A Journey to Eastern Europe's Rare Gems


A Journey to Eastern Europe's Rare Gems

Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova & Ukraine are among Europe’s least visited countries; although, they possess a rich collection of unique and fascinating sites to behold. Bulgaria’s 10th C Rila Monastery is the country’s most storied spiritual treasure. The Painted Churches of northeast Romania are spectacular. Built at the end of the 15th C and beginning of the 16th C, they are now protected by UNESCO World Heritage. Other sites in Romania on our itinerary include Transylvania and the famous Dracula’s castle, the medieval town of Sighișoara and the captivating Bicaz Canyon. Moldova is Europe’s poorest country and least spoiled as a tourist destination. Its history encompasses Turkish and Russian expansionism and, today, still holds on to a Soviet style better suited for a former time. Ukraine is home to Russian Orthodoxy and is Europe’s largest country (if you don’t count Russia.) The highlight of our trip will be the Chernobyl site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Join us for an unusual European adventure.

Join our PRE-TRIP of BULGARIA HIGHLIGHTS! Spend 4 nights exploring Sofia, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery & Veliko Tarnovo before joining the main tour in Bucharest.

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine
Starts In: Sofia (SOF), Bulgaria
Ends In: Kiev (KBP), Ukraine
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
Int'l Air Route: USA - Sofia (SOF), Kiev (KBP) - USA
Group Size: Min 4; Max 16
Accommodations: Deluxe (4★) & Luxury (5★)
Activity Level: Moderate
Experiences: Culture, History, Food


  • Coda Tours signature small group size
  • Coda Tours signature comprehensive sightseeing programs
  • Coda Tours signature inclusive meal plan
  • Coda Tours signature deluxe & luxury accommodations
  • Exploring the mystical land of Transylvania
  • A tour of Peleș Castle, one of the most stunning castles of Europe
  • A walk through Dracula’s Castle in Bran
  • The UNESCO World Heritage city of Sighișoara
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Painted Churches of Bucovina
  • The rarely visited country of Moldova
  • Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova & UkraineMay 26, 2022June 10, 2022$7895$9695$200 approx.
A deposit of $750 is required to hold a reservation. This may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due 60 days prior to Start Date of the tour. Final payment may be made by personal check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are assessed a 4% fee.
Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.


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Tour Map


  • Day 1 – Depart the USA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Day 2 – Arrive in Sofia

    Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel for check-in.

  • Day 3 – Sofia | Plovdiv | Sofia

    Plovdiv is called the City of Seven Hills and was built on 7 hills around the Maritsa River, one of the hills was demolished more than a hundred years ago. For a better understanding of Bulgaria, it is enriching to explore the sights of tradition and natural beauty of Plovdiv. Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Hindian House with the group and in your free time, consider a trip to the Konstantin ethnographic museum and Helena Church, or the Balaban House. After lunch we will return to Sofia for the evening.

    Enjoy a city tour of Sofia, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Sofia has embraced many cultures in it’s history and is rich in museums and galleries. Highlights of the tour are the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian Church, the Royal Palace, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, the Monument to the Liberator of the Tsar, the National Assembly, and the Parlamento.

  • Day 4 – Sofia | Rila | Sofia

    A perfect day trip combining spectacular landscapes with history and culture will be our day spent at the Rila Monastery, hidden in the Rila Mountains. After lunch we will head back to Sofia for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Day 5 – Sofia | Veliko Tarnovo

    Today we drive to Veliko Tarnovo for a Tsarevets Tour. Often known as the City of the Czars, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historic capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. After lunch, we visit Arbanassi to see the Nativity Church with nearly every inch of the vaulted interior covered in paintings and frescoes

  • Day 6 – Veliko Tarnovo | Bucharest

    Drive to Bucharest tour. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

  • Day 7 – Bucharest

    Tour Bucharest today and visit the Palace of the Parliament. Walk through the Old Town to the ruins of the Old Master Court built in the 15th c. by Prince Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad Dracula. Next, see the Church of the Court before lunch and a visit to the Mansion Ceauşescu. This evening, meet for a lovely Welcome Dinner to get to know each other.

  • Day 8 – Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

    Driving through Valea Prahovei and crossing the Carpathians Mountains, we enter the mystical and mythical land of Transylvania and explore Peles Castle. After lunch, continue to Brasov, or Salzburg Romanian, a medieval town at the foot of a mountain. Enjoy a walking tour before we check-in to the hotel.

  • Day 9 – Bran Castle – Rasnov – Brasov

    Today we visit the famous Bran Castle, Dracula’s Castle. Lunch at the footsteps of the castle, then continue to Rasnov and visit Rasnov Citadel, built as part of a defense system for the villages of Transylvania.

  • Day 10 – Sighisoara

    The exquisite medieval town of Sighisoara, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a medieval citadel that emerges as a nucleus of colorfully painted houses surrounded by narrow passageways and cobbled streets and encompassed within a defensive wall, towers, burgher houses, and ornate churches. After lunch, visit the Clock Tower from where we can enjoy a spectacular panorama view.

  • Day 11 – Praid – Canyon Bicaz – Suceava

    In Praid, we will visit one of the largest Salt Mines in Europe. En route, we pass through the Bicaz Canyon, excavated by the waters of the Bicaz River and serving as a passage between Transylvania and Moldova. The walls of the limestone cliffs hide impressive caves. After lunch, we continue to Suceava, one of the oldest and most important settlements in Romania.

  • Day 12 – Painted Churches and Monasteries

    The painted churches and monasteries of Bucovina are the highlight of this trip. This wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece of Byzantine Art. We will visit Sucevita Monastery, the Monastery of Moldovita, and the Monastery of Voronet. Return to Suceava and enjoy free time before dinner.

  • Day 13 – Lasi – Chisinau

    A panoramic drive through the city of Lasi will take us by the most important sites of the city like the Vasile Aecsandri National Theater, the Palace of Culture, and the Central University Library Mihai Eminescu. After lunch, we will cross the border to Moldova and head to the capital city of Chisinau.

  • Day 14 – Chisinau

    Take a panoramic drive through Chisinau and pass by the Arch of Triumph, the Statue of Stefan the Great, Valea Morilor Park, Dendrariu Park, Water Tower, the Art Museum, the National Museum of Ethnography, and the Natural History of Ciuflea Monastery. Visit Casa Pushkin, then enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Castle Mimi. The afternoon is at our leisure.

  • Day 15 – Kiev

    We transfer early to the airport for our flight to Kiev, Ukraine. Upon arrival, we drive to the Golden Gate of Kiev. Examine magnificent mosaics and frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral, and then visit the monument of Prince Vladimir. After lunch, we will transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon is at leisure.

  • Day 16 – Kiev

    Today, visit Oleg Antonov Aviation Museum, one of the greatest museums in Ukraine. Enjoy a local lunch before exploring the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, a unique monastery complex and historical-cultural sanctuary.

  • Day 17 – Chernobyl – Pripya

    Chernobyl, famous as the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, we will learn how the city, while largely abandoned, is still populated with local workers and policemen. See sights such as the museum, St. Elias Church, the Park of Glory, river port, and memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number 4 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

    We then explore the town of Pripyat and see the abandoned amusement park and the Ferris wheel that no child has ever enjoyed. See abandoned boats and ships in the port and feed the giant catfish in Pripyat River. Lunch at a local restaurant and return to Kiev. Tonight, we meet for a Farewell Dinner.
    *Note: The tour to Chernobyl & Pripyat is optional. Those not wanting to visit can remain in Kiev for a day at leisure. Only the safest areas are visited on the tour. A complete safety briefing is provided before we set off for the day.

  • Day 18 – Kiev – USA

    Departure flight from Kiev to the USA.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Luxury (5★) & Deluxe (4★)
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • Bottled water and cold towels in vehicles during sightseeing
  • All land transfers as required by the itinerary; private transfers for arrival & departure if required; private, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Coda Tour Manager on minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours

What's Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Intra-Tour airfare (quoted separately)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal meals, drinks, telephone, gifts, and expenses not outlined in the itinerary
  • Any optional sightseeing excursions or additional visits not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager

Travel Prep

Delta Airlines, American Airlines, LOT Airways, Turkish Airlines, are among airlines that can be used to book airfare for this tour. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program. Coda Tours can assist you with your international air booking in Business or Coach class (First Class is rare nowadays on international flights, but if available, we can quote it.) Please ask us to quote for you. We often have favorable rates. There is a standard $35 per ticket ticketing for this service.


$200 (coach class) (Subject to change until ticketed)

Intra-tour flights will be booked and issued through Coda Tours. Pricing is quoted separately under RATES. Only economy class will be booked. If you wish to have a quote for Business class on these flights, please inquire.


A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel and must have at least two blank pages. No visas are required for entry into Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova or Ukraine for US and Canadian passport holders.

No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Covid-19 requirements and restrictions will apply. Since these mandates are fluid and change frequently, they will be communicated at the time of registration and again at the time of final payment and again at the time of final documents. WE EXPECT ALL PARTICIAPANTS TO BE VACCINATED (at least two doses and preferably three.)

Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie unless you personally opt to dine at a fine restaurant requiring formal dress. We do not book these restaurants for our group experiences. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a light jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. All hotels offer laundry service, but it can be expensive.

Temperatures will range from highs in low 80’s to low’s in high 60’s. Some areas may experience a cold snap so a jacket and some warm clothing is worth packing.

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation of 10. For fewer than 10 participants, rates may be revised.

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure


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