What can be better than a combined journey 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 travelling by minivan through Ukraine, Moldova and Transnistria, where you will learn a lot about the facts that connected them in the past and the current life in these two Post-Soviet nations.

The tour starts in Kyiv, Ukrainian’s capital, passes through Chernivtsi city, which has deep Romanian influences; through Moldova’s capital Chisinau and Transnistria, a country not recognized by the world. Tour ends in Odessa, the third most populous city of Ukraine and a major tourism center, seaport and transportation hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. This tour will be a wonderful adventure!

Along the way be surprised by delicious tastings, meals and drink like locals.

2018 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy):

Tour dates and prices:

 

UKRAINE MOLDOVA HIGHLIGHTS 11D
Start Kyiv End Odessa Twin Share
FR 13 APR MO 23 APR $ 2, 455.00
FR 11 MAY MO 21 MAY $ 2, 555.00
FR 22 JUN MO 25 JUN $  2, 525.00
FR 20 JUL MO 30 JUL $  2, 525.00
WE 22 AUG SA 01 SEP $  2, 585.00
FR 21 SEP MO 01 OCT $  2, 555.00
FR 12 OCT MO 22 OCT $  2, 525.00
Single supplement $  390.00

 

This tour operates with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 travelers.

 

Price Includes:

  • 10 Nights accommodation;
  • Air-conditioned minivan;
  • Local guides;
  • Tour manager;
  • Entrance tickets;
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 7 lunches;
  • 1 wine tasting;

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: Kyiv arrival

Arrival, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kyiv. the capital city of Ukraine, bisected by the Dnieper River and known for its religious architecture, secular monuments and history museums. Welcome dinner at a Ukrainian restaurant. Overnight Kyiv(D)

DAY 2: Kyiv Sightseeing

Our walking tour will explore the ancient part of Kyiv city center. We will see Golden Gates, St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Andrew church. After lunch, where we will taste not only Ukrainian dishes, we continue our stroll 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 3: Kyiv sightseeing

This day we visit Kyevo Pecherska Lavra with its caves, the most ancient monastery and UNESCO Heritage site. Then we explore the Motherland Statue Complex and the WWII museum. During the tour we will also see impressive administrative buildings, House of a Crying Widow, Chocolate House and Red Castle, stone jungles and many others. Free time. Overnight Kyiv. (B).

Optional* tour to Mezhyhirya Residence, a house of former Ukrainian president.

DAY 4: Kyiv – Kamianets-Podilskyi

In the morning we head to Kamianets-Podilskyi. After lunch we will get acquainted with this ancient city, which is considered a phenomenon of great cultural and historical importance. We will discover the history from the moment of towns foundation till recent times. The highlight will be a visit to the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress! Overnight . (B,L)

DAY 5: Chernivtsi sightseeing

We drive to Chernivtsi and stop in Khotyn town to explore the Khotyn fortress, which was founded in the 13th century and retains Moldavian, Polish and Turkish influences. Then we discover Chernivtsi, the real cozy European city, situated on the spot where the roads from Europe and Asia cross each other. This city 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.  Before visiting the highlight of the city, the National University, we will have lunch at a restaurant having a Bukovinian atmosphere. Overnight Chernivtsi. (B,L)

DAY 6: 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 7: Chisinau – Cricova Winery – Orhei Vechi

We go to the Cricova Winery to taste 4 types of wines. Then we 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,L)

DAY 8: Chisinau – Transnistria – Odessa

We drive to Odessa via Transnistria, a country that officially doesn’t exist. A visit to Tiraspol, the capital city of Transnistria, will take us 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,L)

DAY 9: Odessa sightseeing

This morning the walking tour of Odessa will take us to the ancient times when the city was founded. We will hear the stories about important people and what they did for Odessa and its citizens. We 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. Overnight Odessa. (B,L)

DAY 10: Odessa sightseeing

Free day for shopping and leisure

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. Overnight Odessa. (B, D).

Optional*** tour to Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress and Shabo winery.

DAY 11: Odessa departure

Transfer to airport for your departure home. (B)

*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.

**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.

*** Tour to Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress and Shabo winery. You will explore the town’s medieval-style fortress. Moldavian and Ukrainian engineers built the walls in the first part of the 15th century to protect against impending invasion from the expanding Ottoman Empire. The ramparts, with a circumference of about a mile and a half, are remarkably well preserved. Excavations continue to unearth the ruins.

Then we head to tour Shabo – the center of Ukrainian wine culture. Do you want to know more about how Ukrainian wine is produced and moreover to taste it? Then welcome!

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