How to spend your weekend in Ivano-Frankivsk interesting and active? One of the options is canoeing along the local river, called Bystrytsia. It is not really extreme, but rather challenging and fun water adventure. The itinerary length is 20km. We will pass a wild part of the river down to its inflow into the Dnister, will see the merger of the Bystrytsia Solotvynska and Bystrytsia Nadvirnyanska rivers, will finally go into the "open" Dnister. At the end of our trip the group will enjoy the short walk to the Mariampil Castle and the observation deck, where the great panoramic view of the Dnister opens. Best season for the tour: May/June, or after abundant rains in the Carpathians.
We meet the group at the railway station of the Ivano-Frankivsk city and have a shuttle to the starting point of our journey – Vovchynets village. On the river bank we prepare our canoes, the group gets some safety instructions and trainings. We finally start the journey and head down the river. First kilometer we canoeing along the Bystrytsia Nadvirnyanska, which mergers with Bystrytsia Solotvynska in a while.
Next 15 kilometers we will enjoy the wild forest shores, beautiful rocks and pure nature. It takes 3-4 hours canoeing before Bystrytsia falls into Dnister. After that, we continue our trip along the Dnister River. The goal for today is Mariampil village. Here we have a nice short walk to the Mariampil Castle of the XVII century, visit the oldest Dendropark in Ivano-Frankivsk (1690). In addition, from the top of the hill opens an impressive panoramic view of the Dnister – a wonderful place for photo shoot.
The ultimate point of our trip is village Dovhe. In the village we will get our transfer back to Ivano-Frankivsk.
* If you like this itinerary, but can’t find it in the tour schedule or you would like to join this trip on another date, please contact us and we will be more than happy to arrange this tour at your most convenient time.
Please, make your reservation not later, than 3 days before the trip starts.
To guarantee your booking, we kindly ask to send us prepayment by bank transfer or Western Union service. Required deposit amount is 30% from the tour price. The rest of the amount you will pay in cash at the meeting point before we start our trip. We accept Ukrainian currency (hryvnia), US dollars and Euros. Before our trip starts, we will send you all payment details. After making a prepayment, please send us a scan/photo copy of the deposit slip.
Your prepayment is non-refundable. If you cancel your reservation no later, than 10 days before the tour starts, you can switch it for another tour or date.
If a prepaid reservation is cancelled by us (due to the small number of tourists or bad weather conditions), the deposit will be refunded in full.
kids under 14 years – 25% off
teenagers 14-18 years old – 7% off
students – 7% off
people over 60 – 10% off
honeymooners – 10% off
group reservation for 4-6 people – 5% off
group reservation for more than 7 people – 10% off
* Only one discount can be used per booking. Discount does not apply to equipment rental. Please, make sure to have your ID (passport), student card, or any other document, that can confirm your age or status.
In case of any kind of emergency (bad weather, serious health problems etc.) for group safety our guide has a right to slightly change the itinerary or decide to stay in a campsite for the day.
Minimum age for tourist is 18 years. People under 18 can also go hiking, but they must be accompanied and supervised by a legal guardian.
Minimum number of tourists in a group should be 5 (or 7 for one day tour). The trip can be arranged for a smaller group as well. In this case, the group will pay total price like for 5 people (or 7 for one day tour).
If for any reason you’ll have to get off the trail before the trip finishes, you will be charged for the days you were travelling with the group plus 1 day to compensate all the expanses for organization: food, guide service etc. Also, unplanned return transfer is not included in the price of the tour.
We count each new day in the morning (from 7am).
If you want to get off the trail on one-day trip, in that case the payment for the tour is non-refundable.
Important! All gear and personal items which you take for rafting trip must to be well protected from water and moisture. You can use waterproof stuff sacks or just trash bags especially for your clothes, sleeping bag, documents and others.
Take for your rafting trip at least 2 sets of clothes!
Clothes you wear on the river. Try to avoid all cotton items, as cotton gets cold when wet, synthetics are better. Bring T-shirt, shorts or lightweight pants, swimming suit and do not forget sun protection (sunglasses, hats, sun block). On your feet, wear old tennis shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) or sandals that latch around the ankle. For colder or rainy weather it’s good to have warm clothing such as: sweater, jacket and pants.
Set of dry clothes for the campsite. You will need change of clothes or two for camp, including warm layers and dry shoes. Bring with you: t-shirts, sweater, lightweight jacket, pants, socks, underwear and extra shoes (sandals or sneakers).
Below is the recommended list of items and equipment necessary for your Dnister river adventure:
You will need tourist backpack or regular big size travel bag to store your clothes, some personal items and all equipment you will need during the trip.
What to look for in a tent:
quality: good waterproof flysheet coverage and tent floor, two or more poles for stability in wind;
size and weight: look for the lightest tent available, that meets your size requirements such as number of people and equipment. It’s a plus when the tent has vestibule areas for gear storage.
Sleeping bag essential
Usually at night is pretty warm along the river canyon. So, the best option is summer season or three-season sleeping bag with the temperature of comfort +10 – 0°C (50 – 32°F).
Sleeping mat essential
An air or foam mat will not only help you to sleep more comfortable on hard or uneven ground, but will also provide insulation, preventing body heat from being lost through contact with the ground. It also acts as a barrier between your body and moisture that may have seeped inside your tent.
Will help to keep you warm, dry and comfortable when sitting out during your short walking trips or at the campsite. You can use either air or foam sitting mat.
Kitchen set essential
Your kitchen set should contain: a spoon, a bowl and a cup, preferably heatproof, lightweight and robust. Choose heatproof plastic or metal. More expensive, but extremely durable and light is titanium material. Insulated cup will keep your drink hot in cold weather.
Water bottle essential
If you prefer to have your personal water bottle, you can take it. Choose lightweight bottle, 1-2L or 30-60oz will be enough. You can use plastic or aluminum bottle or just a regular soda bottle.
A good knife is only useful if it is sharp. Which one is better: normal (hunting or army) knife or multifunctional tool? Many tourists prefer the second one. Usually multipurpose pocket knife includes: blade, can opener, corkscrew, scissors etc. Around camp your knife handles many chores (from slicing cheese to cutting small pieces of wood for fire).
Flashlight is helpful at a campsite when it’s dark. The best design for tourist is a headlamp that frees up your hands and allows you to direct your light where you need it. Always remember to take spare batteries for your flashlight.
Personal gear essential
Personal kit contents will vary and depend on your personal needs, the basic are: toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, small comb, face/hand cream, hygienic wipes, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, contacts/glasses and feminine hygienic products – for women.
Dry sacks essential
To keep your extra clothes dry or to protect your electronic equipment, money, documents and food from moisture, you will need a waterproof sack. The best option – nylon dry sack with buckle. If you do not have one, you can use ziplock bags or just ordinary trash bags.
Being out of home is very important to keep in touch with your family and friends. So take your mobile phone with you. As addition you will get clock, alarm clock, music, camera, some mobile phones even have GPS. Before you leave home, make sure your phone battery is full charged, always keep your mobile phone in dry place. And do not forget Powerbank charger.
Always be in time! A watch will help you to organize your time during travelling. Better if it is waterproof. Some watches have timer, alarm clock, compass, time zones, which is very useful when you are travelling.
Taking photos is an excellent way to record the places you have visited on your trips. To protect your camera you should carry it in a waterproof and durable camera bag. Always have spare batteries for your camera and extra film (for film cameras).
Passport (personal documents) essential
Travelling outside your country you must have ID (passport). You will need to present your photo ID at the airport, railway/bus stations, crossing national parks etc. Check with your embassy if you need a visa or special permission to visit Ukraine.
You should have enough money for your travelling needs. Calculate all expenses that you might have during your trip: transportation, extra food, rafting tour, souvenirs etc.
Notepad and pen
Very useful to have a small notepad in your trip just in case you’ll have to note some information or even to write down phone numbers and addresses of your new friends.
Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the bright sun.
A baseball hat is great for keeping the sun off. Better synthetic, than cotton one. Get with you wool or fleece hat also to wear if the weather gets cold.
More travellers prefer lightweight waterproof and wind resistance jacket. Very good if it has adjustable hood. Breathable fabric like Gore-Tex will be the best choice. This fabric keeps rain out and allows water vapor from sweat to escape.
Rain cover essential
For extremely wet weather you’ll need a rain cover with a hood.
You will need pullover for cold weather or when resting in a camp. Choose insulating fabrics such as fleece or wool.
For your trip you’ll need at least 2 T-shirts. Better synthetic, that wick away moisture and dry more quickly than cotton.
You will need them for the cold weather. The best will be lightweight nylon or polypropylene pants. They are comfortable and dry faster. Very useful are convertible pants with legs that zip off and convert into shorts. Avoid jeans or any cotton pants – they dry longer and are very heavy and uncomfortable when get wet. You can take also an additional pair of fleece pants for camp site or to sleep in.
Make sure to have your shorts with you.
If you have an option between synthetic and cotton fabric for your underwear, chose first one – it dries faster and keeps you warmer. And do not forget swimming suit.
The best option for the rafting is tennis shoes or sandals. Probably you will need an additional pair of lightweight sneakers to use at the campsite or for short walking trips.
Take with you at least 1 pair of lightweight synthetic socks and 1 pair of wool socks which will keep you warm in cold weather.
The group equipment below is provided:
If you do not have some of those items, there is no reason to cancel your trip! Please contact us if you have any questions about items on this list or you need to rent some equipment. We are always ready to help you with that and make your trip comfortable and safe!
Dnister river rafting does not belong to the extreme type of recreation activities but it still requires adhering to basic safety precautions: