51 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Chisinau Itinerary

51 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Chisinau Itinerary

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51 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Chisinau Itinerary

Start: Minsk, Belarus
1
Minsk, Belarus
— 7 nights
2
Lviv, Ukraine
— 7 nights
3
Brest, Belarus
— 6 nights
4
Grodno, Belarus
— 6 nights
Drive:  10​h
5
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Chisinau, Moldova
— 6 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Kharkiv, Ukraine
— Few hours
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
8
Kiev, Ukraine
— 11 nights
End: Kiev, Ukraine


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7
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). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, appreciate the history behind Island of Tears, don't miss a visit to Victory Square, and deepen your understanding at Khatyn Memorial.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Minsk day trip app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Minsk National Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

7
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lviv: Truskavets (Landscape Park Podgorye & Assumption Church of Blessed Virgin Mary) and Zoopark Limpopo (in Medenychi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Rynok Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lviv attractions planning site .

You can fly from Minsk to Lviv in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Minsk to Lviv is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brest side-trips: Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park (in Kamianiuki), Ruzhany (Ruzhany Palace, Tank Monument, & more) and Kosava Castle (in Kosava). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, don't miss a visit to Lights Alley, take a leisurely stroll along Embankment, and see the interesting displays at Brest Railway Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brest road trip planning site .

You can drive from Lviv to Brest in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lviv to Brest. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grodno.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kobryn, Ruzhany, Kamyanyets, Kosava Castle, Spiritual and Patriotic Complex
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Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Ruzhany Palace ©
Ruzhany Palace

6
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lida (Lida Castle, Monument Bronze Town Arms, & more) and Wolf Monument (in Vawkavysk). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalozha Church Boris-Gleb Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Jesuit Catholic Church, get your game on at Recreation and Development Center PORTAL, and examine the collection at Maksim Bahdanovic Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grodno online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Brest to Grodno takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 ©
The Jesuit Catholic Church ©
The Jesuit Catholic Church
The Old Castle ©
The Old Castle

6
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Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Chernivtsi ©
Chernivtsi is a city in western Ukraine, situated on the upper course of the River Prut. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chernivtsi: Kamianets-Podilskyi (Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Paul, Kamenet's Podolsky Castle, & more) and Khotyn Fortress (in Khotyn). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans - Chernivtsi National University, don't miss a visit to Olgi Kobylyanskoi Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Bukovinian Jewish History.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chernivtsi journey planner .

You can drive from Grodno to Chernivtsi in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grodno to Chernivtsi due to the time zone difference. In May in Chernivtsi, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 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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6
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. Get out of town with these interesting Chisinau side-trips: Curchi Monastery (in Orhei), Saharna Monastery (in Rezina) and Bendery Fortress (in Bender). Dedicate the 20th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, take in nature's colorful creations at Valea Morilor, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Chisinau day trip planner.

You can drive from Chernivtsi to Chisinau in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saharna Monastery, Bendery Fortress, Capriana Monastery, Cricova Winery, Curchi Monastery
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

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hours
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.
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kharkiv driving holiday app .

You can drive from Chisinau to Kharkiv in 12.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May, daytime highs in Kharkiv are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll set off for Kiev on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Kharkiv

Nightlife Parks Museums
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nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Explore Kiev's surroundings by going to Oleksandriya Park (in Bila Tserkva), Novi Petrivtsi (Mezhyhirya Residence Museum & Mezhigorye National Park) and Ethnical Historical and Ethnographic Reserve Pereyaslav (in Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kiev trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kharkiv to Kiev in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Tours Parks

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
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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