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Discover Europe’s hidden corners

Join us on a journey to the undiscovered parts of Eastern Europe. During our summer tour you will get to know a totally different side of Europe. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Transnistria. An unexplored self-declared country that feels like it’s trapped in time. This tour can also be combined with our Chernobyl Summer Tour for the ultimate combo.

General info

Start dateFriday 21 July 2022
End dateSaturday 23 July 2022
Days9 days / 8 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

Friday 15 July – Bucharest (Romania)

  • Arrival in Bucharest and meet the group.
  • Dinner at the famous restaurant Caru Cu Bere. (optional)
  • Overnight stay in Bucharest.

Saturday 16 July – Bucharest

  • Highlight: Parliament building, one of the largest buildings in the world.
  • Revolution Square, named after the revolution of 1989.
  • Churches that survived the Communist revolution.
  • Free afternoon.
  • Night train to Chisinau.

Sunday 17 July – Chisinau (Moldova)

  • Arrival in 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.
  • Highlight: Visit the Cricova Winery, one of the largest wineries in Europe. Here we take a tour through the large, dark cellars. There will also be a wine tasting.
  • Overnight stay in Chisinau.

Monday 18 July – Chisinau – Bender – Tiraspol

  • Drive towards Transnistria.
  • Register with the local authority on arrival.
  • 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.

Tuesday 19 July – Tiraspol – Bender

  • Highlight: Flea market, here you can find the perfect Soviet souvenirs.
  • Drive to Bender, a city where there was a lot of fighting during the civil war.
  • City Hall, the building is exactly as it was during the civil war, including the bullet holes.
  • Walk through Lenin Park.
  • Cinema, still well maintained 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 a small village outside Bender.
  • Palace of Culture with several statues.
  • Visit to forgotten old Soviet war tunnels.
  • Drive to Tiraspol.
  • Overnight stay in Tiraspol.

Wednesday, 20 July – Tiraspol – Odessa – Kiev

  • Drive to Odessa.
  • Relax on the Black Sea coast.
  • Free afternoon.
  • Overnight stay in Odessa.

Thursday, 21 July – Odessa

  • Highlight: City tour during which we will discover the dark side of Odessa:
  • Tour abandoned Soviet factories, former Soviet brothels and nightclubs.
  • Visit the lands of the former Odessa Mafia.
  • Night train to Kiev.

Friday 22 July – Kiev

  • Arrival in Kiev.
  • Highlight: Short walking tour around Kiev by a veteran from the Euromaidan revolution.
  • Visit to a shooting range (optional).
  • Overnight in Kiev

Saturday 23 July – Kiev

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