Bakota Cave Monastery and Dniester River Canyon Tour

Discover one of the hidden gems of the Western Ukraine – Bakota submerged settlement and remains of ancient cave monastery. Feel a peaceful and magic atmosphere of this place and admire breathtaking panorama of the Dniester River.

About this activity

Duration
Duration :   5 hours
Languages
Languages :   English, Ukrainian, Russian
Dates
Dates :   Daily
Tour type
Tour type :   Private tour by car
Meeting point
Meeting point :   Hotel pick-up
Starting time
Starting time :   Flexible: from 9am till 11 am

What to expect

Highlights

  • Uncover the history of the appearance of the cave monastery on a steep cliff
  • Learn the destiny of the Bakota village that disappeared under the waters of the Dniester River
  • Try some fresh water from the holy springs near the cave monastery
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Dniester River Canyon
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle of the city and feel the tranquility of nature

Description

Bakota is a must-visit place of the Western Ukraine that will impress you with beautiful landscapes and special atmosphere. This place with a centuries-old history is famous for many reasons. One of the most important sites in Bakota is an ancient cave monastery, situated on the high hill over the Dniester River. According to archaeological excavations, it was founded approx. in the XI century More >>>

Bakota is a must-visit place of the Western Ukraine that will impress you with beautiful landscapes and special atmosphere. This place with a centuries-old history is famous for many reasons.

One of the most important sites in Bakota is an ancient cave monastery, situated on the high hill over the Dniester River. According to archaeological excavations, it was founded approx. in the XI century but was partially destroyed in the XIII century, when Mongols invaded Kievan Rus’. There is a legend that monks and village people hid in the caves from the invaders, who closed the entrance with stones and buried them alive.

Not all the caves survived until our days. However, you may still see the monastery on a steep slope and find springs with holly water that has healing properties.

In addition, you will find out the story of the Bakota village, which is now completely hidden under the riverbed of the Dniester River. Bakota was a prosperous village with dense population before 1981, when it was decided to build a reservoir on the Dniester River. All the people was forced to leave their houses and move to the neighbor villages. After that the entire village was submerged under the water.

Today, the Bakota canyon is one of the most picturesque places of the Western Ukraine. The panorama of the river from the high hill creates an unbelievable impression. You will have a chance to admire splendid views from the top of the slope and then go down the narrow path to the riverside.

A day spent in Bakota, is a great opportunity to enjoy the nature and learn many interesting historical facts.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide service
  • transportation services along the route
  • admission to the reserve area
  • pick up and drop-off service from the hotel

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Comfortable shoes recommended

Price

The Bakota Canyon and the Rock Monastery Tour

  • 1 pax – 150 Euro per person
  • 2 pax – 80 Euro per person
  • 3 pax – 70 Euro per person
  • 4 pax – 55 Euro per person
  • 5 pax – 45 Euro per person
  • 6 pax – 38 Euro per person
  • 7 pax – 36 Euro per person
  • 8 pax – 32 Euro per person
  • 9 pax – 29 Euro per person
  • 10 pax – 27 Euro per person

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