Belarus 16 days
Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova
Prices from £2,399

Travel to the farthest reaches of Europe on a two week tour that explores three countries, and one breakaway republic. Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are some of the least known countries on the continent, once well hidden behind the Iron Curtain but now released from the Soviet grip and enjoying a cultural resurgence. Starting in Belarus we explore the striking capital Minsk with its melange of Communist architecture and charming old churches, then head to the historic town of Polotsk to delve into a complex heritage that few know exists. In the charming settlement of Disna we stay as guests of a local family and experience true Belarusian hospitality, then travel to the fairytale castle at Mir and the 16th century town of Njasvizh. Leaving Belarus behind we take the overnight train to Kiev and begin exploring Ukraine. In the capital we visit stunning golden domed monasteries and cathedrals dating back a thousand years, before heading on to Lviv – surely one of the most elegant cities in Europe. In surrounding villages we discover striking old castles before heading on to the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, a treasure chest of traditional Hutsul culture, incredible scenery and fascinating wildlife. Finally we visit Moldova, the smallest country of the trio but with vast underground wine cellars, ancient monasteries and the unique republic of Transdniestr, a country that doesn’t officially exist. This tour visits a truly intriguing region, full of surprises and imbued with a rich heritage that easily rivals better known parts of Europe, and best of all, it’s well off the tourist map.