Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ukraine – Moldova
The Dniester River is a unique river in Eastern Europe for both local and international tourism, especially ecotourism. It runs from northwest to southeast in Ukraine, Moldova and Transnistria. The length of the river is 1352 km, basin area – about 72 000 km². Dniester brings 10 billion m³ of water to the Black Sea annually. Dniester is a part of the border between Ukraine and Moldova, and also 398 km of the border between Moldova and Transnistria.
|Day 1 UA||Odessa – Mayaky (Bilyaivka)9:00 Depature the group from Odessa;10:00 Arrival to Mayaki, stop in the local guest house “Water city”, free time;11:00 – 13:30 Dniester River Boat Trip (2 – 2.5 hours);
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch;
15:00 – 17:00 Free time;
17:00 – Evening tea;
18:00 Departure and ransfer to Zatoka,
19:30 – Arrival to camping check-in (Zatoka)
|Day 2 UA||ZatokaBeach activities during the dayOvernight in Zatoka|
|Day 3 UA||Zatoka-Shabo- Bilhorod-DnistrovskyiCheck out from the camping and transfer to Shabo;10: 00-12: 30 – Tour on the Wine Cultural Center “Shabo”;12: 30-13: 00 – Visit to the Wine store, purchasing the products of the trade mark “Shabo” and other souvenirs;
13.00-15.00 – Transfer to Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, lunch;
16.00 – 18.00 Visit to Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress (tour 45 min. + self-exloraition)
Overnight in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi
|Day 4 MD||Kishinev12.00 – Arrival to Kishinev;12:00-14: 00 City tour (cultural and historical attractions);14: 00-16: 00 Lunch;
16: 00-17:30 Visit to the Museum-House of A. Pushkin and the Church of Annunciation
Pushkin House-Museum in Chisinau is preserved from the beginning of the nineteenth century. A. Pushkin lived there and wrote his first compositions in Bessarabia. He also used to visit Church of Annunciation while he was living in Bessarabia.
17: 30-18: 00 Transfer to the hotel;
|Day 5 MD||Curchi – Old Orhei – Butuceni – Cricova Vinuri08:00-09: 00 Breakfast;09: 00-10: 00 Transfer to the Curchi Monastery;
10:00 -11: 00 Tour of the Curchi Monastery;
11: 00-11: 30 Transfer to the Old Orhei;
11: 30-13: 30 Excursion in the Old Orhei;
13: 30-15: 00 Lunch at the village Butuceni;
16: 00-16: 00 Transfer to the Cricova Vinuri;
16: 00-17: 30 Tour and degustation at the Cricova Vinuri;
19: 00-19: 30 Transfer to Chisinau;
|Day 6 MD||Chisinau – Monastery Saharna – Lalova – Tipova Village – Chisinau
08: 00-09: 00 Breakfast;09:00-11: 30 Transfer to the Monastery Saharna;
11: 30-13: 00 Excursion to Saharna cave monastery;
13: 00-13: 30 Transfer to Lalova;
13: 30-15: 00 Lunch in the village Lalova;
15: 00-15: 30 Transfer to Tipova Village;
15:30 – 17:00 Excursion in Tipova (visit of Christian fortresses);
17: 00-19: 00 Transfer to Chisinau
|Day 7 MD – UA||Chisinau – Bendery- Tiraspol – Odessa08:00-09: 00 Breakfast.09: 00-10: 45 Transfer to Bendery;
10: 45-12: 00 Excursion to the Bendery fortress;
12: 00-12: 30 Transfer from Bendery to Tiraspol;
12: 30-13: 30 City tour inTiraspol;
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch;
Departure to Odessa
1. Mayiaky. The territory where Mayaky is located was inhabited since the ancient times. The remains of settlements and burial grounds of copper times (Coţofeni culture, 3rd millennium BC), ancient settlement and cemetery (4-3 centuries BC) were found here. The first written mention about this settlement was made in 1421, when the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas built a castle which was later named Mayaky. In the XVI century Turks destroyed the castle, turning it into a place of timber storage, which they floated from the upper parts of the Dniester.
The main decoration of White Lake is the white water lily – a perennial plant with a powerful rhizome, which contains a lot of tannins, protecting it from rotting in the water. The flowers open at about 7 am and close at 6 pm, which allowed Carl Linnaeus to add lilies into his list of “Plants – Flower Clocks”.
3. Zatoka. The town is a famous beach resort. This is is an urban-type settlement in southwestern Ukraine (administrative part of the port city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi). It is located 60 km from Odessa and 18 km from the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. “Zatoka” means a bay. The town is located on a sand spit of the Dniester Estuary right next to the place where Dnister flows into the Black Sea. The are a lot of hotels campings, night clubs, restaurants and other touristic infrusturcture in Zatoka.
4. Shabo. Shabo is a town of Odessa Oblast situated at the Dniester Liman, about 7 km downstream of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. The Tatar village was established about 1500, called Acha-abag “the lower vineyards”. The name was subsequently simplified to Shabag and finally to Shaba / Shabo. After the conquest of Bessarabia by the Russian Empire, the region suffered a population drain to the Ottoman Empire. Shabo in 1812 had been deserted by all but three or four families. Alexander I decided to re-populate the region, in 1822 inviting Swiss settlers ofVaud to cultivate the vineyards of Shabo. The descendants of these settlers inhabit Shabo to the present day, and Shabo wine remains famous for its quality.
Today Shabo gives possibility to see, feel, taste, keep in memory and take with you everything related to wine and winemaking. Shabo Wine Cultural Center is the exclusive cultural center in Ukraine combining operating advanced enterprise, ancient wine cellars, degustation room, expositions of modern sculptures and architecture, and unique Wine and Wine-making Museum.
There’s also a three-room literary museum in the building facing the cottage, which documents Pushkin’s dramatic life. Pushkin fans will want to know that it was here that he wrote ‘The Prisoner of the Caucasus’ and other classics – that is, when he wasn’t involved in the amorous intrigues, hard drinking and occasional violence of his social circles in what was then a distant rough-around-the-edges outpost of the Russian empire.
The monetary was reopened in 2005, but still badly in need of repair. Then in 2006, under the patronage of the former President of Moldova, a large fund-raising campaign, “Curchi Monastery: From Ruins to Elevation”, was organized to support the restoration of the monastery. Today the monastery is undergoing a complete renovation.
9. Village Butuceni. Food grown by peasants become ingredients of dishes for your dinner, which will be accompanied by folk ensemble playing. After lunch, you will be able to participate in the ethnographic program.
Today, the market economy finally got there and anyone who loves wine and who looks for something unique can visit this amazing place.
Cricova’s museum stores the country’s national collection of 1.2 millions of bottles of 653 names of local and world brands. The oldest wine is from 1902 named “Jewish Easter Wine” and the oldest bottle of liqueur is from the same year “Yan Bekher Liqueur”. German General Gering’s private collection of wine is also there. It was brought to Moldova by the general during WW II to be close to him at the Eastern front.
12. Tipova Monastry. It dates from the 10th to the 12th centuries, and is famous as the place where Stefan cel Mare got married. The caves are burrowed into the cliff and are more accessible than most of the caves at Orheiul Vechi, however this has allowed bus-loads of tourists and visiting school children to leave behind unsightly graffiti inside the caves, sullying what would have otherwise been a perfectly lovely area. If you continue down the path you’ll eventually find a small, picturesque waterfall nearby. Services resumed at the nearby church in 1994 after the monastery was closed and partially ruined during the Soviet period. Both of these monasteries are in a remote corner of the country on the western banks of the Dniestr River. I suggest you secure private transport to visit both places, though Saharna alone can be access by bus, but it’s a full day trip. Follow the turn-off to Lalova from the main road. The monastery is 4km past Horodiste at the far end of the village.
Many Ukrainians, Russians and Jews settled in or around Bender, and the town quickly became predominantly Russian-speaking. By 1897, speakers of Romanian and Moldovan made up only around 7% of Bender’s population, while 33,4 % were Jews.