Ukrainian California. Deep into the gypsum caves

The Donetsk Basin is ranked first in Ukraine by the amount of reserves and mining of gypsum, anhydride and salt. All large deposits are concentrated in the Bakhmut Basin.


A completely new exciting route will give us new exclusive opportunities:

- get acquainted with the geological present and past of Ukraine;

- take a walk along the paths of the underground world of Donetsk region;

- visit the gypsum caves of Ivangrad;

- see the sediments of the Permian period;

- dive to the bottom of the Cenozoic and Mesozoic seas;

This time, let me invite you not to a champagne factory or even to the caves of Soledar, but to more refined and undiscovered places! 


Bakhmut - Ivangrad - Soledar - Slavyansk - Kamenka

Duration of the tour

15 hours



Type of tour


Excursion program

Bakhmut - one of the oldest cities in Donetsk region, one of the top 400 places in Ukraine. The history of the town is quite entertaining. In 1876, Bakhmut became the terminal station on the dead-end railway line Kramatorsk-Popasnaya-Lisichansk. 

The building of the Bakhmutsky railway station of the late 1919th century, the unique building of the Museum of Local Lore, where the famous revolutionary F.A.Sergeev (Artem) placed his defense headquarters in XNUMX. It would be appropriate to mention here that with the coming to power of the Bolsheviks, Bakhmut lost its historical name for several decades, it was renamed Artyomovsk. The authentic name of the city was returned only after the adoption of the law on decommunization.

The funds of the local history museum have more than 3 thousand items and are constantly replenished with materials from archaeological excavations, photographs and documents, household items, weapons and awards, as well as paintings by local artists. 

It is impossible to be in Bakhmut and not to visit the embankment of the Bakhmutka River! This is one of the most beautiful embankments in Ukraine. It has five creative zones in different styles: "Japan", "country", "topiary art", "East European corner" and "embroidered path". The embankment is decorated with numerous ornamental trees, wrought-iron bridges, an incredible variety of all kinds of flowers and ornamental shrubs and just thousands of amazing roses.

Ivangrad. Gypsum mine.  The entrances to the underground facility are located on the right bank of the stream, which is the right tributary of the Bakhmutka River. The Ivangradsky mine is one of the abandoned gypsum mines of the Bakhmut depression, there are no more such adits in Ukraine. It is a huge mesh labyrinth.

The total length of the adits is 6-7 km. The width of the tunnels ranges from 7 to 12 meters, the height reaches 6.5 meters. Some of the deepest galleries are flooded, and these parts of the cave are reminiscent of the underground river Styx from ancient Greek mythology.

The excursion "Paths of the Underworld" to the gypsum dungeon will give you the opportunity to visit one of the most interesting spelestological objects in Eastern Ukraine, personally immerse yourself in the mysterious underground world and feel the power of its magic and charm. Safety helmets and flashlights are issued on site in front of the entrance to the dungeon.

Kamenka. We invite you to the field base of the Faculty of Geology, Geography, Recreation and Tourism of the Kharkiv National University. V.N. Karazin. Specialists in the field of general geology and paleontology will guide you along little-known routes and introduce you to unique geological features that until now were known only to a very narrow circle of specialists. We will walk secret geological trails, travel back in time and dive to the bottom of the Cenozoic and Mesozoic seas to find rare imprints of ancient shellfish!

If you limit yourself only to visiting gypsum caves, then you can catch something else on this excursion day:

- taste the products Artyomovskiy factory of sparkling wines in the company store; 

- participate in rafting on catamarans on the Seversky Donets;

- taste the cheese on Torskoy cheese dairy... Torskaya cheese dairy is located in a picturesque place, next to the Slavyansk resort and a pine forest. The owner of the cheese dairy will enthusiastically talk about the peculiarities of making craft cheeses, and will turn the usual tasting process into an interesting event, into a real holiday. The master's list of cheeses contains a product with a symbolic name for Slavyansk - "Karachun".

visit the private cheese dairy of the Svyatogorskaya goat farm. Excursion to the farm, goat breeds, presentation of cheeses, riding horses, tasting of goat's milk products. Here you can buy farm products - cheese, milk, cottage cheese, etc.

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- take a short excursion around the resort city Slavyansk with a visit to the market of ceramic souvenirs and relaxation on unique karst salt lakes, the mud of which is used for medicinal purposes of the sanatorium of the Slavic resort.
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- visit the ceramic production of the "Stone Flower" trademark: a magical transformation of clay, a visual and tactile introduction to clay and the process of producing flower ceramics. A clay master class is a great opportunity to create your own work of art.

- relax on the Blue Lakes. The blue lakes, surrounded by forest, create their own special atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. Numerous equipped bases have comfortable beaches with awnings and sun loungers, sports grounds, football and volleyball fields, children's entertainment, water attractions, cafes and bars. 

Possible miscalculation of a 2-day tour with accommodation in Slavyansk, Svyatogorskaya Lavra, on the Blue Lakes.

The cost per person in UAH.

"Number of paid places + free"

50 + 4

44 + 10

40 + 14

36 + 18

30 + 24

25 + 4

16 + 2,
17 + 3, 20 + 4
15-one-hour excursion









transport service by luxury buses (WW, Renault, Mersed, Scania, MAN, DAF, etc.), escorting the group by guide, excursion, medical and accident insurance. 


  • The route of the tour can be adjusted at will of the customer.
  • Entrance tickets are paid by all tourists additionally.
  • Specify the cost of the tour and additional services before booking.


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