Lunch takes place in the Krekhiv Monastery or in a cafe in the town of Ivano-Frankove - estimated cost 90 UAH.
Zhovkva, Krekhiv and Stradch
Get closer to the tranquil nature of Roztochia, pray in ancient temples and feel refreshment of mind and body on this peaceful one-day trip
Tour language: Ukrainian. Contact us if you would like to hire a guide who speaks English or another foreign language.
Departure from Lviv (08:00) – Zhovkva (excursion around castle, central part and temples of the town) – Krekhiv (visit to the monastery, caves, source water and lunch) – Stradch (caves and temple) – arrival in Lviv (19:30)
Once admired by political figures and noblemen such as Peter the Great and John Sobieski, Zhovka is now a perfect example of a Renaissance period town. Its number of architectural sights ranks it next to Lviv. The medieval Zhovkva Castle (1594) that used to serve as the King John III Sobieski quarter is the main tourist magnet of the town. Also St. Lawrence's Church (1606) with its leaning bell tower and necropolis of the Sobiesky and Zolkiewsky families are worth seeing.
You will also find it interesting to visit the Basilian Monastery and Christ Heart Church (1612) and the relics of St. Parthenius, a complex of the former Dominican monastery with the early baroque church (1655). Another place worth seeing is the Holy Trinity Church (1720) – a masterpiece of wooden architecture that was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Zhovkva is also known for its synagogue (1692), stone walls, towers, Krakiw and Hlynsk Gates.
An extremely scenic and harmonious place, well-known in Ukraine and worldwide for its religious center, the Krekhow monastery, with the brick Church of the Transfiguration (XVIII century) and wooden Church of the Intercession (2014) where two miracle-working icons are placed. If weather and time permit you can take a walk and admire Roztochia hills, visit monastic cells in “Joel's cave”, and also grab some healing source water.
A calm atmosphere, harmony and beauty make Holy Stradetskiy mountain a well-known pilgrimage place in Ukraine it holding a special place among Christian relics. The oldest part of the sight is the unique cave monastery complex (XI-XIII centuries), revealing what life was like as a monk in the period. On Stradetskiy mountain you will also find the Dormition Church (1795) that is endowed with full absolution for each day in a year according to the decretal epistle. There you will find a replica of the miracle-working Icon of the Mother of God “the Unbreakable Wall”, icons of Anton Manastyrsky and Iconostasis of Oleksa Novakivskyi.
In Stradch, walk the Way of the Cross that holds the status of Jerusalemite granted by Pope Pius XI in 1936, giving this path the same spiritual significance as the Jerusalema Procession Jesus Christ walked.
- travel by comfortable bus;
- accompaniment by a guide;
- excursion service in tourist facilities;
- travel insurance.
- entrance tickets to tourist sites;
- Children 6 years old and younger: free (accompanied by 2 adults and without a separate seat on the bus)
- Children from 7 to 12 years old and people with disabilities (1st and 2nd groups with a certificate): 50 UAH / person (from the total cost of the tour)
- ATO participants (at the presence of a certificate): discount 30% from the cost of the tour
Museum in Zhovkva Castle: general - 90 hryvnias, students - 60 hryvnias, schoolchildren, pensioners - 20 hryvnias.