20 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova Itinerary

20 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova Itinerary

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20 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Brest, Belarus
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Grodno, Belarus
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Vitebsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 30 min
6
Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 1 day
Taxi + Train:  7 h
7
Vinnytsia, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
8
Odessa, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Chisinau, Moldova
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stryisky Park and Armenian street. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, examine the collection at Arsenal Museum, make a trip to Prospekt Svobody, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Staroyevryeiska Street.

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Newark, USA to Lviv is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Lviv. Traveling from Newark in June, things will get a bit cooler in Lviv: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Dominican Cathedral ©
Dominican Cathedral
Stryisky Park ©
Stryisky Park
Church of the Jesuits ©
Church of the Jesuits

1
night
Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
On the 5th (Fri), examine the collection at The 5th Fort Museum, make a trip to Brest Railway Station Building, make a trip to Gogolya Street, then make a trip to Lights Alley, then see the interesting displays at Brest Railway Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at War Museum - Territory of the World.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brest trip app .

You can drive from Lviv to Brest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lviv to Brest is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Brest can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grodno.

Things to do in Brest

Museums
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Brest Railway Museum ©
Brest Railway Museum
Brest Railway Station Building ©
Brest Railway Station Building
Gogolya Street
Gogolya Street

2
nights
Grodno, Belarus

Grodno ©
The capital city of the region of the same name, Grodno (also called Hrodna) was built around the river flowing through it, and is known as a hub for the arts celebrating both modern and classical culture with three major theaters, a philharmonic society, and a multitude of museums.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Great Choral Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at The Jesuit Catholic Church, take in the pleasant sights at Sovetskaya Street, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Iron, then admire the landmark architecture of Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church, and finally examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Grodno Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Intercession Cathedral, examine the collection at The Watchtower of the fire department and a Fire Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Fraciscan Monastery and Church, then stroll around Zhiliber's Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sovetskaya Square.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grodno tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brest to Grodno takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Minsk.

Things to do in Grodno

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church ©
Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church
The Jesuit Catholic Church ©
The Jesuit Catholic Church
Sovetskaya Street
Sovetskaya Street

3
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Victory Park and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting Minsk side-trips: Nesvizh (Symon Budny Monument, Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Upper City, explore the world behind art at The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, stroll around Chelyuskinites Park, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Fallen Jewish People on March 2, 1942.

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Traveling by car from Grodno to Minsk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vitebsk.

Things to do in Minsk

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nesvizh
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Victory Park ©
Victory Park
Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh ©
Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh
Upper City
Upper City

1
night
Vitebsk, Belarus

Vitebsk ©
Vitebsk or Vitsebsk, is a city in Belarus. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): snap pictures at Pushkinskiy Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, examine the collection at City Hall (Ratusha), then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Great Duke Algirdas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Resurrection Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Marc Chagall Home.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vitebsk trip planner.

You can drive from Minsk to Vitebsk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Vitebsk sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Vitebsk

Historic Sites Museums
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Uspensky Cathedral ©
Uspensky Cathedral
Marc Chagall Home ©
Marc Chagall Home
City Hall (Ratusha) ©
City Hall (Ratusha)

1
day
Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl ©
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Pripyat Amusement Park and then don't miss a visit to Reactor No 4.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chernobyl travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Vitebsk to Chernobyl in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Vitebsk to Chernobyl, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Chernobyl sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vinnytsia.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pripyat Amusement Park
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Pripyat Amusement Park ©
Pripyat Amusement Park

2
nights
Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Vinnytsia ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Glory Memorial and War Memorial Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Vinnytsia Water Tower, then examine the collection at Museum of Retro Technology Avtomotovelofotoradio, and finally admire the local landmark of Multimedia Fountain Roshen. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Pirogov's Estate Museum, then examine the collection at Pirogov's Masoleum - St.Nicolas Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Historical Museum, and finally walk around Gorky Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vinnytsia itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Chernobyl to Vinnytsia takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Odessa.

Things to do in Vinnytsia

Museums Parks
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National Pirogov's Estate Museum ©
National Pirogov's Estate Museum
Gorky Park ©
Gorky Park

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nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beach Golden Shore and Statue of the Duc de Richelieu. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Interesting Science, stroll around T. Shevchenko Central Park of Culture and Recreation, pause for some photo ops at Sailor`s Wife Monument, and make a trip to Monument to L. Utesov.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Odessa sightseeing planning tool .

You can take a train from Vinnytsia to Odessa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Odessa can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chisinau.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Beach Golden Shore ©
Beach Golden Shore
Museum of Interesting Science ©
Museum of Interesting Science

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nights
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Stephen the Great Monument. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, admire the natural beauty at Valea Morilor, walk around Dendrarium Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chisinau itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Odessa to Chisinau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Parks Tours
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Milestii Mici ©
Milestii Mici
Food Tours

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