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MOLDOVA & TRANSNISTRIA


Starting with a train journey from Romania we then head to Moldova; Europe's least visited country.

After a two day tour of the small Eastern European state, we then move on to a 'country that doesn't exist'. Transnistria is a breakaway state on the Eastern edge of Moldova.

Although it is not recognised by the U.N, it is essentially a fully functioning state, with its own border control, and the only nation in Europe that still has a hammer and sickle on its flag.

Referred to as everything from an 'ancient Soviet relic' to 'a taste of North Korea in Europe', it is certainly one of the continent's most unique places.



Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.


We runs two trips per year coinciding with the two major national holidays in Transnistria.

Visa on arrival at no cost is available for most nationalities for both Moldova and Transnistria.

The tour starts and ends in Bucharest but there is also the option to start and end in Chisinau for those who would rather avoid the overnight train journey.

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2019 TOURS

Our current upcoming group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal DaysPRICE

2020 TOURS

Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal DaysPRICE
Transnistria/Moldovatour-open2020-05-052020-05-11Victory Day Tour6595250dynamic6May

2020 TOURS

Our current 2019 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal DaysPRICE

TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1 - Bucharest, Romania


The group will meet at Bucharest train station ready for departure at 19:15. We are split into 4 berth cabins (upgrade to 2 berth on request). Relax for the evening with a few beers from the drinks carriage. Our passports will be checked at the border as we exit the E.U and the train will also stop for a few hours while the wheels are changed (railway tracks in ex Soviet states are a different size).


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Day 2 - Orhei Vechi


Arrive in Chisinau at 08:55. Check into our hotel and have a couple of hours rest before we head to Orhei Vechi , Moldova's most important historical site. There are picturesque villages, archaeological sites, hills, valleys and Moldova's most famous site - a cave monastery. The monastery was carved into the cliff by Orthodox monks in the 18th Century and is nowadays still inhabited by a sole monk. In the late afternoon we return to Chisinau and have the evening at leisure with the chance to check out some of the city's restaurants and bars. Maybe finish off with a visit to the Casino in the basement of the hotel!


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Day 3 - Cricova winery


We have a free morning to spend at your own leisure or take our optional walking tour of the capital. In the afternoon we take a tour of Cricova underground wine city. Cricova is the second largest wine cellar in the world. The tunnels were dug into limestone back in the 15th Century, which was used to build Chisinau but it was only in the 1950s when it was converted into the vast wine cellars we see today, stretching out over a massive 120 kilometres. After a tour of the cellars, we have a traditional Moldovan meal before the highlight of the tour - wine tasting! Afterwards we will return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure.


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Day 4 - Tiraspol, Transnistria


This morning we depart Moldova for the self declared republic of Transnistria. Pass through border control and collect our visa papers before a Soviet architecture tour of the city of Bendery. After a Soviet-style lunch we head onto the capital city of Tiraspol. Here we will take a ride on a old Soviet trolleybus, walk around the markets and take a tour of the city's Soviet monuments. Later we check into our hotel and spent the evening at leisure.


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Day 5 - Victory Day celebrations


In the morning we watch the national day parade before a tour of Tiraspol in the afternoon and chance to soak up the atmosphere of Victory Day; one of Transnistria's two major annual national holidays.


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Day 6 - Chisinau, Moldova


After breakfast we will return to Chisinau and have time for lunch before our 16:35 train departure.


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Day 7 - Bucharest, Romania


We arrive Bucharest at 06:15 and here the tour ends.


For those wishing to fly in and out of Chisinau, there will be a £50 reduction in tour price.

DETAILS

Includes:


- Return train tickets Bucharest - Chisinau second class 4-berth cabin
- Three star hotel accommodation in Chisinau and Tiraspol
- Tours, entry fees and English speaking guides
- All ground transport
- Meals and wine during Cricova tour


Excludes:


- International airfare to Romania
- Personal insurance
- Most meals
- Single supplement (£150 - we can allocate another sole traveller to share with if required, subject to availability)