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Enjoy the last Soviet-style parade

The only Soviet-style military parade you can still find in Europe is in Transnistria. On the second of September National Day is celebrated in Tiraspol with a military parade. Something you certainly don’t want to miss! During this tour we will also visit Gagauzia, just like Transnistria this is a region in Moldova where there  is a strong urge for independence.

General info

Start dateSunday 29 August 2021
End dateSunday 5 September 2021
Days8 days / 7 nights
Price€ 595
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 35 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Food & drinks
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Sunday 29 August – Bucharest

  • Own arrival in Bucharest.
  • Dinner at the famous restaurant Caru Cu Bere. (optional)
  • Overnight stay in Bucharest.

Monday 30 August – Bucharest

  • Highlight: Parliament of the People; one of the largest buildings in the world.
  • Revolution Square, named after the revolution of 1989.
  • Churches that survived the Communist revolution.
  • Free afternoon.
  • 7:15 p.m. night train to Chisinau.

Tuesday 31 August – Chisinau

  • 9:00 a.m. arrival in Chisinau.
  • Rest in the hotel.
  • Former National Hotel, this was once one of the most important hotels in the city.
  • Monastery, this old monastery was spared during the Second World War.
  • Urban prison, one of the most notorious places in Moldova.
  • Highlight: Second World War Memorial, an impressive and large monument.
  • Army museum, although Moldova is a small and unknown country, they are very proud of their military history.
  • Walk over to the flea market.
  • Free time.
  • Overnight stay in Chisinau.

Wednesday 1 September – Tiraspol

  • Drive to Tiraspol.
  • Register with the local authority.
  • Billboard of President Smirnoff, this man ruled the republic for years.
  • Highlight: Embassies of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two special embassies that only exist here.
  • Office of the infamous Sheriff organisation. This organisation controls the majority of Transnistria.
  • Local bookshop, a good place for souvenirs.
  • Highlight: House of Soviet, an impressive building with Stalinist architecture.
  • General Suvorov statue, he was an important Russian general in this region.
  • Parliament building, in front of the building stands a large statue of Lenin.
  • Highlight: Eternal Flame War Memorial, memorial to the Afghanistan War, Second World War and civil war.
  • Palace of Culture, with a big Lenin bust outside it.
  • Russian Orthodox Church, a beautiful self-sufficient church.
  • Kvient Supermarket, here you can buy cheap, quality drinks.
  • Soviet obelisk and viewpoint over a former civil war battlefield.
  • Overnight stay in a real Soviet hotel in Tiraspol.

Thursday 2 September – Tiraspol – Bender – NATIONAL DAY

  • Highlight: We will find a great place to watch the military parade. This is one of the most important days of the Transnistrian calendar.
  • Listen to the speeches by the President and Russian diplomats
  • Free time to walk among all the different festivities.
  • Drive to Bender, a city where there was a lot of fighting during the civil war.
  • Here, too, National Day is celebrated on a grand scale. We’ll join in whatever is happening.
  • Highlight: We take a boat across the Dnjestr river, from where we can see the fireworks.
  • Overnight stay in a real Soviet hotel in Tiraspol.

Friday 3 September – Comrat

  • Highlight: Drive to Comrat, the capital of Gagauzia. They, too, wanted to become independent in the 1990s, but in the end they made peace with Moldova and remained part of it.
  • Abandoned Comrat airport , there are still several Soviet aircrafts here.
  • Cathedral of Comrat.
  • Big bust of Lenin.
  • Afghanistan war memorial, in memory of the soldiers who died.
  • National Museum of Gagauzia.
  • Highlight: We drive to a local farm / winemaker where we are invited for a local feast.
  • Overnight stay in Comrat.

Saturday 4 September – Comrat  – Chisinau

  • Free morning.
  • Drive to Chisinau.
  • At 4:55 p.m. we take the night train to Bucharest.

Sunday 5 September – Bucharest

  • Arrival Bucharest.
  • End of tour.

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