Lviv and Western Ukraine
We offer an interesting and exciting trip to the center of Galicia (Halychyna), the “city-museum”- Lviv. The City of Lion emerged during the turbulent historical events of the Middle Ages, which led to the appearance in Western Ukraine of the defense constructions network, palaces and religious buildings, most of which survived to the present day. At one time these structures played a significant role in the defense of the land. Linked with human destinies, whole families, shrouded in legends, they give us a sense of romance and draw in our imagination images of the past. Most of them are located in Western Ukraine, some are turned to museums, but main part of them remains unnoticed by tourists. Complemented with architecture of monasteries and churches, surrounded by beautiful Ukrainian nature, these islands of our culture are looking forward to meeting every curious tourist.
The route is harmoniously completed by api-objects and apiaries, emphasizing on the deep historic traditions of this incredible folk craft – beekeeping.
Day 1, 25.09.2013, Lviv - Bartativ - Busk – Lviv (150 km)
- Meeting in Lviv.
Private apiary of Shevchuk V.V. in Bartativ village
The farmstead is located in the scenic area of Horodotskyi district and is specializing in production of high-quality beekeeping products. The visitors will also enjoy the interesting events and get unforgettable impressions.
- Transfer to Busk.
Apiary of Ilkiv O.I.
Apiary is located in a picturesque area of Busk district. The main areas of apiary production are honey, bee packages and queen rearing. The farmstead is distinguished for the high production standards.
- Returning to Lviv. Accommodation at a hotel.
- Evening walk in the city.
Day 2, 26.09.2013, Lviv
Bus and walking sightseeing in Lviv
Lviv is one of the richest Ukrainian cities with respect to architectural wonders. No wonder that its historical center is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Indeed, it is so exciting to explore the center of the city: the ensemble of the Market Square, shrouded in legends, where each house is a monument of architecture; Neo-Renaissance building of the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre named after the famous Solomiia Krushelnytska; Armenian, Ruskyi and Jewish neighborhoods, reflecting mixture of cultures and ideologies; religious buildings and monuments to famous people will not let you stay indifferent.
Visiting the real embellishment of the city - Ethnographic open-air museum, which combines the finest examples of folk architecture and everyday life of the following historical regions: Volyn, Boikivshchyna, Bukovyna, Hutsulshchyna, Transcarpathia, Podillia and Pokuttia. 124 wooden churches and samples of the 18-20th centuries’ dwellings are preserved on 60 hectares of the museum. Skansen is annually visited by thousands of tourists who are able to touch the Ukrainian history and understand how our ancestors used to live hundreds of years ago.
State Scientific-Research Control Institute of Veterinary Medicinal Products and Feed Additives
State Scientific-Research Control Institute of Veterinary Medicinal Products and Feed Additives is a leading organization in standardization and certification, organization and quality control of veterinary medicinal products at all stages, namely their working out, implementation, production, storage, transportation and use. Staff of the State Scientific-Research Control Institute of Veterinary Medicinal Products and Feed Additives worked out the System of toxicological control of veterinary medicinal products, the National program on controlling the residual quantities of raw materials, animal products, fodders and feed additives. For quality control of veterinary medicinal products more than 300 methods and techniques are used, 68 of which were developed or modernized by Institute staff. The main criteria for research works of the Institute are focused on the revival and creation of effective veterinary medicinal products, fodders, feed additives and premixes; development, improvement and harmonization of control methods.
Day 3, 27.09.2013, Lviv – Zolochiv – Pidhirtsi – Olesko – Rivne (250 km)
Visiting the defensive architectural monument of the 17th century - Zolochiv Castle. At one time the castle was the residence of the famous Polish King Jan III Sobieski and had a royal status. Among castle’s well preserved elements are the Entrance Tower, the two-storey palace and one more unusual monument – the Chinese palace that altogether combine the beauty and grandeur of the Renaissance.
The 17th century castle, worthily recognized as one of the Europe's best combination examples of the Renaissance palace and bastion fortifications. The construction impresses with its beauty and splendor of forms, despite the fact that a few centuries have passed. The "Italian park" which belongs to the monuments of landscape and park architecture is also noteworthy: it perfectly complements the architectural ensemble in Pidhirtsi.
- Transfer to Olesko. Lunch.
Excursion to the 13-18th centuries castle, built with the features of the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Nowadays the exhibition halls of the Olesko Castle display the unique collection of paintings, portrait pictures, furniture, wooden sculpture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is here that you can see the bed on which the Polish King Jan III Sobieski could have slept, the black marble fireplaces that heated the castle, portraits of castle’s owners and other titled persons who influenced the history of Europe, wooden sculptures of world renowned master Ioann George Pinzel, go down in the ancient dungeon where a military treasury used to be and just feel the spirit of antiquity, which has been hovering in the castle for the last 600 years.
Zolochiv, Pidhirtsi and Olesko Castles make up a popular Ukrainian tourist route “The Golden Horseshoe of Lviv region”.
- Transfer to Rivne. Accommodation at a hotel.
Day 4, 28.09.2013, Rivne – Zhytomyr - Kyiv (350 km)
- Breakfast. Check-out at the hotel.
- Transfer to Zhytomyr.
Pchelandiia is a unique place. It is located in the area of elite recreation – the “Chudodiievo” farmstead. It is here, in ecologically clean corner of beautiful Polissia land that this wonderful apiary is located. "Pchelandiia" provides the opportunity to combine outdoor recreation and unique apitherapy methods. Atmosphere at the apiary and its positive energy turned "Pchelandiia" into a real natural oasis, the best place to become healthier.
“Valley of Sources” Ecovillage
Ecovillage "Valley of Sources", Motyzhyn village. Production of ecological beekeeping products. "Valley of Sources" is an ecovillage of homesteads. The living space here is created by inspired work of its inhabitants. In recent years, about 300 family settlements were established in Ukraine. They become partners in experimental eco-construction, agricultural techniques of natural farming, establishment of joint ventures for the production of environmentally friendly agricultural products, among which beekeeping products take an important place. Healthy lifestyle has become an integral part of children and adults of the Valley, who strengthen their health in api-houses. Organization of numerous joint seminars, conferences and holidays promotes creative abilities development and arouses interest in the study of folk traditions and crafts. Festivals of folk crafts are held at the beginning of October.
- Transfer to Kyiv.
- End of the program.
Price for tour per person
- Transportation services and transfers (by bus);
- Accommodation at hotels (DBL rooms);
- Meals (FB);
- English-speaking guide;
- Museums entrance fees;
- Health worker;
- Organizational costs.
- Flight to and from Lviv.