Ivano-Frankivsk region is the highest in Ukraine, but it is famous for not only the Carpathians, but also for its nature and picturesque landscapes of the Dniester canyon, heroic spirit of Galician Grand Ducal, ethnocultural and sacred heritage, interactive museums and other unique locations.Day 1: Arrival to Ivano-Frankivsk
Check-in at Grand Hotel Roxolana hotel (for large groups — “Nadiia” hotel). Free time.Day 2:
Transfer to “White Bison” camp (for canoeing or rafting), located in the recreational area on the Dniester surrounded by pristine nature (Luka village, Horodenka district).
The Dniester is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe and the second largest in Ukraine, with a length of 1,365 km. It flows through a canyon-like valley, forming many fantastic curves – meanders. The nature of the Dniester canyon is peculiar and inimitable. There are about 100 monuments of animate and inanimate nature of universal importance; unique standards of rock exfoliation have been preserved.
Picturesque mountain landscape, enchanting forests, river, waterfalls, caves, bizarre rocks, and birdsong make the Dniester canyon a true little paradise. You will be able to enjoy all of the above while rafting.
Moving to the place of the beginning of the rafting — Petriv village. Preparation for the rafting, briefing. Rafting on the Dniester river in Petriv – “White Bison” camp (Luka village), 28 km.
After the rafting – lunch and transfer to Verkhovyna.
Verkhovyna is famous for its colourful valleys, amazing mountain peaks, streams with clear water and clean mountain air. It is the capital of Hutsul region with incredible mountain views, spruces and hospitable Hutsuls.
Settlement in the eco-estate “Vodohrai Karpat” and “Zirka Mizhhiria”. Then you will have lunch at the estate (recommended).Day 2:
After breakfast, you will go on an excursion to the Museum of Hutsul Magic.
An interesting exposition of objects that are used in the rites by magicians-molfars to control natural forces, predict the future and heal people is placed in the wooden house. Molfarism as an integral part of Hutsul sorcerers’ traditions is a direct legacy of pagan cults that never disappeared in these places. The museum holds master classes in making magical artefacts.
Excursion to the House Museum of the film “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, which was included in the twenty best pictures of the world of all countries and peoples.
This is the house where the famous film director Serhii Paradzhanov had been living while filming of “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” for 7 months in 1963-1964. He used to tell that thus he managed to better feel the flair of the Hutsul region, learn about traditions and get enough of the power of nature. That’s why the film turned out so interesting. The creative team of the film also visited here.
In the museum, you can watch the film and learn about the history of its creation. The museum exposition presents things related to the movie. An interesting exhibit is a wedding guglia, which was worn by the main character of the film Ivan (Ivan Mykolaichuk). Pictures from the movie hang on the walls. The house museum also has authentic Hutsul clothes and household items.
During an excursion to the Museum-Gallery of Hutsul Traditions and Rites, you will be acquainted with Hutsul traditions and rites, try on Hutsul costumes and take pictures, have master classes in Hutsul cuisine cooking, including in the oven, and healing by live fire.
After the excursion, you will have Hutsul cuisine lunch in a hut (recommended).
Here are more tours that we recommend.
Visit to the Roman Kumlyk Hutsul Musical Instruments Museum.
Horseback riding in Verkhovyna and neighbouring villages, riding in a Hutsul chaise (optional).
After the tour, you will have dinner in the hut (recommended).Day 3:
After breakfast, you will go to Yablunytsia, where you will visit the amusement Art-museum Park “Polonyna Pertsi”. There, you will find entertainment at a height of 1,000 m above the level of spruce trees with a view of Hoverla!
You will learn how Hutsuls live: see centuries-old houses, ancient household items, listen to folk songs, watch local amusements, and have a unique opportunity to try on traditional clothes and take beautiful photos.
Hutsul craftsmen will give you master classes in artistic woodworking, pottery, making Hutsul blankets and carpet weaving, making jewellery for handicrafts, bead weaving, painting Easter eggs, blacksmithing, watercolour and batik lessons.
For lunch, you will be offered to taste Hutsul dishes cooked on fire following old recipes.
Transfer to Ivano-Frankivsk.
After the trip, visit the restaurant “Khata Bahata” for dinner (recommended).
This is the end of your trip to Ivano-Frankivsk region.