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Eco-tour around Transcarpathia

Serednye village, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine
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7 hours

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people


English, Ukrainian


An eco-tour of Transcarpathia is a unique and unforgettable journey, during which you will be able to:

  • see the traces of the Templar Order and hear the secret of the destroyed castle;
  • visit the 460-year-old “home” of wine and taste its best samples;
  • get to know the monastic life and taste natural Italian cheeses in a monastery;
  • to get acquainted with the Gypsy settlement in the mountains of Transcarpathia and its unusual inhabitants.

An eco-tour to the unusual places of Transcarpathia takes about 7 hours. Bus journeys take an average of 20 minutes. As part of the programme, you will visit 4 locations:

  1. 460-year-old wine cellars.
  2. Templar Castle.
  3. Monastery cheese factory.
  4. Gypsy settlement.

Some of them are located in the foothills of the Carpathians, while others are in the Middle Danube Lowlands.

One-day excursion programme

– Departure from Uzhhorod.
– A tour of the ruins of one of the most mysterious castles in Ukraine (XI-XVI centuries) – the Templar Castle. Secrets of the fortress and its former inhabitants.
– Visiting legendary historical wine cellars. The most interesting tour and tasting of vintage wines.
– Visit to the Holy Intercession Monastery, acquaintance with the monastery, Christian shrines, the monastery’s economy and cheeses produced here using Italian technologies.
– Lunch.
– Visit to a Gypsy settlement. Get acquainted with its life and traditions, economy, priorities and philosophy of the settlers.
– Return to Uzhhorod.

Eco-tour around Transcarpathia takes place every Monday.


  • A rare and unique eco-excursion to the magnificent ancient corners of the Carpathians with a visit to the Serednyansky Templar Castle, a monastery and a gypsy mountain settlement.



Templar castle in the village of Serednye

In Transcarpathia, there are the remains of the only Templar Castle in Ukraine - the ruins of a medieval fortress in Serednye, built on the principle of Roman fortifications on the Danube. The ruins preserve a number of architectural features used by the Templars in their buildings, as well as a number of legends associated with this vanished Christian order (for example, about the Holy Grail). Today, it is difficult to see its former grandeur, but it attracts research historians, treasure hunters and travellers alike.

Serednyansky wine cellars

The Serednyany wine cellars are among the oldest in Europe, with a total length of more than 4.5 km. They were carved in 1557 by captured Turks in solid rock - tuff. Today, the cellars are fully owned by the Serednyansky winery, which in its time has repeatedly won prizes at international competitions. The most famous vintage wines of the winery are Troianda Zakarpattya, Perlyna Karpat, Serednyanske, Promysliste and others. Today, you can visit the historic cellars and taste some of the products there.

Holy Protection Monastery in the village of Rakoshyno

The monastery in the village of Rakoshyno is one of the centres of Orthodox pilgrimage in Transcarpathia. The date of its foundation can be considered 2001, although the monastery was opened on the basis of a church built in the early 20th century by the Czech martyr Vsevolod (monk Andrew) Kolomatsky in the Old Russian style and in the shape of a cross. During the Soviet era, the church was turned into a museum of atheism, and later abandoned. And now, in a dilapidated state, in 2001, by the decree of Bishop Agapit (Bevtsyk) of Mukachevo and Uzhhorod, the Holy Protection Monastery was founded on the basis of the church.

The feat of the founding monks is surprising, since in the 21st century, in peacetime, at the initial stage of the monastery's development, they lived in truly ascetic conditions - the church was in disrepair, the roof was gaping with numerous dips. Pigeons flew around the church, and instead of icons, there were portraits of party leaders on the walls. The plaster on the walls had almost completely crumbled, and the paintings, unfortunately, were almost lost. Around the church there were 12 acres of land without residential buildings, so there was nowhere to live, and the brethren settled in a donated unheated "Finnish house" where water froze in a glass in winter. By reviving the ruins, the monastery's brethren were reviving history, preserving the spirit of Orthodoxy that the foundation and walls of the monument church breathed.

Despite all the difficulties, the monastery was built, and, moreover, began to flourish. Many people come to the shrine for prayers and guidance, some to visit the miraculous Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, which helps with infertility.

The Rakoshyno Monastery is now very well known in Ukraine and in the gastronomic community. Thanks to a large subsidiary farm, the monks produce 14 types of cheese from the milk of goats, sheep and cows using Italian technology: ricotta, mozzarella, scamorza, feta, muccine and others. Here you can taste them and, if you wish, buy them at a very reasonable price. They also offer other products of the monastery, such as honey and wine.

Gypsy settlement



  • Travel by comfortable bus
  • Accompaniment of a guide-explorer
  • Excursion services at tourist sites
  • Wine tasting in ancient cellars - 150 UAH per person
  • Lunch - approximately 150 UAH per 1 person.
  • Personal expenses
  • Assignment of a specific seat in the bus to a tourist - 100 UAH/person.
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