Kyiv - Lviv
Monday: Arrival in Kyiv. Transfer to the hotel 3*.
City tour “Tasty Kyiv” (4 hours): As ones said, you are what you eat. The same thing we could tell about city culture. People in Kyiv and their cuisine is a unique gastronomic universe. It has passed the test of centuries and we invite you to plunge into it with us.
During our tour you’ll learn a lot about history of Kyiv. You’ll visit most significant places such as the Golden Gates, the former gateway to the fortress city, impressive St. Sophia Cathedral with its bell tower, spectacular St. Michael’s Golden – Domed Monastery. You’ll taste delicious pastry in the atmosphere of Kyivska Rus. You’ll taste the best Ukrainian wines as the real sommelier! It’s impossible to imagine Kyiv without traditional borshch and salo! And you’ll understand why!
You’ll walk to Maydan (Independence square) and visit the very significant place – “Ostannya Barykada” (“The last barricade”). We’ll stroll along Khreshatyk, the shortest and the widest among the main streets of Europe, enjoying tasty “nalyvky” (Ukrainian liqueurs) in the place stylized by Kyiv of 1970th! And of course you’ll feel unforgettable atmosphere in amazing Bessarabsky Market!
Breakfast in the hotel.
City tour “Coffee and Kyiv” (3 hours). The city is beautiful; the city is happy! It lays over the spilled Dnieper, it is all in the green chestnut trees, all in sunny spots … “How romantically Mikhail Bulgakov described his favorite Kiev! When coffee came to our city, it immediately became a favorite drink in Kiev, took a worthy place among other Kiev delicacies. Let’s plunge into the magic of the coffee taste of the different city epochs, we will walk around the places, which are famous for coffee in Kiev! There will be residents of grandmother’s chest-witnesses and history participants with us. Usually they are silent, revealing their secrets only to those who know how to be curious about the pages of their past. Let’s try to hear them?
We will discover:
– when and how the people in Kiev got addicted to a drink which is as black as night and bitter as love, and who became their first coffee teacher;
– what was the mandatory dress code for Kiev coffee houses visitors;
– how are the successes in drill training, coffee and noble maidens related to each other?
– what is common between Kiev, London and Vienna coffee houses;
– what are coffee waves;
– where you could treat a guest to a “double half”, and what kind of dose is this?
– where to get coffee in the years of total deficit, how to cook and not to “burn on hot” favorite coffee
– what is an “alternative”, why do you need a puruero, a kemex and an airpress
– how the wheel of taste differs from all other wheels and many many others…
We will walk and have conversation about coffee along the central streets, lanes. If we mentally plot our route on the map, we can imagine a horseshoe, so we will pass it (making wishes) for 3-3.5 hours, but our walk will not be too tiring, because we will have coffee next by! The program includes three coffee breaks in cozy coffee houses and a restaurant, with tastings, shows and stories from the masters of the “coffee world”. And this world is amazing, so the Coffee cantata of such familiar streets will be another hymn to our eternal Kyiv!
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the railway station.
17:15 Departure from Kyiv. 22:40 Arrival in Lviv.
Accommodation in hotel 3*.
Breakfast in the hotel. Lviv gastro tour (dinner includes) “From walk to drink”(4 hours).
Route: Gas Lamp – Rynok Square – Black Mansion – Masoch – café – House of Legends –Jewish quarter – The Most Expensive Galician Restaurant – Kryjivka.
It is the most interesting and dynamic tour in Lviv! You’ll visit the Holding of Emotions “!FEST” restaurants that are popular in the Western Ukraine. You’ll hear modern legends and stories about the city, see architectural monuments and historic places and the most important – feel the city! You will walk along the historical part of the city and overview the main monuments. You’ll enjoy “!FEST” tour restaurants with dishes and house spirits tastings in the following three restaurants:
“Gas Lamp” is the highest (4-storeyed) Lviv pub, where you will get to know everything about inventors of the first kerosene lamp in the world.
“Kryjivka” is the most popular restaurant in Ukraine. Ukraine Insurgent Army and Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. The history of anticommunist resistance, training in rebel shooting range. Medovukha (honey infused liquor) tastings.
Galician Jewish restaurant “At the Golden Rose” is the warmth and comfort of the Jewish home, traditional food, Klezmer music and unusual way of payment!
Breakfast in the hotel.
Coffee City tour (2 hours): High castle – old defensive walls – “Lviv Coffee Manufacture”
Coffee and Lviv have already been inseparable for a couple of centuries since Yuriy Kulchytskyy brought a tradition of drinking coffee to Vienna when Lviv was under the Austro/Hungarian empire.
During the tour, you’ll see where and what popular cafes were located in the past. You can find out how the coffee life of ancient Lviv looked like, how Lviv coffee traditions were born, what A. Mickiewicz and T. Shevchenko wrote about coffee as well as many other interesting Lviv stories full of coffee.
All about coffee with deep sense! Open your heart and all six senses to coffee! Go forward for good emotions in “Lviv Coffee Manufacture”! You will find out the origin of coffee, the legends, and history, coffee sorts and coffee processing, ways of preparation and coffee traditions! And the most important thing – you will immerse into the world of sensibility and pleasure, you will involve and stimulate each of your 6 senses! Нou will enjoy the tasting of fragrant coffee of course, everything else will surely surprise you but we leave it in secret!
Dinner in restaurant “Trout, bread and wine” which story began long time ago. A sad event happened in 1826 when the old Lviv City Hall collapsed. The only permanent residents of the City Hall were the trumpet player and his family. The ruins buried two soldiers, five workers and the trumpet player. Since then the trumpet player’s family left the City Hall and moved next to the house of the Lviv clockmaker in the Jewish area. It was close to the City Hall and safer. The municipal workers did not earn a lot, that’s why they had to do what they did the best they could in their free time. The clockmaker was a wine expert and also baked the best bread in the city. And the trumpet player baked the most delicious Carpathian river trout (pstruh is the Ukrainian Hutsul name for river trout).
Breakfast in the hotel
City tour “Beer truth” (3 hours): Armenian Cathedral-Post office on Drukarska street-Rynok Square-Beer theatre Pravda-Jewish Quarter-First Grill Restaurant of Meat and Justice
Find out all the truth about beer! We will tell you about Lviv and European traditions of brewing beer and beer drinking. You’ll have an opportunity to see how craft beer is brewed and taste it. You’ll forget about ten beer myths once and forever. All of us have heard lots of different stories about beer. This beverage has become so popular that many facts are full of myths and it’s not always easy to find out where the truth is. You will be informed about all popular beer myths during the tour.
We’ll travel from antique monastery of the 17th century to the modern beer factory. We will drink Zenyk, local beer, in the yard of the old Bernardine monastery. The idea of restaurant is devoted to the former special Lviv rank – the executioner, who not only punished, but also supervised the girls and women of easy behavior. We”ll get acquainted with European beer collection at the pub “Post Office at Drukarska Street”. The halls of the restaurant-museum are decorated with a collection of old leaflets and telephone sets. You can make your own leaflet and send it to the addressee in an envelope.
Then, of course, you will be introduced to the first crafted beer at Beer Theatre “Pravda” that combines a brewery, a beer museum and a restaurant. The peculiarity of the Lviv Pravda Beer Theater is that you can not only enjoy delicious beer and dishes, but also listen to live music here.
Transfer to the railway station. 06:08 departure from Lviv. 11:35 arrival to Kyiv. Transfer to the airport.
– hotel 3* 6 nights/BB
– airport transfers
– train tickets Kyiv-Lviv-Kyiv
– live guide for city tours
– dinners and degustations according to the programm