Let’s discover the Dnister Canyon on a kayak or cataraft trip down the Dnister River. The Dnister Canyon is rightly called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine. Being 250 kilometers long, it is one of the longest in Europe. The Dniester Canyon impresses with breathtaking natural beauties: fantastic landscapes, rocky cliffs, wild forests, caves and grottoes, islands, waterfalls and beautiful travertine rocks. On our 5-days trip you’ll also enjoy the stunning panorama of Zalishchyky city and unique “Dnister River horseshoe”. We combine rafting with short excursions, so get ready to visit the most popular castles in western Ukraine: Khotyn and Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Join us on this tour! That will be an unforgettable adventure:)
In the morning you will meet your guides and the rest of the group at the railway station (main entrance) in Ivano-Frankivsk. There we will get a shuttle to the starting point of our trip – Zalishchyky town. Before starting our rafting trip, we’ll visit popular view point. Here opens breathtaking panorama of Zalishchyky city and unique “Dnister River horseshoe” – best spot to take selfie:)
On the river bank we get all the necessary rafting equipment ready, the group is having some safety trainings and after we head off down the Dnister River. Today we’ll stop for the night in Doroshivci village. Delicious dinner, campfire and starwatching, romantic atmosphere and friendly talks will be there for you tonight.
After the breakfast we break the camp and load the boat. Ahead – a wonderful day, exploring the nature of the canyon. The Dnister River is the second largest and the most ecologically clean river in Ukraine. The nature of the Dnister Canyon is specific and original. Its unique natural location provides the canyon with special and unusually warm for this area climate. The ending point for today is Horoshova village, where our group will stop for the night.
Another exciting day! Our team will raft along the wilderness of Dnister Canyon. Today we’re heading for the village Rashkiv. The river’s steep slopes are like the halls of a museum of Nature. Here you can see rifts from the Jurassic era and the world’s largest rifts from the Silurian, which are over 400 million years old. We raft down the river, passing through unique river meanders (large bends). That means we’ll constantly enjoy different landscapes of the canyon. Our target for today – Rashkiv village, where will camp tonight.
Our following day is a fantastic paddle through the Dnister Canyon. A 20 km rafting takes you to Khotyn Fortress of XIII century – fortification complex, located on the right bank of the Dnister River. It is a real masterpiece of the fortification architecture and also one of the biggest and well-preserved citadels in Europe. Stone walls are 5-meters (16 feet) wide and up to 50-meters (164 feet) high. In 2000 there was created Historical and Architectural Reserve "Khotyn fortress", which in August 2007 became one of "7 Wonders of Ukraine".
After excursion we’re getting back to the boats and leaving for the campsite in Braga village.
(When changing the schedule and late arrival to the campsite, the excursion to the Khotyn Fortress is planed to the next morning. We spend the last night in the village of Ataki.)
Our rafting adventure finishes, but it’s not the end of the tour yet. We have another interesting excursion to the wonderful historical place for you. We’re going to visit Kamianets-Podilskyi. This city is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The main highlight in Kamianets is an ancient fortress, built on the steep banks of the Smotrych River to protect the town. Originally, the castle was a wooden defensive building, and in the XVI century the wooden fortifications were replaced for stone ones. Kamianets is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe.
After excursion our tourist group will be picked up by a shuttle bus, leaving for Ivano-Frankivsk.
Arriving time to Ivano-Frankivsk – 8 pm.
* 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:
Right selection of food, taken in a journey, is very important in preparing for a few-days trip. And it’s no wonder, as regular and healthy food here is a good source of energy, needed on the trail, positive spirit and, the most important – guaranty of a great time, spent outdoor. Our menu can range depending on how long is the trip. On day tours we offer lunch and snacks. Examples of good foods include sandwiches, vegetables, cheese, meat, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate and energy bars. For overnight tours in addition to the lunch and snacks we provide breakfast and dinner. During the trip we cook our food on the fire or using the tourist stove.
Breakfast (at 8:00). Our breakfast must provide a good source of energy. We eat cereals, oatmeal, wheat porridge or rice with dried milk, sugar and dried fruits. After the main course we have also tea and crackers.
Lunch (at 1 pm). Our midday meal should require no preparation or cooking. Sandwiches, vegetables, salami, cheese, canned fish and meat are all good lunch foods.
Dinner (at 7 pm). Dinner is the biggest meal, the most filling, and usually the tastiest. We offer few main choices of food for an evening meal: meat and vegetables soup, fish soup, rice with canned fish, buckwheat porridge or pasta with meat. If you like, you can also add some of these products to your dinner menu: bread, vegetables, ketchup, garlic, onion and others. After dinner we usually enjoy a cup of hot tea and crackers.
Snacks. We need to eat also small amounts of food throughout the day to keep our energy and blood sugar up. Chocolate, dried fruits, nuts and different energy bars are the most delicious treats for tourists.
Local food. During our rafting trip you can enjoy local products such as fish, fruits and mushrooms. Also you’ll probably want to buy something in local stores.
Alcohol. It’s not allowed to drink alcohol during the trip! However it is not strictly prohibited, in the evening. After long day rafting you can relax and enjoy our dinner with a glass of wine or any other drink you’ll get with you on your trip.