New Year's Eve celebration in Ukrainian Transcarpathia
The wild Ukrainian Carpathians invite you for the New Year's Eve!
We are going to sleep, eat and celebrate the New Year in the Czech gendarmerie tavern in the village of Kolochava, the heart of the Ukrainian Carpathians. We offer you two trips to the mountains, exploring the historical centre of Lviv and the New Year's Eve celebration in a remote snowy Ukrainian village but with a great warm atmosphere. Homemade local Ukrainan food and hot atmosphere guaranteed!
We will discover unbelievable Transcarpathian trails, drink warming up home-made vodka and relax in a Russian "banya". In the evenings we will spend time playing guitar in a tavern in a great company of Poles, Ukrainians, Slovakians and Czechs.
Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, no trips to Ukraine are planned for the coming year :-(
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We will depart from Krakow in the afternoon. In the evening we will reach the destination point in Lviv. There we are going to drink beer to free Ukraine in the huge Pravda Beer Theatre, have a delicious dinner in the “Banerites' underground bunker”, the Georgian restaurant or the Masonic lodge restaurant (paid on your own). We will spend the night at a hostel.
In the morning we will take a walk around the town and later depart to Volovets. In Volovets we are going to have a traditional Ukrainian lunch in a local cafe. Hopefully we will be able to witness a spectacular view of the Borzhava mountains. After the lunch we will continue our trip to Kolochava to find our accommodation there in the evening. Afterwards we will eat a welcoming dinner in the Czech gendarmerie tavern.
We will make a one-day bus trip to Lake Synevyr, the biggest lake of the Ukrainian Carpathians. After walking up the Pereniz clearing we'll get a chance to see a beautiful view of mountain peaks. We also plan to visit a shepherd who will treat us with cheese and homemade vodka. In the afternoon we will continue our adventures in the open-air museum. Those who wish will also have an opportunity to visit the museum.
Hiking to the mount Strymba (1719 m). In the evening everyone will get a chance to join us in banya- a homemade sauna (but, of course, it's optional). Then a joint preparation for the New Year's Eve party in the Czech gendarmerie tavern in the heart of the Ukrainian Carpathians. An alternative option for less sporty participants will be provided as well.
Morning walk around snowy Kolochava and refreshing swimming in the river. Isn't it a perfect 1st of January challenge even for less experienced winter swimmers? :-) Departure in the afternoon, arrival in Krakow in the evening.
• round trip by a comfortable minibus or a car
• accomodation in shared rooms (1 room in the hostel in Lviv, 3 rooms in the guest house in Klochava)
• breakfast in Lviv, two meals per day in Kolochava
• services of an experienced group leader and a guide
• alcohol at the New Year's Eve celebration
• maps and info packs
• insurance covering emergency situations and treatment costs + insurance covering baggage loss up to 200 EUR
• obligatory insurance for the travel agency
• mandatory fee to the State Tourist Guarantee Fund for every participant
We will sleep in shared rooms: one night in Lviv and three nights in Kolochava. In case you want to have a double room you should pay 200 zl per person additionally.
Ukrainian traditional cuisine in Lviv and Czech-Austrian-Hungarian cuisine in Kolochava are traditional homemade meals. The price includes breakfast in Lviv and two meals per day in Kolochava (breakfast and dinner). The vegetarian options will also be provided but you should inform us about such a need beforehand.
We will use a comfortable bus or minibus depending on the number of the participants.
This year let's have fun and chill in a really big company with the maximum amount of participants being 60 (!) people. Anyway, New Year's Eve happens once in a year and just like such an excellent opportunity to meet new people. We will travel in a mixed Polish-Czech-Slovak group.
Roman Stanek - the founder of the travel agency Barents.pl. He has been an active traveller from the age of 15. He leads groups to the Post-Soviet countries (in Ukraine he also conducts trips to Chornobyl, Bessarabia and Odesa). He coordinated a humanitarian convoy to the East of Ukraine.
Iwo Dokoupil – a famous Czech journalist and photographer currently living in the Opawskie Mountains. He coordinates humanitarian projects in the Transcarpathian region. He also leads groups to the Post-Soviet countries.
The starting point of the trip is Krakow (the meeting point is in front of Oskar Schiendler's factory museum) or Ostrava in the Czech Republic for those who live in Silesia.
• The itinerary may change depending on the date of departure, weather and other factors.
• Learn more about general conditions of participation and find out how to sign up for a trip.
• Attention! In case of the introduction of restrictions that prevent the implementation of the tour, we will refund 100% of the money paid up to 7 days from the date of cancellation of the tour.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl