- Type of the tour cycling
- Duration 8 days
- Difficulty moderate
- Accommodation mostly in 3 or 4 stars hotels
- Map Cycling to Moldova 1, Cycling to Moldova 2
- Price €405
- Distance 574 km., 82 km. per day - in everage
- Starting point Kamianets-Podilskyi (reachable from Lviv or Kiev)
- Finishing point Chisinau
- Countries Ukraine, Moldova
Surrounded by ancient rocky landscapes, castles and waterfalls, the Dniester valley is viewed as one of the most interesting geo-regions in Ukraine. The picturesque Dniester has its source in Ukraine, near the Polish border, and then flows to the Black Sea. Its course marks part of the border between Ukraine and Moldova. Upon entering Moldova it separates the bulk of Moldova's territory from Transnistria. Later it again demarcates the Moldova-Ukraine border before finally flowing through Ukraine on its last stretch to the Black Sea. The Dniester River is a major trans-boundary river in Eastern Europe.
The much talked about limestone walls of the Dniester valley are not the only points of interest. Visitors can also look forward to discovering caves and grottos, breath-taking waterfalls and stretches of bryophyte covered rocks. The caves contain subtle signs of old settlements, testifying to the fact that long ago, this region was inhabited.
Moldova is famous for its wine. The promise of exceptional wine at bargain prices is Moldova’s main draw for tourists. Recently uncovered evidence shows that grapes grew wild in Moldova’s forests…even in prehistoric times. Considering this, you'd expect the wine to be good - and Moldova does not disappoint.
The European wines, like Chardonnay, Pinot, Riesling, Cabernet, and Aligote are produced along with local, high quality wines like Rara Neagra, Feteasca and Plavai. The names of other local wines come from either the grape or from the location where the famous wineries are located, such as in Purcari, Cricova, Ciumai, Romanesti, Cojusna and Milestii Mici.
The cognac from Moldova is Divin - that's not just the experience, but the actual name of the distilled wine. Vermouths, sparkling wines and balsamic vinegars are just some of the things Moldavians make with their grapes. The city of Cricova boasts the biggest wine cellar in the world, and the Milestii Mici cellars are an amazing 200 kilometres of natural limestone caves.
Moldavian Orthodox Monasteries
Holy sanctuaries were erected in Moldova in ancient times. Later, in medieval times, Moldova's Orthodox churches were carved out of cliffs rising above rivers or constructed out of wood or stone in the Codri forest. The locals used these buildings both as churches and as defensive structures where they took shelter when they were being invaded. Traditional Orthodox churches were built of wood but in the Dniester basin there are many cave monasteries on the rocky hills above the Dniester and Prut rivers. According to some records these cave monasteries existed before the ХII century. The wooden churches were designed in the typical Moldovan folk style or in the byzantine style. Later period orthodox churches - made from stone - can be found in most Moldovan villages and towns. The architectural style of these churches varies from a structure resembling a peasant house to new byzantine and national romantic styles.
There are more than 30 monasteries between the Prut and Dniester rivers. They are largely situated along the rivers or in the Codri forest in Central Moldova. Each monastery is located in remote and beautiful surroundings. Visitors will be fascinated by the monastic lifestyle and by the varied traditional cuisine and beverages that are still enjoyed by the monks and nuns today.
Visa information: Citizens of the EU are not required to obtain visas to enter Moldova or Ukraine.
The best period for cycling: June - July
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