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 these amazing countries: Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, including a visit to Transnistria, a country that de jure doesn’t exist. You will discover the ancient and current life of Belarus. Ukraine will surprise you in so many ways: the nature, the colorful and majestic architecture, the spectacular castles and pleasant activities in the Carpathians! You will visit Moldova and its premier winery which is one of the biggest in Europe. A visit to Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, an unrecognized country, will take you back to the USSR! This tour is an unforgettable cultural experience. Driving through these countries and on the spot sightseeing is the best way to see more sides of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. And that is what makes it so memorable!
2018 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy):
Tour dates and prices:
UKRAINE BELARUS MOLDOVA 19D
Start Minsk End Kyiv Twin Share
FR 18 MAY TU 05 JUN $ 4 350,00
FR 20 JUL TU 07AUG $ 4 275,00
FR 07 SEP TU 25 SEP $ 4 350,00
Single supplement $ 726,00
This tour operates with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 travelers.
– 18nights accommodation;
– Air-conditioned minivan;
– Local guides;
– Tour manager;
– Entrance tickets;
– 18 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 12 lunches;
– 3 wine tastings;
Price Does Not include:
– International airfare(unless otherwise arranged);
– Other meals;
– Departure and custom fees
– Gratuities and individual daily expenses
– Additional beverages
– Travel insurance
– Trip cancellation
– Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
DAY 1: Arrival Minsk (Belarus)
Arrival at Minsk Airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Minsk is the capital city of Belarus. It is the political, economic, scientific and cultural centre of the country. .
Welcome dinner. Overnight Minsk (D)
DAY 2: Minsk sightseeing
Discover Minsk: from the moment of its 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 are included into the list of the most remarkable buildings in the world! After lunch we will drive to the Dudutki museum, the open-air museum of folk architecture. Return to Minsk for overnight. (B,L)
DAY 3: Minsk – Mir – Nesvizh – Brest
This day we drive to Mir Castle Complex. Mir Castle was founded in the early 16th century. The castle was rebuilt and transformed into a magnate palace and luxurious apartments full of art works for the noble family. Next, we continue to Nesvizh Palace to visit the museum inside the Palace and the park landscaped according to the English tradition. Both palaces are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Overnight Brest. (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 during all the heroic events that happened here. You will learn the history of this fortress and the history of the city itself. Free time. Overnight Brest. (B)
DAY 5: Brest – Lviv (Ukraine)
In the morning we drive to Lviv. After border crossing we stop for lunch in Lutsk city.
Upon arrival in Lviv we will have some free time. Lviv is one of the biggest cities and a major cultural center in Ukraine. The city has many industries and institutions of higher education such as Lviv University and Lviv Polytechnic Overnight 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. One of the highlights of this tour is the Opera House, built in the classical tradition with Neo-Renaissance details. We will have a stroll around the Medieval part of Lviv: the Market Square and the old quarters. We will visits some impressive churches and cathedrals. We will have lunch at a place where you can be inspired for new ideas! Overnight Lviv. (B,L)
DAY 7: Lviv sightseeing
Today your tour includes a visit to 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. We will discover the former Austrian casino, presently called “The House of Scientists”. The casino was a meeting place for the aristocratic elite. We 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. Overnight Lviv. (B)
DAY 8: Lviv – Carpathians
We leave Lviv and drive to the Carpathian mountains. En route we will visit Ivano-Frankivsk city. We stop for lunch at a restaurant-museum of Galician way of life owned by a family. After lunch we will have a walking tour of the city, often called “ small Lviv”. Continue to the Carpathians for overnight. The Carpathian Mountains form a 1,500km-long range in Central and Eastern Europe and are considered to be the Green Pearl of Ukraine. They represent one of the most popular resorts and tourist centers of the country. A beautiful mix of natural areas, forests, meadows, shepherds and human beings living in harmony with nature is what makes the mountains so attractive to tourists! (B,L)
DAY 9: Carpathians sightseeing
This day is dedicated to the mountains and the Ukrainian ethnic group of people: – Нutsuls.
We will visit traditional mountain villages and learn about the Hutsul everyday life, musical instruments and the Ukrainian embroidery in the unique museum of Vyshyvanka. A home-made lunch will be served in the house of one of the museum’s owners to let us experience the way of life of the local people. Overnight Carpathians. (B,L)
DAY 10: Carpathians – Chernivtsi
Optional* jeep tour to the top of the mountains.
During our free time in Yaremche, the pearl of Carpathians, we can go shopping in one of the local souvenir shops. 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. It is known for the 1875-founded Chernivtsi National University, which features Romanesque and Byzantine architecture and the Chernivtsi University Botanical Garden. At the heart of the old town is Central Square, with the blue, neoclassical City Hall. The highlight is a visit to the National University! Overnight Chernivtsi. (B,L)
DAY 11: Kamianets-Podilskyi sightseeing
In the morning we head to Kamianets-Podilskyi with a short stopover in Khotyn fortress, which has been built in the 13th century and which retains Moldavian, Polish and Turkish influences. Proceed to the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, which is considered a phenomenon of great cultural and historical importance. We will discover the history from the moment of town’s foundation till recent times. The highlight will be a visit to the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress. Overnight. (B,L)
DAY 12: Kamianets-Podilskyi – Chisinau (Moldova)
After Ukrainian-Moldovan border crossing we drive to Chisinau, the capital of Eastern Europe’s Republic of Moldova. During the evening walking tour at the central part of Chisinau we will witness both the historic and the modern faces of the city. We will visit the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography (built in 1905), the National History Museum, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Opera House, the Water Tower and the Triumph Arch, We will learn who was Stephen the Great and what did he do for the city? Overnight Chisinau. (B,L)
DAY 13: Chisinau – Cricova Winery – Orhei Vechi
We go to the Cricova Winery to taste 4 types of wines. Then drive to Orhei Vechi, a unique natural and historical complex in open air. It organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. Return to Chisinau for overnight. (B)
DAY 14: Chisinau – Transnistria – Odessa
We drive to Odessa via Transnistria, a country that officially doesn’t exist. A visit to Tiraspol will take you back to the 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. Overnight Odessa (B)
DAY 15: Odessa sightseeing
This morning the walking tour of Odessa will take us 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 ranked among the longest in the world and which played an important role during the WWII as a shelter for the partisans.(B,L)
DAY 16: Odessa – Kyiv
We drive to Kyiv. the capital city of Ukraine, bisected by the Dnieper River and known for its religious architecture, secular monuments and history museums. En route we will visit a Cold War era nuclear missile base. The base today is a museum and we can experience a bit of what it was like to serve here. We will 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. Overnight Kyiv. (B,L)
DAY 17: Kyiv Sightseeing
During our morning walking tour we will explore the ancient part of Kyiv city center. We will see the Golden Gates, St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Andrew church. After lunch, where we will taste not only Ukrainian dishes, we will continue our walking tour along Khreshchatyk street, the shortest yet the widest main street in the world. Continue to Maidan, the square where all of the Ukrainian revolutions started! Overnight Kyiv(B,L)
DAY 18: Kyiv sightseeing
We visit Kyevo Pecherska Lavra with its caves, the most ancient monastery and UNESCO Heritage site. Then explore the Motherland Statue Complex and the WWII museum. During the tour we will also see impressive administrative buildings, the House of a Crying Widow, Chocolate House and Red Castle, stone jungles and many others. Free time. Overnight Kyiv. (B,D)
Optional*** tour to Mezhyhirya Residence – a house of Ukrainian former president.
DAY 19. Kyiv departure
Transfer to airport for your departure.
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 the mining of hardware materials as shell rocks that were used to build the city. Odessa Catacombs are ranked among 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 the 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.