East European Discovery - Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus

East European Discovery - Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus 1660 , 15 Days

If you want to follow Count Dracula steps, uncover the secret of one of the least visited countries in Europe and face the truth about communism’s inheritance in East Europe - this trip is a chance to make it all at once. Four East European countries: Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, invite you to an adventure through past and present.
Romania, with its nature, preserved medieval castles, ancient churches and vivid culture is one of the most interesting countries in Europe. The beauty of the Carpathian mountains and the ancient Dracula’s castle in Transylvania are widely known, but the country has much more to show.
Moldova is the least visited European country with less than 12 000 visitors per year. Become one of the few travellers stepping intoTransnistria - a breakaway republic in eastern Moldova, where Soviet values are still upheld and people fight for independence. Moldova offers also unspoiled nature and great wine for every taste.
Ukraine is Europe’s second biggest country, after Russia. See the palace where Lev Tolstoy once lived and the square, where Ukrainians were fighting for independence after the end of the Cold War.
Belarus is still undiscovered destination for many travelers. The capital city Minsk is an example of the monumental Stalinist architecture, but the countryside offers different views. We will visit two of the most famous castles - Mir and Nesvizh, know for their beauty and history.
 

Tour Highlights
♦ Dracula’s castle - the best known castle in Transylvania and one of the most popular attractions in Europe
♦ Peles Castle - an exquisite piece of architecture, served once as Romanian Royal family’s residence
♦ The Black Church – the biggest church between Istanbul and Vienna
Milestii Mici - the largest wine "underground city" in Europe, which takes place in Guinness World Records
♦ Lviv’s historic center
♦ Pripyat - the ghost town where Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened back in 1986
Kiev-Pecherska Lavra – known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
♦ Maidan – Kiev’s Independence Square
♦ Nesviz Palace – Considers as one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Euroe. listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 


Itinerary:
Day 1: Bucharest-Sinaia-Brasov
Meeting our guide in the lobby of our hotel in Bucharest at 09.00 am and drive to Sinaia.
We cross the Carpathians toward Sinaia where we visit the fabulous Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe, with its arm and armoury collection, unique for its richness and diversity. The Castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Continue to Brasov. Arrival at Brasov, formerly Kronstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists, as the South gate of Transylvania. Walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church – the biggest church between Istanbul and Vienna; the Council Square, the Hirscher House/16century, - the baroque style buildings from the Austro-Hungarian time and Ekaterina Gate of the Old Citadel. It is also worth mentioning one of the oldest Orthodox Churches in Transylvania, where you can admire the beautiful frescoes of the chapel. Hotel in Brasov. 

Day 2: Brasov-Bran-Lacu Rosu
Departure to Lacu Rosu, driving through the Eastern Carpathians. Lunch in a local restaurant in Bran and visit to the famous medieval castle (the "Dracula's" Castle) built as a fortress for the citizens of Brasov in 1377, as a defence to the city. Prince Vlad used the Castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. In 1922, Queen Mary of Romania changed the castle into Royal residence, the best known castle in Romania. Stop at Prejmer for visit to the fortified church, also included in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Day 3: Lacu Rosu-Voronet-Gura Himurului
We visit the jewels of Bucovina: Voronet also called “the Sistine Chapel of the East”
Drive through the Moldavian villages, visiting Tarpesti – the home of the delightful “Neculai Popa” Museum, unique in the world, where colourful masks and folk costumes are displayed.

Day 4: Gura Himurului-Suceava-Iasi
Drive to Bucovina –the “upper land” with the unique painted monasteries, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. We include a visit to Sucevita monastery, the largest of the monasteries in the Bucovina region, with massive towers and stone walls protecting the inner buildings, which are decorated with portraits of historical legends and biblical scenes.
Arrive Iasi, walking tour to Roznoveanu Palace, Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre, Saint Nicholas Church (built by Stephen the Great), Metropolitan Cathedral and Church of the Three Hierarchs

Day 5: Crossing Moldova border to Chisinau (Moldova)
Drive to the border with Moldova, where we change vehicles and continue to Chisinau.

Day 6: Chisinau
This morning we enjoy a walking tour of the city's main sights including the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ's Nativity, Presidential Palace, Parliament building and the Holy Gates, which are known as Moldova's 'Arc de Triomphe'. This evening we'll stay overnight in a local guesthouse in a picturesque rural village near to Orheiul Vechi

Day 7: Chisinau-Tiraspol (Transnistria)
Drive to Transnistrian “capital” – Tiraspol. In Tiraspol you will have the opportunity to travel in time back to USSR. You will start by visiting the monument of Vladimir Lenin and tanks left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a ghost of the Soviet past.
Transfer from Tiraspol to Milesti Mici winery. Excursion, wine tasting and lunch at Milesti Mici wine Excursion to Milestii Mici - the largest wine "underground city" in Europe (length - 200 km), wich take place in Guinness World Records.It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine.
Wine tasting of 5 samples of wine and lunch with traditional dishes in the cellars.

Day 8: Train/bus to Odessa (Ukraine)
Arrive Odessa tour in the afternoon.. Odessa is a port city in Ukraine, which is the fifth largest in the country. It is situated on the Black Sea coast. Its population is 1 012 500 people. Officially the city was founded in 1794 as a Russian naval fortress. The name Odessa is borrowed from the Greco-Roman colony of Odessos in Thrace, at the request of Empress Catherine the Great. In the modern city you can see examples of Mediterranean architecture under the influence of French and Italian masters. The palace, owned by Lev Tolstoy's family, is one of the typical representatives of this school. Most buildings are built of white limestone, a deposit from which is close to the city. Abandoned mines have been expanded by local smugglers and used by them as hiding places and warehouses. Today's so-called "catacombs" are a very popular tourist attraction.
Charming examples of architecture are the Opera and Ballet Theater, the National Marine University, the Palace of Chess and the Archaeological Museum. If you come to Odessa, you should not miss the Seaside Boulevard, Suvorov Street, Tschichin Bridge, the French Boulevard and the Museum of Maritime History.

Day 9: Odessa
Odessa. Free time to explore the city. Night train to Lviv in a sleeper car

Day 10: Lviv
Arrive Lviv in the morning. Transfer and check-in at our hotel. Free walking tour . The city of Lviv (Lemberg - German, Lwów - Polish) is located in Western Ukraine. Symbol of the city is the stone lion. The city is known as the most beautiful in Ukraine, it's architectural layout is a collection of numerous styles and epochs. East of the modern part of the city is the Old Town. The points of interest are: Renox Square; the Ivan Franco National Theater - one of the masterpieces of world architecture; the Roman Catholic Cathedral - one of the most remarkable Gothic buildings dating back to the end of the 14th century; the Baroque Cathedral; the Museum of Pharmacy - presents an exhibition of historical pharmaceutical equipment; the Museum of National Architecture and Life, where the old wooden buildings, windmills, churches, schools were recreated on a large area.

Day 11: Lviv- Kiev
By intercity morning train to Kiev. Sightseeing in Kiev. Most of the attractions that are of interest to the city's tourists are religious buildings. Some of the most famous include: the Kiev-Pecherska Lavra Monastery, the Monastery of St. Michael with his gold domes, the churches of St. Sofia and St. Andrew and many others. In addition, the National Opera, the Kiev Youth Theater, the Golden Gate, the Independence Square, as well as the central Krestatik Street can be visited.

Day 12: Kiev
Free day to explore the city or optional tour to Chernobyl.On the Chernobyl tour we will see the damaged and abandoned buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat where the devastating nuclear disaster of 1986 happened. Nature has taken over the city, and wolves, foxes and other wildlife have could be seen everywhere around.

Day 13: Minsk.
Flight to Minsk. Check-in at our hotel. Sightseeing Minsk in the afternoon.

Day 14: Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle
One day guide tour to the two castles. Nesvizh Palace is on the Nesvizh Estate, one of the oldest settlements and most famous places in Belarus. Nesvizh is in the Minsk regionof Belarus, approximately 120km south-west of Minsk. Hotel in Minsk.

Day 15: Departure

Price includes: 14 nights in standard hotels 2** and 3***, rooms with private facilities and breakfast, lunch and wine tasting on day 7, all transport with English speaking guide/driver and Penguin tour leader, locla English speaking guides in Moldova/Ukraine/Belarus, flight ticket Kiev-Minsk, train tickets and airport transfers on day 15.

Not included: Single room supplement 280 EUR; entrance fees, tips, personal expenses, meals except breakfast, one-day trip to Chernobyl (60 EUR)

 


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