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L'viv excursions Around region excursions Galician towns
One day bicycle tour with a private guide
bicycle tours are created for people who are able to ride 60-100 km a
day without much effort. These excursions are of low and medium difficulty
level. During the trip you can also have a meal in a canteen, visit various
museums, and ride a cable car etc. It would be preferable if you had your
own bicycle and some personal equipment you trust. If not, then you can
also rent a bicycle, as well as the necessary equipment beforehand. Orders
are accepted for groups from 2 to 10. You can create your own group of
people or join another one.
Lviv city and the outskirts bicycle tour
From Pidzamche to the village Stare Selo
This tour of medium difficulty level gives you a chance to visit the oldest places of Lviv region by bicycle. It starts there where the oldest historical churches of the 13th century are situated. The route flows through the highest top of Lviv city – the hill “Vysokyj Zamok” (“The High Castle”) and the picturesque landscape park “Znesinnya”, where the museum of national architecture is located. The next goal is the early town Vynnyky, where the remains of German settlement of the 13th century are preserved: former German church, houses of the colonists and ruins of the medieval castle. Nowadays it is a tobacco factory. On the way to Zvenygorog, the city that used to be a capital of our region, in Vynnyky the group visits the exhibition of the Local Lore Museum and has a break for a lunch in one of the cafes to taste the best dishes of Ukrainian cuisine.
Afterwards, in Zvenygorod the group gets acquainted to the town and visits the exhibition of Zvenygorod historical museum. The tour comes to the end in the village Stare Selo, where there is one of the biggest fortresses in Ukraine. In 1448 there was also a wooden castle built especially for military purposes. Later on it was rebuilt in stone. Nowadays this fortress serves as a platform for shooting historical films, as well as a place for different festivals.
Starting point of the tour: 9:00, Lviv, St.Mary of the Snow church
Length of the route: 50 km
Duration of the trip: 9 hours
End of the trip: 18:00, the village Stare Selo (railway station)
Bicycle tour to the little-known castles in Lviv region
Castles of “The Small Horseshoe”
This trip is one of the longest and the most interesting one day bicycle trips in Lviv region. It will help you to see little-known medieval monasteries and castles, which are some kind of parts of “The Golden Horseshoe” of Lviv region. This excursion may be an extension of the previous bicycle tour “From Pidzamche to the village Stare Selo” as its starting point is the fortress in Stare Selo. Narrow twisted roads in the area of beautiful landscape with a lot of small rivers and lakes show us the way to the old town Bibrka. The name of the town comes from the beavers that used to inhabit this place. In the town there are ancient churches, a Market square, and the old chapel. Young Ivan Franko used to date nearby.
The road through the hilly area, which to some extent resembles the Carpathians, leads us to Svirzh, the small town famous for its castle. The castle by the lake was founded in the 15th century and later on was used as a platform for shooting popular films in the medieval style. Then the group rides to the town of Pomoryany in the picturesque Holohory mountains chain area, where there are ruins of the favourite castle of the Polish king Jan III Sobieski. In Pomoryany there is a medieval city hall, Catholic Church and another wooden church of the 17th century. If you wish we can also ride to St. Mary Assumption monastery in Univ, which is the biggest monastery in Galicia. In 1400 it was founded by Dmytro Lagodovsky, whose gravestone is there. The last goal of the trip is Zolochiv, where there is also a castle of the 17th century, medieval churches and defense facilities.
Starting point of the tour: Village Stare Selo (railway station)
Length of the route: 110 km
Duration of the trip: 1 day
End of the trip: Zolochiv (Railway station)
Bicycle tour to the popular castles in Lviv region
Castles of „The Golden Horseshoe“
This trip to the medieval fortresses and castles is not hard and a very popular one. If you wish a longer than only one day trip, this one may be the best continuation of the previous excursion, Castles of “The Small Horseshoe”.
The trip starts in the old town Zolochiv which used to be called Radeche. Here there are interesting medieval churches and defense facilities of the 14th century. However, the most valuable is a castle that is a real fortress of the 17th century. High soil and stone walls are the evident features of Dutch engineering system in this area.
Then a sloping pavement road shows us the way to the village Pidhirtsi. Due to the order of hetman Stanislav Konecpolski French architects built a palace ensemble of extraordinary beauty here. It was considered to be one of the best in the whole Europe.
If you wish, we can also visit Annunciation monastery with its cave churches, which is situated on the territory of old Slavic town Plisneska (7th – 13th century) and is much older than a castle itself (1180 AD). Due to the easy to moderate steady slope down from the Podillia Highland to Olesko, we visit one of the most popular castles in Lviv region of the 14th century and the Capucine monastery of the 18th century. The trip comes to its end before the railway station to Ozhydiv or Krasne.
Starting point of the tour: Zolochiv railway station
Length of the route: 40 km / 60 km
Duration of the trip: 1 day
End of the trip: Ozhydiv or Krasne railway station
Bicycle tour to little-known historical places in Lviv region
The route can be the continuation of the previous bicycle tour, Castles of „The Golden Horseshoe“. The trip starts at the railway station in Krasne. At first, we visit the old town of the 11th century Busk, the so-called Galician Venice. An interesting fact is that the well-known Ostrog Bible, printed by Ivan Fedoriv, was made on the paper from this very town. Here there is also a favourite residence palace of the Austo-Hungarian Prime minister Kazymyr Badeni, St. Nicolas church, wooden churches of St. Onuphrius and St. Paraskeva, as well as St. Stanislav Roman catholic church.
On our way to Kamyanka Buzka, there is a wooden church of the Ascension of Christ in the village Volycia Derevlianska (the 17th century). In Kamyanka Buzka there are different churches such as the old wooden one, the Roman catholic church and the city hall in the centre of the old Market square. The Western Bug, the river which flows to the western border, goes through Kamyanka Buzka as well. The trip ends in the city of Zhovkva, which used to be a royal place. There are a lot of beautiful churches, monasteries, a marvellous Market square and a castle of the 17th century.
Starting point of the tour: Krasne railway station
Length of the route: 70 km
Duration of the trip: 1 day
End of the trip: Zhovkva railway station
Bicycle tour in Roztochchia
Where you listen to the nature of Lviv region
This route is one of the most popular in Lviv region. Historical places, nature, fresh air and pearly water accompany you while you are cycling. The trip starts in the former royal city of Zhovkva which is the second-best city in the whole region (except for Lviv) where the most historical objects of the 17th – 18th century are located. There is a castle, a monastery, a Market square and defense facilities. The next point of the tour is Krekhiv, the village where the old St. Nicolas fortress monastery of the 16th – 17th century is located in a forest of Yavoriv national park.
Afterwards, we aim at Stradch cave monastery of the 11th century. We cycle through the National park of Roztochchia with its unique flora and fauna. The next place to visit is the old town of the 13th century Horodok where there are various old churches of the 15th – 18th century and a nice city hall. The tour comes to the end in a village Shchyrets, where there is a defense church of St. Stanislav (the 15th century) and St. Trinity church of the 16th century.
Starting point of the tour: Zhovkva railway station
Length of the route: 90 km
Duration of the trip: 1 day
End of the trip: Shchyrets railway station
Bicycle tour to the places local people like
Where spring and lake water whispers to you