MOLDOVA & TRANSNISTRIA
Come with Lupine Travel to experience an unexplored corner of Europe. Moldova; Europe’s least visited country and Transnistria; a country that ‘doesn’t exist’ and a Soviet relic which still uses the hammer and sickle on its flag.
We will arrive by train into Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau and will explore picturesque villages, Moldova's most famous site - a cave monastery and take a tour of Cricova underground wine city. We will then head over to Transnistria, a breakaway state on the eastern edge of Moldova. Here we will watch the Victory Day parade and take a tour around the capital city of Tiraspol.
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 currently run one trip per year to the region, coinciding with Victory Day 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.
Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Transnistria/Moldova||tour-open||2020-05-05||2020-05-11||Victory Day Tour||6||595||250||dynamic||6||May|
Our current 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Transnistria/Moldova||tour-open||2021-05-05||2021-05-11||Victory Day Tour||6||595||250||dynamic||10||May|
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Day 6 - Chisinau, Moldova
After breakfast we will return to Chisinau and have time for lunch before our 16:35 train departure.
Day 7 - Bucharest, Romania
We arrive Bucharest at 06:15 and here the tour ends.
- 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
- 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)