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Discover Europe’s hidden corners

The area east of Romania is also known as the Wild East of Europe – and for good reason. During this Spring tour we will visit the most striking place of the Wild East: Transnistria. A place that is stuck in time and will leave you in a state of bemusement. From the Ukrainian city of Odessa we will travel by land, via Transnistria and Moldova to the Romanian capital Bucharest. This tour can also be combined with our Chernobyl Spring Tour.

General info

Start dateMonday 18 April 2022
End dateSunday 24 April 2022
Days7 days / 6 nights
Price€ 595
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 30 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

Monday 18 April – Odessa (Ukraine) – Tiraspol (Transnistria)

  • Meet your group in Odessa.
  • NOTE: If you are coming from the Chernobyl Spring Tour, you and your group will leave Kiev the night before by night train.
  • Highlight: City tour – we will discover the dark side of Odessa:
  • Tour abandoned Soviet factories and former Soviet brothels and nightclubs.
  • Visit the lands of the former Odessa Mafia.
  • Free time, in which you can discover the historic centre of Odessa.
  • Drive to Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria.
  • Register with the local authority.
  • Overnight stay in a real Soviet hotel in Tiraspol.

Tuesday 19 April – Tiraspol

  • Highlight: Flea market, here you can find the perfect Soviet souvenirs.
  • 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 the Soviets, 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 in front of it.
  • Russian Orthodox Church, a beautiful self-sufficient church.
  • Kvient Supermarket, here you can buy cheap, good drinks.
  • Soviet obelisk and viewpoint over a former civil war battlefield.
  • Overnight stay in a real Soviet hotel in Tiraspol.

Wednesday 20 April – Tiraspol – Bender – Chisinau (Moldova)

  • Drive to Bender, a city where there was a lot of fighting during the civil war.
  • Highlight: Local Soviet market, with a bit of imagination you are back in the 80s.
  • Bender Cathedral, many people from the region come here to get married.
  • City Hall, the building is exactly as it was during the civil war, including the bullet holes.
  • Walk through Lenin Park.
  • Cinema, still completely in the style of the Soviet Union.
  • Visit to the renovated train station.
  • Highlight: Soviet train from the Second World War, it is parked next to the station as a monument.
  • Amusement park The Great October, an old amusement park with classic Soviet attractions.
  • Drive to Chisinau.
  • Overnight stay in Chisinau.

Thursday 21 April – Chisinau

  • 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 in the central square.
  • Free time.
  • Overnight stay in Chisinau.

Friday 22 April – Chisinau

  • Highlight: Visit the Cricova Winery, one of the largest underground wineries in Europe. Here we take a tour through the large, dark cellars. There will also be a wine tasting session.
  • Free afternoon.
  • 4:55 p.m. night train to Bucharest.

Saturday 23 April – Bucharest (Romania)

  • 6:00 a.m. arrival in Bucharest.
  • Relax in our hotel.
  • Highlight: Parliament building, one of the largest buildings in the world.
  • Square of the Revolution, named after the revolution of 1989.
  • Churches that survived the Communist revolution.
  • Free afternoon.
  • Overnight stay in Bucharest.

Sunday 24 April – Bucharest

  • End of the tour, own departure.

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