Lviv Castles Day Trip – The Golden Horseshoe

Visit the magnificent castles of Lviv region and enjoy stories from nine centuries
Duration
8 hours
Group size
1-15 people
Starts at
09:30
Availability
Tue-Sun
Season
all year

Some of Ukraine’s most famous castles are surrounding Lviv. On an easy day trip from Lviv our Buddies will bring you there and show you a good time. Touring the so-called Golden Horseshoe is a great opportunity to get in touch with the history of the countryside of Galicia and explore the Lviv castles on an easy day trip.

Highlights

The five best things about this tour

  • See the most beautiful castles of Lviv region
  • Explore the castle parks and enjoy the landscape
  • Dive into the dungeons and hear more about what cruel things happened there
  • Listen to amazing stories about the noblemen who ruled the castles
  • Imagine how people viewed the orient in the 17th century at Zolochiv Castle

Detailed description

More about your experience with us

Once built for the protection of trade routes and as shelter from attacks of invading armies, the Lviv castles became objects of a sophisticated aristocratic life. On our day trip to the castles around Lviv you can dive into the history of these mysterious and beautiful buildings.

Olesko Castle – Birthplace of Jan III. Sobieski

Standing tall on a hill, this former fortress became the birthplace of the man who saved Europe from being conquered entirely by the Ottoman army. Jan III. Sobieski broke the Siege of Vienna and freed Austria with his troops from the Turks. This made him one of the most famous kings in Polish history. Who could have known? Well, we will tell you how there were some signs for this strong king to emerge.
Explore with us also the beautiful park landscape around the castle, throw a coin into the well for good luck and see the exhibition of several centuries of art in Olesko Castle.

Pidhirtsi Castle – The beauty and the beasts

Pidhirtsi was the favorite castle of many noblemen and noblewomen of the area. Several influential Polish aristocratic families lived here and made it a real jewel. However you can only really enjoy the outside. The inside was destroyed during Soviet times and even before. But with the help of our guides, you will get to know how Pidhirtsi Castle used to look like in the old days and find out how the builder of this castle also was the first one to create a map of Ukraine.

Zolochiv Castle – Quick visit to Asia

Being one of the most unique palaces in Ukraine – Zolochiv Castle will take you on short trip to Asia. Once built with the ideas of what people thought about Chinese and Japanese culture and as a place to keep artifacts in the royal collection from these places. But this castle has a close connection to Jan III. Sobieski. As he was married to the French Lady Marie Casimire. They were said to have had a very loving relationship (quite rare at that time) and send each other love letters while away from each other. In some of them Jan supposedly praised this beautiful small paradise.

Basic vs Premium

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Basic

  • Private Tour
  • All transfers
  • Hotel Pick Up
  • All entrance fees

Premium

  • All of the Basic Package
  • Lunch for each guest
  • Cancellation Insurance

Tour price

The value of our service can't equal in numbers

Number of people
Basic Tour
Premium Tour
1 person
199 Euro
219 Euro
2 people
214 Euro
249 Euro
3 people
229 Euro
279 Euro
4 people
244 Euro
309 Euro
5 people
259 Euro
339 Euro
6 people
274 Euro
369 Euro
7 people
289 Euro
399 Euro
8 people
304 Euro
429 Euro
9 people
319 Euro
459 Euro
10 people
334 Euro
489 Euro
11 people
349 Euro
519 Euro
12 people
364 Euro
549 Euro
13 people
379 Euro
579 Euro
14 people
394 Euro
609 Euro
15 people
409 Euro
639 Euro

Golden Horseshoe Castle Tour

Visit the magnificent castles of Lviv region and enjoy stories from nine centuries
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Detailed Itinerary

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Lviv train station transfer Lviv airport transfer
09:30
Pick up
We pick you up by car or minivan to take you on your day trip. We will meet you directly at your accommodation if your accommodation is not in an restricted area.
09:30
Olesko Castle Day Trip Lviv Golden Horseshoe
11:00
See the park and exhibition at Olesko Castle

The Golden Horseshoe around Lviv consists of three castles, that come from similar time periods. They had their heydays mainly in the 16th and 17th century. But each of the castles has their own story and can be quite different when you are up for finding the details.
Once a fortress in the times of the Kyivan Rus and later completely abandoned, this was the castle where Polish king Jan III. Sobieski was born. Throughout the centuries this place stood on a hill in the middle of the plain and flat region and gives a great view over the surrounding area.

11:00
12:30
Lunch break with local food

After exploring the treasures of Olesko Castle, we will have time to enjoy some local foods. There are 2 choices here to taste some Ukrainian local specialities:

  • Olesko Castle Restaurant: The restaurant in the castle offers great local Ukrainian dishes and is styled like a medieval royal hall to eat at. Great for Borsch and Ukrainian dishes
  • Shashlik Grill: Many people enjoy a stop at a local truck stop on the way. It's right on the Highway Kyiv-Chop. That sounds strange but many of our guests enjoy to eat here because it's were many people stop on their way to have lunch. They have freshly grilled Shashlik, which never disappoints.

You decide where you want to eat. If you prefer the restaurant we will reserve before, if you like the truck stop, we will just stop there.
Prices for the lunch are only included in the Premium Tour Package!

12:30
Pidhirtsi Castle Golden Horseshoe Lviv Castles
13:30
Ghost stories and beautiful endeavours in Pidhirtsi Castle

Often photographed, beautiful Pidhirtsi Castle is partly in neglect and only slowly being brushed up. Come with us and enjoy the many details this castle has to offer. Without a guide it will be not possible to find out all the secrets this place has gathered over the centuries. But don't worry: We got you covered. Also with us you will be sure not to miss the beautiful church nearby and find the best angles to take a picture of this enchanting place!

13:30
Zolochiv Castle
15:30
Zolochiv Castle - Lovenest and short trip to the Orient

The most prestigious and well-preserved of the Lviv Castles of the Golden Horseshoe, the castle of Zolochiv still boasts a lot of history. Also built by a member of the famous Sobieski family with slave labor provided by Crimean tatars, the complex beauty of this place needs some explanation. The Rotunda, which is called the Chinese Palace houses an exhibition of artefacts from many Oriental countries - quite unique for a remote place in Western Ukraine.

15:30
18:00
Drop off
We will safely bring you back to your accommodation in Lviv. If you wish to get dropped off somewhere else, we will try to make that possible too.
18:00

Photos from the tour

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Reviews

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We visited three castles in the Lviv region. From the beginning, the customer service was very flexible and responsive. Our guide was phenomenal and had so much knowledge to share, not only about the castles, but also the history of the region and the influence left by each culture (Polish, Jewish, German, Soviet) in Lviv. Our driver, was professional and pleasant.
via Tripadvisor
5/5

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No, it's not, but...

… our guides come to the meeting point anyways. But in case the group is larger than 25 people and we did not know about this before, we will have to prefer people that have a reservation. If you make a reservation we can always organise an extra guide a guarantee a great quality tour for everyone.

And if you are a group of more than 6 people...

… we are very sorry, but we usually won’t permit you to the free tour. But we are happy to offer you some great private tours that can be very inexpensive. Check for example our Private Must See Tour and others for a small fee.