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Cultural Capitals of Eastern Europe Tour

Overview

Visit three countries in one go with this fascinating tour of Eastern European capitals. Explore the breath-taking landscapes, scenic hotspots and unique culture of Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine over the course of 10 days. If you are looking for a culturally immersive experience that includes a mix of scenic sites and city life, then this is the tour for you.

  • Brest Hero Fortress

  • City tours in three capital cities: Chisinau, Minsk and Kyiv

  • Orheiul Vechi Archeological Museum Complex

  • Panoramic views from High Castle Mountain

  • St Sophia Cathedral

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nesvizh Palace

Itinerary

Minsk

Minsk is the official capital of Belarus, situated on the Svislač and the Niamiha rivers. The city has origins dating to the 11th century and has formed part of several kingdoms over its lifetime including the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, before becoming the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. The city has around 11 theatres and 16 museums, including the Belarusian State Museum of History which is home to exhibits from World War II.

Day 1

Arrival in Minsk

Welcome to Minsk! Your driver will meet you at your scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station) before taking you to your hotel where you will check in and spend the evening.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Visiting the UNESCO sites Nesvizh Palace and Mir Castle

After a good night’s sleep enjoy a buffet breakfast, before checking out and setting out on an early sightseeing tour of Minsk. On the tour, you will get to stroll the wide streets, and enjoy the fountains, shady parks and green boulevards, as well as see many of Minsk’s famous destinations including the “Red” Krasny Roman Catholic Church, the Afgan Monument on the Island of Tears, St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, and Liberty Square with the 17th century Orthodox Holy Spirit Cathedral.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • The Red Roman Catholic Church

  • St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral

  • Liberty Square

  • 17th century Orthodox Holy Spirit Cathedral

  • UNESCO Word Heritage Nesvizh Palace

  • UNESCO Word Heritage Mir Castle

  • City Tour by car

Travel to

Brest

Situated on the Polish-Belorussian border, Brest is the capital of the Brest region in Belarus and one of its oldest cities. Founded as a town in the 11th century by the Kievan Rus, Brest has been the site of many historic events, including the Union of Brest and Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. The city is known for its Hero Fortress, commemorating the city’s spectacular defence during the first weeks of the German-Soviet War in 1941 – 1945.

Day 3

Day trip to Belovezhskaya Puscha National Park

You will start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide in the hotel lobby for the journey to Belovezhskaya Puscha National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Belovezhskaya Puscha National Park

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Expert Guide

  • Free Time

  • Tower of Kamyenyets

  • Nature Museum and park

  • Sovetskaya Street

  • City Tour

Travel to

Lviv

Situated in Western Ukraine close to the border with Poland, Lviv is a historic city with a unique heritage. Over the centuries, the city has been inspired by Polish and Austro-Hungarian styles which can be found within the architecture dotted around the city. The city is best known for the 14th century mountaintop castle ruins in High Castle Park, providing panoramic views over the city and surrounding countryside.

Day 4

Excursion to Brest Hero Fortress

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Brest and embark on an excursion of Brest where you will see its universities, shopping malls and complexes, followed by a visit to the Brest Hero Fortress.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Expert Guide

  • Brest Hero Fortress

  • Berestye Archeological Museum

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Rivne

A historic city in Western Ukraine, Rivne is the administrative centre of Rivne Oblast and an important transportation hub, connecting many major cities including Brest, Kyiv and Lviv. The city is first mentioned in the 13th century and spent the first few centuries under the rule of the Great Duchy of Lithuania. Between World War I and World War II, the city was in the domain of Poland and was later occupied by the Soviet Red Army. During the German occupation of 1941–44, the city was designated as the capital of German Ukraine.

Day 5

City Tour of Lviv

Today you will experience a city tour of Lviv. After breakfast you will check out of the hotel. Your tour will then begin with visits to the St. Lurii Cathedral, Boim’s Chapel and Opera theatre building, followed by an excursion to the High Castle mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views of the area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour of Lviv

  • Expert Guide

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • High Castle mountain

  • St. Yura Cathedral

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Love Tunnel

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Kyiv

Ukraine’s official capital and most populous city, Kyiv, is situated north of the country along the Dnieper River and is the pinnacle of arts and culture in Ukraine. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with its origins dating to the 5th century. It is home to many famous landmarks including the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), both of which are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 6

Visit to the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and St Sophia’s Cathedral

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel before meeting your driver for the 5-hour journey to Kyiv.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • St. Sophia’s Cathedral

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • St. Andrew’s Church

  • St Andrew’s Descent

  • Free Time

Travel to

Odessa

A port city situated on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, Odessa is best known for its splendid architecture and amazing beaches. The city is home to many famous attractions including the Potemkin Stairs, leading down to the waterfront, and the Primorsky Boulevard, a promenade dotted with beautiful mansions and dedicated to many monuments from Ukranian history. In 1794, the city of Odessa was founded by a decree of the Russian empress Catherine the Great. During the Soviet era, it was the most important trade port in the Soviet Union and an influential Soviet naval base.

Day 7

City Tour of Odessa by Car

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Kyiv and meet your driver for the transfer to Boryspil Airport where tour will embark on a flight to Odessa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Departure Transfer

  • Flight to Odessa

  • City Tour by car

  • Bridge of Love

  • Prymorskyi Boulevard

  • Potemkin Stairs

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Chisinau

The capital of Moldova, Chisinau is the country’s largest city and main industrial and commercial centre situated on the River Bac. The city is best known for its inspiring architecture from the neoclassical Nativity Cathedral to the Soviet-style buildings that are a testament to the city’s past. The city is home to several parks including the Stephen the Great Central Park which is named after the Moldovan prince who resisted the Ottoman empire, and the Alley of Classics featuring monuments to the greats of Moldovan Literature, such as Mihai Eminescu and Grigore Vieru.

Day 8

City tour of Tiraspol

Today you will leave Odessa behind and head into Transnistria heartlands.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transnistria heartlands

  • Expert Guide

  • City Tour

  • Dniester River

  • Drama and Comedy Theatre

  • Lenin and Suvorov Monuments

  • Medieval fortress of Tighina

Day 9

Visiting the Orheiul Vechi Archeological Museum Complex

After breakfast, your driver will take you on a leisurely tour of Chisinau before your journey to Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Museum Complex.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Museum Complex

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Unique orthodox cave monastery

  • Exclusive wine tasting session

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 10

Departure from Chisinau

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Chisinau and your driver will take you to the train station or airport where your tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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