Western Ukraine Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | Individual | 10 days | 9 nights | £919 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Explore the only country in Europe not fully explored by cyclists
• Relaxed cycling on quiet roads
• Visit Lviv and follow the course of the River Dniester
• Bus transfers included to/from Krakow
Cycle Route: Remote cycling
A cycling tour of easy to medium difficulty. We follow the creek valley in the Carpathian mountains and then cycle through the flat Dniester Valley and Podolien, which is also quite flat to slightly hilly. Height differences of 50-100m occur only a few times when crossing the river gorges.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: (Friday) Krakow – Ustrzyki (245 km by bus)
Individual arrival in Krakow. We meet at the partner office in the old town at noon and leave by bus at 2:00 pm for Ustrzyki Dolne (a small town at the Ukrainian border), where we will also be having dinner.
We would advise those not able to book a morning flight or the night train to Krakow to come a day earlier and to book an additional night.
Day 2: Terlo – Sambir (35 km cycling)
After entering Ukraine we will be stopping at the first village after the border, Terlo, to get on to our bicycles. We follow the creek valleys and cycle through the colourful villages of the Carpathian mountains to arrive at the upper Dniester River Valley in Staryj Sambir.
Following the river brings us to Sambir, where we check into the recently renovated hotel at the market square.
Day 3: Sambir – Drohobych (45-60 km cycling)
This ride shows a rapid change of scenery. We ride through a flat plain, where the Dniester River once flowed through large swamps and then along old avenues lined by trees onto Drohobych, once the centre of the salt mining industry.
Though the second largest city in Lemberg province, this sleepy and provincial city is small but impressive with numerous historical monuments that can be admired on bicycle. We will be staying in the brand new three-star hotel at the outskirts of the city.
Day 4: Drohobych – Truskavets – Dovgoluka (30 km cycling)
Our first destination today is the well developed Truskavets health resort with over a dozen mineral springs. We then cycle through dense oak forests to the remote village of Dovgoluka. We will be staying at Shepilska, a modern tourist center, located “in the middle of nowhere”
Day 5: Tovste – Zalischyky (230 km by bus, 50 km by bicycle)
We spend the day in Podolia and get to see a particularly spectacular natural formation of this large region, the “Yar”. The word literally means “gorge”, and is a brook or river canyon cutting deeply into the red sandstone.
After following the course of the Dshuryn River for a while, we cycle past the ruins of Cherwonograd, a former Polish fortification, to reach the Dniester River, which flows through a particularly deep “Yar” here. There was a settlement of Saxons in the large Dniester-Loop once known as “Hinterwalden” (Backforests).
They had been naturalized by an erstwhile Polish king. The name of the settlement was translated and later on known as “Zalischyky”.
Day 6: Zalischyky – Chernivtsi (65 km cycling)
Up until now we were in the former Kingdom of Galicia. Now we find ourselves in an old border area where the Polish Aristocratic Republic, the Russian Empire and Osmanian Empire once met. The land south of the Dniester, where we will be cycling today, belonged to Romania until 1939.
In earlier days it belonged to the historical region of Bukowina, integrated into Austria by Empress Maria Theresa. The capital city of Chernivtsi is an attraction without par. Its stone monuments go back to the “Golden Age” of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy when Chernivtsi (named Czernowitz) was the pulsing capital of the area belonging to the Crown with the eastern-most university of the West.
Day 7: Chernivtsi – Kamianets Podilskyi (60 km by bus, 25 km by bicycle)
We return to the Dniester Valley via wine villages and fruit plantations. In Khotyn one can see a castle up on the cliffs that watched over the former Polish-Turkish border for centuries, high above the dammed river.
Our final destination is Kamianets Podilskyi. It is one of the oldest cities of Ukraine and is remarkably located. Smotrych River meanders through a 60 m deep gorge in the limestone of the Podolian Upland.
One of its serpentine curves is around a large mountain on top of which the historic town was constructed with heavy fortification walls. Entry to this strategically favourably situated city was made even more secure by a fortress.
Day 8: Kamianets Podilskyi – Lviv (280 km by bus, 15 km by bicycle)
We take the bus to Lviv, one of the most important cities of Western Ukraine as well as a former capital of Galicia. It is a town dotted with cultural monuments. After a short ride through the green areas on the outskirts there will be a guided tour through the historic center of town.
Day 9: Lviv – Krakow (320 km by bus)
We start on the return journey in the afternoon and expect to be in Krakow, where we will be spending our last night, by early or late evening depending on the situation at the border.
Day 10 (Sunday)
Departure from Krakow
This tour starts in Krakow in Poland. A cycling tour of easy to medium difficulty. We follow the creek valley in the Carpathian mountains and then cycle through the flat Dniester Valley and Podolien, which is also quite flat to slightly hilly. Height differences of 50-100m occur only a few times when crossing the river gorges.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
- Bus transfers Krakow – Ustrzyki – Terlo, Dovgoluka – Tovste, Chernivtsi – Khotyn and Kamianets Podilskyi – Lviv – Krakow – 9 nights accommodation in Hotels**/***/**** (all rooms with shower/WC – All entry fees – Full board: 9 x breakfast, 4x lunch, 8 x dinner – Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel. – Specialist English-speaking escort
Zalischyky has only one quite spartan hotel. However all rooms have their own shower/WC. Apart from this city we will book the best lodgings available of good 2-3 or even 4 star standard.
The buildings are new and modern for the most part.This tour is offered as a full-board tour as the villages do not have public bars or snack bars. This includes: breakfast, a picnic lunch for the road and a warm evening meal.
We let our guests organize their own meals only on the last evening in Krakau as our arrival might be delayed depending on the situation at the border.
Western Ukraine (Guided), 10 days, 9 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Category A: Good quality hotels
Cat A: £919
Cat A: £119
Availability: Selected dates
5th June to 14th June 2020
17th July to 26th July 2020
14th August to 23rd August 2020
Duration: 10 days
Bike Hire: Included
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
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Holiday Price: From £919
Single Supplement: From £119