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Discover Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova

Discover Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova – enjoy 3 countries in one tour!

 2 days in Belarus/3 days in Ukraine/5 days in Moldova

 

By booking this fascinating tour “Discover Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova”  you’re going to discover the highlights of each country which will give you memorable experience:

  • Discover BelarusTrinity Suburb, Island of Tears, MIR Castle, Niasvizh Palace;
  • Discover Ukraine: the most visited sites in Kiev – Vladimir’s Cathedral, St. Sophia Cathedral, National Kiev-Pechersk Cave Monastery; the parls of Odessa  –   Potemkin Steps, Opera House, Vorontzov Palace, Primorsky Boulevard; Akkerman fortress;
  • Discover Moldova: Chateau Purcari; cave monastery Orheiul Vechi; the largest underground wine galleries; travel back in USSR; campings of Swedish King Karl XII. 

 

Day 1 Discover Belarus: Minsk  

Upon arrival in Minsk,  meet your guide at arrival hall of the airport. 

Welcome City Tour Minsk: You will learn the thousand-year history of Minsk city development, about its interesting and difficult destiny. You will then walk to the “Troitskoye Predmestye” (Trinity Suburb) – one of the oldest areas in Minsk. Finally, visit Island of Tears, Independence Square, House of Government and the “Red” Roman-Catholic Church, Victory Square with 38m high Obelisk and Eternal flame, Holy Spirit Cathedral, St. Peter and Pauls’Cathedra, City Hall, the National Library.

 Overnight in Minsk.

 

Day 2  Discover Belarus: MIR Castle, Nasvizh Palace. 

Today, we’ll take you to Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace with local guide. 

Mir Castle is unique monument of Belarusian architecture. Above all, it is included into the UNESCO List of World Heritage. Thematic tour of the castle will, obviously, give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the stages of construction of the Mir Castle, its owners for several centuries. Finally, visit the museum exhibition, watch palace interiors, towers, walk around the park and pond.

Further, visit the Palace and Castle ensemble in Niasvizh which is the most beautiful architectural monument of  Belarus. You will, certainly, find out about the history of the most powerful family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – the Radziwill Family. It influenced much the cultural heritage of Belarus. In addition, you will see the impressive expositions, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas, picturesque parks. 

Overnight in Minsk.

 

Day 3 Minsk-Kiev, Ukraine 

Breakfast at hotel in Minsk. Transfer to the airport. Further, fly to Kiev.

Discover Ukraine: During the city tour Kiev (4 h) we’ll see: Vladimir’s Cathedral, Opera House, Golden Gate and Monument to Yaroslav the Wise, St. Sophia Cathedral (inside), St. Michael gold-domed cathedral, University Building, St. Andrew’s descent, St. Andrew’s Church, Khreschatik street, Independence Square, The Peoples Friendship Arch Monument, House of Parliament and Government, Statue of Vladimir, and finaly, climb up to Vladimir’s Hill with a perfect viewpoint to Dnipro river.

Overnight  Kiev.

 

Day 4  Sightseeing Kiev

 Today, you’ll visit the National Cave Monastery Historical and Cultural Reserve (in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site), museum of Historical Treasures and, of course,  Jewelry and Microminiatures Museum.

Finally, enjoy boat trip along the Dnieper River by regular public boat. Optional visit to Pirigovo open-air museum of National Architecture of all Ukranian regions.

Overnight in Kiev.

 

Day 5   Kiev –Odesa

We’ll take you today  to the Black Sea Pearl-Odessa.

Flight to Odessa.  Meet an English Speaking Guide upon arrival.

First acquaintance with Odessa by your tour guide: Potemkin Steps, Opera House, Vorontzov Palace, Primorsky Boulevard, Monastery of St Assumption, Cathedral of Transfiguration, Sea Port, City Hall, and Deribasovskaya Street.

Overnight in Odessa.

 

Day 6  Odessa – Belgorodnestrovsk (Ukraine)-Purcari (Moldova)

It’s a day trip about history and of course, wines of two neighbouring countries.

Morning departure to Belgorodnestrovsk, firstly, visit the Akkerman fortress offering amazing view on the firth of the Black Sea. 

After that, drive to Moldova. Cross the Ukranian-Moldavian border. Drive to Purcari Touristic Complex. 

Discover Moldova: Finally, tour the Purcari Touristic Complex and Winery, enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Purcari  Estate is the oldest wine-estate in Moldova.  During the tour, you’ll visit the production, grape processing and, of course, the wine storage areas, and bottle line. After that, walk into the cellars where the wine is matured in oak barrels and bottles.

Overnight in Chateau Purcari. 

 

Day 7  Discover Transnistria 

 Today, we’ll show you Transnistria – unrecognized, in other words, self-declared independent country.

Breakfast at touristic complex Purcari.  Depart Purcari for Transnistria – travel back in USSR – self-proclaimed independent Republic within Moldova’s borders. So, proceed for a city  tour Tiraspol where you’ll learn the difficult history of this “independent” country.Transnistria tour Chisinau Tiraspol is the second largest city in Moldova. The city is located on the Eastern bank of the Dniester River. The founder of the city is the Russian general Alexandr Suvorov.(1792) 

We’ll, later, make a stop at Tighina fortress in Bendery town and visit the fort. Interesting to know, Swedish King Karl XII used to have his camping in 16th century right there. 

Departure to Chisinau-the capital of Moldova. Overnight in Chisinau.

 

Day 8  Discover Moldova: Chisinau – Milestii Mici Wine Cellars -Manuc Bei Residence 

Morning sightseeing Chisinau: During this excursion you will hear the city history, consequently visit the historical part of our capital. You will make a stop at the monument Stefan the Great and Saint, the Bell Tower, the Triumph Arc, the Central Square and the Central Cathedral, the Parliament, the Presidency, the City Hall, and finally, have a pleasant walk along the Alley of Classics of Romanian Literature, visit the souvenirs’ shop.

 Later, we’ll take you to Milestii Mici winery and cellars which are in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest wine collection.

 The wines stored here are from various years’ crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. Above all, the “Golden Collection” of Milestii Mici contains over 1.5 million bottles of harmonious wines. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch.

Further, visit an estate and manor of an Armenian merchant “Manuc Bei, Hincesti town.

You’re going to visit the residence and hunting house of Manuc Bei, as well.

 Overnight Chisinau.

 

 Day 9   Moldova Tour: Cricova Winery-Orhei Vechi complex – Curchi monastery

Today’s trip is a mixture of culture and wine experience.

Morning drive and excursion to the underground city Cricova. Visit the wine-cellars and taste some of their precious wines, for example, sparkling-wines. 

You will  take a train through the tunnels of Cricova cellars. You’ll see a large wine collection first, and then, get acquainted with the process of wine production. Moreover, the Integrated Factory Cricova is the only factory in Republic that produces sparkling wine through the classical French fermentation method. Tasting 4 wines with a lunchon.

Further, head to Orhei region to visit the cave Orthodox monastery and open-air museum Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei). First stop is the local museum in Butuceni village that’s a typical 19th peasant’s yard.  

 Later, explore the open-air museum area, cave monastery, the ruins of the Turkish baths and the Medieval town-fortress from the Tatars, Geto-Dacians  heritage.

Late afternoon, tour the monastic complex Curchi in the nearby  Buzesti village.

 Overnight  in Chisinau.

 

Day 10 Farewell Moldova. Chisinau – Airport Chisinau

We say good-bye to Moldova and, finally, take a flight back home.Ukraine-Moldova

Peasant’s yard, Stay with locals, Tours from Chisinau, Thematic tours, Attractions in Moldova, Soroca Fortress

Tour details are available on incoming@solei.md