Authentic and Vibrant Tour

About Tour

We invite you to join us for this tour about three Eastern European countries - Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. It is hard to believe that in 21 days you can discover the culture of these European states, but it is possible.

1st day

A panoramic city tour of Romania’s capital with the main points of interest

Included highlights:

  • Arrival in Bucharest and enjoying a panoramic city tour of Romania’s capital with the main points of interest,
  • Government Palace,
  • House of Free Press,
  • Royal Palace,
  • Revolution Square,
  • Parliament House (former Palace of Socialism during Ceausescu’s dictatorship - second biggest building worldwide after the Pentagon),
  • The Patriarchal church etc.
  • Typical dinner in a restaurant specialized in Romanian cuisine.
  • Check – in to a 4* Hotel downtown

2nd day

Depart Bucharest and head to Transylvania

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Included highlights:

  • Go over the mountains on world's best road according to Top Gear - Transfagarasan Road, considered one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It is 90 km long and rises to a height of 2134 meter with sharp hairpin turns, a challenge for every driver.
  • Visit the only original Dracula Fortress.
  • Stop to the "Brancoveanu" Monastery from Sambata de Sus - famous for being a place of recovery, comfort and spiritual balm for visitors who halt or pray in this sacred dwelling.
  • Dinner with a farmer family in a small village outside Sibiu.
  • Check-in Hotel Forum 4* from Sibiu.

3rd day

Explore the charming town of Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007

Included highlights:

  • The Big Square,
  • The Small Square,
  • The Ursuline Church,
  • The Franciscan Church,
  • The staircase Tower,
  • The Tanners Tower,
  • The Lier’s Bridge,
  • Bruckenthal Museum
  • Free time for lunch
  • Biertan fortified church (included in the UNESCO Heritage List), a fortified medieval church, one of the biggest from Transylvania with three defensive inner walls.
  • arriving in Sighisoara and city tour.
  • The citadel of Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval cities from Europe is also called "the pearl of Transylvania". It was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407.
  • Overnight to a 300+ years old house, now a 4*Hotel

4th day

Departure to Bucovina

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Included highlights:

  • First stop at a genuine Gypsy/Roma family where you will discover their culture and style of life.
  • Drive further through the most wonderful Gorge in Romania - Bicaz,
  • Stop at the “Red Lake”,
  • Crossing Eastern Carpathian Mountains towards Gura Humorului. Accommodation in traditional houses at Roata Hotel
  • Traditional dinner.

Among the most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Their painted exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, of heaven and hell.

5th day

Day dedicated to the painted monasteries

Included highlights:

  • We will depart after breakfast and visit a local artist who paints the Easter eggs. She will demonstrate us the technique she uses and anyone can try its first steps in this art.
  • We continue to Moldovita monastery and here we will meet Sister Tatiana who will present us the paintings.
  • Free lunch near the Moldovita monastery.
  • Depart towards Sucevita Monastery, that boasts a magnificent depiction of the Ladder to Paradise. Red-winged angels in orderly rows attend the righteous on a slanting ladder to the heavens, each rung inscribed with one of the monastic virtues.
  • Voronet would be the last to visit, when we can have the full sun light on the main painting – The Last Judgement, comparable with Sistine Chapel from Vatican. Voronet Monastery (as well as Humor, Arbore, Sucevita and Moldovita) are UNESCO patrimony and preserve great outside and inside frescoes from XVI century.
  • Traditional dinner.
  • Same accommodation.

6th day

Discovering Maramureș

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Included highlights:

  • The drive will take us all day but we will also see and visit many sites.
  • See the village of Ciocanesti with their interesting painted houses,
  • Go over Prislop pass (1400m) to Maramures and enjoy the wooden culture they have.
  • Visit Bogdana church, a wooden church dated from 1710,
  • Visit Birsana Monastery
  • The Happy Cemetery from Sapinta.
  • Arrive in a place called Bella Doina, a piece of Paradise, not only from the landscape point of view, but also services, food, and entertainment.
  • Traditional dinner and accommodation to 4* Bella Doina pension.

7th day

Explore the Maramures region

Included highlights:

  • Meet a local hat and plum brandy maker, and other local artists
  • See a traditional wash machine, a mill and many other interesting things.
  • Visit the church of St. Parascheva of Deseşti, with one of the most beautiful and complete mural painting. The church was built in 1770 in traditional style with a very slender tower. The church displays a collection of 14 wooden painted icons of great artistic value. Due to the harmonious whole and the well-preserved paintings, the church has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is called the wooden cathedral of gothic style and is the most beautiful one of the 31 old wooden churches of the Maramures area.
  • Traditional dinner with local music and dance where you will be invited to take part.
  • Same accommodation

Included meals:
  • Dinner
8th day

From Romania to Ukraine

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Included highlights:

  • City tour of Mukachevo
  • The castle “Palanok” (XIV-XVIII centuries). It’s one of the best-preserved castles in Europe at present. It played very different roles in the region and used to be a home for nobles, a fortress, a prison, an agricultural college, today turned to a museum.
  • Sightseeing of Uzhgorod, one of the greenest cities in Ukraine
  • The Uzhgorod ancient castle dated XV-XVIII centuries. The Austrian reign gave Uzhgorod many architectural masterpieces, but the city’s biggest draw is still the ancient Citadel. It is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Ukraine.
  • The Trans-Carpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Heritage is another unique landmark. Original wooden buildings still stand here, representing the ethnic traditions of different nations that inhabited Zakarpatia.
  • The longest in Europe Linden Tree Alley, stretched out on both embankments.
  • Accommodation to a 4* Hotel downtown in Uzhgorod.

9th day

Discovering the Medieval Lviv

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Lviv
  • Arrival in the afternoon and guided Sightseeing Tour
  • The Cathedral of St. George-masterpiece of Baroque architecture,
  • Ukrainian-Catholic Metropolitanate of Western Ukraine,
  • The High Castle Hill – place of Lviv foundation, from where one can enjoy magnificent view of the city,
  • Lychakiv Cemetery - one of the most ancient landscape cemeteries of Europe, where you will be introduced to Art of famous Lviv sculptors of various styles and epochs.
  • Jesuit Church of St. Peter and Paul (XVII century),
  • Roman Catholic Cathedral (XIV-XVIII centuries),
  • Municipal and Royal Arsenal (XVI-XVII century),
  • Jewish Quarter,
  • Ruins of Synagogue “Golden Rose”, defensive walls,
  • Dominican Cathedral,
  • Pharmacy Museum,
  • Armenian quarter and Cathedral (XIV-XVI centuries),
  • Market Square (unique museum in the open air – all 45 buildings on the square are considered to be architectural monuments of XVI-XX centuries),
  • Town Hall,
  • Lviv Opera Theatre (which is viewed as one of the three most beautiful theatres of Europe),
  • Boim’s chapel (XVII century),
  • Bernardin Monastery of XVII century (today in the former monastery there is Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of St. Andrew, however the building of the Monastery is partially occupied by archives, where huge collection of autographs is being preserved of Peter I, Charles XII and others) etc.
  • Accommodation in a 4* Hotel.

10th day

Discovering the Renaissance

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Included highlights:

  • Transfer to the Town of Zhovkva, where we will discover a unique Renaissance town with lots of monuments of architecture from XVII-XX centuries.
  • The Ukrainian-Catholic monastery in the village of Krekhiv (11 km away from Zhovkva). The monastery in Krekhiv is an interesting sample of a fortified monastery construction of XVII c. Located in the woods, it represents a very quiet and peaceful place.
  • Return to Lviv.
  • Excursion to Lviv Brewery Museum, first one in Ukraine with a total area of 500 sq.m. Main purpose of the Museum is to perform to every single visitor an unquenchable deepness of the BEER WORLD. To visit the Museum means to approach the mystery of the beer birth, learn by experience the History of its genesis, meet with the tradition of the production & consumption of "Lvivske» brew and to feel deeply its great taste!
  • Dinner with Ukrainian music and national performances.
  • Overnight in the same hotel.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
11th day

Discovering the Hutsul culture

Included highlights:

  • Depart from Lviv towards Hutsul area.
  • Find a unique craft market in Yaremche, where you can find many treasures.
  • Arrival in Verkhovyna which can be fairly called the heart of Hutsul traditions. Here you can enjoy the tremendous beauty of Sub-Carpathians forests, talk to the local people, and see their close-to-nature style of life.
  • The Embroidery Museum,
  • Hutsul Music Instruments Museum,
  • Cheese Museum
  • Dinner in the Hutsul Traditions Museum where we will learn about their cuisine.
  • Overnight in Verhovyna to a 4* Hotel.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
12th day

Discovering Chernivtsi, “Small Paris in the Carpathians”

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Included highlights:

  • Breakfast in the Hotel. Check-out.
  • Visit the Easter Painted Egg Pysanka Museum from Kolomya.
  • Full Guided Sightseeing Chernivtsi Tour. Chernivtsi was once the chief city of Bukovina (Beech Tree Land) in old Moldavia (now Moldova). It belonged to the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century. After WWI, it rested temporarily within Romania.
  • Central Square,
  • Philarmonic Square,
  • Theatre Square,
  • Cathedral Square,
  • Olha Kobylianska Music Drama Theatre,
  • Main Cathedral,
  • former Armenian Church erected in 1875 by the project of the architect Josef Hlavka (now – Organ Hall),
  • George’s Church (wooden church of the XVIIth century),
  • St.Nicholas Church (original church with twisted domes of the early XXth century) and other architectural and historical monuments.
  • Excursion to Chernivtsi National University (former residence of metropolis of Bucovina).
  • Overnight in a 4* Hotel in the main square.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
13th day

Discovering Medieval Kamenetz'-Podilsky

Included highlights:

  • Guided Tour to Khotyn Fort - a massive fort of epic proportions overlooking the Dniester River. This 12th-16th century structure rests a top a man-made platform 33 feet deep, a remarkable example of ancient engineering genius. Its 50 meter walls are still the tallest in all of Europe.
  • Arrival to Medieval Kamenetz'-Podilsky,
  • Half day guided sightseeing tour at Kamenetz’-Podilsky Fort.
  • Russian and Polish estates,
  • the Cathedral and Dominican Catholic churches,
  • the unique Town Hall,
  • the Armenian wall and Bastion,
  • St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic church with minaret
  • Free time.
  • Accommodation in a 4* Hotel

14th day

At the same table with Old Believers and Gypsies in Moldova

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Included highlights:

  • Leave Ukraine and cross the border at Briceni to Republic of Moldova.
  • Visit an impressive Manor located in the village of Taul.
  • Visiting and have lunch with the old believers in the village of Pocrovca, where they do an impressive raspberry jam,
  • Continue to Soroca,
  • Dinner with one of the local gypsies’ leader. If dinner cannot be arranged, we will have a coffee there, and a very interesting chat with his family. Dinner included
  • Accommodation in 3* Hotel Central in Soroca

Included meals:
  • Dinner
15th day

The Moldavian Highlights

Included highlights:

  • Visit the fortress of Soroca, which is a unique monument of defensive architecture of Europe.
  • Arrive in Old Orhei.
  • Visit the most fantastic sight" in Moldova - an Orthodox cave monastery called “St. Maria Dormata” expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries ago and preserved in a functional state.
  • Lunch accompanied with Moldovan folk music will be served in Trebujeni village in a local house.
  • Excursion and wine- tasting at Cricova winery, which is a real underground wine city with wide streets, warehouses, tasting rooms. The total length of its galleries is 120 km. The constant annual temperature of +12C and 82-95 % humidity are perfect conditions for aging quality wine there. Cricova is also well known for brilliant sparkling-wines produced by the classic French technology.
  • Overnight in a 4* Hotel from Chisinau.

Included meals:
  • Lunch
16th day

Rural experiences in Moldova

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Included highlights:

  • At "Casa Parinteasca" Craft Centre from Palanca village, you will get to know not only the Moldovan traditional costumes and ethnographic customs, but you will also
  • Learn how to cook the best known Moldavian dish – “placinte”. The group will be split in 2 teams: one will make Moldovan pies with cheese. The second team will do the same, but with potatoes. After we prepare everything, the lady of the house will put them in the oven for 3 hours at least.
  • Meanwhile we will visit the Honey Museum from Raciula, learn about the life of bees, taste different kind of honey and other honey products.
  • Coming back to”Casa Parinteasca” Museum we will enjoy a very special lunch, trying also the “placinte” we have made. Traditional dishes will be served with the best local wine, while the organic herbal tea, accompanied by quince jam will surprise you with its amazing taste.
  • After lunch we might visit 1-2 monasteries from the region,
  • Continue to Chisinau, free dinner and same accommodation.

17th day

Between two capitals

Included highlights:

  • Check-out and Chisinau city tour - The capital city of Moldova will surprise you with a lot of green spaces and trees, giving you a feeling that you are not in a capital city but in a resort.
  • Visit to the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography,
  • The Central Park and the Alley of Moldovan literature classics,
  • The monument of Steven the Great and Saint,
  • Great National Assembly Square,
  • The Triumph Arch and the “Nativity” Cathedral,
  • The Organ Hall and the Market of souvenirs, etc.
  • Excursion, wine tasting and lunch in the MIMI Castle, which is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. The story of the castle begins in 1893 when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, planted the first grape vines on the place that would become legend over the years.
  • Visit Transnistria - the State that doesn’t exist.
  • Explore TIRASPOL (capital of Transnistria and the second biggest city in Moldova after Chisinau) - where the old USSR is still alive. Here you’ll see the symbols of Soviet times – hammer, sickle and red star reflected on the coat of arms of the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic.
  • Supreme Soviet Building (Parliament),
  • V. Lenin monument,
  • Square of Soviet Constitution,
  • World War II & Afghanistan War Memorial,
  • For dinner, let’s go to the Noul Neamt Monastery, quite an experience. A local monk will guide us around, showing the monastery library, give us wine from the Monastery Cellars and explain us how religion survives in the Last Soviet Frontier of Europe.
  • Accommodation in Tiraspol, to a 4* Hotel.

Included meals:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
18th day

Wine adventure

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Included highlights:

  • Visit Aquatir, a large sturgeon-breeding and black caviar-processing industrial complex from Tiraspol,
  • Cross the border towards south of Moldova where we will discover the best region for producing red Moldovan wines.
  • Visit Purcari winery. Centuries-old traditions in viticulture and winemaking of Purcari area formed the basis of a modern wine-making enterprise. You’ll be impressed by the combination of the chateau’s royal-like interiors and Hi-Tech.
  • Wine tasting and lunch.
  • Visit the vineyards of ’Et Cetera ‘, that were planted in 2003 in Stefan Voda region, a unique micro-zone, ideal by its climatic condition for growing best vineyards. Etcetera is one of the best wineries in Moldova, if not the best one, as in 2016 they won second price at Decanter with their Chardonnay.
  • Traditional dinner, wine tasting and accommodation at Purcari and Etcetera wineries.

Included meals:
  • Beakfast
  • Lunch with wine tasting
  • Dinner with wine tasting
19th day

On the way to Odessa

Included highlights:

  • Check-out and departure to Odessa.
  • On the way we will stop to the last fortress that Stephen the Great from Moldova built in 15th century along the Dniestr River, the White Fortress. Let’s recap: Hotin, Soroca, Tighina in Bender and now this one.
  • Visit a special reborn winery, build by French speaking Swiss in 1830!!!! An entire village left Switzerland to come in Shabo, and they were prosperous, till the Red Revolution came and they had to run away from the communist paradise!!!
  • Drive on a nice road to Odessa, a piece of land which is the border between Dniestr lagoon and Black sea.
  • Arrive in Odessa.
  • Check-in at the local 4* hotel in the downtown of Odessa.
  • Free Time.

20th day

Spend an unforgettable day discovering Odessa city from Ukraine

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Included highlights:

  • Full Guided Sightseeing Odessa Tour. Odessa is acknowledged Ukrainian intersection point of diverse cultures, languages and trades. You will be able to witness masterpieces of architecture, such as famous
  • Opera and Ballet theatre, designed by Viennese architects,
  • Potiomkinskaya Stairs,
  • Primorskiy boulevard,
  • The One-wall building.
  • Enjoy the view of Sea Port Terminal, get acquainted with Odessa Port’s history, its present life and prospects from the upside.
  • See the Monument to Duke De Richelieu - the founder of Odessa, Catherine the Great empress-the founder of Odessa etc.
  • Overnight in the same Hotel.

Optional highlights:

Guided Tour to Odessa Catacombs

Odessa underground tunnels (catacombs) were created nearly 200 years ago during mining of building materials that were used to build the city. Currently it is the maze of 2,500 km (4000 km according to some records) underground, in a real parallel world, with hundreds of entrances, exits, caves, and tunnels. During the World War II, in 1941, when German and Romanian army occupied Odessa during the war, the Soviet Military headquarters gave the order to organize the partisan resistance. And Odessa catacombs were chosen as the camp for the unit of partisans. The provisions and weapons was enough there so the unit could stay underground for half a year. The partisan unit was fighting with Nazi and Romanian army during all the period of occupation.

21st day

Departure Home

Included highlights:

  • Check-out.
  • Transfer to the airport.

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