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The Best of Ukraine & Moldova in 12 Days

This sample 12 day (11 nights) itinerary covers the highlights of Western Ukraine and Moldova. You'll enjoy a 12 day trip taking in Lviv, Kiev, Odessa & Chisinau. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, internal airfares, transfers (airport & train station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. We can of course adjust this itinerary to fit your needs and you can start your tour on any day that suits you. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


3 Nights in Lviv

Day 1

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Lviv accommodation.

Included : Lviv Airport Transfer

Day 2

Meet Lviv
The best way to get to know a city is on foot with the help of an expert local guide. We will arrange for a two hour walking tour that will get you orientated and introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of old town. Starting with the main square, Rynok, and the grand opera house, you will hear stories and learn secrets that will allow you to better get to know this city. Unlike many cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the destruction in the World War Two, and nowadays its fascinating streets and numerous museums make it one of the most exciting places in Ukraine to explore. You will uncover the stories behind the medieval atmosphere of Lviv, that will hark you back to days when Lviv was a wealthy trading center.

Lviv Private Walking Tour
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Lviv Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Three Castles Day Trip
One of the most popular things to do while in Lviv is to take a day trip to several nearby villages all famous for their age-old majestic castles. Each of the castles is quite different from the other. Should you opt for this excursion you'll spend most of the day with your private driver and guide, visiting each in turn. Ranging from classic fortified walls, fairytale slender towers and ruins where cows and goats graze on once well-kept lawns, you'll get a lesson in various styles of castle-building.

 Private Castles Tour around Lviv region
Private Castles Tour around Lviv region
Duration : 7 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

It's time to leave Lviv behind and head to Ukraine's capital Kiev. There are several direct trains a day but only two fast trains that leave either very early in the morning or in the later afternoon and gets to Kiev just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Lviv, where you can store your luggage while enjoying your last day in the city if you choose the late afternoon options, and taken to the train station. First class tickets for the train will be provided too. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, the 7-9 hour hour journey time trains are an option or for more flexibility and the chance to see the famous "Tunnel of Love" along the way, a private transfer can be arrange at an additional fee.
Included : Lviv Train Station Transfer, Lviv - Kiev Train Tickets
Lviv

A little about Lviv

Lviv is a picture-perfect Central European city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is by no means the only place where you can get in touch with traditional Ukraine while you visit. Lviv’s unique atmosphere emanates from all of its elegant houses and cobblestone streets. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring this atmospheric destination, the heart of Ukrainian culture. The most popular tourist destination in Ukraine, Lviv is also a cosmopolitan city with a history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience elegance and sophistication in the old European style, will love it here.

3 Nights in Kiev

Day 1

When you arrive at Kiev's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Included : Kiev Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Get to know central Kiev
After a good breakfast it’s time to tour the city. We will arrange for an expert local guide to take you on a walking tour of central Kiev. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kiev's Broadway to its almost Parisian quarter there's much to cover. You'll spend some time in the Maidan, the square that was the locus of the "Euromaidan Revolution" and see the city's main churches, the golden dome of St Michael's St Sophia's Cathedral and St Andrew's Church.

Kiev Private Walking Tour
Kiev Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Kiev Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Beyond Kiev's Center
While a walking tour is the best way to see Kiev's old town and center, there's much more to the city than can be covered on foot. We suggest taking a 5 hour driving tour that gets you around all the major sights with the minimum of fuss. You'll start with a tour of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra – the most ancient Monastery of Kyivan Rus, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While being a cultural attraction – it’s one of the largest Ukrainian museums in Kyiv – the monastery is currently active. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the caves of the Lavra, a very memorable experience, as long as you're not claustrophobic! Next you will walk a short way to the Motherland Statue – now a symbol and a visiting card of Kiev, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty! Inside there is a WWII museum of which you will visit with your guide as well. The tour continues with a drive to Pirogovo open air ethnographic museum, where you will learn about how people lived in villages in different parts of Ukraine and will taste some of traditional Ukrainian street food. After your tour you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Kiev's Outer Highlights Driving Tour
Kiev's Outer Highlights Driving Tour
Duration : 5 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

The fastest way to get to Odessa is by air. There are several flights throughout the day, some departing Kiev's smaller Zhuliany airport located closer to the city center. The flight time is around 1 hour 20 minutes, so door-to-door should take between 4 and 5 hours. We have included economy class tickets in your package. While it is possible to go by road with a private transfer, it's a very long day and the only interesting stop is at a decommissioned missile base, now a museum.
Included : Kiev Airport Transfer, Kiev - Odessa One-way Flight
Kiev

A little about Kiev

Kiev is a modern city steeped in history, where high-end shops and colorful restaurants are surrounded with classical architecture. It is the source of Eastern Slavic culture and Kiev still keeps a firm hold on history. The city’s famous buildings include Saint Sofia, a church that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the hills, Kiev feels spread out and can be a bit of a challenge to take in if you’re trying do so on foot but an excellent public transport system and very inexpensive taxis make getting around a breeze. There’s no shortage of unique things to do here, like touring the grounds of the opulent villa of former President Victor Yanukovych, complete with a huge collection of cars and private zoo. Another must-see, the Monastery of the Caves or Pechersk Lavra, is unlike anyplace else. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a large complex of churches and chapels but most striking is a series of underground caves where you can see mummified monks from the 11th century. It’s just one more thing that makes Kiev special.

3 Nights in Odessa

Day 1

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Odessa accommodation.

Included : Odessa Airport Transfer

Day 2

Get to know Odessa
To get acquainted with a city we feel a walking tour is unbeatable. We will arrange for an expert local guide to meet you at your hotel and show you around the city. You will walk though Odessa’s historic quarters, where the main city landmarks are to be found – the magnificent National Opera and Ballet House and beautiful Primorsky boulevard, the city’s iconic sight – the Potemkin Steps, the Vorontsov and Tolstoy palaces, Deribasovskaya street and City Garden. You will explore the old neighborhoods of Odessa’s historic city center and off the beaten path areas. It’s old, vintage Odessa, full of character and off the beaten track passageways that take you into the time of Odessa’s golden age.

Odessa Private Walking Tour
Odessa Private Walking Tour
Duration : 4 Hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Odessa Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Optional: Explore beyond the city limits
Ready to step outside Odessa and explore beyond the city limits? We suggest taking a packed full day tour with a private driver and guide who can show you the highlights of the region. You'll see more of the Black Sea coastline, the town of Belgorod-Dnestrovksy and the "White Fortress", the largest in Europe. You'll also visit the Shabo winery and wine culture center, with a VIP tour and tasting.

The Akkerman Fortress & Local Wine tasting
The Akkerman Fortress & Local Wine tasting
Duration : 9-10 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

Today you're not just traveling a hundred miles or so, it will also feel like you're traveling back in time to the Soviet era as your transfer to Chisinau takes you through Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway self-declared republic of Transnistria. Allowing for border delays and the time in Transnistria, the total journey time is around 8 hours.
Included : Odessa - Chisinau Private Transfer with stop in Tiraspol
Odessa

A little about Odessa

It’s no surprise that Odessa has been featured in so many famous works of art and literature; it has been a cultural center with a unique energy since it was founded in the 18th century. Today it is a lively destination with an engaging variety of restaurants, shops, and unique architecture. One of the city’s most famous buildings is the Opera House, which is both beautiful and very affordable to visit. A port city on the Black Sea, Odessa is also known for its beaches. The famous Potemkin Stairs lead down to the port and are definitely worth seeing. It’s easy to have a wonderful time just strolling though this scenic, very walkable city. Odessa’s catacombs are a famous sight, and along just about any avenue you can admire brightly colored neoclassical buildings. Gourmands will love exploring the city’s dining scene, which boasts some of the best cuisine in Ukraine.

2 Nights in Chisinau

Day 1

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation in the center of Chisinau.

Day 2

Visit one of the World's Largest Wine Cellars
Two of the world's largest wine cellars are located in tiny Moldova and today you're visiting one of them. The 75 miles of tunnels have existed since the 15th century, when the limestone was dug out to build nearby Chisinau. They have been used to store wine only since the 1950s and 1.25 million bottles of wine are stored there. As well as the wines of the Cricova winery, this underground wine city is home to the The National Oenotec, ranked as the second largest wine collection in the world (the largest is also in Moldova, but the visit isn't as interesting). With your private guide you will also visit the Underground Cinema and enjoy a tasting of 4 types of wine with some snacks.

Cricova Winery Private Tour including wine tasting
Cricova Winery Private Tour including wine tasting
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Cricova Winery Private Tour including wine tasting

Day 3

A driver will pick you up at your Chisinau accommodation and drop you off at the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Chisinau Airport Transfer
Chisinau

A little about Chisinau

Moldova’s capital is certainly the country’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city, but it is also a place of history still visible in the architecture of Old Town. The main sites here are easy to see on foot: City Hall, the Arch of Triumph, the Bell Tower and the Orthodox Church are all clustered in the center. You can also look forward to charming restaurants and cafes and plenty of excellent local wine. About 30 minutes by car outside of Chisinau you’ll find two famous underground wineries, and these are just one of the numerous possibilities for day trips. The majority of the city was destroyed in World War II, so many of the buildings were reconstructed in drab communist style, but the center of the city is an oasis of peace, calm and classical architecture.

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Lviv
  • Lviv Airport Transfer
  • Lviv Private Walking Tour
    Includes : English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fee
    Excludes : Tips for the guide, Mels
  • Lviv Train Station Transfer
  • Lviv - Kiev Train Tickets
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Kiev
  • Kiev Train Station Transfer
  • Kiev Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 Hours
    Includes : English Speaking Guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide, Entrance Fee
  • Kiev Airport Transfer
  • Kiev - Odessa One-way Flight
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Odessa
  • Odessa Airport Transfer
  • Odessa Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 4 Hours
    Includes : English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fee
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Odessa - Chisinau Private Transfer with stop in Tiraspol
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Chisinau
  • Cricova Winery Private Tour including wine tasting
    Duration : 3 Hours
    Includes : 4 types of wine, Wine snacks, Guide, Transportation
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Chisinau Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


- Flights to and from Europe.
- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions (unless explicitly stated otherwise)).
- Parking fees unless otherwise indicated.
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