“Eastern Europe is what we are”, a citizen of the USSR could confidently say some 20 years ago. Times have changed, but this statement is still not far from the truth: Eastern Europe includes Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, and also, depending on the speaker’s Pan-Slavic views, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Romania. Actually, this division is even more conditional than the division of a rainbow into seven colors: sometimes this term is understood by the countries of the former socialist camp (and this means that the Czech Republic, Slovakia, as well as the former parts of Yugoslavia — now the six Balkan republics) are added; the story goes even further, including parts of Austria, Hungary, etc.
Anyway, one thing is indisputable: Eastern Europe is the closest part of the Old World geographically and spiritually to Russia, which, though not in the list of the most popular outbound tourism destinations, has its own devoted army of fans. It would not be an exaggeration to say that only the lazy and principled supporter of “real” foreign tourism did not bother to visit the resorts of Crimea. Well, Belarus may not have a gentle sea and wide beaches, but it can offer a real eco-vacation on the green expanses of Central Russia: ancient oak woods, a delicious abundance of mushrooms and berries, a variety of game and wild “hunting” animals, lakes, reserves, healing mud and mineral water. in general, there is a complete “gentleman’s set” of tourist destinations.
Those who want a little more radical “break away” from the Russian reality and at the same time do not go too far to the west, we advise you to pay attention to our far eastern neighbors. In Moldova, for example, in addition to all sorts of eco-baits (valleys and forests, forests and fields.) There is also a very specific result of this ecosystem – wine, brandy and champagne. It is not surprising that the tours “under the degree” fly here simply “with a bang”: there are many wine roads running through the country, and everyone can choose their own path – in the literal and figurative sense – based on the level of physical and moral training. In addition, lovers of national history should certainly get here: such a number of Jewish and Gypsy memorials cannot be found all over the planet!
The objects of tourist interest in Bulgaria are Golden Sands (the same as the lesser-known resorts of the Black Sea coast), plus a remarkable number of mineral springs and other deposits of natural medicinal “adobe”. Do not forget to grab such a familiar bottle of rose oil from the Valley of Roses. Romania, in addition to the above (beaches, balneology, ecotourism) offers a dark but attractive Middle Ages to the attention of tourists: Transylvania and the castle of the notorious Count Dracula, fortified churches and monasteries and entire ancient cities, as if descended from medieval engravings.
Among the pleasant “chips” of tourist Eastern Europe is a trifling flight (no more than 2 hours in the air), the usual climate, the absence of a language barrier and a very kind, complacent population. Among other things, it is easy to come to the nearest Eastern European countries just by driving your own car!