13 days in Romania, Moldova & Ukraine Itinerary

13 days in Romania, Moldova & Ukraine Itinerary

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13 days in Romania, Moldova & Ukraine Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Chisinau, Moldova
— 3 nights
3
Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Appreciate the collections at The National Museum of Art of Romania and The Clock Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to AFI Cotroceni and Carturesti Carusel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bucharest: Bellu Manor (in Urlati), Cathedral of Ploiesti (in Ploiesti) and Mogosoaia Palace (in Mogosoaia). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos), see the interesting displays at Tiriac Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Patriarchal Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest road trip website .

New York City, USA to Bucharest is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Bucharest dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ploiesti, Bellu Manor, Mogosoaia Palace, Tiriac Collection
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Tiriac Collection ©
Tiriac Collection
The Clock Museum ©
The Clock Museum
The National Museum of Art of Romania ©

3
nights
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
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. Popular historic sites such as The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord” and Curchi Monastery are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History and Andrei Mudrea - Modern Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chisinau: Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni) and Capriana Monastery (in Capriana). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Moldovan Art, stroll the grounds of Jewish Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chisinau travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Bucharest to Chisinau by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Odessa.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Capriana Monastery, Curchi Monastery, Hancu Monastery, Cricova Winery
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2
nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, then see the interesting displays at Shustov Cognac Winery Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arabic Cultural Center. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at T. Shevchenko Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and then kick back and relax at Beach Golden Shore.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Odessa trip planner .

You can drive from Chisinau to Odessa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks Museums Beaches
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Shustov Cognac Winery Museum ©
Shustov Cognac Winery Museum
Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral ©
Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, Head underground at Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery, and then see the interesting displays at Mezhyhirya Residence Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, then examine the collection at Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Tsekh Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at State Aviation Museum.

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You can fly from Odessa to Kiev in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Mezhyhirya Residence Museum
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
State Aviation Museum ©
State Aviation Museum
Mezhyhirya Residence Museum ©
Mezhyhirya Residence Museum

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