15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
Train
2
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Train
3
Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tiraspol, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive
5
Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 4 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra and St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Sophia's Cathedral and Golden Gate. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyiv (Kiev) tour planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Kyiv (Kiev) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Kyiv (Kiev) is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Lviv, Ukraine

— 1 night

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, admire the striking features of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, then examine the collection at Arsenal Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery.

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

Traveling by train from Kyiv (Kiev) to Lviv takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Lviv. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Ivano-Frankivsk.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

— 4 nights
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pysanka Easter Egg Museum and Prycarpathian Museum of Arts. Take a break from the city and head to Silver Falls and Maniava Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ivano-Frankivsk: Chortkiv (Old Town Hall, Church of St. Stanislav, &more), Manyava Cross Monastery (in Manyava) and Hutsul Museum (in Kolomyia).

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ivano-Frankivsk day trip planner.

Getting from Lviv to Ivano-Frankivsk by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Tiraspol.

Things to do in Ivano-Frankivsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tiraspol, Moldova

— 1 night
Tiraspol is internationally recognised as the second largest city in Moldova, but is effectively the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at The Suvorov Monument, steep yourself in history at Bendery Fortress, then walk around De Wollant Park, then appreciate the history behind The Tank Monument, and finally do a tasting at Kvint.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tiraspol trip planner.

You can drive from Ivano-Frankivsk to Tiraspol in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Odessa.

Things to do in Tiraspol

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Odessa, Ukraine

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Visit 10 Apryelya Square and Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Ukraine by Locals and The Odessa Port. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Catacombs of Odessa, don't miss a visit to Primorsky Boulevard, see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabic Cultural Center.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Odessa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tiraspol to Odessa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Odessa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Transnistria travel guide

3.9
Monuments · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Known to some as Moldova's "breakaway state," Transnistria can feel like a completely separate country. While the UN does not recognize its independence, Transnistria maintains its own government, police, parliament, and currency. Most of the region's half-million residents are not Moldovan--they are fairly evenly split between Moldovans, Russians, and Ukrainians. Tourism here revolves around the 1990 Transnistria War, in which this region attempted to gain sovereignty. While there is no current conflict here, residents are still separatists. Don't leave without trying the locally crafted wine and cognac, which are good quality and quite inexpensive.