Moldova and Ukraine tours
Optional single supplement from £265 - £275.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Moldova and Ukraine tours
Situated between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is rarely considered as a destination for travellers which is a shame as, despite the constant pull from both sides, Moldova tours offer an incredibly insightful opportunity to get to grips with the culture and history of Eastern Europe.
Chisinau, the capital, makes for an excellent place to start with trips into Transnistria, a self-proclaimed independent state, and over the border into the Ukraine allowing Moldova tours to really come to life, especially after a visit to one of the world’s largest wineries.
Soviet architecture, UNESCO old towns, ancient monasteries and cultural cities, such as Lviv and Kyiv, combine to create an exciting and enlightening Moldova and Ukraine tour to help put the pieces of the Germanic Russian jigsaw in place.
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1 Reviews of Moldova and Ukraine tours
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by Matthew Cohen
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
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 travellers booking this holiday?
Be sure to book Chernobyl (optional day tour) in advance if interested.
3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday overall?
Highly - the trip was very much as I expected and I was fully satisfied.
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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