillian monastery, the synagogue, a castle with the remnants of fortification walls.
After that you”ll visit a fortified monastery in Krekhiv which is located in a wonderful forest, where one can have a great rest from the hectic modern urban life. There is also possibility to visit the Stradets rocks monastery of 11 century.
Return to Lviv. Dinner. Night in the hotel.
Morning programme. Tour around Lychakiv cemetery. Tombs of I.Franko, M.Shashkevych, S.Krushelnytska, S.Ludkevich and other prominent figures. Military memorials of the Ukrainian Galician Army, famous entombment of Polish soldiers ” The Orlyata cemetery” and of Soviet soldiers in the Mars field.
Visiting the museum of rural architecture and lifestyle in Shevchenkivskyi Gai , where on picturesque landscape the wooden architecture of Western regions of Ukraine is displayed.
Free time/ lunch
Visiting Lviv museums on your own ( the museum of weapon and armoury ” Arsenal”, the museum of religion, the museum of ethnography, the Art Gallery, National Museum)
End of the programme. Departure from Lviv.