UKRAINE & MOLDOVA HIGHLIGHTS 2019
Ukraine Moldova Highlights 10D
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights – 2 countries
Itinerary: Kyiv – Chisinau – Odessa & many more
Group size: 4-8 people
What can be better than a combined travel exploring two countries, connected by history and similar culture? Two former soviet countries, now - independent, ambitious and freedom-loving states.
We invite you to join this terrific tour by minivan through Ukraine, Moldova and Transnistria, where you will learn a lot of connected facts from the past, and about current lives of two Post-Soviet nations.
We will show you the two countries from a local perspective.
Starting from Kyiv - Ukrainian's capital, through Chernivtsi city, which had deep Romanian influence; through Moldova's capital Chisinau and Transnistria state, which independence is not recognized by the world. Tour ends in Odessa, the city with own humor style, food and people. It will be a wonderful adventure!
Along the way be surprised by delicious tastings, eat and drink like locals.
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Expenses of a personal nature such as: beverages with meals, camera fees, etc.
Tips and gratitudes to drivers and guides;
Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants
Travel protection Insurance
Tour Type: Active - Walking tours in the cities, some of the cities are hilly or their historical center made of cobblestones. Some hikes, few elevations in the mountains, busy comfortable schedule and some long rides.
Special notes: Some of the drives between cities and countries are long and many roads in Ukraine are not in good paved conditions (even though many of them are being repaired) and for a few of the driving days the tour will start quite early and end up quite late in the evening reaching the next destination, so patience is required for such long days.
Lodging level: Hotels are 3-4 stars with additional amenities, English-speaking staff, service and comfort level acceptable to western standards. Please, check the list below. Visit their website to find out more about services.
Hotels (or similar):
Hospitalna St, 4
Starobulvarna St. 2
Maria Cebotari St., 37
Oleksandrovskyi Ave., 12
DAY 1 Kyiv arrival
Arrival, meeting and transfer to a hotel. Check-in, free time for rest. Walk to a restaurant.
06:00 pm Welcome dinner (if you arrive on time), (D)
DAY 2 Kyiv Sightseeing
09:00 am – 04:00 pm. Our walking tour will start from exploring ancient part of Kyiv city center. You will enjoy seeing Bessarabskyi market, Golden Gates, walk along Volodymyrskaya street and explore St. Sophia Cathedral, will discover secrets of St. Andrew church and descent, will discover St. Michael Golden-Domed Church. After lunch, 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! Back to the hotel, free time. (B,L)
DAY 3 Kyiv sightseeing
09:00 am – 01:00 pm. We visit 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. Back to the hotel. Free time.
Optional*** tour to Mezhyhirya Residence - a house of Ukrainian former president. (B)
DAY 4 Kyiv – Kamianets- Podilskyi (440 km or 270 miles)
In the morning we head to Kamianets-Podilskyi. After lunch we will get acquainted with this ancient city.
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 5 Chernivtsi sightseeing (100 km or 65 miles)
09:00 am – 07:00 pm. We drive to the Chernivtsi with sightseeing on the way!
First stop - Khotyn fortress, which was founded in 13th century and had Moldavian, Polish and Turkish influence. Then we continue to Chernivtsi - the real cozy European city, situated on the spot where the roads from Europe and Asia cross each other. We will have lunch in one of the local Bukovenian restaurants and then we visit the National University – it will be a real highlight! Then enjoy a 2-hour walking tour in the historical city center, walk along the main pedestrian street – Kobylyanska, will see the City Hall, Teatralnaya square and many other. After – we return back to Kamianets-Podilskyi. (B,L)
DAY 6 Kamianets-Podilskyi – Chisinau ( 335 km or 210 miles)
08:00 am – 08:00 pm. This morning we drive to Chisinau, Moldova. Crossing the border. Stop for lunch in Balti town. Continue to Chisinau. Evening walking 2,5-hour 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. On Stephen the Great Boulevard there are many elegant administrative buildings – the Presidency, the Parliament, and the City Administration. There are cultural centers such as the National Theatre M. Eminescu, the Organ Hall, Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Well-known architects and poets such as Bernardazzi, Sciusev and Pushkin gave Chisinau a unique character. (B)
DAY 7 Chisinau – Cricova – Orhei Vechi (110 km or 70 miles)
09:00 am – 04:00 pm. 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, it is known for the ancient monastery and eco-village resorts. (B)
DAY 8 Chisinau – Transnistria – Odessa (190 km or 120 miles)
09:00 am – 04:00 pm. 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 9 Odessa sightseeing
09:00 am – 01:00 pm. Start your day with a walking 3-hour tour around downtown visiting its historical places and strolling the age-old streets: Deribasovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Rishelievskaya and Landzheronovskaya. You will see masterpieces of architecture and art of buildings, Opera and Ballet Theatre, and also historical buildings, where the archeological and marine museums are situated. Strolling along the Primorsky Boulevard it’s your chance to see an ancient building of municipal Duma, count Vorontsov palace with colonnaded entrance and the monument to Duke de Richelieu and the famous Potemkin stairs. They are the main entrance to Primorsky Boulevard from the seaside from where you witness the fascinating view to the marine terminal and the seaport. After lunch - free time.
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,D)
DAY 10 Odessa departure
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Saying goodbye to your new friends… We will be glad to see you again!
End of services. (B)
* 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.
Optional tours prices are upon request
We have all rights to change the order of activities or visited places, as well as hotels to similar ones due to unforeseen weather conditions or other reasons in order to make the itinerary run smoothly.
We reserve the right to apply either trip surcharge or service reduction during the tour if a group doesn't meet minimum amount of participants in order to run the tour.
Flight arrival to a country
Flight departure from a country
Drive by minibus between cities or for city tours
Walking tours or walk to/from/inside fortress, castles, museums or any other museums.
Crossing borders between countries, passport and custom control.
Cancellations & Refunds policy:
Cancellations must be received in writing, and it will be processed according to the date when the written notice is received.
Notice by email or via phone calls are not accepted as the final notice.
The arrival is the date when the tour starts means your arrival date to Ukraine (Moldova or Belarus).
The money will be refunded minus the following cancellation fees per person:
- Deposit is non-refundable but transferable to another tour or travel dates;
- 44-30 days prior to arrival 50% of total tour cost
- 29-15 days prior to arrival 75% of total tour cost
- 14-0 days prior to arrival No refund