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Top-10 most amazing buildings of Western Ukraine

Even the most demanding traveler will appreciate treasury of interesting places, legendary fortresses and castles focused in Western Ukraine. Wherever you arrive each place possesses its own castle, palace, legend or a breathtaking story.

White Elephant: observatory on the top of the mountain

The largest wonder of the mountain of Pip Ivan is a highland observatory, ruins of which tower on the top. People call the observatory “White Elephant”. They say that in winter covered with snow and ice and blew with strong winds the outlines of observatory reminds figure of an elephant.

Rafting on the Dniester: Week on the river

A 7-day rafting on the Dniester is a real relaxation tour where everything is full of calmness and beauty: silver streams of waterfalls, travertine grottoes, relict forests, majestic walls of the Dniester Canyon and solitude ruins of castles and fortresses. For such a long-term rafting-tour on the Dniester you can have a full complex of swimming and sun-bathing, and multitude of opportunities to catch a gold fish and return to civilization with restored life energy.

rafting and catamaraning in Ukraine

  duration: 7 days
 price: 155 USD

day 1

  • Tourclub guide meet the group at the railway station in Ternopil. How to get to the tour?
  • transfer to the starting place of the rafting by mini-bus
  • on the way to the Dniester we’ll stop in a cozy Galician town Buchach and discover its  fantastic architecture. The city council belongs to the baroque style,  decorated with beautiful works by sculptor Jan Jerzy Pinzel. Besides the city council it is worth seing Buchach Castle. Nowadays from glorious fortress remains nothig but ruins. While in  the year of 1672 when Buchach was under siege of Mahomet IV’s army woman, Teresa Potocka,  became the leader of the defense of the castle. Legend says that tatars, had found out that  they fought against woman, lifted the siege of the town.
  • rafting itself starts nearby the place of confluence of Zolota Lypa into the Dniester
  • Tourclub guides will conduct safety briefing and prepare rafting equipment; adults occupy  places on the balloons of the inflatable catamaran while children are located on the  specially adjusted deck
  • rafting route: Zolota Lypa river – Bydzun Village, 19 km
  • beautiful deserted landscapes, the calm stream, slow movement of catamaran - time for resting
  • encamping; we break the camp on a spacious lawn on the Dniester bank

day 2

  • not far from the camp there are several worth seing places, so that morning sightseing  tour will take 2 or 3 hours:
  • pass under the carst bridge and enter Pid Dumkoyu cave (60 m length) where archeologists  found traces of the Paleolithic Age;
  • at the height of 3-4 m above the ground you can see the entrance to a small cave - kryivka of warriors Ukrainian Insurgent Army; it was impossible to get into  the cave from the ground, rebels entered the cave tying the rope to the old oak tree;
  • hermit’s grotto - a chapel in the rock: legend says that the construction of the temple wasn’t completed because of the woman that entered the cave, axes became blunt and work stopped
  • continue our rafting on inflatable catamarans
  • rafting route: Horyhlyady Village – Kosmyryn Village, 17 km
  • in order to stretch legs and discover something new we'll stop nearby the town of Koropets and have a walk to Count Badenyas's Palace (the XIXth century) with a beautiful garden where exotic and rare plants grow; also you will have an opportunity to see an ancient travertine grotto under the waterfall where old Christian symbols are depicted
  • our second overnight in the village of Kosmyryn

day 3

  • the third day of the tour begins actively since we should overcome more than 30 km of the Dniester
  • rafting route: Kosmyryn Village – Rakivets Village, 36 km
  • it’s impossible to bypass Vozyliv Village and not to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the cascading waterfall; in Monastyrok Village we dry our oars and observe huge travertine massif, formed by centuries-old moss and water; also we’ll see cave in rock and waterfall called “Virgin’s tears”
  • we will pass Nezvysko Village, which was archaeological treasure of Trypil culture
  • the following stop is Rakivets Village
  • our third camping and overnight in Rakivets Village

day 4

  • we go on with the rafting tour
  • rafting route: Rakivets Village - Beremyany Tract, 21 km
  • at last we are in "the Dniester subtropics”: nearby Beremyany Village where Red Mountain (150 m above the river) is looking from the up at the intricate meandres of the Dniester); they say that in winter snow remains there no longer than for a day or two; a high bank of southern aspect and cozy valleys increase the number of fine days, and steep slopes restrain cold winds and help to keep warmth
  • a pleasant stroll on the top of Red Mountain will impress you with fantastic landscapes
  • overnight nearby Beremyany Tract

day 5

  • rafting route: Beremyany Tract – Ustechko Village, 21 km
  • stop in the Lytyachi Village where we’ll have a pleasant walk to the hermet’s rock cave on the height of over 100 m (nearby the rock you can see a spring flowing from two pipes; they say that one pipe is for a live water and another for a dead one) and ancient oak tree; make a good bye look at the spacious valley of the Dniester, its intricate meanders and mysterious islands
  • overnight in Ustechko Village

day 6

  • morning off from the rowing
  • rafting route: Ustechko Village - Peredivanya Village, 11 km
  • we offer excursion to the largest lowland waterfall in Ukraine (16 m high), that’s Dzhurn Waterfall, also known as Chervonograd; having enjoyed the unrestrained stream of the wild water (according to the legend, Dzhuryn Waterfall appeared thanks to men’s efforts: Turks tried to occupy the fortress by changing the direction of the river), having a bath in “Dniester jakuzzi”. It’s time to have a walk to the ruins of Chervonograd Castle (XVII century) considered “the most beautriful manor of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth” and Catholic church (XVII century). Chervonograd is a town that cannot be found on the maps, name of which is derived from the colour of the ground (sandstones makes it of red tincture). Town disappeared but soil is still red.
  • overnight in Ustechko Village

day 7

  • waking up and getting ready to overcome the final part of the rafting route
  • rafting route: Peredivanya Village - Zalischyky town, 15 km
  • not far from Peredivannya Village you can enjoy the cascade of silver waterfalls
  • finishing the rafting
  • on our way back to Ternopil we can visit peak the canyon and see peninsula of Zalischyky. Zalischyky is famous for unusual climate for the region. Town was situated at the borders former empires and there were strategy battles. What could interested scientists of natural sights - it's Lower Devonian sediments of limestones and argillites.
  • transfer to Zalischyky Village 
  • going home


The organizers reserve the right to make changes in the program according to the circumstances!!!

accommodation: double-triple tents (more about tents we use)
food: three meals a day except the supper of the last day (more about menu)

find out about weather conditions on the Dniester river: weather forecast

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • rafting equipment rental including life jackets
  • tents and general equipment rental
  • catering according to the tour program
  • transfer as in tour program
  • insurance

Additional payment:

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