What to see: Zuevsky Landscape Park - Museum of Miniature Book - Artyomovsk Winery - Salt Mine - Lisichansk Cableway - Lugansk.
Do you want to visit a real mine, to see the deepest Museum of Ukraine, and to hold in your hands the world's smallest book? Then, you defenitely need to join our exciting journey to the Eastern Ukraine. Welcome to our guided tour to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Let's start with the Zuevo Landscape Park, located 30 km from Donetsk.
How to get there by car: the Highway Donetsk - Khartsyzk till the village Zuevka.
How to get there by public transport: in Donetsk from the Southern Bus Terminal to Khartsyzsk, and from there by bus to Zuevka.
Here, between the beautiful rocky cliffs the river Olkhovka flows. This is a place where an unusually beautiful natural site of the Donetsk steppe can take your breath away. Moreover, there is a well-known among the mountaineers and rock climbers Zuevo Rock-climbing wall, which has about 20 routes, from the simplest to the most complex. But if you are not interested in rock climbing, you can have a good time visiting the Museum of Shell-Fish... The collection includes the shell-fish from around the world. You can also visit the basement of the graph Ilovaisky who received Donetsk land from the Catherine II. The basement was built more than 200 years ago. In the graph’s lifetime, the fruits and vegetables were stored there.
The Park Entrance fee is 5 UAH. Guided tour fee -100 UAH (for a group). Horseback riding –100 UAH/hour.
Address: Zuevka, 1, Matrosov Street.
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Monday: 9.00-17.00
In the Museum of Miniature Books, located 35 km from Donetsk in Gorlovka, you can see a microscopic Koran, a miniature collection of poems of Esenin, and much more.
How to get there by car: take the Highway Donetsk – Artyomovsk, drive till the village Gorlovka.
How to get there by public transport: take a bus on the Highway to Artyomovsk till the Pobedu Avenue in Gorlovka.
The museum has more than 8,500 miniatures and microbooks that were published in 103 countries in 57 languages. The maximum size of the book in the collection is about 100 millimeters. The minimum size exemplars are comparable with a poppy seed. The volume that includes two works of Alexander Pushkin is 60 times smaller than a poppy seed. There are books that had been in space. Some copies of the books were published in the XVIII and XIX centuries. There are two unique exemplars from Ethiopia (dated by the XVI century). The museum has a miniature book, made of birch bark. Moreover, except the books one can see in the exhibition the microminiature pictures made on human and horse hair.
Entrance Fee –5 UAH. Guided tour -11 UAH.
Address: 132-a, Pobedy Avenue.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday (Wednesday closed): 9.00-15.00.
Do you still think that the Donbass region is famous only for minerals resources? That’s not true at all. You can check it visiting the Artyomovsk Winery, located 70 km from Donetsk.
How to get there by car: drive through Gorlovka, in the center of Artyomovsk turn right. The distance is 40 km.
How to get there by public transport: in Donetsk take a bus to Artyomovsk at the Putilov Bus Station; in Gorlovka take a bus to Artemovsk.
Here, in Artyomovsk, the well-known Ukrainian sparkling wine is produced. History of the Winery goes back to 1950, when a plant for the production of classic sparkling wine was established by the direct order of Stalin. Today, it is one of the largest companies in Europe that produce the sparkling wine in a traditional bottle method. The whole cycle of production at the Artyomovsk Winery is located underground at a depth of 72 meters. The classic bottle method of sparkling wine production is a complex and labor-intensive process. It requires a long-term aging of wine (at least one year) and a manual labor. Artyomovsk winemakers produce 3 -10 year-old sparkling wine. Tour fee - 60 UAH. Duration - 2.5 hours.
Address: 87, Patrice Lumumba Street.
Opening Hours: Monday-Thusday: 10.00 -14.00; Friday: 9.30 - 13.00.
Now we are going to visit a unique underground museum made of salt. Welcome to the Salt Mine.
How to get there by public transport: by bus to Soledar from the Artyomovsk Bus Station or Donetsk Putilov Bus Station. The distance from Donetsk is 80 km.
How to get there by car: take the Highway Donetsk-Soledar. Distance - 18 km.
At a depth of 300 m there is an amazing underground world of salt mine that definitely won’t leave you indifferent. You will find yourself in a completely different unexplored and intriguing world. The visitors of Salt Mine get almost to the bottom of an ancient sea floor, which is more than 280 million years old. The salt galleries and rooms are really huge. Rock salt is called so for a reason.
The solidity of the walls is equal to the rock. The main attraction of the mine is a huge salt room, where one can observe a unique phenomenon - the effect of sound cloud! Only here you can see the photos of ancient winds that blew millions of years ago. The tour to the Salt Mine takes 6 hours. The descent (300 m) and ascent from the mine is carried out in the elevator. The proposed mine tour is about 700 m.
The floor of the mine is covered with salt particles (1- 40 mm), so the tour participants must have the appropriate shoes. Throughout the year, a constant temperature of +14 ° C is kept under the ground; however, visiting a mine in the summer time one should bring light warm clothing. Tour fee is 100 UAH per person. Monday closed.
Address: 7, Mayakovsky Street.
Europe's longest industrial cable way can be seen in Lisichansk. The next point of our itinerary is Lisichansk Cableway.
How to get there by car: drive along the road from Soledar to Lisichansk. Distance - 44 km. Or drive from Donetsk to Lisichansk through Gorlovka.
How to get there by public transport: take a bus from Soledar to Lisichansk or from the Putilov Bus Station in Donetsk.
This point of our route will be interesting for fans of industrial tourism. The cableway is a construction for transporting goods and passengers by a cable road, which is located above the ground on the poles. The first cableways were used in the mining industry in the XIX century. Usually, such roads are built in mountainous, heavy-going areas, where it is necessary to cross the distance over a forest, river or a lake in the shortest way. The cableway is supported by 147 pillars. The trucks deliver materials from the Belogorskiy mine (the path length - 16.5 km).
At the end of our route let’s visit Lugansk.
How to get there by public transport: by bus from the Lisichansk or Donetsk (Putilov) Bus Stations.
How to get there by car: by the road Lisichansk-Lugansk. Distance - 85 km.
What to do in Lugansk:
Visit the Literature Museum of Dahl. The author of the well-known Explanatory Dictionary of the Great Russian Language - Vladimir Dahl was born in Lugansk. In the house where the son of the Danish doctor spent his childhood, there is a museum now. An exhibition displays the lifetime editions of literary works.
Visit the Local History Museum. Address: 2, Shevchenko Street. Opening Hours: 9.00 -16.00.
You will see the unique monuments of the early XX century - two Mark-V tanks, delivered by the Great Britain to the Denikin troops, but gained by the Red Army.
See the hotel "October". A brick building with a clock and mosaic patterns on the facade reminds either a Gothic town hall, or the structure of the Victorian England.
Take a walk in the Park of Stone Women, which is located on the territory of the Lugansk National University. There you will see the collection of idols created by the Scythians and the Kipchaks. Address: 2, Oboronnaya Street.