BEST OF BELARUS, UKRAINE AND MOLDOVA
Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights – 3 countries
Itinerary: Minsk – Brest – Lviv – Carpathians – Chisinau – Odessa - Kyiv & many more
Slavic hospitality is very well known all over the world - the people are incredible friendly! And during this tour you will experience it for yourself.
We invite you to discover three amazing countries: Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. Including a visit to the country that de jure doesn't exist.
You will discover the ancient and current life of Republic of Belarus.
Ukraine will surprise you in so many ways: the nature, the architecture is colorful and majestic, the castles are spectacular. Pleasant activities in the Carpathians are waiting for you!
You will visit Moldova and its premier winery which is one of Europe’s biggest.
Tiraspol - the capital of an unrecognized country - will take you back to the USSR!
This tour is an unforgettable cultural experience.
Driving through the countries and sightseeing on the way is the best way to see more sides of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova from a local perspective.
And that is what makes it so memorable!
DAY 1 Minsk arrival
Arrival, meeting and transfer to a hotel.
Welcome dinner. (D)
DAY 2 Minsk sightseeing
Discover Minsk: from the moment of foundation to nowadays.
You will see the architectural monuments of the 17th - 20th centuries, the temples and monasteries, and of course the main avenues of the city. We will visit the Victory Monument and the National Library, which were included into the list of the most remarkable buildings in the world!
After lunch we drive to the Dudutki museum - the open-air museum of folk architecture. (B,L)
DAY 3 Minsk – Mir - Nesvizh – Brest
We drive to Mir Castle Complex. Mir Castle was founded in the early 16th century. The castle was rebuilt into a magnate palace and became luxurious apartments of the noble family, t
hat were filled with works of art. Next, we continue to Nesvizh Palace which includes a visit to the museum inside the Palace and a landscaped park in the English tradition. Both palaces are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List (B,L)
DAY 4 Brest sightseeing
In the morning we explore Brest, which is considered to be the "western gate" of the country. We will visit the Brest Fortress, which became a shrine to all the terrible and heroic events, that happened there. You will find out how the history of this fortress started, including the history of the city itself. Free time. (B)
DAY 5 Brest – Lviv
In the morning we drive to Lviv, crossing the borders and stopping for lunch in Lutsk city.
Upon arrival you have free time in Lviv. (B,L)
DAY 6 Lviv sightseeing
During our walking tour we will see the architecture of Rynok Square, typical Austrian streets, as well as faceless Soviet-era buildings and modern dwellings. Together they narrate Lviv's glorious history.
Highlights of this tour include visits of the Opera House, built in the classical tradition with Neo-Renaissance details. You will walk around the Medieval part of Lviv – the Market Square and the old quarters around it with visits to a few impressive churches and cathedrals. Your lunch will be served in a place where you can be inspired for new ideas! (B,L)
DAY 7 Lviv sightseeing
Today your tour includes a visit of the High Castle Hill, where a castle once stood during 1300s to the 1770s to protect the residents of Lviv during attacks. The hill now offers the best views of the city. You will discover the former Austrian casino, presently called "The House of Scientists". The casino was a meeting place for the aristocratic elite. You will also visit St. George's Cathedral, which serves as a great example of rococo architecture and was built between 1744-1760. Today St. George's Cathedral is the main Greek-Catholic church. (B)
DAY 8 Lviv – Carpathians
We are driving to the Carpathian mountains, and on the way will visit Ivano-Frankivsk city. There we stop for lunch in a restaurant-museum of Galician way of life owned by a family. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the city which is often called “a small Lviv”. Continue to the Carpathians. (B,L)
DAY 9 Carpathians sightseeing
This day is dedicated to the mountains and its people – Нutsuls.
You will see traditional mountain villages, find out about people who live there: Ukrainian ethnical group – Hutsuls. We will visit the Hutsul Everyday Life and musical instruments museum, and will find out about Ukrainian embroidery and its different meanings in the unique museum of Vyshyvanka. A home-made lunch will be served in a private house of one of the museum's owners to let you feel the life of locals. (B,L)
DAY 10 Carpathians – Chernivtsi
Optional* jeep tour to the top of the mountains.
During your free time in Yaremche, the pearl of Carpathians, you can shop in one of the local souvenir markets. After lunch we continue to Chernivtsi - the real cozy European city, situated on the spot where the roads from Europe and Asia cross each other. The highlight – a visit to the National University! (B,L)
DAY 11 Kamianets-Podilskyi sightseeing
In the morning we head to Kamianets-Podilskyi with a stop in Khotyn fortress, which was founded in 13th century and had Moldavian, Polish and Turkish influence. Then continue to Kamianets-Podilskyi. Why does this city seem to be a phenomenon of the cultural and historical importance? You’ll discover the history from the moment of town’s foundation till recent times. The highlight will for sure be a visit to the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress. (B,L)
DAY 12 Kamianets-Podilskyi – Chisinau
This morning we drive to Chisinau, Moldova. Crossing the border.
Evening walking tour of Chisinau where you will see both the historic and the modern faces of the city. Who Stephen the Great was and what did he do for the city? You will listen to the cultural, historical facts and legends, while we walk along the central part of the city. (B,L)
DAY 13 Chisinau – Cricova – Orhei Vechi
We go to the Cricova Winery for the wine tasting of 4 types of wine. Then drive to Orhei Vechi - a unique natural and historical complex in the open air. It organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. (B)
DAY 14 Chisinau – Transnistria - Odessa
We drive to Odessa via the country that officially doesn’t exist. Exploring its capital, Tiraspol city. It will take you back in USSR: Feel the atmosphere of this disputed territory, which has always been a battlefield between the major powers of the region. This place is full of contrasts. (B)
DAY 15 Odessa sightseeing
This morning the walking tour of Odessa will take you to the ancient times when the city was founded. You will hear the stories about important people and what they did for Odessa and its citizens. You will see all the main sights in the central part, and will learn a lot about the Southern pearl of Ukraine and its current life.
Optional** tour to Odessa Catacombs, which are some of the longest in the world and played an important role during the WWII as a shelter for the partisans. (B,L)
DAY 16 Odessa – Kyiv
We drive to Kyiv with a stop on the way: visiting a Cold War era nuclear missile base. The base today is a museum and you can experience a bit of what it was like to serve here. You’ll walk down a 150 meter long underground corridor and take a lift 12 floors down to the “Red” button of the Unified Launch Control Center… (B,L)
DAY 17 Kyiv Sightseeing
Our walking tour will start from exploring ancient part of Kyiv city center. You will enjoy seeing Golden Gates, St. Sophia Cathedral, will discover secrets of St. Andrew church. After lunch, where you will taste not only Ukrainian dishes, we continue with a walk along Khreshchatyk street-the shortest yet the widest main street in the world, Maidan- the square where all of the Ukrainian revolutions started and many more! (B,L)
DAY 18 Kyiv sightseeing
We are visiting Kyevo Pecherska Lavra with its caves – the most ancient monastery and UNESCO Heritage site, then exploring the Motherland Statue complex and WWII museum. During the tour you will also see impressive administrative buildings, House of a crying widow, Chocolate House and Red Castle, stone jungles and many others. Free time.
Optional*** tour to Mezhyhirya Residence - a house of Ukrainian former president. (B,D)
DAY 19 Kyiv departure
Saying goodbye to your new friends… We will be glad to see you again!
End of services. (B)
*Jeep tour description: This tour is for those who wish to enjoy the adventure and a bit of adrenaline! We will be riding soviet military jeeps off the beaten path, off the road, which will take you on top of the mountains. There you will enjoy the breathtaking panorama views of peaks, ridges and plains of the Carpathian Mountains. The tour includes bumpy roads, sometimes a bit of mud, the nature is at your service.
** Odessa Catacombs tour: Catacombs are underground labyrinths created during the period of the city construction over 200 years ago. They are situated mainly in Nerubaiskoe village (15 km from Odessa), originally created during mining of hardware materials as shell rocks that were used to build the city. Odessa Catacombs are some of the longest in the world and played an important role during the WWII as a shelter for the partisans.
*** Mezhyhirya tour: Have you ever wondered how corrupted presidents live? Here is one of the examples and it’s a great opportunity to visit the residence where former Ukrainian president Yanukovich lived. This place is now called the museum of corruption, which is stunning by its impressive luxury life, incredibly vast territory and nonsense of human greediness.
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