MOLDOVA - UKRAINE SOVIET TOUR INCLUDING CHERNOBYL

8 days / 7 nights
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DISCOVER MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE DURING THIS 8-DAY TOUR

During this 8-day tour you will discover 2 countries - Moldova and Ukraine and their attractions with emphasis on the Soviet elements. The tour will start in Moldova you will discover Cricova, the second largest wine cellar in the world reaching 120 km. You will also visit Tighina Fortress, Tiraspol city and Kvint wine and brandy factory where you will enjoy a brandy tasting. In Ukraine you will visit Odessa city and Kiev cities and you will see the Museum of Strategic Missile Forces located near Pobuzke town and you will have an excursion in Chernobyl. The tour will end in Kiev, capital of Ukraine.


Highlights

Chisinau city

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Cricova winery

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Tighina Fortress

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Tiraspol city

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Kvint wine and brandy...

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Odessa city

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Museum of Strategic...

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Kiev city

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National Museum of the...

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Chernobyl

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Itinerary A day-by-day plan to guide your journey. Download PDF

Day 1: Arrival in Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau

On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chisinau. After settling in, you can have a walk through downtown and explore the city centre on your own.

Day 2: Discovery of Chisinau city including Soviet buildings and excursion and wine tasting at Cricova winery

Chisinau – Cricova – Chisinau

In the morning, you will enjoy a city tour of Chisinau which is the main administrative, scientific and cultural centre of Moldova. During the tour, you will discover pieces of history and culture of the city such as the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great, etc. You will also see some soviet buildings and apartment blocks, such as Circus building, Romanita Collective Housing Tower, Library din Hol, Soviet Memorial to Communist Youth, etc. You will also see the Eternity Memorial Complex and the Military Museum where war exhibits are displayed on a small-open area including Soviet-made tanks, fighter planes and other military equipment inherited by Moldova’s armed forces.

In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a local restaurant in Chisinau the decor of which features retro wallpaper and Soviet artefacts.

After lunch, you will discover Cricova winery – the only wine enterprise that was awarded the highest state prize “The Order of the Republic” and has been declared by law a national cultural heritage. During the excursion at Cricova winery in the tourist train, at a depth of 80 m, you will discover the wonders of this place. Cricova underground galleries are formed by over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 120 km, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Cahors, etc. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totaling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902. You will also visit the unique production of sparkling wine, where a professional guide will tell you about all the process of producing sparkling wines using the famous French-style Méthode Champenoise. In one of the tasting rooms, the sommelier will explain the rules of wine tasting and help you better reveal the taste and bouquet of each type of wine.

In the evening, you will be transferred to the hotel in Chisinau.


HIGHLIGHTS: Chisinau city, Cricova winery

Day 3: Time travel in Tiraspol – Back in the USSR

Chisinau – Tighina – Tiraspol

The day will begin with the discovery of Tighina Fortress located in Tighina town and built in the 15th century by the prince of Moldova, Stephen the Great. Originally built as a small wooden fort, it was later fortified in stone by the prince of Moldova, Petru Rares. Occupied by the Ottomans in 1538 (in a campaign lead by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent), the fort was strengthened in 1541 and became the center of an Ottoman "raya" (in which were included the surrounding Moldavian villages). In the 18th century, the fort was strengthened by Moldovan craftsmen under the direct supervision of Dimitrie Cantemir. Tighina Fortress is an architectural ensemble of irregular quadrilateral plan, surrounded by wide walls, 2-3 meters thick, made of limestone and brick.

In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a Soviet canteen in Tiraspol.

After lunch, you will set off on a time travel in Tiraspol. During the city tour, you will discover Vladimir Lenin’s monument and the tank left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a vestige of the Soviet past. Nevertheless, you will be amazed by the contrasts, one of which is the football complex “Sheriff” - a pearl of contemporary architecture.

Next, you will enjoy an excursion and brandy tasting at Kvint wine and brandy factory where harmony, refinement and tradition underlie the oldest and most genuine spirits. Here you will be acquainted with the taste of Kvint, Doina, Tiras, Nistru and Surprise spirits.

In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel in Tiraspol.


HIGHLIGHTS: Tighina Fortress, Tiraspol city, Kvint wine and brandy factory

 

What's included

  • Accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau (2 nights) and the proposed hotels in Tiraspol (1 night), Odessa (1 night) and Kiev (3 nights);
  • Breakfast at the hotel of your choice;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 3 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery;
  • Tasting of 5 types of brandy at Kvint wine and brandy factory;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.