Welcome to Rakhiv

While Rakhiv's derelict state in places is shocking even by Ukrainian standards, the place has a raw energy that draws adventurous foreigners and Ukrainians alike. Some outsiders have even settled here to farm and carry on the traditional ways of the Hutsuls. Peace Corps volunteers posted here love the place.

Rakhiv is good for a couple of days to organise supplies, have a chuckle visiting a 'geographical centre of Europe' that's really not, and enjoy a little hiking.

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Day Trip to Zakarpattia Region from Yaremche including Yablonitsky Pass and Rakhiv and Solotvino

Your exciting day trip of the Zakarpattia Oblast will start once you meet your guide at the reception of your hotel. This picturesque region of the Western Ukraine will mesmerize you with scenic views and rich history.Our first stop will be in a picturesque place between Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattya regions, the Yablonitsky Pass. From this exact point, at a height of 921 meters, you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the beautiful mountains.The highest waterfall of the Zakarpattya region, the marvelous 36-meter Trufanets Waterfall, will be the next highlight of the tour. Consisting of several cascades, it is one of the Western Ukraine’s most stunning waterfalls.Not far from the town of Rakhiv, the next interesting sight is located. The remarkable sign to a geographical center of Europe near Dilove village is the exact place, where travelers prefer to make numerous photos. In fact, this is one of several places in Europe that claim to be called the center of Europe. The breathtaking panorama of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve that you can admire here will be a pleasant bonus.You will learn about the traditional local cuisine and visit a famous restaurant-museum “Kolyba”, where you may taste dishes of delicious Zakarpattya cuisine (optional, own expense). The interior of the restaurant is quite extraordinary, as different vintage items, like keys, locks, photo cameras, old irons, dishes and musical instruments are hanging from the walls. We recommend you to taste a traditional meat soup of Zakarpattya – bograch.Our last stop in the Solotvino village, located along the border with Romania, will provide you with a possibility to see at once both the Ukrainian Carpathians and Romanian mountains on the different sides of the road. Once arrived in Solotvino, you will get enough of free time to swim and relax in the famous salt lakes. Due to the useful properties of the water, the lakes are often compared to the Dead Sea.Then, you will start your way back to Yaremche. The distance from Solotvino to Yaremche is 126 km. You will get a lot of positive impressions and great memories on this trip.

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Hutsul Alps: Four Days in Marmarosh

ItineraryDay 1: Lviv - DiloveStop At: Karpaty TravelOn the first day, we arrive in Dilove and get ready for a walk.It is essential that you have your passport with you as the walk route lies through the border zone, and tourists are obliged to register with the Border Guard.Tourists without passports will not be able to continue with the group.departure from Lviv (12:00)transfer to Dilovetent camp set up and campfire dinnerDuration: 14 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: tent camp set upDay 2: Yalynsky Waterfall - Lysycha MeadowStop At: Yalyn waterfallOn the second day, we ascend the Lysycha Meadow (16 km)breakfastwalk to the Yalynsky Waterfallsnack breakwalk to the Lysycha Meadowtent camp set up and campfire dinnerDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: tent camp set up Day 3: Pip Ivan and Petros of Marmarosh Stop At: Pip IvanOn the third day, we start early and ascend Pip Ivan and Petros of Marmarosh (16 km)set-off at dawnwalk to Pip Ivan of Marmarosh (1938 m asl)breakfastwalk to the Kvasnychok Meadowascent to the summit of Petros of Marmarosh (1781 m asl)snack breakwalk down to the Berlybashka Meadowtent camp set up and campfire dinnerDuration: 14 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: tent camp set upDay 4: Magura Meadow - Menchul Mountain - RakhivStop At: Magura mountainOn the fourth day, we walk to Rakhiv (18 km)breakfastwalk to the Magura Meadow, traversing Menchul Mountainsnack breakdescent to Rakhivdeparturedinner (in a diner)return to Lviv (appr. 22:00-23:00)Duration: 14 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.

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Cross-border Romania - Ukraine tour (5 days, from Cluj)

Day 1Departure from Cluj at 8am, heading for Maramures. Positioned in North-Western part of Romania, in a mountain area, Maramures is a very special region, renowned for the living traditions, amazing haystacks landscape, colorful clothing, party music and wooden architecture. Stop on the way to visit the wooden church of Surdesti, the tallest of all eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list. Lunch with the locals in a traditional village. Continue with the visit of another UNESCO wooden church (Desesti or Budesti). Departure to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery, an unusually colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room. Dinner with the locals and accommodation a guesthouse. (lunch and dinner included)Day 2After breakfast, departure for Ukraine. Stop in Rakhiv on the spot where some used to say stands the geographical center of Europe. Continue the journey with the visit of Kolomeea Hutsul Easter painted eggs museum. Lunch in a restaurant. Arrive to Chernivtsi in late afternoon. Accommodation in a 4* hotel.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)Day 3Breakfast and departure for Podillya region. Meet a local guide and visit Khotyn medieval fortress, one of the main attractions in Chernivtsi area. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the fortress and the museum-city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, part of UNESCO heritage and ranked as third in cultural importance in Ukraine after Kiev and Lviv. Get back to Chernivtsi in late afternoon.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)Day 4After breakfast, you shall meet the local guide for the Chernivtsi city tour. Ranking third in size within the Austrian Empire, after Vienna and Prague, Chernivtsi is intriguingly beautiful and mysterious. Visit Chernivtsi university (UNESCO heritage) and, time permitting, in the afternoon, do some shopping in the largest outdoor market in Ukraine. Departure for Bucovina. Dinner with the locals and accommodation in a rural guesthouse.(breakfast and dinner included, lunch not included).Day 5After breakfast, visit the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries in Bucovina: Sucevita. If looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, watching the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene. Continue with the painted monastery of Moldovita. Lunch on the way. Head for Voronet painted monastery to visit the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage. Get back to Cluj in late afternoon. End of the tour.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)