Guided tours to the caves of western Ukraine

Excursion to the cave Optymistychna


Tours to the cave "Optymistychna" for people who are working in expeditions with Lviv cavers club "Cyclops" - is Free!

All those wishing to visit the tour
in the optimistic
cave, please contact:
Project manager
President of Lviv cavers "Cyclops"
Natalia Yudina

Contact phone numbers:
+38 097 2255877,
+38 099 0708802,
+38 063 7278469,
+38 098 0800711
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One of the amazing miracles that are so generous nature of Ternopol region - known around the world today Optimistic Cave.

Millions of years she hid her secrets in the depths of the Transnistrian Podolia, and was opened in Lviv in 1966 cavers. Optimistic Cave - huge karsts cavity along its length competes with renowned Flint Ridge-Mammoth (USA).

238 kilometres of its labyrinth of rooms are located, galleries and quaint winding meanders move. Even the boldest imagination could not tell the imagination, what secrets hide the depths of the Transnistrian Podolia, what wonders await you under the ground!

You will be amazed extraordinary landscape of the cave, a variety of unique sinter and crystal formations. This route is a stone sky will remain in your memory for a lifetime.

Back in 1966, the month of May, the two most stubborn optimist Lviv cavers "Cyclops" are in a new and unknown cavity in the ground. And from that moment the cave does not tire of surprise and delight of their researchers.

Once the cave entrance walk out the door immediately find yourself in anything that does not seem underworld.

The input area of the cave the cave is not shining holiday decorations. This area is like a mountain, and the old man saw a lot of victories and defeats. This area is beautiful in its own way. This cave is quiet, full of grandeur and simple. Gallery of the "Jubilee" - the 10th anniversary of cavers "Cyclops".

Gallery of "Forever Young" - the age-old desire to acquire eternal youth potion and it is desirable to invent a perpetual motion machine.

Hall "Cyclops" - a sign of gratitude to those who, overcome fatigue and a sense of danger for millions of people discovered the unique world of fairy cave. This place is the first base camp, who dared to put the cavers in the cave.

Our way lies between huge boulders and rock pillars - the remnants of landslides that shook the cave in ancient times. After passing through the dam fall into the "Central" area of the cave.

In the "central" area of unusual dense maze. The next move again divided into two or even three. Corridors that are already lower, wider and taller, unusual and wild chaos gloomy caves.

District "Gentry." Sight does not sink into the dark void, and all the more and more often on some of the underground wonder. A gallery of "Radio Deluxe" like "Diamond Fund", the gallery around the cave created a mineralogical museum. Crystal formation of various kinds, and they are wildly diverse in form and colour.

Calcite crystals - bunches of underground "flowers."

Sinters - usually the most massive education. Imagination is easy to recognize the numerous "beards", "comb" and other fruits of creativity, sometimes explicitly dwarfs belonging to a caring, and sometimes some larger and more gloomy subterranean creatures.

Diffusers or transparent single crystals of gypsum. The mystery remains growth Alit formation of these crystals of gypsum. Why they do not grow as those surrounding the crystals, it remains a scientific mystery.

Helictites - an unexpected richness of cave grottoes optimistic. Pioneers did not think that such education is possible in the gypsum caves. This miracle was "property" of limestone caves. Among them, no two are alike. On average, they reach ten centimetres but there are also large.

Helictites - mysterious cave formation. It is still not clear why the crystals grow against gravity sideways, up, not down! It is believed that the main role in the formation of gelektit playing surface tension in the droplets of water. Grow these unique stone colours are extremely slow.

The area of the hall, "Averbakh" and "Camp Gray mare" - it seems that the cave was brighter: the walls have changed color. This is the lower floors of the caves we were in the realm of fine-crystalline gypsum.

District, "Lake" - in the most distant and hidden corners of the earth's interior intricate mazes gone, and eyes prying eyes opened a fantastic picture of the underworld. Here, in the palaces of stone thousands of years they serve incorruptible guard - stone-idols.

PBL "Spider" - difficult work of cavers underground. The study of caves sometimes lasts for many months, so the cavers have to arrange their own cavities in the inside base camps.

Excursion to the cave Verteba. Museum of Tripoli culture.

  The total length of underground tunnels cave Verteba is 9 km. The cave was created only in Ukraine, an underground museum of Tripoli culture (5-3 centuries BC), which is a department Borschev Regional Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to travel the underground world of caves, to get acquainted with the original findings of Tripoli culture and explore the archaeological research. Central to the underground museum is a diorama showing the scenes of ancient life Trypillian. Electrified guided tour paved halls and corridors of the cave 1 km long, for different categories of tourists. For the trained group there is a sport route.

Request a tour please call:
 03 541 - 2-16-92 (Borschev Museum);
 0972891649 (Dudar Alexander);
 0973840975 (Miroslav I. Boiko).
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Excursion to the cave of Atlantida

The cave is located in the picturesque slopes of the valley of the river near the village of Zbruch Zavalye Kamenetz-Podolsk district of Khmelnitsky region.

Legend has it that the top of the slope above the cave, which once stood a small church. Once she "sank" into the ground in the karsts collapse, after which the village and was named covered. On the cave did not know then, but people understand that these phenomena are associated with voids in the ground.

In the 50s in the slope of the valley was laid quarry for the extraction of gypsum. How long he lasted, as 18 santimeters thicker plaster were many large and small voids. In the pit wall was a few cave openings, long time did not attract anyone's attention.

In 1968, young Kiev cavers explored these holes. For one of them was a small cave, ending clay deadlocks. To dig a move that seemed promising cavers, it took several expeditions. Finally, in the summer of 1969 multimeter excavation led to the large hall, which began a large cave system. Even a cursory examination revealed the first of its unusual nature. Clear sculptural forms passages and halls, arranged in three tiers, a great number of fine gypsum crystals of various shapes and colors.

Excursion to the cave Mlynki

For the first time information on the cave Mlynki recorded in the local newspaper "Nova life" ("New Life"), dated June 25, 1960 Name of the cave gave the author Michael Biel - the village school teacher Ugryn. The article reported on a picturesque corner of the farm Mlynki on the hillside is visible two holes. This is the entrance to a huge underground cave room. On the hall it has been known since ancient times. Local residents, getting cast in it for use in the economy, expanded it and found a gap through which you can get into the maze of caves, but the fear of the unknown would not let people get on.

The first who dared to climb into the cracks, were regional members of the group led by the tourist station Radzievskii. Their eyes opened on a beautiful landscape of the underground. In light of the candle cave walls sparkled and played by millions of grains of gypsum crystals, which were formed in a particular microclimate of the underground. Over time, Members of the circle have a description of the cave, a plan moves, conducted a study of climate and speleo fauny.

Excursion to the cave Uhryniv

Two kilometers to the west of the entrance to the cave Mlynki on the right bank of the same Mlynochkov, in the outskirts of the village Ugryn be a large crater at the bottom of which blackens the entrance to the cave Ugrynskuyu.

Slightly stooped, get in the entrance hall "lobby", which stretches for 20 meters deep into the mountains.

Near the cave Ugrynskoy known since the first half of the 20th century. The history of this cave opening. On the mountain was mined gypsum, he blurts out, and milled into flour, which was used in construction. For the landlord of the Pan Potocki gypsum stone produced various ornaments: ashtrays, jewelry boxes, statues. Workers who mined gypsum, punched a small hole in the mountain, but did not pay attention to him.

In 1934, a local school teacher Otetsky interested in this hole in the mountain. He dug it and got into a huge underground hall.

Since 1935 the cave was completely accessible to tourists. At the entrance gate set, which found the inscription: "Entrance to the underground labyrinths - paid." In a cave containing a charged conductor, who conducted tours of the cave entrance tickets.


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