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Explore Transcarpathia

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Mukacheve, Palanok Castle
Number of participants: 1 to 30
(groups, small groups, individual travellers)
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Tour type:Sightseeing / Rural / Ethnography Tour
Intercity transport:Bus
Route:Uzhhorod - Mukacheve - Lumshory - Berehove
Languages:DE  EN  UA  
Operation: Year round
Price from: USD 543 per person
Highlights Itinerary Prices Booking
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The route and the highlights

Being based in the very heart of Transcarpathia, the city of Uzhhorod, we will travel extensively to see small towns and villages scattered in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, forest waterfalls, clear lakes and rivers, enjoy local home-made Ukrainian and Hungarian food and taste domestic wine from private vineyards. During this 6-day tour we will visit the Medieval Castles-Museums in Uzhgorod, Mukachevo and Nevitske, and the open air Folk Life Museum in Uzhgorod.
 

The Tour Itinerary

Day 1 We will meet you on arrival to Uzhhorod and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the time of our arrival, you might want to enjoy a short orientation walk in the city centre, along the Uzh River and have a snack in one of charming restaurants there.
Day 2 Today we will explore Uzhhorod, which name derives from Uzh, the name of the river it is on. Having been founded in the 9th century, Uzhhorod has lots of beauty and charm to reveal to us. We will see Roman Catholic Church of St.Jury, as well as the old Synagogue, walk via pedestrian bridge over the river and enjoy shadowy linden embankment.
We will visit the jewel of fortification architecture - the Uzhhorod Castle. It is a model citadel with all the musts: steep cliff and wide ditch surround it, high walls fence it in, quadrangular bastions bristle up for a defensive fire, chimney-corner for warming guards up by the gates, hollow stone by the Castle entrance for putting out torches of night guests, embrasures on the ceiling for treating intruders with showers of boiling water and tar, extensive system of cellars, deep well, dungeon and torture cell… Like every old and respectable Castle, the Uzhgorod one has its famous legend and its own ghost.
We will continue to the Open Air Folk Life Mueseum. Convinently tucked against the slopes of the Carpathian hills, the museum invites us to make a short trip in time around Transcarpathia. It is neither imitation nor decoration! Traditional buildings dated 18th – early 20th centuries were collected from all around Transcarpathia to amaze with vivid pictures of that times everyday life. We will see accommodations of highlanders and inhabitants of Carpathian valleys, old smithy, apiary, korchma (inn), windmill, chapel and even school. The exhibition zest is the 18th century Church of Archangel Mikhail transported from Shelestovo village. The onion-domed wooden masterpiece was built without any nails in traditional Lemkiv style. Original items are everywhere: garments and shoes, mortars and millstones, old tools and furniture, clay pottery and wooden big-bellied barrels…
Day 3 We will take a half-day tour to Mukachevo, particularly famous for its medieval castle. Palanok Castle stands out a mountain over a broad plain of the Latorytsya River. Historical sources state the castle cornerstone was laid in the 14th century, while archaeologists presume that a wooden fortification existed there starting from the 9th century, when Transcarpathia belonged to Kievan Rus. Even if archaeologists have missed, the significance of Palanok is unparalleled and puts this castle among 5 most beautiful and best preserved monuments of this kind in Europe. Palanok knew many hosts – Hungarian dynasty Anjou, Podilian prince Koryatovich, Serbian regent Brankovich, Hungarian sovereign Hunyadi, Austrian Habsburgs, Transylvanian monarch Gabor Bethlen, Hungarian prince Rakoci…Palanok mighty walls confronted lingering sieges, devastating incursions, perfidious treacheries. Through centuries Palanok used to be an unassailable fortress, royal premises, Transylvanian mint, hiding place for the Sacred Hungarian Crown, all-European political prison, even a poultry farm (there is some evidence of it, to our shame), and finally a museum, visiting which we will enjoy today.
We will also explore the town itself, walk along the Latorytsa River, stroll the medieval down town with the old City Hall and stately Roman Church.
Day 4 Transcarpathia is home for many nations, and today we visit the Hungarian area of this Ukrainian region. We will travel to Berehove, a lovely provincial town, explore local lifestyle and traditions, taste local cuisine and try home-made wine produced from grapes grown on this fertile land. Speaking of local cuisine, it is the tastiest fusion of Ukrainian and Hungarian dishes, all made by the old and authentic local recipes. Wherever you go here you will see Hungarian bograch (bogracz) and Ukrainian varenyky (dumplings) on the menu.
Day 5 Lumshory is one of the oldest Carpathian hydrotherapy resorts. Healing properties of the local springs, rich with hydrogen sulphide, have been discovered as early as in the 14th century. Charming landscapes and mild climate contributed to making Lumshory popular. The first note of cast-iron vats with heated spring water dates to the 16th century. One of the antique vats is still here in the village.
The place is also famous for its waterfalls, and we visit one of them, named Davir (Partisan).
We will also see the least maintained but still grand castle of the region. It is the Nevitsky Castle, the apple of discord for so many monarchs, once a mighty medieval fortification. We will see the remnants of the beautiful fortress, perching on the top of a high mountain with a hip roof tower visible from afar. Serpentine path leads to the castle ruins through the forest.
Day 6 This is the last day of the tour. We will transfer you either to railway station, or airport, or other location of your choice to continue your journey.
 

The tour prices

Number of participants Price per person on twin basis
1402 
837 
769 
679 
634 
882 
814 
769 
724 
10  701 
11  667 
12  645 
13  645 
14  634 
15  622 
16  611 
17  600 
18  588 
19  588 
20  583 
21  577 
22  571 
23  566 
24  560 
25  554 
26  549 
27  549 
28  543 
29  543 
30  543 
Single Supplement  142 
 

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Uzhhorod
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • Wine tasting
  • Traditional Transcarpathian Hungarian dinner
  • English speaking guide services for excursions and day trips
  • Admissions to the sights included to the program
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Uzhhorod
  • Private car, minivan, or bus transportation on excursions (except for the walking ones) and on day trips
  • Full time tourleader service for groups starting from 6 participants

Not included:

  • Meals other than specified in the Included list
  • Intercity transportation to Uzhhorod on the start of the tour and from Uzhhorod in the end of the tour
  • Tips

* Price for one traveller includes accommodation in single rooms at the hotels and does not include single occupancy on the trains

** Prices for tours in languages other than English may be different from the published prices.

*** Please note, medical insurance is mandatory and can be booked with us or at any insurance company. The insurance has to have at least EUR 30 000 coverage and should be valid for Ukraine.
 
 
 
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