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Water tourism

The Carpathian Region has a rather dense river network and a considerable number of rivers which are suitable for water tourist routes using different kinds of swimming facilities. All the rivers of the region belong to the single climatic type ‒ the sources of alimentation include snow and spring flood.

Mountain rivers of the Carpathian Region are the rivers of the Dnister and Prut basins that have been well-explored by the tourists. The most popular among the tourists are rafting trips trough the following rivers: White and Black Cheremosh, Cheremosh, Prut, Svicha, Dnister, Soms, Bystrytsia, Rebra Salauta. Mountain rivers are characterized by a high force of stream, steep flow that reaches 10-15 km/h, powerful rapids and shyvera. The sources of alimentation are mainly atmospheric precipitates with spring floods during the spring thaw and rain freshets.

Steady or heavy rains may cause a flood in any season of the year. The water-level during the season of rafting changes considerably in any season of the year. It depends on the amount of snow in the mountains, as well as on rainfall frequency and the air temperature.

The most popular among the tourists is a water route through the Dnistrovskyi Canyon that stretches about 100 km and passes through the territory of the Gorodenka and Tlumach Regions of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. The rafting trip is made on an inflatable raft. It is connected with the hiking trails that lead to natural, historical and cultural monuments. As the riverside infrastructure is not developed the tourists sleep in tents, cook meals over an open fire. Special places are set up for the need of tourists. They are situated on the riverbanks near the village of Kunysivtsi and Repuzhnytsi of the Gorodenka Region.

The rafting trips through the Dnister River that last from 3 to 7 days are one of the most interesting journeys in the Carpathian Region. The trip is unique owing to the picturesque landscapes and their inimitableness: steep and rocky or forested banks with the height of up to 200 m, unique travertine cliffs and geological outcrops, caves and grottos, waterfalls, islands, natural, historical, architectural and ethnographic monuments. And all this is wild and untouched nature that gives a wonderful opportunity to sink into silent and peaceful world.

Along the route through the Dnister River one may visit the following natural, cultural and architectural monuments:

  • The National Reserve 'Ancient Halych';
  • The 12th century church of St. Panteleimon in the village of Shevchenkove;
  • Christmas Church in the town of Halych;
  • Halytsky Castle in the town of Halych;
  • The Precarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life;
  • the remains of the 17th century castle in the town of Mariampil;
  • The 16th century Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God in the town of Mariampil;
  • ancient settlement in Bukivna (annalistic notes of the year 1214);
  • The Wooden Church of Saint Cosmas and Damian in the village of Petryliv, 1889;
  • the village of Nyzhniv, a comfortable rafting start point;
  • Mykhailivska Church and belfry built in 1872, Vvedenska Church and belfry, built in the 18th century, Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God;
  • old wooden mill of the 16th century, where, according to old residents, Cossacks were grinding the gunpowder;
  • the symbolic grave of Taras Bulba; according to local stories it was the place where he was caught be the enemies;
  • The Wooden Church of Ivan Chrestytel built in 1802 in the village of Kutyshche;
  • Karstovi Caves in the village of Odaiv;
  • Hang gliding launch sites in such villages as Odaiv, Isakiv, Horodnytsia, Pidverbtsi);
  • Miraculous icon in the village of Odaiv;
  • Waterfall and cave temple with grottos in the rock opposite the village of Deleva;
  • Waterfall 'Maiden's Tears' near the village of Monastyrok;
  • the ruins of the 17th century Rakovetskyi Castle in the village of Rakovets';
  • a series of waterfalls in the village of Vilhivtsi;
  • 'Chervona Hora' situated in the picturesque canyon in Beremiansk. The peculiarity of the mountain is in the fact that during the most severe winters the snow doesn't stay there for more than one or two days. That is why this place is also called 'The Dnister's subtropics';
  • the bunker of UPA soldiers in Khmeleva village;
  • Chernelytskyi Castle built at the beginning of the 17th century in the village of Chernelytsia;
  • hermit monk cave, a grotto in a big crag above the Dnister River;
  • The Church of St. Cosmas and Damian built in 1773 and the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God in the village of Daleshevo;
  • a series of waterfalls near the village of Kolinky;
  • the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary in Horodenka. The church in Horodenka is the first monument on our lands of the famous Italian architect Bernard Meretyn, who later built St. George's Cathedral in Lviv and a town hall in Buchach. These buildings were erected by Bernard Meretyn together with Johann Pinsel;
  • operating churches and temples of the surrounding settlements.


The following rafting trips are also popular among hard adventure tourists: short distance rafting trips to Yaremche and Verkhovyna down the Prut and Cheremosh Rivers of Ivano-frankivsk Oblast and in gorges between Lepush and Sapanta down the Soms, Bystrytsia and Rebra Salauta River of Maramures County.

This portal was developed within the project "Harmonisation of tourism development in rural areas Carpathian region "with the support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility Economic Development Association of Ivano-Frankivsk and does not reflect the views of the European Union.