The Dniester River with a total length of 1,352 km is one of the most important rivers in Ukraine. It rises in the Ukrainian Carpathians near the Polonian border approximately 900 m above sea level. The Dniester straddles the border between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova before it flows for a long stretch of 630 km through Moldova, then marks again the border between the two countries and finally flows through Ukraine into the Black Sea, where its estuary forms the Dniester Liman, a kind of marshy area about 42 km long and 12 km wide, which is connected to the sea by a narrow canal. The catchment area of the Dniester River amounts to approximately 72,100 km².
The administrative centres of Ukrainian Oblasts (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil) and major industrial centres (Drohobych, Boryslav, Stryi, Kalush, Stebnik) are located in the upper part of the Dniester Basin.
The Dniester is the second largest river in Ukraine. Around 350 tributaries and brooks flow into its upper reaches, so that it rapidly changes into a 100 m wide stream. The river flows through hilly regions with mountain ranges up to 800 m as well as through forests and low, flat land. In fact the Dniester River represents the end of the Asian steppe. In its entirety the reaches of the Dniester through Ukraine are about 722 km. Characteristic in the upper course of the Dniester are numerous rock formations with caves alongside the banks of the river. This 400 km long part is known as the Dniester River Canyon, which attracts thousands of water tourists each year.
The most valuable and picturesque part of the Dniester are 250 km from the mouth of the river Zolota Lypa to the mouth of the river Zbruch, which is called the Dnister Canyon. The nature of the Dnister Canyon is specific and original.
These are first of all picturesque landscapes and their unrepeatedness which impart originality to these routes. Steep rocky or wooden banks with the heights to 200 m, unique travertine rocks and geological exfoliation, caves and grottos with signs of human settlement here on them, waterfalls, picturesque islands, monuments of nature, history, architecture, ethnography – all these we can see, visit, we hear stories about them and tell these stories ourselves.
And all this is a wild and virginal nature which gives a perfect possibility to plunge into the world of silence and calmness.
Warm climate in the canyon distinguishes this territory from other territories of Western Ukraine, walls of the canyon detain sun warm, therefore it rains almost never in summer here, and in spring plants blossom 2-3 weeks earlier. Dnistr slopes have lots of rear plants, animals, birds. The route of the trip passes along the borders of several regions – oblasts, which guarantees relative remoteness from “civilization” and in that way – complete relaxation.
About 100 historical and natural monuments that are of world-wide importance are located on its territory. So if You want to enjoy this unique beauty and receive unforgettable impressions join us on our boat trip down the Dniester Canyon.