Moldova and Ukraine tours
Week-long overland tour of Moldova and Ukraine as part of a small group (max 16 people) featuring 6 nights in comfy hotels and 1 night on a sleeper train.
Chisinau Ohrei Monastery Transnistria Odessa Lviv Kyiv Optional Chernobyl tour
US $1999excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £424 - £440.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Moldova and Ukraine tours
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Moldova and Ukraine tours
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by Matthew Cohen
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Although the three cities seen in Ukraine (Odessa, Lviv, Kiev) were all beautiful, Transnistria and Chernobyl were the most unique and consequently the most memorable.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be sure to book Chernobyl (optional day tour) in advance if interested.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not particularly, though I certainly don't think it was harmful in any of those areas.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Highly - the trip was very much as I expected and I was fully satisfied.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Crafts and Cultures:
We offer a full variety of cultural excursions on this trip, and many sites take very few visitors. By paying for entrance, guided tours or souvenirs here, we are really contributing to the longevity of these places. At Ohrei Monastery there is the opportunity to buy small handmade gifts made by the resident monks these including small boxes, jewellery and pray sheets, all are very cheap, but offer a little money to support this historical site, which receives almost no government funding.
Through local market visits, clients can become accustomed with traditional Moldavian and Ukrainian handicrafts, like embroidered clothing, wool socks and scarfs, hand painted Matryoshka dolls and wooden Christmas decorations. Locals will often be selling home grown fruit as well as honey, jam, sweets, bread and cakes, which are perfect for long train journeys and help elderly locals top up their small pensions
A Fair Deal:
All of our staff and suppliers are locally employed from Moldova and Ukraine, meaning all income generated remains in the country and benefits the economy. Our local guides are trained in responsible tourism issues, which come across in briefings to clients on environment and community. Our optional tours, bike hire and boat rides, all bring business to local companies.
Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend six nights in comfortable hotels and one overnight on a sleeper train. All of our accommodations employ local staff which has a positive effect on local employment levels and the economy. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced locally as much as possible. On day 2 we visit a traditional rural home in Moldova and enjoy a meal cooked by the family. This is likely to be Invârtit? – meat or pulped pumpkin wrapped in a light puff pastry. There’s usually time to have a go at making this yourself if you’re keen! Moldova wine making is a key part of Moldova’s small economy and we will visit one of their largest wineries giving you the option to buy direct from the cellar.
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