Discover Belorussia-Ukraine-Moldova – visit 3 countries in one tour!
2 days in Belorussia/3 days in Ukraine/5 days in Moldova
During this fascinating tour around three countries you’re going to visit the most attracted sites of each country:
Period: April – October 2017
Tour: Individual and Group
Accommodation: 3, 4, 5* hotels (on request)
Itinerary: Belorussia-Minsk (D)
Arrival at Minsk. Meet ESG at arrival hall of the airport. Transfer to Minsk with ESG– 45 km.
Upon arrival City tour of Minsk. Free dinner.
You will get-acquainted with the thousand-year history of Minsk city development, learn about its interesting and difficult destiny. You will walk to the “Troitskoye Predmestye” (Trinity Suburb) – one of the oldest areas in Minsk. During the excursion you will be able to visit Island of Tears, Independence Square, House of Government and the “Red” Roman-Catholic Church (1908), Victory Square with 38m high Obelisk and Eternal flame, Holy Spirit Cathedral (1642), St. Peter and Pauls’Cathedra (1611), City Hall, the National Library and other modern buildings, etc.
Dinner at National cuisine restaurant in Minsk. Arrival at hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Minsk.
Day 2 (B/L/D)
Itinerary: Belorussia: MIR Castle, Nasvizh Palace.
Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
09.00 – Departure to excursion to Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace with local Russian-speaking guide (our English guide interpreting) – transfer Minsk – Mir – 100 km – ca. 1,5 h
Mir Castle is unique monument of Belarusian architecture. It is included into the UNESCO List of World Heritage. Thematic tours of the castle gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the stages of construction of the Mir Castle, its owners for several centuries, to touch the defensive walls of the early 16th century. You will visit the museum exhibition, watch palace interiors, towers, walk around the park and pond.
The Palace and Castle ensemble in Niasvizh is considered to be the most beautiful architectural monuments of Belarus. You will find out about the history of the most powerful family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – the Radziwill Family which influenced the cultural heritage of Belarus. You will see the impressive expositions, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas, picturesque parks adjacent to the palace. Driving by the Market place you will take a view of the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (XVII cent.).
10.30 – Excursion around Mir castle
12.30 – Lunch at local restaurant
13.30 – Transfer to Nesvizh – 32 km – ca. 0.40 h
14.10 – Excursion around Nesvizh palace
16.00 – Transfer back to Minsk
19.00 – Dinner at hotel restaurant
Overnight in Minsk
Day 3 (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel in Minsk. Transfer to the airport. Departure to Kiev.
Arrival at Kiev. Transfer to hotel (without assistant). Check-in at hotel.
Lunch at hotel.
City tour of Kiev (4 hours). 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, viewpoint to Dnipro river on Vladimir’s Hill.
Dinner in national restaurant.
Back to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kiev.
Day 4 (B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel
09:00-13:00 – Visit to National Kiev-Pechersk Cave Monastery Historical and Cultural Reserve (in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site) with museum of Historical Treasures and Jewelry and museum of Microminiatures.
13:00 -14:30 – Lunch at local restaurant
14:30–17:00 – Boat trip along the Dnieper River by regular public boat or visit to Pirigovo open-air museum of National Architecture of all Ukranian regions.
18:00-19:30 – Dinner in restaurant.
20:00 – Back to the hotel
Overnight in Kiev.
Day 5 (B/D)
Itinerary: Kiev –Odesa
BB at hotel. Check-out.
07:30 – 08:30 – Transfer to Kiev Boryspil airport (without ES assistant).
09:50 – Departure to Odessa, flight PS057
10:50 – Arrival at Odessa. Transfer to restaurant (without ES assistant)
12:30 – lunch at local restaurant
14:00 – transfer to hotel Bristol 5*, check-in. Meet English Speaking Guide.
15:00 – 18:00 – City tour of Odessa, include: Potemkin Steps, Opera House, Vorontzov Palace, Primorsky Boulevard, monastery of St Assumption, Cathedral of transfiguration, sea Port, City Hall, Deribasovskaya, Pushkinskaya Streets
18:00 – 19:30 – Dinner at local restaurant
20:00 – Back to the hotel
Overnight in Odessa.
Day 6 (B/L/D)
Itinerary: Odessa – Belgorodnestrovsk (Ukraine)-Purcari (Moldova)
Breakfast at hotel in Odessa. Check-out from hotel in Odessa.
09.00 – 13:30 – Morning departure to Belgorodnestrovsk for visiting the Akkerman fortress.
13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch in a local restaurant.
15.00 – Afternoon drive to Moldova.
Crossing the Ukranian-Moldavian border in Palanca or Tudora village. Drive to Purcari Touristic complex.
16.00 – Arrival at Purcari Touristic Complex and Winery for excursion, wine tasting, dinner and overnight. Purcari Estate is the oldest wine-estate in Moldova. You’ll visit the production, grape processing and the wine storage areas, including bottle line. Walk into the cellars where the wine is matured in oak barrels and bottles, including the Purcari wine collection.
18.00 – You’ll have a possibility to taste their glorious wines and enjoy dinner on fresh air.
Dinner at touristic complex Purcari. Overnight in Chateau Purcari.
Day 7 (B/L/D)
Itinerary: Purcari – Tiraspol-Tighina fortress (Transnistria)
Breakfast at touristic complex Purcari. Check out.
09.30 – Morning drive to Transnistria – back to USSR – self-proclaimed independent Republic within Moldova on the left bank of the River Nistru/Dniestr.
11.00 – First stop will be the city of Tiraspol where you’ll get acquainted with the difficult story of this unrecognized country within another country.
Tiraspol is the second largest city in Moldova. The city is located on the Eastern bank of the Dniester River. It was founded by the Russian general Alexandr Suvorov in 1792. Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, such as furniture and electrical goods production.
13.00 – Later you will have a lunch in a local restaurant “Kumanek” and savor nice Ukrainian cuisine.
15.00 – In the afternoon, before driving to Chisinau-capital of Moldova, we make a stop at Tighina fortress in Bendery town and visit the fort where the Swedish king Karl XII used to have his camping in 16th century. It’s the 16th century fortress. The first documentary mention of “Tighina Fortress” was in 1408. Its walls have survived to the present and offer an example of classic Moldavian defensive construction. Also you’ll visit the on-site museum and the War Memorial in the city of Bender.
16.30 – 18.00 – drive to Chisinau and arrival.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chisinau.
Day 8 (B/L/D)
Itinerary: City tour Chisinau – Milestii Mici Wine Cellars -Manuc Bei Residence (Hincesti town)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel.
09.00 – 11.30 – Guided city tour of Chisinau.
During this excursion you will get acquainted with the city history, will 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, and will have a pleasant walk along the Alley of Classics of Romanian Literature, visit the souvenirs’ shop; you’ll see some of our churches and cathedrals as well.
12.00 – 14:30 – Visiting Milestii Mici winery and cellars that enters Guinness Book of Records after the largest wine collection.
See with your own eyes see their rich wine collection and an underground city. The wines stored here are made of various years’ crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. The “Golden Collection” of Milestii Mici contains over two million bottles of harmonious wines dating from the period of Moldavian wine making prosperity “Pinot”, “Traminer”, “Muscat”, “Riesling”, “Feteasca”, “Codru”, “Negru de Purcari”, “Trandafirul Moldovei”, “Auriu” and others. The Mileştii Mici wine was repeatedly awarded.
The excursion is followed by sampling of 3 wines and lunch in the winery tasting halls.
15.00 – Departure to the town of Hincesti for visiting an estate and castle of an Armenian merchant “Manuc Bei
15.30 – 16.30 – visiting the residence and hunting house of Manuc Bei.
17.00 – 18.00 – back to Chisinau.
18.30 – 20.00 – dinner at Traditional Restaurant in Chisinau.
Day 9 (B/L)
Itinerary: Cricova Underground Wine City-Orhei Vechi open-air museum complex – Curchi monastery
Breakfast at hotel.
09.20 – 12.00 – Morning drive and excursion to the underground city of Cricova for visiting wine-cellars and tasting some of their precious wines and sparkling-wines.
You will have a tour along the underground tunnels of the wine-cellars, and take a train through the tunnels. You’ll see a large wine collection and you’ll get acquainted with the process of wine and wine sparkling production. The Integrated Factory Cricova is the only factory in Republic that produces sparkling wine through the classical French fermentation method – aging in bottles for up to 3 years.
All Cricova wines can be tasted in luxurious tasting halls, which are a veritable masterpiece of exquisite architecture. Tasting of 4 wines with snacks.
12.00 – Heading to Orhei region for visits to the cave monastery and open-air museum Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei).
12.30 – Arrival in the village of Butuceni – area of the open air museum. First stop will be the local museum of Ethnography that’s typcal 19th house-museum.
13.00 – 14.30 – lunch in a local guest house with traditions. (National cuisine with home-made wine)
14.30 – 16.30 – Later, exploring the open-air museum area, cave monastery, visiting the ruins of the Turkish bath and the Medieval fortress in the village of Trebujeni, the heritage of Geto-Dacians and others.
17.00 – 17.30 – In the late afternoon excursion to the monastic complex Curchi in the nearby village of Buzesti.
17.30 – 18.30 – Drive back to Chisinau. Free dinner. Free time. Overnight at hotel in Chisinau.
Itinerary: Chisinau – Airport Chisinau
Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Transfer to a/port Chisinau for the flight back home.
****Notes: B – Breakfast, L –lunch, D-dinner
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