9 days in Ukraine & Chisinau Itinerary

9 days in Ukraine & Chisinau Itinerary

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Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova
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Lviv, Ukraine

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Rynok Square, wander the streets of Old Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Dormition Church, Korniakt Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Boim Family. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Monument of Nikifor Epifaniy Drovnyak, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, then stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lviv vacation planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lviv is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Lviv is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Lviv at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Andriyivski Uzviz, and finally make a trip to Khreshchatyk. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, examine the collection at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, then don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyiv (Kiev) day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kyiv (Kiev) are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

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Odessa, Ukraine

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.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Teatralnaya Square, don't miss a visit to Primorsky Boulevard, don't miss a visit to Potemkin Stairs, pause for some photo ops at Statue of the Duc de Richelieu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arabic Cultural Center, and finally examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, don't miss a visit to Passage, then stroll around City Garden, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at The Odessa Port.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Odessa road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Odessa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in August since evenings lows in Odessa dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chisinau.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Chisinau, Moldova

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. On the 29th (Sat), admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, then walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Divine Providence, and finally learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Milestii Mici, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chisinau trip planner.

Drive from Odessa to Chisinau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ukraine travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.