Outline Plan Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

 

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Warsaw Sep 13 to Bucharest Oct 8

 

1 & 2 Warsaw

Fly to to Warsaw . Overnight Warsaw

We will explore Warsaw Old Town (UNESCO). Highlights include the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, Old Town Market Square and the mermaid. Overnight in Warsaw

next morning we visit the museum dedicated to Chopin in the city centre, covering the history and works of the pianist and composer. This afternoon we transfer to the train station for train to Brest (Belarus). The journey should take around 5 hours..

H15 Boutique

Hotel Bellotto

Polonia Palace

 

 

3. Brest

Arrive and Overnight Brest

This morning we take a tour of Brest’s main sites including the imposing fortress, which played a significant part in the Second World War and is an important site in Belarusian history.  After lunch we transfer into the wilderness to Belovezhaskaya National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the largest forested areas in Europe. You will experience some of the most picturesque places in the park to enable you to appreciate the splendour of this wilderness. Overnight in Brest

Hermitage Hotel

Hotel Bug

 

 

4. Grodno

Today we transfer to Grodno and en-route we stop at Ruzhany to see the remains of the Sapega family palace. After lunch we arrive in Grodno and explore the city. Overnight in Grodno

Kronon Park Hotel

Hotel Prival

 

5. Farmhouse

Today we travel to a traditional village where we spend time meeting local people and learn about the old customs and crafts that are still practiced today. We explore the surrounding area for an insight into rural Belarus – a real highlight of the trip. Later we stay overnight as guests of local families in their homes and have the opportunity to sample home cooked Belarusian dishes and experience traditional music and dance. Overnight at farmstead accommodation

Farmstead Accommodation

 

6. Mir

Transfer to Mir, a small town 90km to the South-West of Minsk. We visit one of the country’s most important, as well as beautiful, sites – the stunning 16th century fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then transfer to Nesvizh and visit the Radzivills Palace, with its beautiful buildings, monasteries and 16th century houses. Overnight Mir

Mir Posad

Mir Castle

 

7. Minsk

This morning we transfer to Minsk. On arrival we begin our exploration of some of the key sights of Minsk. We visit Independence Square with its collection of Stalinist buildings, Victory Square and the Island of Tears, a monument to the fallen soldiers in the Soviet campaign against Afghanistan, the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the old town. Overnight Minsk

Bon Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton

 

8 & 9 . Kiev

This morning we travel to Dudutki and spend time meeting local people and learning about their enduring customs. Later we return to Minsk and take a late afternoon flight to Kiev. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight Kiev

This morning you will have some leisure time before meeting your guide for Ukraine around Noon. This afternoon we explore some of the key sights of Kiev, including the ancient ‘onion-domed’ St Sophia Cathedral, its bustling main boulevard Kreschatyk, and the Golden Gates, the only remaining section of ancient Kiev’s original fortifications. This evening we may have the opportunity to visit the opera, if you wish (depending on availability and dates of performance). Overnight Kiev

11 Mirrors Design Hotel

Manna Boutique Hotel

 

10 . On Train

This morning we visit the Lavra cave monastery complex, with its stunning churches and underground tunnels. Later you will have some leisure time before we board the overnight train to Lviv. Overnight on board the train in shared sleeper accommodation (2 people per cabin)

 

11 & 12. Lviv

Early arrival into Lviv where we have a little time to freshen up before heading out to explore the city. Lviv is renowned as one of the most picturesque cities in Ukraine and its historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We take in some of its highlights including the Opera House, the Dominican Church and the fascinating Lykachivsky Cemetery, one of the oldest graveyards in Europe. Overnight Lviv

Today we head east out of Lviv into the countryside to Olesko and Pidhirtsi to visit two palaces. The first at Olesko dates back to the 18th Century but was built on the site of a medieval fortress which was destroyed by Tatar in 15th Century. The second palace, Castle de la Fartin, located in Pidhirtsi is a chateau type residential castle fortress. Spend the day exploring these picturesque palaces before returning to Lviv. Overnight Lviv

Hotel Atlas

Bank Hotel

Villa Stanislavskyi Hotel

 

13. Ivano-Frankovsk

Drive to Kamyanets-Podilsky, an attractive town dramatically situated on a rocky island in the River Smotrych. We visit the 11th century castle, one of the most impressive in Ukraine, as well as the old quarter with its colourful buildings. We then head to Ivano-Frankovsk where we spend the night. Overnight Ivano-Frankovsk

This morning we take a brief tour around Ivano-Frankovsk, the economic centre of the Carpathians before we head into the mountains.

Nadiya Hotel

Stanislaviv Hotel

 

14 & 15. Rural Ukraine

We stay on a local farmstead in Verkhovyna, a picturesque and very typical Carpathian village which is a superb base for exploring the mountains and the intriguing communities that live here. Overnight stay on a local farmstead

We spend today enjoying some walks in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Carpathian Mountains. Overnight on the local farmstead

Local Farm

 

16 & 17. Chisinau

This morning we leave our hosts and drive to Chernivtsi, situated in the foothills of the Carpathians. We will spend a few hours exploring some of the interesting buildings and monuments in the town and after lunch travel to Chisinau in Moldova. Overnight Chisinau

After breakfast we begin a walking tour of the capital, visiting key sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the cathedral, and the Moldovan Parliament. We then head to the village of Capriana to view its 14th century monastery. We will continue on to the Codrii Nature Reserve where we can take a leisurely walk around the reserve and visit the museum of Nature. Later we return to Chisinau. Overnight Chisinau

Thomas Albert Hotel

Berd's Design Hotel

Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel

 

18. Butuceni

This morning we drive to the vast underground tunnels of the wine cellars of Cricova, and take a train through the tunnels, before enjoying a taste of some of the wine. We continue to Orheiul Vechi, an impressive monastery complex set amidst dramatic scenery. We will visit the traditional village of Butuceni and have lunch in a rural pension, which includes national Moldovan dishes and home-made wine. This afternoon you will have some leisure time in the Orheiul Vechi region to sample daily life in the Moldovan countryside. Transfer to Chateau Vartely winery for your overnight in traditional Moldavian style houses

Traditional Moldovan Houses

 

19. Tirispol

Cross the border into the breakaway republic of Transdniestr. Head to the city of Tighina, or Bendery, where you can explore the 16th century fortress and visit the on- site museum. We will visit the War Memorial before continuing onto the capital, Tiraspol. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and after lunch we take a walking tour of Tiraspol, where we will spend the night. Overnight Tiraspol

City Club Hotel

Hotel Russia

 

20. Chisinau

This morning we begin with a visit to Causeni town to see its 15th century church, covered with antique frescoes (the church is currently closed for restoration but we can walk around it sub). In the event of bad weather we will instead visit the Martha and Maria Monastery, dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century, built in a fine architectural style. We then move onto the small family winery of Et Cetera, where we will be given a tour by the winemaker himself, with the opportunity to taste some of the award winning wines. We will then enjoy lunch prepared by the family before returning to Chisinau where the afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy a farewell to Moldova with dinner in a traditional Moldovan restaurant.

Thomas Albert Hotel

Berd's Design Hotel

Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel

 

21. Return Home

Transfer to Airport for flight home