An In-depth Study of Three Unsung Countries

Traverse a little-known region that has changed hands from its earliest history. Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are three of the least-frequented and least familiar countries in Europe. Time slowed drastically here after the devastation of World War II, but these beautiful countries are emerging from the shadows. Visit an artist in Kiev, and share a meal with a Chisinau family.

13 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Relish a home-cooked Moldovan meal
    Savor a home-cooked Moldovan meal in a private home....
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  • Dine with a rural family in a private home
    Dine with a rural family in the Belarusian countryside...
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  • Enjoy a private demonstration of egg painting
    Learn about the Ukrainian national art of egg painting during a private demonstration by a master artisan....
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  • Visit the chilling Chernobyl Museum
    Visit the Chernobyl Museum, explaining the combination of human error and design flaws responsible for the 1986 explosion and fire at Reactor #4, only 62 miles from Kiev....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova travel experience
  • MIR’s small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova was honored as a “Tour of a Lifetime,” by National Geographic Traveler
  • Travel programs such as Stanford and Northwestern universities have chosen MIR to guide them to this region
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Minsk, Brest (Belarus)

Begin in Minsk, capital of Belarus, for a fascinating glimpse into the socialist past. At the Great Patriotic War Memorial, remember the half of Minsk’s population that perished during World War II. Visit the Gallery of Russian and Modern Belarusian Art, and stop at the manor house of Polish and American hero (and friend of Thomas Jefferson) Tadeusz Kosciuszko. In Brest, admire the massive UNESCO-listed stone Brest Fortress, built by Czar Nicholas I in the mid-1800s.

Highlights

  • Minsk’s main street, the animated promenade, Nezavisimosty Avenue
  • Visit to an artist’s private studio
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Days 4-6: Lviv (Ukraine)

Awaken in beautiful Lviv, founded in the 13th century. Wander its lovely UNESCO-listed Old Town Square, surrounded by 16th-18th century merchant dwellings. Conquered by the Poles in 1349, Lviv feels very Central European.

Highlights

  • Lviv’s lovely Old Town, with Prospekt Svobody, Ploshy Rynok (Market Square), and the Town Hall
  • Pharmacy Museum, its walls lined with old shelves stacked with little boxes, antique bottles, vessels and scales
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Days 7-9: Kiev

Fly to the capital, Kiev, and visit some of Ukraine’s most important sites, including St. Sophia Cathedral, the Caves Monastery and the Chernobyl Museum. Stroll and shop on the cobbled descent down Andreevsky Street, filled with galleries, shops, cafés and artists’ studios.

Highlights

  • Golden Kiev, capital of Ukraine and mother city of Eastern Slavic peoples
  • Pecherskaya Lavra, or Caves Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1051
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Days 10-11: Odessa

Drop in to Odessa, climbing its much-filmed Potemkin Steps and exploring its Partisan Caves, where resistance fighters hid during WWII.

Highlights

  • The Potemkin Steps, immortalized in Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin
  • The stately Odessa Opera House, a baroque symbol of the city
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Days 12-13: Chisinau (Moldova)

Next is Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, a tree-lined city of only 600,000. Survey some of Moldova’s ancient monasteries and sample the deep red wines the country is gaining a reputation for.

Highlights

  • Stefan cel Mare Park, a luxuriant and open green area in the center of the capital
  • Visit to Milesti Mici Winery’s “Golden Collection,” noted by the Guinness Book of World Records
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 13 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 5-16 Travelers $6,795
  • Plus Internal Air $480
  • Single Supplement $1,295

2017 Dates

  • May 7-19 - Sold out!
  • May 21-June 2
  • August 13-25 - Sold out! Waitlist is available.
  • $6,795
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never more than 16 travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located first class hotels in the major cities and best available hotels elsewhere.
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners, per the itinerary. Some lunches and dinners are not included so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or van (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Minsk before the tour begins, or after it ends in Chisinau. We can also arrange for an extended program in Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Baltics or Central or East Europe at either end of your tour.

Additionally, you have the option to add Transdniester as a post-tour day trip from Chisinau. Note: Transdniester is not included on this itinerary without adding a separate independent extension.

It is also possible to combine this tour with a small group tour or choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

The accommodations vary from basic hotels in Belarus to very comfortable four and five star hotels elsewhere in the itinerary. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of Central Europe are, in general, not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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