31 days in Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova Itinerary

31 days in Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova Itinerary

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31 days in Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Minsk, Belarus
— 5 nights
2
Grodno, Belarus
— 2 nights
3
Brest, Belarus
— 2 nights
4
Lviv, Ukraine
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Kharkiv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
6
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Chisinau, Moldova
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
8
Kiev, Ukraine
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Baku, Azerbaijan

5
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minsk: Mir Castle (in Mir), Dudutki Museum Complex (in Ptich) and Nesvizh Castle (in Nesvizh). And it doesn't end there: browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, examine the collection at Museum Strana Mini, walk around Victory Park, and pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Minsk trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Minsk is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from San Francisco to Minsk. In April, Minsk is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grodno.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nesvizh Castle, Mir Castle, Khatyn Memorial, Dudutki Museum Complex
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Khatyn Memorial ©
Khatyn Memorial
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus
Mir Castle ©
Mir Castle

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.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Jesuit Catholic Church, explore the ancient world of The Old Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church, and finally stop by Cudounia. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Great Choral Synagogue, go for a walk through Sovetskaya Street, then walk around Zhiliber's Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Grodno Zoo.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Grodno attractions app .

Drive from Minsk to Grodno in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Grodno sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Grodno

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Grodno Zoo ©
Grodno Zoo
Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church ©
Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church
The Jesuit Catholic Church ©
The Jesuit Catholic Church

2
nights
Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Brest Railway Station Building, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, then see the interesting displays at Brest Railway Museum, then make a trip to Sovetskaya Street, and finally make a trip to Lights Alley.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brest trip planner .

Getting from Grodno to Brest by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Brest sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lviv.

Things to do in Brest

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park
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Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Sovetskaya Street ©
Sovetskaya Street

4
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.
Lviv is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lviv trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Brest to Lviv in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Brest to Lviv, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Kharkiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv ©
Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
Kharkiv is known for parks, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, don't miss a visit to Freedom Square, identify plant and animal life at Kharkov Dolphinarium, and pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kharkiv trip builder website .

You can fly from Lviv to Kharkiv in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chernivtsi.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Kharkov Dolphinarium ©
Kharkov Dolphinarium
Mirror Stream fountain ©
Mirror Stream fountain

2
nights
Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Chernivtsi ©
Chernivtsi is a city in western Ukraine, situated on the upper course of the River Prut. Step out of Chernivtsi to go to Khotyn and see Khotyn Fortress, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans - Chernivtsi National University, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Heart of Jesus, make a trip to Olgi Kobylyanskoi Street, and ponder the world of politics at Chernivtsi City Hall.

Before you visit Chernivtsi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Kharkiv to Chernivtsi in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Chernivtsi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Khotyn Fortress
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3
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 4th (Mon): make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, then stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, and finally do a tasting at Cricova Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, contemplate the long history of Stephen the Great Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, then walk around Dendrarium Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture of Skateboarders.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chisinau journey planner.

Drive from Chernivtsi to Chisinau in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Cricova Winery
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Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

5
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sophia Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kiev, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Chisinau to Kiev takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kiev sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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