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Ukraine and Moldova's Best

12 Days / 11 Nights

Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Chisinau

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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, Kyiv, 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. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Chisinau tour

3 Nights in Lviv

3 Nights in Lviv

4 days in Lviv
4 days in Lviv

3 Nights in 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 a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

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 a cosmopolitan city with a long history of Jewish, Polish, Austrian and Hungarian influences. European history buffs, or anyone who likes to experience Old World elegance and sophistication will love it here.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Lviv

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Lviv accommodation. The transfer takes about 30 minutes.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Lviv

Lviv Private Walking Tour

Meet Lviv

Included in your vacation package price.

The best way to get to know a city is on foot with the help of an expert local guide, who will introduce you to the main historical and contemporary sites of the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage). Unlike many cities in Ukraine, Lviv was lucky enough to escape the destruction in World War II, 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Lviv

Explore Beyond the City Limits

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Leave Lviv, and explore the history of its neighboring villages, castles, and towns. No matter the tour, you'll get a taste of the area's sheer historic and architectural diversity.

Castles around Lviv Private Tour

Castles around Lviv Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This tour will allow you to experience some of the majestic history of the Lviv region by touring its most impressive palaces and castles. You'll start in the picturesque hills of Olesko, where a fortress still shows the marks of past battles. In this area there are several easily accessible sites. You'll also see a fairy tale palace with slender towers, shining mosaic tiles and playful decorations. The past will come alive for you as you tour these castles with an expert guide. You'll love learning more about the royal past of this region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Zhovkva and Krehiv Monastery Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this fun trip you'll come to a better understanding of the region's history and culture. Zhovkva is a real pearl of local architecture, and the nearby village of Krekhiv is also an epicenter of important buildings, in this case churches and monasteries. You'll have a guide with you for the day, so you'll learn all about the interesting history that shaped the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Kyiv by Train

It's time to leave Lviv behind and head to Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. 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 get to Kyiv just over 5 hours later. We'll have you picked up from your accommodation in Lviv and taken to the train station. If you'd prefer to leave at a different time, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional fee. Please note that the private transfer takes about 8 hours and can include different stops along the way: Tunnel of Love, Tarakaniv Fort, or Dubno castle.

Kyiv by Train

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Kyiv By Private Transfer with Stops

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We also offer the following excursions in Lviv

Bike Lviv Private Tour
Moderate2 hours
Coffee Degustation Private Tour
Easy2 hours
Liqueur Degustation Private Tour
Easy1 hour
Lviv Jewish Heritage Private Tour
Light5 hours

3 Nights in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

4 days in Kyiv
4 days in Kyiv

3 Nights in Kyiv

Kyiv 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 Kyiv 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, Kyiv 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 Kyiv special.

Kyiv 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 Kyiv 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, Kyiv 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 Kyiv special.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Kyiv

When you arrive at Kyiv's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation. The transfer takes about 30 minutes.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Kyiv

Kyiv Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Central Kyiv

Included in your vacation package price.

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 Kyiv. During the three hour tour you'll get your bearings and an introduction to the city and its culture. From Kyiv'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 and St Sophia's Cathedrals and St Andrew's Church.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Kyiv

Delve Into Folklore, History, and Mysticism

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

While a walking tour is the best way to see the Old Town and Upper City, there's much more to Kiev and its surroundings than can't be covered on foot. Its long history stretches back to Viking princes and the missionaries who convinced them and their ancestors to build great monuments but also humble catacombs. Many traditions from that time live on in peasant culture. Depending on your interests you can check how the monarchs lived or visit an open-air museum with traditional houses, different from one part of Ukraine to another.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Private Walking Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This two-hour excursion will take you thousands of years back in time. With an expert local guide you'll explore one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Pyrohiv National Village Museum Private Tour

Pyrohiv National Village Museum Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this excursion you'll get away from the bustle of the city to see how locals used to live. Visiting the open-air ethnographic museum of Pyrohiv is always a thrill. The whole trip takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. You'll be picked up from your accommodation and brought back there afterwards.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Odessa by Airplane

The fastest way to get to Odessa is by air. There are several flights throughout the day, some departing Kyiv'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.

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Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

Odessa by Air
We also offer the following excursions in Kyiv

Awesome Kyiv Private Photo Tour
Light4 hours
Chernobyl Group Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Chernobyl Private Day Tour
Moderate12 hours
Jewish Heritage and Babiy Yar Private Tour
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Odessa

3 Nights in Odessa

4 days in Odessa
4 days in Odessa

3 Nights in 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.

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.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Odessa

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Odessa accommodation. The transfer takes about 30 minutes.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Odessa

Secrets and Splendors of Odessa’s Landmarks Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Odessa

Included in your vacation package price.

Our guided tour of Odessa has been created to give our guests a better understanding of what makes the city unique. You'll walk though Odessa’s historic quarters, seeing the magnificent National Opera and the Ballet House as well as the beautiful Primorsky boulevard. Of course the city’s most iconic sights are on the list too, including the Potemkin Steps, the Vorontsov and Tolstoy palaces, Deribasovskaya street and the City Garden.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Odessa

Explore Beyond the City Limits

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Ready to step outside Odessa and explore beyond the city limits? We suggest enjoying a packed full day tour with a private driver and guide who can show you the highlights of the region. You can see more of the Black Sea coastline, the town of Belgorod-Dnestrovksy and the "White Fortress" (one of Ukraine's largest fortifications), or head to Transnistria, an unrecognized country still living out the Soviet 80s.

The Akkerman Fortress Private Tour and Local Wine Tasting

The Akkerman Fortress Private Tour and Local Wine Tasting

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Here's one of our favorite day trips outside of Odessa. You'll get to see an ancient fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic vineyard! An expert local guide will tell you exciting stories about the region as you take in the Black Sea coastline and the countryside, as well as the town of Belgorod-Dnestrovksy and the ”White Fortress,” one of the largest fortresses in Ukraine. The tour continues with a visit to the Shabo winery and Ukraine's center of wine culture. You'll explore cellars built two centuries ago, once visited by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and King Carol ll of Romania. Of course there will be time to sample some of the vintages.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Transnistria Private Day Trip

Transnistria Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Transnistria might just be the strangest non-country you'll ever visit. A self-declared republic on the territory of Moldova, this former Soviet territory just can't let go of the past. If you'd like to come to a better understanding of this unique region while seeing some of its most important architecture, we recommend this nine-hour tour with an expert local guide and driver.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Chisinau by Private Transfer

Today you're not just traveling a hundred miles or so by land, but 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.

We will arrange for a 1.5 hour guided tour in Tiraspol and then you'll have some free time for lunch. The total journey time is around 8 hours. Please note on the border between Ukraine, Transnistria, and Moldova, there's passport control. This process could add some additional time to your journey, depending on the traffic. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon, or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Chisinau by Private Transfer with a Stop in Tiraspol
We also offer the following excursions in Odessa

Catacombs Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Jewish Odessa Private Tour by Car and on Foot
Light4 hours 30 minutes
Odessa Driving and Walking Private Tour
Light6 hours
Odessa Opera House Private Tour
Easy1 hour

2 Nights in Chisinau

2 Nights in Chisinau

3 days in Chisinau
3 days in Chisinau

2 Nights in 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.

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.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Chisinau

Welcome to Chisinau! Our driver will bring you straight to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Chisinau

Cricova Winery & Wine Tasting Private Tour

Visit One of the World's Largest Wine Cellars

Included in your vacation package price.

Cricova is one of the most luxurious wineries in Moldova, a place famous worldwide for its sparkling wines prepared using the recipe of Pierre Perignon, a famous monk-wine maker. Cricova holds the world record for having the largest cellar area in use for actual wine storing and production.This guided tour will give you a unique chance to sample world class wines while getting behind-the-scenes in the depths of this amazing winery.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your Chisinau accommodation and drop you off at the airport for your departing flight. The drive takes about 30 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Chisinau

Castel Mimi Wine Resort and Wine Tasting Private Tour
Light5 hours
Chisinau Private Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours
Chisinau Soviet Legacy Private Tour
Easy3 hours
Et Cetera Winery & Wine Tasting Private Tour
Light7 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Lviv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lviv Airport Transfer
Lviv Private Walking Tour
Lviv Train Station Transfer
Lviv - Kyiv Train

Kyiv

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kyiv Train Station Transfer
Kyiv Private Walking Tour
Kyiv Airport Transfer
Kyiv - Odessa Flight (Non-Refundable)

Odessa

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Odessa Airport Transfer
Secrets and Splendors of Odessa’s Landmarks Private Walking Tour
Odessa - Chisinau Private Transfer with a stop and tour (1.5h) in Tiraspol

Chisinau

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cricova Winery & Wine Tasting Private Tour
Chisinau Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • 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 for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by John K.
John K.
Illinois

Great time & can't wait for next tour with Jayway Travel! I loved visiting my grandfather's origins and Lviv.

Great time & can't wait for next tour with Jayway Travel! I loved visiting my grandfather's origins and Lviv.

Year : 2021
Visited : Ukraine
Itinerary : Kyiv, Lviv, Kyiv
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Ukraine
Itinerary : Kyiv, Lviv, Kyiv
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Angela & Bill
Angela & Bill
Tennessee

JayWay Travel was excellent in that they kept in touch with us for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. We have taken 10 JayWay Travel trips since 2007 so that says enough!! Looking forward to the next one. Health and the Lord willing!

JayWay Travel was excellent in that they kept in touch with us for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. We have taken 10 JayWay Travel trips since 2007 so that says enough!! Looking forward to the next one. Health and the Lord willing!

Year : 2018
Visited : Ukraine, Moldova
Itinerary : Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Ukraine, Moldova
Itinerary : Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau
Rating :
5 / 5
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