51 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Chisinau Itinerary

51 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Chisinau Itinerary

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Minsk, Belarus
— 7 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 7 nights
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Brest, Belarus
— 6 nights
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Grodno, Belarus
— 6 nights
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Chernivtsi, Ukraine
— 6 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 6 nights
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
— Few hours
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minsk: Nesvizh Castle (in Nesvizh), Mir Castle (in Mir) and Dudutki Museum Complex (in Ptich). There's still lots to do: browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, don't miss a visit to Victory Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Minsk online route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Minsk National Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Minsk can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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

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Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Get out of town with these interesting Lviv side-trips: Truskavets (Landscape Park Podgorye & Assumption Church of Blessed Virgin Mary) and Zoopark Limpopo (in Medenychi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, admire the landmark architecture of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lviv trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Lviv takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minsk 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 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Truskavets, Zoopark Limpopo
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square

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Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Explore Brest's surroundings by going to Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park (in Kamianiuki), Ruzhany (Ruzhany Palace, Tank Monument, &more) and Kosava Castle (in Kosava). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, appreciate the history behind Spiritual and Patriotic Complex, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Memorial Museum Nemtsevichi Estate, and go for a walk through Sovetskaya Street.

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You can drive from Lviv to Brest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Brest are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grodno.

Things to do in Brest

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ruzhany, Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park, Kosava Castle, Military History Museum of Suvorov, Spiritual and Patriotic Complex
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Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress
The 5th Fort Museum ©
The 5th Fort Museum

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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.
Explore Grodno's surroundings by going to Lida (Lida Castle & Sculpture of Bathers Vasya) and Wolf Monument (in Vawkavysk). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, explore the ancient world of The Old Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Jesuit Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Grodno online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Brest to Grodno by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chernivtsi.

Things to do in Grodno

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lida, Wolf Monument
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Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church ©
Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church
The Jesuit Catholic Church ©
The Jesuit Catholic Church
The Old Castle ©
The Old Castle

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Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Chernivtsi ©
Chernivtsi is a city in western Ukraine, situated on the upper course of the River Prut. Change things up with these side-trips from Chernivtsi: Khotyn Fortress (in Khotyn) and Kamianets-Podilskyi (Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Paul, Kamenet's Podolsky Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans - Chernivtsi National University, stroll around Shevchenko Central Park of Culture and Leisure, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Bukovinian Jewish History.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chernivtsi sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Grodno to Chernivtsi takes 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grodno to Chernivtsi is minus 1 hour. May in Chernivtsi sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Chernivtsi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khotyn Fortress
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Church of the Heart of Jesus ©
Church of the Heart of Jesus
Kamenet's Podolsky Castle ©
Kamenet's Podolsky Castle
The Smotrych River Canyon ©
The Smotrych River Canyon

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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chisinau: Curchi Monastery (in Orhei), Saharna Monastery (in Rezina) and Bendery Fortress (in Bender). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Cricova Winery, make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, walk around Valea Morilor, and admire the striking features of Hancu Monastery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chisinau trip planner.

You can drive from Chernivtsi to Chisinau in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Curchi Monastery, Capriana Monastery, Saharna Monastery, Bendery Fortress, Cricova Winery
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Curchi Monastery ©
Curchi Monastery
Dendrarium Park ©
Dendrarium Park

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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.
To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kharkiv travel planning app.

You can drive from Chisinau to Kharkiv in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You will leave for Kyiv (Kiev) on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Kharkiv

Nightlife · Parks · Museums
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyiv (Kiev): Ethnical Historical and Ethnographic Reserve Pereyaslav (in Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi), Oleksandriya Park (in Bila Tserkva) and Mezhyhirya Residence Museum (in Novi Petrivtsi). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Mezhigorye National Park. There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, and pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) driving holiday planner.

Fly from Kharkiv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Kyiv (Kiev), expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Novi Petrivtsi, Ethnical Historical and Ethnographic Reserve Pereyaslav, Oleksandriya Park
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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