Christmas in the Carpathian Mountains

Get to know Ukrainian traditions and celebrate Christmas with locals in the Carpathian mountains. You will meet Hutsuls – and ethnic group of Ukrainians who still preserve their ancient traditions, visit Bukovel and see unique museums.

You will experience:

  • celebrating the birth of Jesus in the best place for this, in the capital of the Hutsul region - Verkhovyna, because it is one of the best places in Ukraine, where ancient traditions have been preserved;
  • acquaintance with the history, customs, culture of some of the most interesting people in the world - Hutsuls;
  • the best dishes of Hutsul cuisine;
  • the most outstanding historical and natural monuments of the region: Hutsul temples, waterfalls, rivers, picturesque Carpathian landscapes, Hutsul museums;
  • souvenirs made by folk masters of Hutsul region;
  • and of course snowballs, sleds, skis and other types of winter activities.

Tour language: Ukrainian. Contact us if you would like to hire a guide who speaks English or another foreign language.

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planTour plan

Day 1: Departure from Lviv (09:00) – Ivano-Frankivsk (11:30) - Kolomyia (lunch and photo-stop near Pysanka Museum) – Yavoriv (Hutsul coverlet /“lizhnyk”/ making workshop, excursion and cheese tasting at the farm) – (Verkhovyna (check-in at Hutsul homes, dinner).

Day 2: Breakfast and departure (08:00) – Verkhovyna (excursion-concert in the museum of Roman Kumlyk, excursion and photo shoot in Hutsul clothes in the museum “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” and tour of the museum “Khata-Staia”) – Bukovel (cable-chairlift to the top of the mountain Bukovel, the Carpathian panorama and free time) – Verkhovyna (return to the Hutsul homes, Hole Dinner with carols and entertaining program).

Day 3: Late breakfast and check-out (11:00) – Verkhovyna (Holy Liturgy and the rite of caroling near the church)  – Yaremche (tour of the waterfall, the restaurant "Hutsulshchyna", souvenir market and lunch) – Ivano-Frankivsk (19:30) - Lviv (return at 22:30).

Місця посадки
Lviv, Hotel 'Lviv'

Hotel "Lviv", 7 V. Chornovola Ave

Ivano-Frankivsk

Bus station "Radiorynik", Halytska, 203, street; Ivano-Frankivsk

placesExcursion objects
Kolomyia - Pysanka museum
The town of kolomyikas, one of the most beautiful towns in Halychyna, can boast of magnificent Secession buildings in its central part. Be sure to see the visiting card of Kolomyia, the world's unique Museum of Easter egg painting, also known as Pysanka Museum. It is located in the largest egg in th...

The town of kolomyikas, one of the most beautiful towns in Halychyna, can boast of magnificent Secession buildings in its central part. Be sure to see the visiting card of Kolomyia, the world's unique Museum of Easter egg painting, also known as Pysanka Museum. It is located in the largest egg in the world, standing at 13.5m high, and has a collection of 12,000 exhibits. In the town, you will also see one of the best museums in Ukraine, the National Museum of Folk Art of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttia named after Yosafat Kobrynskyi, one of the oldest in Ukraine wooden Church of the Annunciation (1587) and the Town Hall (1877), which is not in the center of the Market square but on a street corner.

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Yavoriv
The picturesque Carpathian village has preserved the ancient traditions of homemade woollen coverlets (lizhnyks), and most of the residents are engaged in bedspreads making. Only in Yavoriv you can see the full cycle of the birth of a coverlet from freshly sheared sheep's wool to the finished produc...

The picturesque Carpathian village has preserved the ancient traditions of homemade woollen coverlets (lizhnyks), and most of the residents are engaged in bedspreads making. Only in Yavoriv you can see the full cycle of the birth of a coverlet from freshly sheared sheep's wool to the finished product, and then buy the freshly made product.

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Yavoriv. "Hutsul cheese factory"
In a picturesque area in Carpathians - in the heart of Yavoriv there is a "Hutsul cheese factory", where you can listen to how cheese are made, walk around the "Eco-farm" and feel the atmosphere of the Hutsul region. Local owner will be happy to treat customers with eco-cheeses made of goat meat wit...

In a picturesque area in Carpathians - in the heart of Yavoriv there is a "Hutsul cheese factory", where you can listen to how cheese are made, walk around the "Eco-farm" and feel the atmosphere of the Hutsul region. Local owner will be happy to treat customers with eco-cheeses made of goat meat with jam and honey. Sheep, goats and a shepherd dog nicknamed "Chuika" will meet you curiously on the territory. This place is often called "Little Switzerland" after a visit. You're welcome to visit the "Eco-farm" in Yavoriv to taste carpathian cheese.

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Bukovel
Ski resort No. 1 in Ukraine, where you can get to the top of the mountain Bukovel (1115 m) in the cable-chairlift and admire a beautiful view of the Gorgany and Chornohora mountain ridge.

Ski resort No. 1 in Ukraine, where you can get to the top of the mountain Bukovel (1115 m) in the cable-chairlift and admire a beautiful view of the Gorgany and Chornohora mountain ridge.

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Verkhovyna
The ethnic and geographical centre of Hutsulshchyna, the former village of Zhabie, nestled on the banks of the marvellous river Chornyi Cheremosh; in addition to the picturesque Carpathian panoramas has many other attractions for the discerning travellers. Here, you are warmly welcomed to a concert...

The ethnic and geographical centre of Hutsulshchyna, the former village of Zhabie, nestled on the banks of the marvellous river Chornyi Cheremosh; in addition to the picturesque Carpathian panoramas has many other attractions for the discerning travellers. Here, you are warmly welcomed to a concert tour to the private Hutsul Museum of lifestyle and musical instruments named after Roman Kumlyk. In the house-museum of the movie “Shadows of forgotten ancestors”, you can learn about the great love of the Hutsuls Ivan and Marichka, as well as have a photoshoot in the Hutsul clothes. And in the museum of the Polonyna life “Khata-Staia”, you can taste delicious Hutsul brynza.

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Yaremche
The famous climatic resort is located between the picturesque mountains in the fascinating valley of the Prut River. Every year, thousands of people admire the cascading waterfall “Probii” (Yaremche Huk) and wooden restaurant “Hutsulshchyna”.

The famous climatic resort is located between the picturesque mountains in the fascinating valley of the Prut River. Every year, thousands of people admire the cascading waterfall “Probii” (Yaremche Huk) and wooden restaurant “Hutsulshchyna”.

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walletFinances
The tour price includes
  • travel by comfortable bus;
  • accommodation (2 nights);
  • Holy Dinner (entertainment program, food, drinks);
  • dinner on the 2nd day;
  • breakfast on the 2nd and 3rd day;
  • guided tour service;
  • excursion services on tourist sites;
  • travel insurance.
The price does not include and is paid additionally
  • entrance fee to tourist sites;
  • lunches.
Discounts
  • Children under 3 years old, accompanied by 2 adults, without a separate seat on the bus and accommodation - free of charge
  • Children from 3 to 12 years old, discount from the total cost of the tour - 350 UAH
ticketsEntrance tickets

Workshop of hutsul lizhnyky making: general, students, pension, children's - UAH 50;

Excursion and cheese tasting at the Hutsul Eco-Cheese Factory, Yavoriv: general, pension, students, pupils - UAH 250.

Museum of Hutsul life and musical instruments n.a. Roman Kumlyk: general - 50 UAH

Museum “Tini zabutykh predkiv” (“Shadows of the Forgotten Ancestors”): general - 40 UAH, schoolchildren - 30 UAH;

Museum “Hata-staya”: general, pension and student - 40 UAH, schoolchildren - 30 UAH

Сhairlift ride to the Bukovel mountain and back: general - 200 UAH, pensioners and children up to 12 years – 150 UAH;

axe Holy dinner in Verkhovyna

Сelebrating of the birth of Jesus takes place in the complex "Polonynska Vatra" in Verkhovyna. Approximate start of the program is at 08:00 pm.

You will find:

  • celebrating the birth of Jesus in the best place for this, in the capital of the Hutsul region - Verkhovyna, because it is one of the best places in Ukraine, where ancient archaic traditions have been preserved;
  • acquaintance with the history, customs, culture of some of the most interesting people in the world - Hutsuls;
  • the best dishes of Hutsul cuisine;
  • the most outstanding historical and natural monuments of the region: Hutsul churches and museums, waterfalls, rivers, picturesque Carpathian landscapes;
  • souvenirs made by folk masters of the Hutsul region;
  • and, of course, snowballs, sleds, skis and other types of winter euphoria.

Holy Dinner menu with lean authentic Hutsul dishes:

  • kutia (traditional Christmas dish made of wheat with honey, poppy seeds, raisins and nuts), "shukhy" with mushrooms (salad of beet, mushrooms, onions and bryndza cheese), fried fish, pickled mushrooms;
  • mushroom soup, lenten hutsulian holubtsi (cabbage rolls), knyshi with cabbage;
  • varenyky with poppy seeds;
  • fruits, pampushky, herbal carpathian tea;
  • kisel of blueberries, compote of stewed fruit, dzindzyrivka (alcohol liqueur), wine.
keysAccommodation
Hutsul estates of green tourism in Verkhovyna

It takes place in the cozy Hutsul estates of green tourism in Verkhovyna, rooms: 2 and 3 beds with amenities on the floor.

mealFood
1day
Lunch

It will take place in the cafe "Shtolnia" in Kolomyia. Offered menu: Ukrainian borsch, potato casserole with cheese sauce, mushrooms and chicken fillet, beet salad, bread, tea. The cost is 130 UAH.

2day
Lunch

Відбудеться в кафе у Верховині. Ціна 140 грн.

3day
Lunch

Takes place in the restaurant "Tourist" in Yaremche and consists of dishes: soup with meatballs, bulgur with chicken kruchenik, carrot salad in Korean, bread, compote. The cost is 120 UAH.

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