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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 fairytale

A 5-day rafting on the calmly flowing waters of the Dniester river will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to raw on inflatable catamarans, swim, take a sun bath and replenish energy reserves among picturesque banks of the Dniester. For 5 days you’ll forget about bustle of the cities and plunge into a wild nature. You’ll see interesting places; discover fascinating legends and secrets of ancient Ukrainian castles, caves and churches. 

rafting along the Dniester Canyaon

duration: 5 days
price: 123 USD

day 1

  • Tourclub guides meet the group at the railway station in Ternopil. How to get to the tour?
  • transfer to the river of Zolota Lypa by mini-bus where rafting starts
  • on the way to the Dniester we’ll stop in a cozy Galician town Buchach and discover its fantastic architecture. Buchach city council is a unique monument of XVIIIth century  architecture (architect Bernard Meretyn). 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 (the first record of which dated  with the XIV century). Nowadays from glorious stronghold 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 – Budzyn Village, 19 km
  • We float under the bridge over the Dniester. The bridge was built in the late 19th century on costs of Count Baden. He was the owner of the estate in Koropets. The bridge open the view on the Dniester Canyon.
  • encamping 

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 - shelter soldiers of 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 (in those days only men could be  involved in the building of the holy place), 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; also we’ll see cave in rock and waterfall called “Virgin’s tears
  • the following stop is Rakivets Village where stands alone Benjovsky’ Tower (nowadays you can see only a high donjon tower instead of a glorious fortress; in Soviet times there was located a soda factory)
  • our third camping and overnight in Rakivets Village

day 4

  • we go on with the rafting tour
  • rafting route: Rakivets Village – Beremyany Tract, 22 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

  • finish rafting route: Beremyany Tract – Ustechko Village, 21 km
  • stop in the village of Lytyachi where we’ll have a pleasant walk to the helmet’s rock cave on the height of over 100 m and ancient oak tree; make a good bye look at the spacious valley of the Dniester, its intricate meanders and mysterious islands
  • for a dessert you will have an excursion to the largest lowland waterfall in Ukraine (16 m high), that’s Dzhuryn Waterfall, also known as Chervonograd; having enjoyed the unrestrained stream of the wild water, 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). 
  • transfer to Chortkiv, arrival approximately at 7:00 p.m.
  • excursion in Chortkiv. There are two unique wooden churches 17-18 centuries, monumental Church 20 century, several modern and very beautifully decorated churches and the ruins of the castle
  • 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 d 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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