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Eastern Horizon: From Krakow to Kyiv via Lviv

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary begins in beautiful Krakow, Poland before whisking you eastwards to Lviv in Western Ukraine. From there you'll continue to the Ukrainian capital. Along the way you'll gain knowledge of the intertwined histories of neighbors Poland and Ukraine and an insight into just what makes each of these cities so special. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers, transport between destinations, and city tours. In addition to the walking tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers for an extra fee. You could also reverse the direction and go Kyiv - Lviv - Krakow, or extend the tour with other cities in either country such as Warsaw, Wroclaw or Odessa or even add on neighboring countries. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Krakow, Lviv, Kyiv tour

3 Nights in Krakow

3 Nights in Krakow

4 days in Krakow

3 Nights in Krakow

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market, and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are chilling and vivid reminders of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market, and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are chilling and vivid reminders of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Krakow

When you arrive at Krakow's airport, someone will be waiting to take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Settle in and Enjoy

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you've just arrived, before starting on tours, head out and get a feel for this unique city. If you're staying near the main square ("Rynek,") take a leisurely stroll, visit the Cloth Hall, and have a coffee with a view at Cafe Szal. If you start near the Kazimierz district, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at the Starka restaurant. Either way, let yourself get charmed by Krakow.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Exploring Krakow

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting a feel for the story of the city with a private tour with a local expert.There's much to discover as you walk the famed Royal Route through the city's heart, on this tour filled to the brim with historical facts and anecdotes. You'll wander from the Barbican and St. Florian's Gate to the spectacular hilltop royal Wawel Castle, visiting the Main Square with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica along the way.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Prepare to be amazed at the devotion that drove miners to carve figures, monuments and altar pieces into the walls of an 800-year-old salt mine. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. As you descend 360 of the tour's total 800 steps into the salt mine, you'll feel like you're entering a vast underground city complete with huge caverns and underground lakes, 135 meters beneath the surface. One of the most unique aspects is the largest underground chapel, devoted to Saint Kinga, a Hungarian princess who is said to have spurned a marriage proposal by the Polish king by tossing his engagement ring into a salt mine in Transylvania. When Wieliczka's devout miners miraculously found the ring, she took the hint. After walking for 3 kilometers/2 miles, you'll visit the snack bar and souvenir shop, then ride an elevator back to the surface. We do not recommend this tour for people with mobility issues.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Chopin Music Concert

Classical Krakow: Chopin Concert

Included in your vacation package price.

Music is one of the most important elements of Polish culture. Tonight you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the genius of the Polish composer Chopin in a unique atmosphere. You’ll listen to Chopin’s most famous piano pieces performed by talented and award-winning young pianists. The concert will be held in the old town's Chopin Concert Hall. Located in the former home of the Royal Hunter, you'll take a richly ornamented 19th century staircase to the concert hall.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver

Included in your vacation package price.

We invite you to visit one of the most expressive and symbolic locations in Poland. During this 6 hour tour you will explore Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp that serves today significant purpose being a memorial to the victims of the Nazis. It is a place that should be experienced and seen at least one time during a lifetime.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Ghetto and Schindler's Factory Private Tour

Krakow During the Holocaust

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Before WWII, Jews made up 25% of Krakow's population. While far less Yiddish and Hebrew are heard in Krakow today, the city's Jewish past remains clear, even outside of Kazimierz, the main Jewish district. Head south to the Podgorze district, home to the city's WWII ghetto, and the factory where Oskar Schindler saved many lives. While you can explore this area on your own, we recommend taking part in a private tour of this neighborhood, its ghetto, and Schindler's factory-turned-museum.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Lviv by Airplane

Today you are off to Lviv. We recommend to take a direct flight as private transfer usually means long wait at the border crossing. We will arrange for a driver to take you to the airport in Krakow and will include flight based on the schedule available for this day in your package.

We also offer the following excursions in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Moderate6-7 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine Group Tour
Strenuous10 hours
Communism Small Group Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

4 days in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Lviv

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Lviv accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Lviv

Lviv Private Walking Tour

Meet Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

The best way to get to know a city is on foot with the help of an expert local guide. We will arrange for a two hour walking tour that will get you orientated and introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of the old town. Starting with the main square, Rynok, and the grand opera house, you will hear stories and learn secrets that will allow you to better get to know this city. Unlike many cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the destruction in World War II, and nowadays its fascinating streets and numerous museums make it one of the most exciting places in Ukraine to explore. You will uncover the stories behind the medieval atmosphere of Lviv, that will hark you back to days when Lviv was a wealthy trading center.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Coffee Degustation Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Lviv is a city that truly loves coffee. Relaxing with a cup here is a tribute to local tradition. This private tour of the city's best coffee houses includes two tastings of the best coffee you'll find in the city. During the tour, you'll hear stories about the vibrant history of cafe culture in Lviv.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

Private Castles Tour around Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour will allow you to experience some of the majestic history of the Lviv region by touring its most impressive palaces and castles. You'll start in the picturesque hills of Olesko, where a fortress still shows the marks of past battles. In this area there are several easily accessible sites. You'll also see a fairy tale palace with slender towers, shining mosaic tiles and playful decorations. The past will come alive for you as you tour these castles with an expert guide. You'll love learning more about the royal past of this region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

Private Cooking Class with Traditional Ukrainian Dinner

This exclusive three-hour cooking class in a local kitchen will give you the skills and knowledge you need to cook some of the tastiest Ukrainian dishes: borscht (the famous Ukrainian national soup) and varenyky (dumplings, similar to pirogi) in a cozy atmosphere and comfortable environment with friendly conversation. You can also substitute the varenyky for deruny, potato pancakes akin to thicker latkes. You'll share the dinner you have cooked together and discuss what you think. There's no better way to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Kyiv by Train

It's time to leave Lviv behind and head to Ukraine's capital Kiev. There are several direct trains a day but only two fast trains that leave either very early in the morning or in the later afternoon and gets to Kiev just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Lviv, where you can store your luggage while enjoying your last day in the city if you choose the late afternoon options, and taken to the train station. First class tickets for the train will be provided too. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, the 7-9 hour hour journey time trains are an option or for more flexibility and the chance to see the famous "Tunnel of Love" along the way, a private transfer can be arrange at an additional fee.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer with a Stop

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lviv

Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Easy1 hour
Lviv Private Jewish Heritage Tour
Light5 hours
Private Chocolate-making Class
Light1 hour
Private Cooking Master Class (Lviv Syrnyk)
Easy3 hours

3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

4 days in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Kyiv is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kyiv still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kyiv feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kyiv special.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Kyiv

When you arrive at Kiev's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Kyiv Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Central Kyiv

Included in your vacation package price.

After a good breakfast it’s time to tour the city. We will arrange for an expert local guide to take you on a walking tour of central Kyiv. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kyiv's Broadway to its almost Parisian quarter there's much to cover. You'll spend some time in the Maidan, the square that was the locus of the "Euromaidan Revolution" and see the city's main churches, the golden dome of St Michael's and St Sophia's Cathedrals and St Andrew's Church.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This two-hour excursion will take you thousands of years back in time. With an expert local guide you'll explore one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

From Nuclear Catastrophe to Fleeing President

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Ukraine has a long, proud history, but is more famous for its catastrophes and revolutions, rather than its accomplishments. Visit two of its most unusual sights as a day trip. Chernobyl is surprisingly safe to visit, with a day trip to sanitized areas giving a radiation dose equal to an hour on a plane, or 1/160th that of a chest x-ray. With a full-day tour, you can come right up to the new concrete sarcophagus covering the reactor, and tour the neighboring ghost town of Pripyat. A model town with ferries, theaters, and even an amusement park and hippodrome, you can still see why its former residents describe the "city covered in roses" with such sorrow (and perhaps understand why some residents have chosen to move back to the exclusion zone surrounding the city). For something a bit more upscale, visit the former home of Yanukovych, the president overthrown in a 2014 revolution. Covered with enough gold to make the Pope jealous, you'll find everything from a floating restaurant in a fake Spanish galleon, to an ostrich farm on the vast grounds surrounding Yanukovych's mansion.

Chernobyl Private Day Tour

Chernobyl Private Day Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The infamous disaster at Chernobyl had a profound effect on Europe, and continues to be felt, in terms of nuclear policy, and in the Zone of Alienation, the area surrounding Chernobyl where few people are allowed to live and work. A trip to Chernobyl might sound risky, but the typical exposure of a one-day tour is equivalent to a one-hour flight, 1/160th as much as a chest x-ray and 1/3600th as much as a whole body CT scan. Three of Chernobyl's reactors were kept running until 2000, and the power plant remains a worksite. A visit to Chernobyl is sobering, but memorable.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 12 hours

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

Mezhyhirya (Former Presidential Residence) Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this special tour you'll get to know everything you ever wanted to know about Ukrainian governmental corruption but were afraid to ask. You'll visit the former Presidential Palace with a local guide who will tell you all about the history of the place and how corrupt officials built and held on to it. This is a tour that will really give you another point of view on the past and present of this alluring destination.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Kiev airport for your departure.

We also offer the following excursions in Kyiv

Chernobyl Group Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Jewish Heritage and Babiy Yar Private Tour
Light3 hours
Kyiv Urbex Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Kyiv Urbex Private Tour
Moderate3 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Krakow

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Airport Transfer
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Chopin Music Concert
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver
Krakow Airport Transfer
Krakow - Lviv Flight

Lviv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lviv Airport Transfer
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Private Castles Tour around Lviv
Lviv Train Station Transfer
Lviv - Kiev Train

Kyiv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour
Kyiv Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

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