Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova: Undiscovered Europe
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Of the 44 officially recognised countries in Europe, few if any are less well-known from a travel perspective than Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. Yet all three have much to offer those looking for a truly fascinating and enlightening travel experience much nearer to home than you might otherwise have expected to be possible.
From stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mir and Lviv to the traditional Hutsul people of the Carpathians and the vast wineries of Cricova, this journey traverses steppe lands and beautiful mountains to reach the shores of the Black Sea at Odessa. Along the way we’ll discover ancient fortresses, gothic castles, characterful medieval towns as well as soviet ghost towns and traditional villages. We’ll also visit the Moldovan self-declared republic of Transnistria, which seems caught in a time-warp and is perhaps one of the oddest places in Europe.
Of course, you can travel to the far ends of the earth...but when destinations as rewarding as these are so near, they deserve not to be neglected. So be sure to visit soon before the inevitable influences of the West dilute their unique character.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN MINSK (BELARUS)
DAY 2: MINSK
DAY 3: MINSK - KYIV (UKRAINE)
DAY 4: KYIV - CHORNOBYL - KYIV
DAY 5: KYIV - LVIV
DAY 6: LVIV
DAY 7: LVIV - VERKHOVYNA
DAY 8: VERKHOVYNA
DAY 9: VERKHOVYNA - KAMYANETS - PODILSKY
DAY 10: KAMYANETS-PODILSKY – SOROCA (MOLDOVA) - BUTUCENI
DAY 11: BUTUCENI – CHISINAU
DAY 12: CHISINAU – TRANSNISTRIA – ODESSA (UKRAINE)
DAY 13: ODESSA
DAY 14: TOUR ENDS IN ODESSA