13 Days BELARUS, UKRAINE & MOLDOVA

Code: EE1-13LO
2020: 7/4, 19/5, 9/6, 4/8, 8/9, 6/10
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Minsk
Independence avenue Victory avenue
Upper Town with the City Hall Holy Spirit Cathedral
Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary Old Streets of the Trinity Suburb
Victory Monument National Library
Mir
Mir Castle

 

Brest
Sovetskaya Street and Alike Boulevards Brest Fortress

 

Nesvizh
Nesvizh Palace Farny Roman – Catholic Church

 

Kyiv
Outside View of the Motherland Statue Complex Kyivo-PecherskLavra Monastery
Golden Gates Outside View of St. Sophia Cathedral
Andrew’s descent Souvenir Market
A Short Walk Along Maidan (Independence square) and Khreschatyk Street. Largest Restricted Abandoned Area in Europe – the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone
Ruined nuclear station Ghost city of Prypyat

 

Odessa
Strategic Missile Force Museum Prymorski Boulevard
legendary Potemkin Staircase famous Opera and Ballet Theater
Troyitska and St. Paul Churches Art Museum
The Mysteries of the Odessa Catacombs

 

Belgorod
Dnestrovskyi Fortress
Chisinau
Valley of the Dniester River Castel MIMI winery
Memorial Eternity the Memorial Complex of Afghanistan
ValeaMorilor Park Capriana and Churchi monastery
Chisinau City Hall The Triumph Arch
Park of Stefan Cel Mare Alley of the Classicists
National Assembly Central Post Office
Organ Hall Mihai Eminescu National Theater
National Museum of Ethnography.

 

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Day 1: Assemble in Singapore

Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Minsk on LOT Polish Airlines.
Note: Passengers will depart in the early morning of Day 2.

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Day 2: Singapore – Warsaw – Minsk (L/D)

SIN/WAW                 LO68               0005/0615
WAW/MSQ                 LO705              1155/1405
Upon arrival in Minsk, embark on a sightseeing tour of Minsk which includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth – XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library are to be explored too.

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Day 3: Minsk – Mir – Brest (B/L/D)

This morning, transfer to Mir, which is a small town 90 km to the south-west from Minsk. Mir Castle is an impressive architectural monument included into the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It was erected at the end of the XVth century and today it is a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture that makes Mir Castle very unique. After lunch, transfer to Brest that is 250 km from Mir. Brest is a traditional “western gate” of the country. It is a calm and relaxed city, with famous Sovetskaya Street and alike boulevards, which are perfect for promenading. Visit the Brest Fortress, which is of course included into the city tour. The fortress made a prolonged defense against the Nazis in 1941 and was ruined as a result of severe battles. Only a handful of men had survived but citizens all over the USSR had been inspired by the heroism of the Brest Fortress defenders.

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Day 4: Brest – Nesvizh – Minsk (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to Nesvizh – a delightful historic town, one of the oldest in the country. After lunch, you will visit the magnificent Nesvizh Palace – former residence of the aristocratic Radzivili family, which also includes beautiful park and Farny Roman – Catholic Church of the XVIth century. The complex once numbered around 170 rooms, with a series of underground passages connecting it to the town’s monasteries. Today, the exposition of the Palace includes more than 30 exhibition halls, including Prince’s apartments, Golden and Star halls, Hunter’s hall and others. Transfer to Minsk.

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Day 5: Minsk – Kyiv (B/L/D)

MSQ/KBP                 B2 843               0825/0925
This morning, transfer from Minsk to Kyiv. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour which includes an outside view of the Motherland Statue Complex, then continue to Kyivo-PecherskLavra Monastery. After lunch, visit the Golden Gates, outside view of St. Sophia Cathedral, Andrew’s descent and souvenir market, and then a short walk along Maidan (Independence square) and Khreschatyk Street.

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Day 6: Kyiv (B/L/D)

Early in the morning depart to the largest restricted abandoned area in Europe – the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. Life here stopped in 1986 after an accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station. All the neglected land looks exactly the same as 30 years back. During the tour you will see the remains of a ruined nuclear station and visit the ghost city of Prypyat. Here you will be surprised to learn that all these facilities to a great extant were built for the War purposes. The tour routes in the Chornobyl Zone are designed to grant absolute radiation safety. To ensure radiation safety, each group has a Geiger counter on the route.
One day tour radiation dose is:
– Equal to the dose of 1 hour airplane flight
– 160 times smaller than X-ray chest exam
– 3600 times smaller than whole body CT scan

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Day 7: Kyiv – Odessa (B/L/D)

In the morning, depart to Odessa by coach (500km). On the way, get to visit the Strategic Missile Force Museum. During the Cold War, 176 nuclear missile launching silos were located at missile bases across Ukraine. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, under the ‘Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty’ (START) agreement with the USA, they were all demolished, except one. That one remaining complex was turned into the ‘Museum of Strategic Missile Troops’ (aka the ‘Nuclear Missile Museum’). During the tour, take an underground corridor to the massive doors which lead to a self-contained silo-based 12-storey Command Post which could function sealed from the outside world for 45 days. Sit in the Command seat and experience what Soviet officers could feel during the Cold War and being in charge of nine missiles SS-22. Upon arrival, check in hotel for some rest.

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Day 8: Odessa (B/L/D)

After breakfast, embark on an Odessa city tour. Today you will be introduced to the largest seaport on the Black Sea and the third largest city in Ukraine. Morning tour will include the Prymorski Boulevard and legendary Potemkin Staircase leading to the sea, the famous Opera and Ballet Theater, Troyitska and St. Paul Churches and the Art Museum. After lunch, tour “The Mysteries of the Odessa Catacombs”. Odessa was built on the coquina stones that had been mined out of the ground. That is why the long labyrinths spread under the city. Please do bring some warm clothes to the underground tour, as the temperature will be around 10 to 12 degrees.

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Day 9: Odessa (B/L/D)

After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour to Belgorod-Dnestrovskyi Fortress. It is the biggest fortress in the country, and a unique monument to the defensive architecture of the 13th -15th centuries. Despite its ‘venerable’ age and the historical events to which it was a first-hand witness, the fortress managed to preserve its original structure, and today it is considered to be the best preserved medieval fortification facility in Ukraine. After the tour, transfer back to Odessa.

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Day 10: Odessa – Chisinau (Moldova) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to Chișinău. On the way to Chisinau we make a tour to the town of Bendery, which has been the site of a fortress commanding the Dneister crossings since the second century BC. Continue the journey to the valley of the Dniester River with its orchards and vineyards. Our destination is Tiraspol, founded as a stronghold by General Suvorov in 1792, but named after the ancient Greek colony of Tiras. Next, proceed to Castel MIMI winery for wine tasting and dinner.

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Day 11: Chisinau (B/L/D)

After breakfast we go on a city tour of Chisinau. Visit the Memorial Eternity, the Memorial Complex of Afghanistan and ValeaMorilor Park. After lunch Visit to Capriana and Churchi monastery, Then, walk to the centre of the city and visit the Chisinau City Hall, the Triumph Arch, park of Stefan cel Mare, Alley of the Classicists, National Assembly, Central Post Office, Organ Hall and Mihai Eminescu National Theater, souvenir market and others. Finish the city tour with an excursion to the National Museum of Ethnography.

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Day 12: Moldova – Warsaw (B)

KIV/WAW                 LO 514                      1440/1535
WAW/SIN                LO 67                      2300/1525+1
After breakfast, enjoy some free time for some last minute shopping. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight back to Singapore via Warsaw.

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Day 13: Arrival in Singapore

Arrive Singapore in the evening with fond memories of a wonderful holiday to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova.

Tours Info

Airline
Lot Polish Airlines (LO)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore-Warsaw – 12 hours 35 minutes
Warsaw-Minsk – 1 hours 15 minutes
Chisinau-Warsaw – 1 hours 50 minutes
Warsaw-Singapore – 11 hours 55 minutes
Time Difference Belarus, Ukraine& Moldova time is 5 hour behind of Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six (06) months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS Singapore and Malaysian passport holders require visa for entry into Ukraine.
For Moldova and Belarus , visa is not required. However, other nationalities please check with our staff.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highlyrecommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, luggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete Insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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