One of the seven wonders of Ukraine.
Sofiyivka park, as the gardens are known, is one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. It was created in 1796. It's situated in an ancient Ukrainian city of Uman (known since 15 century). The park itself was build by an enamoured count for his ex-courtesan wife Sofia (since the name, Sofiyivka, means "belonging to Sofia). Build in a classical style, it tries to reconcile "human interference" with nature. It has two lakes, one underwater river (which you can tour by boat), numerous grottos, statues, waterfall and fountains. Plus, pheasants, swans and other birds, and rare plants.
Sofiyivka is a very popular destination among Ukrainians. Foreigners rarely make it there because it's situated in the heart of Ukraine, in the middle of highway from Odessa to Kyiv. It's your chance to explore off beat place and to see Podillya, the area which is called "beauty of Ukraine".
Departing from Odessa at 7 a. m. It's four hours drive through the picturesque Ukrainian countryside, with villages, churches, fields, farmers markets. Three hour walk in the park, sightseeing lower lake, snake, a boat ride in the underground river, upper lake. Drive back, optional stop in a Ukrainian restaurant.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your location.
End location: I will drop you at your location.
Duration: 12 hours
We will get there on Mercedes Vito mini-cab, you can see the photo on my profile. In the gardens, we will walk.
Guide and driver are included, their expertise, tickets to the gardens, excursion around the park with explanations.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
300 hryvnia - Maybe to buy a souvenir or something.
Any food or drink you decide to buy, souvenirs, a boat ride on the underground river.
I have drives who drive cars, little mini-cabs, mini-cabs and large tourist buses, so we are able to serve from 1 to 45 tourists on any given tour. Check my profile for the photos of the vehicles.