18 days in Moldova, Montenegro & Kiev Itinerary

18 days in Moldova, Montenegro & Kiev Itinerary

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Start: Kiev, Ukraine
1
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Tiraspol, Moldova
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Rezina, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Soroca, Moldova
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
6
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Danilovgrad Municipality, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, stroll around Mariinsky Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, and pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kiev day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Kiev Zhuliany International Airport and Boryspil International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Kiev can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz
Khreshchatyk ©
Khreshchatyk

2
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, then walk around Dendrarium Park, and then learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, then walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephen the Great Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chisinau planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kiev to Chisinau in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Tiraspol.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Cricova Winery
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Dendrarium Park ©
Dendrarium Park
Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

2
nights
Tiraspol, Moldova

Tiraspol ©
Tiraspol is internationally recognised as the second largest city in Moldova, but is effectively the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Kvint, stroll around De Wollant Park, then appreciate the history behind The Tank Monument, then pause for some photo ops at The Suvorov Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Bendery Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Supreme Soviet, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tighina Military Cemetery, and then learn about winemaking at Castel Mimi Wine Resort.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tiraspol travel website.

Traveling by bus from Chisinau to Tiraspol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rezina.

Things to do in Tiraspol

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Bender, Castel Mimi Wine Resort
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Bendery Fortress ©
Bendery Fortress
The Suvorov Monument ©
The Suvorov Monument
Castel Mimi Wine Resort
Castel Mimi Wine Resort

1
night
Rezina, Moldova

Rezina ©
Rezina is a city in Moldova and the capital of Rezina District. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): head off the coast to Hanul Lui Hanganu and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saharna Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rezina trip planner.

Drive from Tiraspol to Rezina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Soroca.

Things to do in Rezina

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Hanul Lui Hanganu ©
Hanul Lui Hanganu
Saharna Monastery ©
Saharna Monastery

3
nights
Soroca, Moldova

Soroca ©
Soroca is a city and municipality in Moldova, situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. On the 1st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Rudi Monastery, wander the streets of Gypsy Hill, don't miss a visit to Struve's Geodetic Arc, then appreciate the history behind The Candle of Gratitude Monument, and finally delve into the distant past at Soroca Fortress.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Soroca online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Rezina to Soroca in 1.5 hours. In October in Soroca, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Zabljak.

Things to do in Soroca

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rudi Monastery
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Soroca Fortress ©
Soroca Fortress
The Candle of Gratitude Monument ©
The Candle of Gratitude Monument
Rudi Monastery ©
Rudi Monastery

2
nights
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 4th (Wed), explore the activities along Black Lake, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes and Partizans of World War II, and then get great views at Bobotov Kuk. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Tara River Canyon, then take in the views from Đurđevića Tara Bridge, and then have some family-friendly fun at Adventure Park Lovcen.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zabljak visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Soroca to Zabljak. The time zone difference when traveling from Soroca to Zabljak is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Danilovgrad Municipality.

Things to do in Zabljak

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tara River Canyon
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Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Đurđevića Tara Bridge ©
Đurđevića Tara Bridge

1
night
Danilovgrad Municipality, Montenegro

Danilovgrad Municipality ©
Danilovgrad Municipality is one of the municipalities of Montenegro. On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ostrog Monastery.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Danilovgrad Municipality itinerary planner.

Drive from Zabljak to Danilovgrad Municipality in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Danilovgrad Municipality

Historic Sites
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Ostrog Monastery ©
Ostrog Monastery

3
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 7th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Statua Ballerina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogren Beach, don't miss a visit to Budva City Walls, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then make a trip to Belavista Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Budva trip planner.

You can drive from Danilovgrad Municipality to Budva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Budva, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kotor, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Belavista Square
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Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

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