The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise

  • The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise
  • The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise
  • The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise
  • The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise
Issue 102, June 2017.
The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise
 
Ukrainian culture is filled with rich traditions and a variety of noteworthy landmarks that attract travelers from all over the globe. The picturesque Dniester Canyon, stretching across three Western Ukrainian regions, is rightly called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine. At 250 km long, the landmark is one of the longest ravines in Europe. The Dniester Canyon impresses not only with its immensity, but also with breathtaking natural landscapes that include rocky cliffs, caves and grottoes covered by green forests, peculiar islands, and fascinating waterfalls.
 
The natural beauty of the Dniester Canyon
 
The Dniester Canyon is a picturesque area of the Dniester River Valley, located between the Zolota Lypa and Zbruch Rivers. Known for the steep slopes that hang over it, the river meanders along the route, never knowing which way to curve. The 100-200 m valley is framed by long wall of cliffs stretch along the left bank that sees a number of unique natural formations, including the 500 million year old fossilised remains of flora and fauna and ancient rock deposits. Some cliffs resemble cheese, thanks to the large number of mysterious caves that pierce them. According to legend, pagan altars were placed there, and later hermit monks occupied the spaces. 
 
Amazingly beautiful waterfalls make the Dniester Canyon inimitably charming. They join the river below by falling from mountain streams high above. Due to their resemblance to bitter tears, the water droplets running down the moss-grown banks are called ‘maidenly tears’. Just steps away from the river is the 16m Dzhurin Waterfall – Ukraine’s largest. You can also find the ruins of a water mill that once stood at this place.
 
The unique natural conditions provide the canyon with a special and unusually warm climate for the area, which gives the region the nickname ‘Galych subtropics’. The stone walls that line the river halt the heat of the sun and with a dearth of summer rain, nature awakes weeks earlier in the area than in the rest of Western Ukraine. Thus, it is of no surprise that the area sees many species of animals, including rare birds and fish, that have chosen the area to make homes.
 
Discovering the Dniester Canyon aboard the ‘Yuriy’
 
Natural riches are not the only attractions of the Dniester Canyon, though. The area adjacent to the valley houses an impressive number of amazing historical, cultural, and architectural monuments. One can find antique temples and remnants of medieval palaces and fortresses in the villages that stretch along the Dniester River cliffs. You can discover the spectacular canyon banks on a walking tour or by bicycle. But perhaps the best way to take in this magnificent place is by river cruise on the inimitable ship ‘Yuriy’. Never been on a cruise before? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a sailor to enjoy it. The cruises are tailored to a variety of travelers.
 
A ride aboard the ‘Yuriy’ will provide you with that perfect balance of activities while letting you determine which destinations are the most important to you. Created especially for shallow water by Leopolitan Yuriy Shpitser, the ‘Yuriy’ is the only ship in the world that can cruise in water as shallow as 30 cm! The 12 tonne vessel is Ukraine’s most famous ship and floating hotel-restaurant with all the amenities for a comfortable rest on the river. If you’re looking for an eco-vacation close to nature, this cozy cruise offers comfortable accommodations for up to 10 people (two 4-person bunks and one 2-person bunk). Cabins are equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, audio, heating, shower, and washrooms. You can also enjoy the delicious grill meals and special banquet dishes at the ship’s restaurant. 
 
The lower (covered) deck is an excellent place for lunch or dinner in the open air, while the upper deck is the ideal place for sunbathing. The ‘Yuriy’ offers a number of different excursions along the way, like fishing or gathering mushrooms, berries, or medicinal herbs. You can combine some shore trips during the panoramic two day tour, including visits to Rakovets Castle, Unizh Island, Red Rocks hiking, ‘Maiden’s Tears’ waterfall, or the cascading Voziliv waterfalls, or opt for the one-day trip. So if you’re looking for a special way to discover the land of Ukraine, book your incredible river cruise on the ‘Yuriy’ today for a vacation experience you will remember for a lifetime.
 
For more information on the one-of-a-kind river cruises aboard the ‘Yuriy’, please visit the webpage of the tour operator at http://5s.lviv.ua.