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Express Ukraine to Moldova - 7 Days

Express Ukraine to Moldova

Ukraine, Moldova · Private Tour · 7 Days
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Discover the rich history of Ukraine and Moldova in the cities of Odessa and Chisinau, delight on premium wines at the world-class cellars of Cricova and Purcari, and wander in the mighty fortresses of Tighina and Soroca. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Odessa
Day 2 - Odessa
Day 3 - Odessa → Purcari → Tiraspol
Day 4 - Tiraspol → Bender → Chisinau
Day 5 - Cricova Winery, Orheiul Vechi & Curchi
Day 6 - Soroca & Clisova Noua
Day 7 - Chisinau

What is included

  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary, including services from/to airport
  • 6 nights accommodation at 5* hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation at 4* hotel with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Cricova Cellars, tasting of 4 wines; Purcari Winery, tasting of 4 wines
  • Entry fees to mentioned sites
  • English speaking guide services
  • 1 bottle of water per day per person

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to drivers, guides, waiters, bellboys, etc
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day
1
Odessa

Arrival at Odessa International Airport. Meet up with your guide and transfer to your hotel. 


Odessa City Tour

After lunch at local restaurant, take a 3-hour tour to the main sights in Odessa: Potemkin steps, Primorsky, Opera House, Vorontzov Palace and Passazh.

During this tour you will see the historical sights of the city, visit beautiful Shevchanko park, where the old fortress walls are located, and stroll along the Alley of Fame. Then your bus will drive you along central streets of the city, where you will see Pushkinskaya, Rishelievskaya and Lanzheronovskaya streets, and of course, loved by all Odessa citizens, Deribasovskaya street – a unique historical and architectural site. We are sure that after sightseeing excursion, you will wish to get a more detailed introduction of Odessa, the pearl of Black Sea shore.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Odessa

Odessa Museums and Heritage Mansions

After breakfast, excursion to the Fine Arts Museum with Grotto by bus.

Lunch at local restaurant in Odessa, and then a walking tour to the Literature Museum-Count Gagarin Mansion.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Odessa → Purcari → Tiraspol

Purcari Winery

After breakfast, drive to cross the Ukrainian-Moldavian border and then to the Purcari Touristic Complex for a wine tour with tasting. Have lunch in the winery restaurant or on the open terrace with a view on the local lake with swans.


Transnistria Sightseeing Excursion

After lunch drive to Causeni town for visiting the church built in 1763 (if open). The inner walls of the church are fully covered with antique frescoes.

In the afternoon, drive from Causeni to Transnistria. Arrival in the capital of Transnistria – the town of Tiraspol for a guided city tour and dinner at the local restaurant Kumaniok.

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 whose statue is in the central square in Tiraspol. During this tour you’ll see the Drama and Comedy Theatre, the Lenin and Suvorov Monuments, the Parliament, the House of Sovjets and have a walking tour along the river Dniestr.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Odessa → Purcari83 km 1h 30min
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Purcari → Tiraspol52 km 50min
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Russia

Tiraspol

day
4
Tiraspol → Bender → Chisinau

Transnistria Full Day Tour

After breakfast, excursion to the Tighina Fortress in the town of Bender.

Explore the XVIth century Tighina Fortress and visit the on-site museum and the War Memorial in the city of Bender. The first historical mention of Tighina Fortress was in 1408.  Its walls have survived to the present and offer an example of classic Moldavian defensive construction.

Departure to Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. Upon arrival lunch at La Placinte traditional café. After checking-in in your hotel, take a guided tour of Chisinau.

During this tour you will get acquainted with the city's history visiting the historical side of our capital. You will make a stop at the monument of Stefan the Great and Saint, the Bell Tower, Central Cathedral, the Triumph Arch, the Parliament, the Central Square and will have a pleasant walk along the Alley of Classics, visit the souvenir shops, and visit some churches and cathedrals as well.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Tiraspol → Bender12 km 15min
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Bender → Chisinau63 km 1h 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Cricova Winery, Orheiul Vechi & Curchi

Cricova Underground Winery

After breakfast, excursion to the underground city of Cricova to taste some of their precious 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 collection of exclusive wines and get acquainted with the process of wine making 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.


Cave Monasteries of Orhei Region

Then head towards the Orhei region for visits to the cave monastery and open-air museum Orheiul Vechi. After arrival to the village of Butuceni, lunch in a local guest house featuring national cuisine and home-made wine. Later explore the open-air museum area, cave orthodox monastery, the local museum, visit the ruins of the Turkish bath and the medieval fortress in the village of Trebujeni.

In the afternoon, excursion to the monastery of Curchi in the nearby village of Buzesti. Have dinner in a restaurant on the way from the monastery Curchi to Chisinau, restaurant Doi Haiduci, located in the picturesque Codrii forests.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Cricova17 km 25min
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Cricova → Orheiul Vechi39 km 45min
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Orheiul Vechi → Curchi35 km 40min
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Curchi → Chisinau59 km 1h 5min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Soroca & Clisova Noua

Soroca Half Day Tour

After breakfast, drive to the North of Moldova for visiting Soroca town and its fortress. The North of Moldova is very diverse and colorful: Moldovan, Russian and Ukrainian traditions are all mixed up.   

You’ll visit important sites such as the Medieval Soroca Fortress, The Gypsy Hill, the Roma District with its glorious mansions, The Candle of Gratitude, which overlooks the Nistru River and has the shape of a candle, and others.

Soroca fortress was built in 1499, on the Nistru river bank. The fortress is the only medieval monument in Moldova, which has been preserved entirely as it was designed by its builders. Above the entrance gate the tourists can visit the small military church. 

Lunch will be in a restaurant in Soroca Beciul Vechi. Then continue to The Candle of Gratitude and the Gypsy Hill.


Traditional Crafts in Clisova Noua

In the afternoon, return to Chisinau. On the way visit the Museum of Handicrafts and Carpets in the village of Clisova Noua –a large collection of old and new carpets from all corners of Bessarabia and Moldova. The owner of the collection will tell us about the origin of each article in the museum. This is a perfect place where hand-made souvenirs can be bought.

After arrival in Chisinau, dinner at the restaurant Salcioara.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Soroca156 km 2h 30min
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Soroca → Clisova Noua90 km 1h 30min
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Clisova Noua → Chisinau68 km 1h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Chisinau

After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch your flight back home. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Odessa
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Hotel Londonskaya

Tiraspol
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Hotel Russia

Chisinau
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Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017$1350$1106

Photos

Opera Theatre, Odessa
Curchi Monastery
Underground Wine City, Cricova
Brosky Synagogue, Odessa
Cricova Winery Entrance Gate
Purcari Winery Tasting
Soroca Fortress
Tank Monument, Tiraspol

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