Air balloons festival in Kamianets-Podilskyi

Kamianets-Podilskyi


Twice a year, in May and October, the air balloons festival takes place in Kamianets-Podilskyi. This festival took place for the first time over 20 years ago and every year is visited by more and more tourists from Ukraine and other countries.

Kamianets-Podilskyi is famous for its medieval fortress considered one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. Modern Kamianets-Podilskyi was first mentioned in 1062 as a town of the Kievan Rus’ state. Legends say a city on this spot was founded by the ancient Dacians.

The festival in Kamianets-Podilskyi is one of the most breathtaking events in Ukraine. You can take part in a large-scale city holiday, see the unique sights of Ukrainian Podillia and, of course, take a hot air balloon flight over an ancient castle! You have always dreamed about it, haven’t you?

Wonders & Holidays is the official travel partner of the festival, and it offers you an all-inclusive tour with a rich and exciting program. Book in advance – the tour is very popular!

Route
  1. Kyiv
  2. Kamianets-Podilskyi
  3. Khotyn
  4. Bakota
  5. Kyiv
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What awaits you?
Day 1

Kyiv - Kamianets-Podilskyi


Departure from Kyiv at 4:30 p.m. on a comfortable bus with air conditioning.

Approximately at 12 a.m. arrival in Kamianets-Podilskyi, check-in to the hotel.

Prepare for the early wake up next morning (6 a.m.) if you plan to take part in hot air balloon ride over Kamianets-Podilskyi (should be booked in advance).

Day 2

Kamianets-Podilskyi - Khotyn


  • 9 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10 a.m. Departure for an excursion to the Khotyn Fortress on the banks of the Dniester (XIII century). This place comes with legends *.
  • 1 p.m. Return to Kamianets-Podilskyi. Dinner.
  • 3 p.m. The historical center of Kamianets-Podilskyi tour with a visit to the castle –  one of the wonders of Ukraine.
  • 6 p.m. Trip on an amphibious armored scout car BRDM on the Smotrych Canyon.
  • 9 p.m. Night excursion “The Witch Hunt”.
Day 3

Bakota - Kyiv


  • 8 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9 a.m. Check-our. Departure to Bakota – Spiritual Place on the banks of the Dniester, from where amazing views are opened.
  • 10:30 a.m. Excursion to the Bakota’s Cave Monastery – one of the Ukrainian sacred sites, an ancient Orthodox cave monastery with frescoes and paintings dating back to the 12th-14th centuries.
  • 12-1 p.m. Boat trip along the Dniester Reservoir.
  • 3 p.m. Return to Kamianets-Podilskyi, lunch.
  • 4 p.m. Departure to Kyiv.
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What's included?
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Excursions
  • Active rest
  • River trip
  • SPA
  • Entrance tickets
  • Insurance

Price:

  • “Cleopatra” hotel, standard room (for 1 person in DBL) – $ 95;
  • “Reikartz” hotel, standard room (for 1 person in DBL) – $ 115.

Inclusions:

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Guide (Ukrainian/Russian speaking. Interpreter can be provided for additional fee)
  • Hotel accomodation
  • Excursions
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions:

  • Hot air ballon flight 
  • BRDM tour (amphibious armoured patrol car) – $10 / person
  • Night show excursion “Witch-hunt” –  $10 / person
  • dinners (but we can advice some cosy places)
  • personal expenses

* – Legends of the Khotyn Fortress

This place comes with legends especially about the origins of the large dark spot on the side of the wall of the fortress. One legend says the spot was created by the tears of the Khotyn rebels against the Ottoman Turks that were killed inside fortress. Another legend has it that the spot was created from young girl Oksana’s tears, whom the Turks buried alive in the walls of the fort. But where the truth lies? 

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