Intra Express GmbH
0049/30/785 33 91
0049/30/785 92 08
Thomas E. Fischer
Tax Number: 29/10/5481
Finanzamt für Körperschaften III, Berlin
15 years have
passed since our previous Ukraine tramway tour, and it is time to visit
Europe's second largest country (only the European part of Russia is
bigger), and its numerous tramways again to see what has changed since
then. For political reasons it is presently impossible to visit all of
the 22 Ukrainian tramways, but these would have been too many to be
visited on one tour, anyway: the Eastern districts of Donetsk and
Lugansk are controlled by Russian separatists since 2014, and the
Crimea has been annexed by the Russian Federation. No worries: of
course we visit the safe, and peaceful areas of the country only, and
nevertheless offer you an extensive programme featuring 12 tramway
systems within two weeks. We try to visit all tramway depots, and to
have charter tours on interesting historic and modern trams in all
cities, covering a selection of the most scenic lines. Additionally
from this we give you some free time wherever our time permits to allow
you riding the regular service cars. We also see a similar number of
trolleybus systems, and all of the country's three metros, and even if
our time does not allow depot visits and charter tours there, you get
photo opportunities everywhere.
This varied tour takes us to industrial regions as well as to famous, but rarely visited historic cities such as Lviv, Kiev, and Odessa, and offers unique impressions off the beaten track. People are hospitable, pleasant hotels of Western standard are nowadays available everywhere, and visas are no longer required. Our tramway programme is being organized by Kostj Kozlov who accompanies our group. As an author of the book "Elektrotransport Ukraini" published in 2010 he is an expert in Ukrainian city transport with best relations to the transport companies.
Saturday, Jun. 17th, 2017.
Early afternoon departure from Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Main) or Berlin Tegel*) airport by Ukraine International Airlines via Kiew to Lviv (Lvov), formerly Lemberg, and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I. The historic Old Town is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage, and many of its buildings have been beautifully restored in recent years. Hotel accommodation in Lviv.
*) Scheduled departure from Berlin Tegel in the late morning with a five-hour transit stop at Kiev airport.
Sunday, Jun. 18th, 2017.
For historical reasons Lviv has one of the few metre-gauge tramways in the former USSR, mainly operated by Tatra KT4 articulated cars. Some of them have been bought second-hand from Gera and Erfurt. We also see the first low-floor trams produced by the local Elektron company. A Gotha two-axle car imported from East Germany in socialist times has been refurbished as a heritage tram, and performs for us on a charter tour. There are also trolleybuses running in town. Hotel accommodation in Lviv.
Monday, Jun. 19th, 2017.
The first leg of our great charter coach tour takes us from Lviv to Vinnytsia (340 km) with two short photo breaks along our way for the trolleybuses of Ternopil und Khmelnitskiy. Hotel accommodation in Vinnytsia.
Tuesday, Jun. 20th, 2017.
Vinnytsia (Vinnitsa) has another metre-gauge tramway system, and trolleybuses. The tramway is considered exemplary in the country because of its well-tended fleet consisting mainly of "Carp" bogie cars and "Mirage" articulateds ex Zurich. There is also another Gotha two-axle heritage tram. In the afternoon we continue our coach journey to Zhytomyr (130 km) for a visit to the third, and last metre-gauge tramway on this tour. Additionally to the only tramway route operated by Tatra KT4 there are also trolleybuses running here. In the early evening we take our coach on to Kiev (130 km), and spend the night in a hotel there.
Wednesday, Jun. 21st and Thursday, Jun. 22nd, 2017.
Like all further tramways visited on our tour, the capital's trams run on the Russian "standard gauge" of 1,524 mm. Unfortunately Kiev has closed many lines in recent years so that the network has been divided into two on the western, and on the eastern bank of River Dnipro (Dnieper). Nevertheless there is still enough left to be seen in a varied two-day programme. Mainly Tatra T3 and T6 are in operation, many of them bought second-hand from the Czech Republic. But there are also some unique specimens, and interesting small series such as modernized Tatras with new bodies, a St. Petersburg built LVS-2009, new Elektron, and one Polish Pesa low-floor car with more expected. Kiev also features a large trolleybus system, an interesting metro running partly overground, and a funicular. The city itself with its nearly 3 million inhabitants is (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) the third largest and one of the oldest in the former USSR featuring many historical churches, and other architectural sights. Two more nights hotel accommodation in Kiev.
Friday, Jun. 23rd, 2017.
We leave Kiev in the early morning for the longest leg of our coach tour to Kharkiv (640 km). On our way we visit the small-town tramway of Konotop with classic Soviet KTM5 bogie cars, and only one more recent Ukrainian K1 running on scenic single track lines. In Sumy we take a second quick break for the trolleybuses. Hotel accommodation in Kharkiv.
Saturday, Jun. 24th, 2017.
The city of Kharkiv features one of the country's hugest tramway systems with a route length of nearly 250 km. We tour a selection of the most scenic lines by charter trams including two heritage cars. Both Tatra and KTM trams can be found in regular service, among them T3 bought second-hand from the Czech Republic, and from Riga, T6 ex Minsk and the country's only KTM19s. Remarkable is the huge fleet of about 40 works cars of various types and ages. They can be photographed in the two depots, and with a bit of luck also on the lines. Kharkiv also operates trolleybuses and a metro. Hotel accommodation in Kharkiv.
Sunday, Jun. 25th, 2017.
By coach we go on to the industrial town of Dnipro (former Dnepropetrovsk) (220 km), featuring another huge tramway system with three depots housing different types of Tatra and KTM cars. In recent years used Tatra T3 from Schwerin, T4 from Dresden and Magdeburg, and T6 from Berlin have been acquired. A scenic photo spot is the big tramway bridge across River Dnipro (Dnieper). There are also trolleybuses and a short metro running in town. Hotel accommodation in Dnipro.
Monday, Jun. 26th, 2017.
Full day trip by coach to Kamjanske (45 km). This town was known as Dniprodzershinsk, and has recently received its former name back. Its tramway system with one depot and four lines is operated by Tatra T3 und T6 as well as KTM5 and KTM8. Hotel accommodation in Dnipro.
Tuesday, Jun. 27th, 2017.
Another full day excursion by coach takes us to Zaporizzhia (Zaporozhye) (85 km). There we explore another tramway featuring Tatra T3 and T6 cars and more recent Ukrainian K1s, and some photogenic industrial scenery in the North recalling Soviet times. There is also a trolleybus system. Hotel accommodation in Dnipro.
Wednesday, Jun. 28th, 2017.
In the morning we leave Dnipro, and take our coach to Kryvyi Rih (Kriwoy Rog) (150 km) to visit another large tramway network including a unique express tramway Line. Opened in the 1980s, it has no road crossings, and runs partly underground. Trams run on the left as there doors are on the right side only, and they serve stations with central platforms. The varied fleet consists of KTM5, KTM8, Tatra-T3, Tatra-T6 and K1, Kobra articulated cars and the country's only KTM11. There are also trolleybuses running in town. Hotel accommodation in Kryvyi Rih.
Thursday, Jun. 29th, 2017.
Continuation of our tour by coach to Mykolaiv (Nikolayev) (175 km). The afternoon is dedicated to this town's tramway with two depots, and seven routes operated by Tatra T3, T6, KTM5, KTM8 und K1. Both the tram, and the trolleybus system received several used Tatra and Skoda vehicles from the Czech Republic recently. Hotel accommodation in Mykolaiv.
Friday, Jun. 30th, 2017.
The last leg of our great coach tour takes us to Odessa (130 km), the country's most important harbour on the Black Sea with an international flair. History and architecture show the influence of many different people, and religions. In the past Russians and Jews were the largest ethnic groups in the city, outnumbered by Ukrainians only since the middle of the last century. Germans lived here as well. The extensive tramway system with scenic interurban lines reaches far out both to the northern, and to the southern suburbs, and was operated by a homogeneous fleet of Tatra T3 for many years, recently joined by some K1 bogie cars. Additional T3 came from the Czech Republic, and from Riga. Among others, we use the two heritage cars (a KTM1 two-axle car, and a MTW82 bogie tram) for our charter tours. Hotel accommodation in Odessa.
Saturday, Jul. 1st, 2017.
Free day for further exploration of the city, its trams
and trolleybuses on your own. There is much to be seen. Hotel accommodation in Odessa.
Sunday, Jul. 2nd, 2017.
Early morning transfer to the airport and Ukraine International Airlines flights from Odessa via Kiev to Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Main) or Munich with arrival in the early afternoon.
The Tour Price Includes:
* Ukraine International Airlines flights Germany - Kiev - Lviv and Odessa - Kiev - Germany *).
* 15 nights accommodation at good, conveniently located hotels, twin rooms with private facilities.
* Half board (daily breakfast, and dinner).
* All transportation within the Ukraine from Lviv to Odessa by charter coach as per itinerary.
* Depot visits and tram charters as per itinerary.
* English speaking tour guides.
*) Flights are available from/to Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Main) or Munich at the same price. Please state your choice on your booking form!
Not included in the tour price are fares for regular trams and trolleybuses. As Day Passes are unknown in the Ukraine, you have to pay your (very small) fares in cash to the conductor each time you enter a vehicle.
€ 2,265.00 per person. Single room supplement € 450.00. As on all our tours, individual participants wishing to save their money are welcome to book a shared twin. We are sure to find an English-speaking roommate for you.
We offer connecting 2nd class train tickets from any DB station (including all border stations) to the airport of your departure at a flat return fare of € 120.00 per person. If required, please state the required station of your departure on your booking form.
Regulations of Immigration.
Each participant needs a Passport, valid at least as long as the tour lasts. Visas are no longer required from citizens of the European Union. Each visitor is obliged to have an international health insurance valid for the Ukraine, and to give proof of this at immigration on request.
Tour Guides: Kostj Kozlov, Lars F. Richter and Thomas E. Fischer.
Booking Deadline Date: March 15th, 2017 unless the tour is sold out before this date.
Minimum Number of Participants required to let this tour go: 30.
Tour Operator: Intra Express Hobby- und Studienreisen GmbH, Burgherrenstr. 2, D-12101 Berlin