12 days in Moldova & Addis Ababa Itinerary

12 days in Moldova & Addis Ababa Itinerary

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Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
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Nisporeni, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive
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Soroca, Moldova
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rezina, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiraspol, Moldova
— 3 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights

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Chisinau, Moldova — 2 nights

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. On the 16th (Sun), admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, then walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, and finally make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Valea Morilor, stroll around Dendrarium Park, and then learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chisinau planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Chisinau is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Addis Ababa to Chisinau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nisporeni.
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Nisporeni, Moldova — 1 night

Nisporeni is a city located in the central part of Moldova. On the 18th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Hancu Monastery.

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Traveling by car from Chisinau to Nisporeni takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nisporeni are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Soroca.
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Soroca, Moldova — 2 nights

Soroca is a city and municipality in Moldova, situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. On the 19th (Wed), appreciate the history behind The Candle of Gratitude Monument and then explore the ancient world of Soroca Fortress. Keep things going the next day: stop by Gypsy Hill and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rudi Monastery.

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Traveling by car from Nisporeni to Soroca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Soroca are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rezina.
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Rezina, Moldova — 1 night

Rezina is a city in Moldova and the capital of Rezina District. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): go for a walk through Rocky Monastery of Tipova and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saharna Monastery.

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You can drive from Soroca to Rezina in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rezina can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Tiraspol.
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Tiraspol, Moldova — 3 nights

Tiraspol is internationally recognised as the second largest city in Moldova, but is effectively the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): walk around De Wollant Park, don't miss a visit to The Tank Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Christmas Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Bendery Fortress, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Tighina Military Cemetery. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at Castel Mimi Wine Resort, then stop by Poşta, then pause for some photo ops at The Suvorov Monument, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio Presidencial.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiraspol route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rezina to Tiraspol takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 2 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and finally make a trip to Tewodros Square. On the next day, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Tiraspol to Addis Ababa with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Tiraspol to Addis Ababa is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Moldova travel guide

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As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.
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