Ukraine – Moldova – Romania
Kyiv– Odessa – Chisinau– Brasov – Bucharest (9 days, 8 nights)
Day 1: Kyiv
Arrival to Kyiv. Meeting t the airport. Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine, one of the oldest cities in Europe, in 1982, was its 1500th birthday celebration. Today Kyiv is the largest city of Ukraine, political, economic, scientific-technical and cultural center.
Panoramic City Tour including Khreschatik Avenue, Independence square, Golden Gate, Opera House, St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, Dnieper river lookout, St. Michael Gold Domed Monastery, Kyiv Founders’ Monument, Podil historical area. Visiting St. Sofia’s Cathedral (optional).
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kyiv
Breakfast. Visiting The Holy Kyiv Pechersk Lavra - the Orthodox Christian monastery that is the holiest place of pilgrimage in Ukraine. It was founded in times of Yaroslav the Wise in XI century and is one of the most ancient monasteries in Old Rus. Trinity Church, the Assumption Cathedral (renovated in 2000), the Refectory Church and the labyrinth of the Near and Far Caves, with their relics of saints, are real masterpieces of world architecture.
Visiting museum of historical treasures.
Transfer to Folk Architecture Museum Pirogovo - the biggest open air museum in Europe which offers a great collection of our national ethnographical heritage. There are approximately 300 unique objects of folk architecture, dating back to XVI−XX centuries from all the regions of Ukraine. During the visit you will see unique collections: windmills, watermills, forges, an old traditional sauna, village administration houses, a church school, a priest mansion, cafes named “shynok”, huts, barns, stalls, cellars etc. Returning to the city centre.
Dinner at a restaurant in the city where you can enjoy the regional dishes of Ukrainian cuisine. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kyiv – Odessa
Breakfast. Visit the museum of the Second World War. The complex combines the Museum building and the Motherland statue (62 meters high), a gallery of sculpture commemorating the heroes of the battlefields, the Glory Cup (16 m diameter), and an exhibition of arms from World War II.
Transfer to the railway station. Departure to Odessa by a hight speed train (16:30-23:45). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Odessa
Breakfast. City tour through the ancient city of Odessa Opera House - built to a design by the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer, palace with a colonnade of counts Voronzov, Philharmonic Orchestra of Odessa, a monument to the Duke de Richelieu, old town streets: Derebasovska, Puschkinska, Lanzheronovska, Richelieuvska, marine station, Potjomkintreppen and others.
Afternoon excursion to the Catacombs of Odessa - during the Great War on Land was in the catacombs partisan staff, and now here is an underground museum. After the request evenings visiting the Opera House (optional). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Odessa – Chisinau
Breakfast. Visit the Akkerman fortress in Bilgorod-Dniestrovsky – one of most grandiose fortress in Ukraine dating 13-15 centuries.
Departure to the Ukrainian-Moldovan border. Say goodbye to the Ukrainian tour guide and depart for Moldova. Arrival to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a small architectural hodgepodge, which is mainly composed of Russian, Italian and Soviet elements. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Chisinau
Breakfast. Chisinau panoramic tour. On Stephen the Great Boulevard are many administrative buildings like 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. In the historical zone there are more than 700 houses from the 19th century arranged in Estates. There are more than eighteen old churches and the main Cathedral.
Visit the Cricova Winery, Moldova ‘s premier winery and one of Europe ‘s biggest. Sample wine which is internationally acclaimed. Wine tasting 4 types of wine.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Chisinau – Brasov
Breakfast. Departure to Romania. Driving via Bacau to Brasov, over the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania. Romania’s collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th centuries are strong and austere fortresses built mainly
for defense against invaders, those erected beginning in the late 1800s are imposing and luxurious. As a result of almost nine centuries of Saxon presence, Transylvania, located in central Romania, claims a cultural and architectural heritage unique in Europe.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Brasov.
Day 8: Brasov – Bucharest
Breakfast. Brasov is the most interesting place in Romania and one of the oldest city in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical
centre still preserve a medieval note. You can admire the bastions, gates and the old walls of the Citadel, the famous Black Church, the biggest Gothic style building in Romania or the oldest Orthodox church in Brasov – St. Nicolae Church part of UNESCO patrimony; the eaver’s Bastion – the biggest and best
Departure to Bucharest. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Bucharest
Breakfast. City tour Bucharest: excursion to Palace of Parlament and the Village Museum. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home.
The price includes:
- Accommodation in the 3* hotels: 2 nights in Kyiv, 2 nights in Odessa, 2 nigh in Chisinau, 1 night in Brasov, 1 night in Bucharest; standard double/twin rooms;
- 8 breakfasts;
- 7 lunches + 8 dinners;
- Train tickets Odessa-Kyiv, high speed train in the 2nd class
- Transport services according to the program;
- English guides service according to the program (The group won't be accompanied by the guide during the travel in the train);
- Wine tasting at Cricova Winery;
- Entrance fees: Holy Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, museum of historical treasures, Folk Architecture Museum Pirogovo, museum of the Second World War, Catacombs of Odessa, Akkerman fortress.
The price does not include
- Optional excursions;
- Services not mentioned above;
- Personal expenses.
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