- Panoramic city tour (3 hours)
The tour acquaints city visitors with the most interesting sites of Lviv including St. George Cathedral, the oldest city park, University building, freedom avenue with its magnificent Opera House and Shevchenko monument, old city quarters, included into UNESCO World Heritage list: Market square, Armenian quarter, complex of Assumption church, remnants of Lviv fortifications etc. A highlight of the tour is the visit to High Castle Hill with its beautiful panoramic views.
- Lviv churches (3 hours)
Lviv boasts many beautiful churches. Some of them are real masterpieces of architecture presenting unique icons, sacral sculptural objects and stained glasses. During the tour special attention is given to Latin Cathedral, Boim’s Chapel St. George Cathedral. Armenian Church, complex of Assumption Church… Visitors get acquainted with Churches of various architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo etc. and different denominations: Catholic, Orthodox Greek-Catho1ic.
- Lviv from Polish era (half day)
Historically, Lviv was an integral part of the Rzeczpospolita Polska (1387-1772 and 1920-1939) and consequently, Polish history and culture has had an undisputable influence on Lviv. Many famous Poles are associated with Lviv: Leopold Staff “the Apollo of Polish poetry”, Seweryn Goszczynski, Alexander Fredro, Maria Konopnicka, Gabriela Zapolska, Jan Kasprowicz, famous artists Artur Grottger, Juliusz Kossack also lived and worked in this city. Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv has been referred to as the Pantheon of Polish culture due to the number of prominent Poles buried there. Among them there are Polish soldiers who perished in the Ukrainian-Polish War l918-1919 and the victims of the Polish insurgencies of 1830 and 186l. The tour acquaints with Polish Heritage sites in Lviv, retraces the life and creations of some famous representatives of Polish culture.
- Lviv from Habsburg Era (half day)
Travel back in time to the I8-19th c. to the cosmopolitan Lviv of the Austrian Empire. With the Poland partitioned in l772 Lviv fell under Austrian rule and became the administrative center of the newly-formed province of Galicia & Lodomeria. The city entered a new era. Lviv hosted world renowned Austrians like Joseph Rot, Franz Xavier Mozart, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian Emperors – Joseph II, Franz I and Franz-Joseph…. The tour foresees visiting Market Square (Rynok) with former residence of the Austrian Governors of Galicia, the former Casino building and neo-Gothic St. Elizabeth Church named in honor to the Austrian Empress Elizabeth (Sissi). Other highlights are Lviv University building (originally built for Galician Parliament), St. George Cathedral – masterpiece of’ Baroque architecture and Dominican Church (1764 – a replica of the famous Carlo Borromeo Church in Vienna). In Lychakiv cemetery, admire the classic tomb sculpture by famous Lviv masters Hartmann Witwer, Antony, Leopold and Johann Schimsers and see the grave of the Austrian Defense Minister Bauer.
- Jewish Heritage tour (half day)
The history of the Jewish community in Lviv can be traced back to the second half of 13th c. Seven centuries transformed it from a small group of settlers to the biggest Jewish community in Western Ukraine prior to World War II. The thorny path of its development in many ways paralleled the history of the whole Jewish nation in Central Europe. Historical sites include the former Golden Rose Synagogue, the former Hasidic Synagogue (the functioning Jewish community Center), an active Synagogue, the former Jewish hospital found by Rappaport. Visit the old Jewish quarters, cemetery, the monument to the victims of the Jewish Ghetto (1992), the Holocaust memorial (1993), and the Sholem Aleichem house with Memorial Plaque.
- Zhovkva and Krekhiv Monastery (half day tour)
Zhovkva is a historic town-reserve 40 km North-West from Lviv. After Lviv has the largest number of architectural monuments in the region. Highlights include the ancient Castle of XVII-XVIII c, Market Square, Catholic church, Basilian Monastery, Church of the Nativity and the 17th c., Synagogue. Krekhiv is a village in the Zhovkva district, situated about 50-km from Lviv, known for its active and completely restored l7-l8th c. Basilian Monastery.
7. German Settlements in Halychyna region (full day tour)
The German presence in Western Ukraine dates back to 13th century, but their population rose greatly in the 18th c., when Galicia became a part of Austrian (Habsburg) Empire. Most immigrants came from southwest of Germany. They established colonies at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, namely in Dobromyl, Stryi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Sambir, Sokal, Radekhiv, Brody, Berezhany. These towns had historical German names such as Koenigsau, Josefsberg, Dornfeld, Karlsdorf, Josefstal etc. Some 200 thousand people lived in 250 German colonies in Western Ukraine until 1900. About 650 German families still reside in Lviv region and the regional “Deutches Heim” association has 250 members.
The tour includes visits to the following sites: the cemetery of German World War II soldiers in Potelych, German heritage sites in Lviv and its vicinities, former German settlements in Ternopillia (Dornfeld), Shchyrets (Rosenberg), Dolynivka (Felizienthal), and Klymets.
- Castles of the Lviv Region (full day tour)
Olesko Castle, located 75 km north-east of Lviv is a historical architectural structure dating from the 13-18th cc. The Polish king Jan Sobieski III was born here in 1629. During his lifetime he amassed a large collection of art works. After the 1975 restoration a museum started and Castle now serves as an exhibition site for the Lviv Gallery of Arts. The museum boasts of five hundred paintings, sculptures and works of applied art from the 10-18th c. The museum preserve, which surrounds a Castle includes parks, sculptures, a pond and some ancient renovated structures. Castle in Pidhirtsi is located not far from Olesko, an outstanding relic of the late Renaissance architecture (1635-1640), the former residence of Rzewuski magnate family. The third castle is nearby – Zolochiv Castle, erected in 1630 as a citadel with bastions, the former residence of the Sobieski and Radziwill families in the 17-18th c.c. The only one in this part of Europe Chinese style Pavilion is located there.
- Pochaiv Monastery (half day)
The second largest Orthodox Shrine in Ukraine after Kyiv Cave Monastery. Located in Ternopil region 140 km north-east of Lviv. According to the legend it was founded by the Kyiv monks fleeing the Tartar invasion of 1240. The Monastery itself was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1527. The central church of the Monastery complex is Dormition Cathedral (177l-83). The Pochaivska l.avra is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites in Ukraine. Among its many relics are the foot imprint of the Mother of God, spring with healing water, and the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin.
- Carpathian Mountains Retreat (full day tour)
The beautiful landscapes of the Ukrainian Carpathians are breathtaking in any season. The mountain range with its meandering rivers, rich flora and fauna, lush meadows, traditional wooden churches of highland ethnic groups, models of distinctive culture are admired by both natives and travelers. Escape from everyday worries and enjoy the solitude and majestic beauty of the Carpathians.
11. Jewish sites in Lviv region (full day tour)
Jews have lived at the territory of Ukraine since 10th century. At the turn of the 20th century more than one third of the Jews of the Western and Central Ukraine lived in the towns and shtetls. Today the Jewish population is significantly smaller due to the devastating impacts of the World War II, the Holocaust and the massive emigration starting from 1970s.
The tour acquaints with the history of the local Jewish communities. It includes visits to old Ghetto, monuments of Holocaust, Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, former Jewish hospital in Lviv etc. In Brody you will see Josef`s Roth memorial places and ruins of the old Synagogue. In Drohobych you will visit Bruno Schulz`s house and Jewish mass burial sites. In Zhovkva view the remnants of 17th century Synagogue and monument to Jewish Holocaust victims.