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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: Five-day to Khotyn

Rafting on Dniester will certainly charm you with beautiful brooks-waterfalls, multitude of geological monuments that look like rocky brow of woody slopes of the Dniester Canyon. During Dniester rafting on catamarans and rafts you visit Balamutavska cave and several grottoes. The most vivid highlight of the tour is Khotyn fortress. In addition you will have a possibility to observe the ancient beauty of architecture and history in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

Dniester Сanyon

duration: 5 days
price: 125 USD

day 1

  • Tourclub guides meet the group at the railway station in Zalischyky. How to get to the tour?
  • transfer to the starting place of the rafting by mini-bus
  • hiking to the top of the canyon where you can enjoy the view on the Zalischyky peninsula. The town was situated on the border of former empires. It was place where all strategic battles of assault Dniester were crossing. You can also discover some natural monuments here
  • Tourclub guides will conduct safety briefing and prepare rafting equipment
  • rafting route: Zalischyky – Zozulyntsi, 24 km
  • during the rafting route you will see: Khreschatyk Monastery of the 17th century; woody slopes of Obizhev tract, a botanical reserve where a great number of plants listed in Red Book grow; Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Kulivtsi; Taras Bulba’s oaks at the mouth of the Seret river. You will also hike to chapel and waterfall near the village of Doroshivtsi; do sights of cleavage of Vasylivska wall and ferry crossing.
  • encamping; we break the camp on a spacious lawn on the Dniester bank
day 2
  • rafting route: Zozulyntsi – Ustya, 37 km
  • during the rafting route you will see: the highest rocks over the Dniester named “Stepy” 240 m in height; water supply station depth of the river near which reaches 25 m; walk to Balamutivska cave (1,5 hours), one of the largest caves in Europe with rock.
  • our second overnight in the village of Ustya
day 3
  • we go on with the rafting tour along Dniester Canyon
  • rafting route: Ustya – Trubchyn, 27 km
  • during the rafting route you will see: Khudykiv cleavage, quarries of Kyiv Rus times, waterfalls, ferry crossings, walls of Scythian settlement nearby Rukhotyn.
  • overnight at a geological monument of a world significance - Trubchyn tract
  • encamping
day 4
  • rafting route: Trubchyn – Khotyn, 20 km
  • hike to the ruins of Zhavnets fortress of the 15th-17th centuries where Ukrainian army on the head with hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky took into a long-lasting siege Polish troops in the year of 1653. Not far from the ruins of the castle there is a bunker built before the World War II
  • the last kilometer of the rafting route finishes at the walls of Khotyn fortress
  • encamping, overnight in tents
day 5
  • camp breaking
  • transfer and Khotyn fortress excursion (1,5 – 2 hours). This one of the biggest fortresses in Ukraine withstood the ravages of time.
  • transfer to Kamyanets-Podilsky
  • sightseeing tour in Kamyanets-Podilsky (3 hours): a city-museum called «Flower on the stone» where seven cultures have amalgamated and created a unique combination of history, architecture and art. Kamyanets-Podilsky was known in ancient times of Rome Empire by its unique water defence system.
  • tour ends at approximately 5 p.m.
  • 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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