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Discover one of the least visited regions of Europe on this exciting new group tour. Moldova may be small, but it's a proud nation, keen to show off their world-class viticulture while Chisinau, is a quirky little capital like no other on the continent. Ukraine, once the bread basket of the Soviet Union, has seen its fair share of troubles, but the Western regions have always looked to Europe. While the capital Kiev offers a wonderful mix of ancient and modern architecture.
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Fly from London to Chisinau, via Kiev, with
Ukraine International Airlines. Transfer to
the City Park Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights.
Welcome drink. (N)
Morning walking tour of Chisinau, taking in
the main cultural and historical sites. Enjoy a
culinary masterclass at Butuceni guesthouse
before lunch and then travel to Orheiul Vechi, an ancient cave monastery. Late afternoon visit
to the world’s largest wine cellar at Cricova for
a tour and wine tasting. (B, L)
Full-day excursion to the self-declared republic
of Transnistria, stopping en route at Tighina
Fortress. Tour of the ‘capital’ Tiraspol, including
Lenin’s statue and tanks from the second world
war, before heading to the Aquatir Complex
for caviar tasting. Evening visit to the Asconi
winery for dinner and wine tasting. (B, L, D)
Leave Chisinau today and travel to Chernivtsi
in western Ukraine. En route, stop for lunch
in Balti, Moldova’s second city. Visit the Barza
Alba brandy factory and taste some of their
fine cognacs. Overnight in Chernivtsi at the
Allure Inn (or similar). (B, L, D)
Explore Chernivtsi, often referred to as ‘Little
Vienna’, and once ruled by the Habsburg
Empire, including a visit to the Unesco-listed
Chernivtsi National University. Continue to Lviv
via the 13th-century Khotyn Fortress. Stay for 2
nights at the Astoria Hotel (or similar). (B, L)
Full day to explore the Unesco-listed city of Lviv, Ukraine's cultural centre and best preserved urban area in the country. The morning walking tour will take in numerous Catholic and Orthodox churches, Jewish quarter, ancient Armenian Cathedral, Boimiv chapel, the oldest functioning Pharmacy-museum in the city, which occupies a 16th century building on the Market Sq. - the hub of Lviv life from the 14th to 19th centuries. Pop into the famous Chocolate Factory and taste a cup of freshly handmade hot chocolate (take away service). Photo stop near Opera and Ballet Theatre, the architectural gem of Lviv built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1901. The afternoon is free to explore Lviv independently. (B, L)
Transfer by high-speed train to Kiev, Ukraine’s
mighty capital. Afternoon city tour taking in
the Golden Gate, Michael’s Cathedral and the
Unesco-listed Saint Sophia Cathedral. Stay at
the Radisson Blu Yaroslaviv Val (or similar) for
3 nights. (B, L)
Morning visit to the Kiev-Caves Lavra
Monastery, founded in the caves above the
Dnipro river in 1051. Afternoon visit to the
Lower Town and Chernobyl Museum. Time at
leisure to explore further. (B, L)
Day at leisure in Kiev or choose between two
optional excursions: visit Mamaeva Sloboda
Cossack Village open-air museum or the
abandoned city of Pripyat and Chernobyl
Nuclear Power Station, site of one of the most
infamous disasters of the Soviet period. (Both excursions are at an additional cost, to be paid
at the time of booking.) Farewell dinner in a
traditional Ukrainian restaurant. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available
in Chi.inau and Kiev.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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MWV2019: 9 Nights