A flight on a hot air balloon must have been a childhood dream of every one of us. Now, this dream can easily come true, if you visit Kamianets-Podilskyi in autumn (in September) or in spring (in the second half of May). Here, for the twelfth time, the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held; it has a very symbolic name – “Towards the Sun” – and includes also the Ukrainian Aeronautics Championship.

At the festival, there will be flights on aerostats, during which you can enjoy incredible landscapes of the mediaeval city, the picturesque canyon of the Smotrych River, the Old Castle, and if you’re lucky – fly under the Running Deer Bridge.
In 2018, the Festival will be held on May 18-20. Guests from all over Ukraine and from abroad will participate in the energizing festive atmosphere.

Aeronautics is a separate kind of air sports that has its own competitions, records and champions. The Ukrainian Aeronautics Championship traditionally takes place in Kamianets-Podilskyi; both Ukrainian and international teams take part in it, competing for the Cup of Podillya and sponsored prizes. After the competition, the aeronautic fiesta begins, during which the guests can go on a long-dreamed hot air balloon flight and see all the beauty of Podillyan land from the bird’s eye view.

You should book a place on a flight in advance, as there are always plenty of those who want to join. The morning flight for tourists usually starts at 5:30 am, the evening one – at 6:30 pm.

Apart from the air balloons that fill the sky above Kamianets-Podilskyi in May, the city has a lot to show. Taking a walk through the city, you’ll plunge into the atmosphere of the ancient times and see many beautiful sights. Among them are the Rus Gate, the Armenian belfry, the Triumphal Arch that makes your wishes come true, the Catholic Church with a minaret, and, of course, the Fortress of Kamianets-Podilskyi – one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. When you visit the castle, you feel like a character from a Disney fairy-tale invited to the royal banquet.

If you want to see more than just the Hot Air Balloon Festival, to visit all the natural and human-made wonders of Podillya, join the tours organized by Feel Ukraine tour agency. A three-day tour “Magical Podillya” and a two-day tour to Kamianets-Podilskyi are true hits among tourists. The bookings for these tours are sold out very quickly!

During the “Magical Podillya” tour you will visit Chernivtsi, Khotyn and Kamianets-Podilskyi with their magnificent architecture, labyrinthine streets and interesting stories told by a guide. Podillyan land is famous for its natural wonders, which we will enjoy during these three days: Zalishchyky, Bakota, Podillian Tovtry, the Dniester Canyon and the Verteba Cave. We will travel not only on land – during the last day of the trip we will take a cruise on the Dniester river.

During the two-day tour to Kamianets-Podilskyi, we will also take a cruise on Dniester, visit the Kamianets-Podilskyi and the Khotyn Castles, and the mysterious caves in Bilche-Zolote.

If you weren’t lucky enough to take a flight on a balloon during the festival or you couldn’t visit the festival, don’t be disappointed – Feel Ukraine organizes hot air balloon flights over the picturesque landscapes of Lviv Region and Podillya. It’s a brilliant idea for a romantic date or a wedding proposal, by the way.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kamianets-Podilskyi can be rightfully named the eighth miracle of Ukraine, so don’t miss your chance to visit it! Join the spring tours with Feel Ukraine and travel by land, water and air with us!