Ukraine and Moldova by bike

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1. Posted by mariangrau (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Добрый вечер!
I am sincerely hoping to visit Ukraine this summer. As I am also very interested in Moldova, I would like to combine the two countries on a bike trip. My plan would be to start from Одеса, enter Moldova via Transnistria, visit Тирасполь, Orheiul Vechi, Chișinău, leave the country through the south (via Comrat) and cycle along the Ukranian Coast back to Одесa. Even though I have already done quite some research online, I still have some questions and concerns I‘d love to hear your thoughts of.

1. What do you think of that itinerary? First of all: Is it doable? Is it rewarding and would you recommend cycling along that route? I think of Transnistria to be very interesting and imagine the Ukrainian Coast to be beautiful. Moreover, I was planning on visiting the Danube Delta from Вилкове. Is there anything else or something I should skip in your opinion?

2. Is it possible to take a rented bike from Одесa across the border to Moldova? I dont think there should be a problem here as long as I return it to Одесa afterwards.

3. How much time would you spent on that trip? I was thinking about 10-12 day (including one full day in both Кишинёв and Вилкове).

Thanks a lot for your input in advance!

[ Edit: Edited on 7 Feb 2021, 21:09 GMT by mariangrau ]

2. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 139 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hallo, Marian!
Alles erdenklich Gutre in deiner (nicht einfachen) Reise!
Please have a look at the prices for bicycle rent in Odessa (about $65 a week).
Crossing the border with Transnistria can be a problem for us, Ukrainians, but not for you, as long as you find out the visa, if any.
You are right about the length of the itinerary. However, I am not sure about Transnistria.
Try to find out more or read blog stories about it here on TP, if you search in Moldova.
Cycling is not quite a safe way of travelling on our roads with our wild drivers. Too many accidents. :(
Best of luck!
Victor