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Carpathians

Carpathian Mountains are often called the Green Pearl of Ukraine. Carpathian Mountains are located in Western Ukraine and take over 4% of the territory of the country. Mountains are situated on the territory of four Ukrainian regions: region of Zakarpattya (Transcarpathians), Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk (Pre-Carpathians) and a part of Chernivtsi region. The rivers Dnister and Prut start to flow from the Carpathian Mountains.

Many Ukrainian popular resorts and tourist centers are situated here. Carpathians have lots of attractions for tourists: beautiful natural areas, forests, alpine meadows, rough rivers and mountain lakes, curative mineral sources, shepherds and people living in harmony with nature. You can also find in Carpathian Mountains historical and architectural monuments.

The region is rich in culture, activity and history. It is ideal place for summer holidays walking, riding, mountain climbing, exploring. Thousands of tourists and people who like travels and adventures come to this region. Carpathian Mountains are very beautiful in every season of the year. In winter tourists come here for skiing and snowboarding. In summer people come for tourism and hiking.

The nature of Carpathians is extremely picturesque. The traveler sees here wonderful picturesque views. Beautiful green mountains are covered with carpets of colorful flowers. In winter mountains are covered with the snow which glitters at the sunshine. In spring tourists can visit the narcissus valley. Ukrainian Carpathians are also well known as the great recreational area. The air in mountains is very clear and the climate conditions are good for lungs and heart. A lot of thermal and mineral wells are also situated here.

The largest resorts are located in Slavsko, Bukovel, Tysovets, Dragobrat and Yaremche. These resorts have well developed infrastructure: comfortable hotels, private apartments, numerous restaurants and cafes. You can easily book a room in a hotel or rent private apartments which are much cheaper. Each time you come here, you’re amazed with the combination of picturesque landscapes, fairy-tale and mystery.

Mountains Area24,000 sq.km
The Highest PointHoverla (2,061 m)

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How to get:

We include to our price train tickets and private transfer to the Carpathian resorts and towns.

Nearest airports:

International Airport Boryspil (KBP)
International Airport Kyiv (IEV)
Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv (LWO)

Our services:

Tours to Transcarpathia
Tours to Bukovel
Tours to Slavsko

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Main Attractions & Sights

Kolomyia

People go to Kolomyia for the different reasons: for study, for shopping, for work, to visit theater, museums, etc. Probably, even simply to get acquainted with this town. Kolomyia is a real treasure because it can offer the visitors more, than the majority of them expects.

Practically at once the idea comes to a head: Kolomyia has especial, unique atmosphere: the life here boils, it is a lot of youth, reigns revival, but there is no vanity; there are both sedate petty bourgeois, and strange enough with a kind “masters of a life”. Sit down for a little table any of street small restaurants and observe public defiling by you.

Yaremche

Yaremche is one of the most popular climate resorts of Ukraine. In any season the tourists can engage in the whole range of activities matching most fastidious tastes – in winter it might be tobogganing, crossing country and downhill skiing; in spring and summertime – the tourists can hike to alpine meadows where there are plenty of odorous berries. The Prut River prompts and invites to water tourism. The fabulous colors of the autumnal forest, rich for mushrooms, the unique beauty of mountainous landscapes, fresh and balmy air contributes to the perfect conditions for full-fledged, vivifying rest. Yaremche will fascinate you by its architectural sightseeing, but the most popular place of interest is waterfall “Huk”. The mountains level – 650 meters from the sea level. For those who prefer higher mountains – 28 far from Yaremche – Yablunytskyy Mountain passing where are 5 ski lifts (700 – 1150 meters).

Hutsuls in Verkhovyna

An ethnographic group of Ukrainian pastoral highlanders inhabiting the Hutsul region in the Carpathian Mountains. According to one theory, the name hutsul was originally kochul (`nomad,` cf literary Ukrainian kochovyk) and referred to inhabitants of Kyivan Rus` who fled from the Mongol invasion into the Carpathian Mountains.

A region in the southeasternmost part of the Carpathian Mountains of Galicia, Bukovyna, and Transcarpathia inhabited by Hutsuls. The region is located in the most elevated and picturesque part of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The gently sloping mountains are densely populated, and the land there is cultivated to a considerable height owing to the moderating climatic influence of the Black Sea and the massiveness of the ranges, which make summers in the region warmer than in other parts of the Carpathians. Highland pastures (polonyny) are widespread, and herding, particularly of sheep, has traditionally been widely practiced.

Verkhovyna is an urban-type settlement located in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in western Ukraine. The town is located in the Hutsul region of the Carpathian Mountains called Pokuttya, upon the Cheremosh River, a tributary of the Prut. Verkhovyna is currently an important tourist center in Ukraine. The town’s name means “highland place.”

Synevyr Lake

The Synevyr Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of Transcarpathia. Located at an altitude of 989 m above sea level, 30 kilometers from Mizhhirya, it has the depth of 10-12 m, maximum depth of 22 meters, an area of ​​about 4.5 hectares.

Uzhgorod

Located at the foothills of the majestic Carpathians, this town is the capital of Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia), with a population of over 120,000. It was first mentioned in the chronicles in 903 AD. There are a lot of architectural monuments in Uzhgorod: Uzhgorodsky castle (it is known from the 11th century), Bishop’s palace (1646), Catholic church in baroque style (1762-1767), a city hall (1810). In 1930s, Czech architects created an architectural ensemble of Uzhgorod center in the form close to constructionism.

Schönborn Palace

The hunting castle of Schönborns built in 1890 in Chynadiyevo is considered the gem of Transcarpathian monuments, one of the most beautiful buildings in Ukraine. The Palace is unique, built according to an interesting design, and it is surrounded by a large landscaped park of 19 hectares, founded in the early XIX century. In the second half of the last century it was converted into a sanatorium, and since then anyone can take a rest in the old building, walk in the beautiful park with a large pond, old and rare trees.

Narcissus Valley

The Narcissus Valley is located in the Kireshi tract near the city of Khust, at an altitude of 180-200 meters above sea level. It is the world’s largest natural array of narcissus – a rare plant listed in the Red Book.

Mukachevo

Hidden away in the heart of Zakarpattia, surrounded by lush, majestic mountains, is one of the most magnificent cities in Ukraine, renowned for its unique history. On its tiny territory, Mukachevo has been able to fit an astounding number of original sights. The interweaving of different layers of history and culture, reflected in the city’s original appearance, its mysterious medieval atmosphere, and amazing harmony attract and delight even the most seasoned travelers. Medieval castle’s walls, Gothic basilicas, Baroque Catholic churches, ancient estates and pavements – all of these grant a unique beauty and atmosphere to Mukachevo, inviting visitors to walk into a true European fairy tale. And you cannot help but give in to this Carpathian city’s temptations!

The “Palanok” Castle is located on the 68-meter-high mountain. If you happen to be in Mukachevo, visit the mysterious world of the castle legends. Here you can take an interesting tour with a guide who will tell you about the mysterious legends, battles and raids, princes and princesses who owned the castle. Also, there is one of the most popular museums in the castle.

Shypit Falls

In a picturesque corner of the Carpathian Mountains, near the village of Pylypets, there is a wonderful Shypit waterfalls. This unique natural formation becomes the most beautiful in spring, when melting snow streams in large cascades.

Bathing in vats

Lumshory has the status of the mountain village, near which the tract is of the same name, which is noisy waterfall with the same title. The waterfall has its own water meadows Fleece, which is the highest meadows of the Ukrainian Carpathians, and is a complex of high alpine meadows, the height above sea level, which reaches 1479 meters and the area – 1100 hectares. It is popular with tourists to bath in a large metal vats, under which the fire burns. Capacity of tubs is 1000 liters, heated mineral water to +40 or +45 degrees Celsius. But the most unusual is the fact that traditionally tourists are bathing in the open, in spite of the season. Vats are located on the banks of the river Turichki. Because, quite comfortable after a hot mineral water plunge for contrast in river water.