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PLAST CENTENNIAL TOUR  C
Map of Ukraine Tour
  PLAST tour

TOUR C 

Aug 14 – 25, 2012
12 days $2690 twin Air/land
Sgl Room$550
Itinerary:Kyiv (3), Lviv (2), Yaremche (1), Kamianets Podilsky (1), Lviv (4)


Not included:   Airport tax about $480 + gratuities
Arriving:   Kyiv
Departing:   Lviv

FLIGHTS: Listed flights are with Lufthansa German Airlines from Newark to Kyiv via Frankfurt and return from Lviv via Munich to Newark. Airport/Hotel transfers are provided only for persons using group trans-Atlantic flights.

INTER-CITY TRANSPORTATION: Kyiv/Lviv by second-class sleeper train. 

HOTELS: Kyiv: Rus Hotel***, Lviv: George Hotel*** , Yaremche: Edelweiss Hotel ****, Kamianets Podilskyj: Amadeus Club****

SIGHTSEEING: As per itinerary including all entrance fees.  No extra charges.

ESCORT: Fully escorted from Newark throughout the entire itinerary by a professional, English-Ukrainian speaking tour manager. Local bi-lingual guides will be provided at each destination.

MEALS: Half board in Kviv and breakfast basis and Gala Farewell Dinner in Lviv. Full board Aug 20, 21, 22 on the Karpaty-Bukovyna Tour.

SIDE TRIPS: If you wish to visit surrounding areas of Kyiv or Lviv, on one/two day excursions, this may be arranged at additional cost.  Advance confirmation is recommended.  Chauffeured cars are available for about $150-$200 per day.  No refund will be forthcoming for unused group services.

TOUR DOCUMENTS: USA and Canadian citizens DO NOT require visas for Ukraine.   Persons holding other documents, please check with Scope Travel consultant.

Aug 14  Newark/ Frankfurt Lufthansa Airlines TBA

Please be at NEWARK AIRPORT at least 3 hrs prior to flight departure time. Scope representative will assist you with check-in. Your baggage must be checked to your final destination KYIV (code KBP). If you have more than one piece of checked baggage, a surcharge of $50 will apply to the second piece and $100 to the third.

Aug 15  Frankfurt/Kyiv Lufthansa Airlines TBA D

At Frankfurt Airport you board your non-stop flight to Kyiv.  Lunch on board.  Expected arrival at your hotel is 4-5:00PM.  Dinner at hotel.

Aug 16 Kyiv   BD

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Morning panoramic city tour of Kyiv includes: Khreshchatyk Boulevard, Volodymyr’s Hill, Kyiv National University, the Opera House, St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral and the 11th century Golden Gate.  The highlight of this tour is St. Sophia Cathedral constructed in the 11th c. by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Its construction reflects a strong Byzantine influence, and its interior is a unique harmonious union of mosaics and fresco paintings. Directly opposite St. Sofia (about 500 m.), you will visit the newly (1999) reconstructed St. Michael’s Sobor.  Afterwards we leave you in the Uzviz artisan section for an afternoon of shopping in an open air bazaar of more than 100 kiosks.  Lunch under own arrangements in one of the new restaurants of Uzviz.  Afternoon free.
Dinner at hotel.

Aug 17 Kyiv/Lviv Sleeper train BD

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Mornig is free to discover Kyiv on your own.  Visit one of the many cafes or just enjoy a stroll through Kyiv  - its promenades, Majdan, where the Orange Revolution took place, and its new underground shopping malls.

Early afternoon we continue our sightseeing of Kyiv with a tour of Pecherska Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), an active monastery founded in the 11th c. and center of Christianity for Kyivan-Rus. Its complex of churches reflects a unique Ukrainian baroque style which is only surpassed by the beauty of the newly reconstructed Uspenskyj Cathedral (1998), destroyed by Soviet mines in 1941. The labyrinths of the “near” and “far” caves hold over 115 burial niches containing remains of St. Antoniy, Nestor the Chronicler, and many religious and political leaders. World-renowned Scythian Gold treasures are exhibited within its walls. 

A short stop at Hanchar Museum before the tour ends with dinner at a local restaurant and a direct transfer to rail station for our overnight ride to Lviv.

Aug 18 Lviv   B

Situated in the western part of Ukraine, Lviv, the “City of Lions”, is its heart and soul. Founded in the 13th c. by King Danylo Halytckyj, it was named in honor of his son Lev (Leo).  Through centuries of Polish, Austrian and Soviet occupation, Lviv was the gateway to “the East”, but with independence in 1991, Lviv is finally free to develop its own Ukrainian identity.  PLAST Ukrainian Scouting Organization was founded in Lviv 100 years ago – hence it was chosen to host the Centennial Celebrations in 2012.

   

Highlights of today’s morning city  tour are  Rynok, the 15-16th c. city square, the Dominican Church, Armenian Church Complex, the Chapel of the Bojim Family, the Armenian Quarters, the Opera House and L’viv University.  St. George’s Cathedral, the stronghold of Western Ukraine’s Catholic Church, is our final stop.

Aug 19 Lviv Відкриття ЮМПЗ B

Opening Ceremonies of PLAST CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS.  Round trip transfers will be provided to this event which is to take place at the Campus of the Ukrainian Catholic University (УКУ) in Sykhiv (suburb of Lviv).

Aug 20 Lviv/Yaremche   BLD

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Today we join our touring coach and head to the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, to Yaremche. From L’viv, through Rohatyn's newly reconstructed city center, we view the lovely new statue of Roxolana, then continue to Ivano- Frankivsk, the capital of the Ivano- Frankivsk oblast. Enroute we will visit Sokil – the first Plast Scouting Camp in Ukraine (1930s)
Afterwards we drive to Bukovel ski resort for a sunset ride on a ski lift (weather permitting), and then to Yaremche for a folkloric dinner in specialty Restaurant Hutsulshchyna and overnight.

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Aug 21 Yaremche/Kamianets Podilsky   BLD

We rejoin our touring coach for a drive through some of the most enchanting Carpathian villages before arriving in Kolomyja, famous for its master-ceramists and woodcarvers. Guided tours will take place at the Hutsul Pysanka and Woodcarving Museums. We proceed directly to Chernivtsi,
the capital of Bukovyna. It’s a beautiful and mysterious town with lots of narrow streets and hidden views, and some incredible architectural gems which we will see in our city tour after lunch: The National University of Chernivtsi, Kobylanska Museum and the Opera House, the
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and the two churches of St. Nikolai. Late arrival in Kamianets Podilskyi for dinner.

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Aug 22 Kamianets Podilskyi/Lviv   BLD

This “museum city” is renowned for its diverse historic architecture but the real “wow” is the immense canyon that completely encircles the old city. The rocky island is high and inaccessible, except for one very small road leading to the site of Podilia’s largest medieval fortress – the object of our tour this morning. The castle was built in the 11th c., but most of what we will see was added between the 14c and the 18c.

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We rejoin our touring bus for a short visit to Zarvanytsia, followed by lunch prepared by the sisters. Zarvanytsia is considered the Lourdes of Western Ukraine. It houses a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin with Christ Child, a spring of healing water, and an active monastery and church. Late arrival in Lviv. Dinner at hotel.

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Aug 23 Lviv   B

This morning you join your touring bus for a trip to Shevchenko Haj, an open air museum with an active Bojko Church and replicas of Western Ukraine’s Lemko and Bojko villages dating back to the 18th c. This “village” is a popular Sunday outing for Lviv residents. We continue to Lychakiv Cemetery to view graves of Ivan Franko, Solomija Krushelnytcka, Volodymyr Ivasiuk, Oleksander Tysovsky (one of the Founding Fathers of PLAST) and many others. We return to hotel about 1PM. Remainder of the day under own arrangements.

   

 

Aug 24  Lviv Закриття ЮМПЗ B

Closing Ceremonies of PLAST CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS.  Round trip transfers will be provided to this event which is to take place at the Campus of the Ukrainian Catholic University  (УКУ) in Sykhiv (suburb of Lviv).

Independence Day Celebrations – Evening  Farewell Gala Dinner

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Aug 25 Munich/Lviv Lufthansa Airlines TBA B

Hotel/Airport transfers will be provided for Scope group members.

       


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