Transnistria National Day Tour
What's It All About?
This tour coincides with the Transnistrian National Day celebrations!
Officially known the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), and often referred to as the last corner of the Soviet Union – Transnistria is one of the four unrecognized countries and frozen conflict zones that litter the regions of the old Soviet Empire.
The trip begins in the wonderful city of Bucharest. During the day, we will do a quick walking tour before jumping on the scenic train journey to Chisinau, Moldova: the least visited country in Europe. After a one day city tour and a night in a central hotel, we head for Transnistria.
After two nights in Tiraspol, we embark on another adventure by visiting the least visited part of the least visited country in Europe: the Republic of Gagauzia.
We end the trip by heading back to Chisinau and jumping on the train back to Bucharest together.
Saturday 29th August
- Guests arrive in Bucharest at own leisure and transfer to the Hotel Stars.
- Meet at pm and head out for a group dinner at Caru Cu Bere in the old town of Bucharest.
Sunday 30th August
- For those so inclined we can arrange a tour of the People’s Palace, otherwise we will be arranging a city tour of Bucharest.
- Free afternoon to explore Bucharest.
- In the evening we board the 19.35 train to Chisinau.
- Dinner and drinks on the train.
Monday 31st August
- 08.55 arrival with a five minute walk to our hotel: the Hotel Cosmos!
- We give you some time for a bit of rest and relaxation before doing a city tour of Kishinev.
- Alternatively, we can arrange a tour to the Cracova Winery – the biggest in Europe. (extra cost).
- City tour to include all major sites, all the old communist buildings, a great market to buy Soviet Kitsch, the Eternal Flame and the Monument to the War with Transnistria.
- In the evening, we head out for beers and food at La Plaicenta -the most famous restaurant for traditional Moldovan food.
Tuesday 1st September
- We board the 07.20 train from Chisinau to Tiraspol.
- On arrival, we check into the Soviet Hotel before going for our first Soviet experience of the day: registration!
- City tour of Tiraspol.
- Pobedi Park and a chance to enjoy the rides at the 50’s style amusement park!
- Walk down October 25th street (the main drag) which has a large billboard of former President Smirnoff posing with the Presidents of the two other Soviet breakaway Republics of South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Visit the Russian Orthodox Church of Tiraspol. Newly renovated with golden domes.
- Visit the Eternal Flame Independence War Memorial.
- Visit Parliament which boasts the biggest statue of Lenin outside Russia.
- Leisurely walk to the river park. There is a walking bridge here for great panoramic photos of the river and downtown Tiraspol. There is also a beach here where we can stop for ice cream.
- Lunch at Andy’s Pizza.
- Pobedi Park. There is a famous 24-hour beer and vodka stall here. A great place for people-watching.
- Pobedi Park Disco.
- Overnight at Soviet hotel
Wednesday 2nd September
- We get up early and go to the center for a Russian Party Style Breakfast! There will be many outdoor Shashlick stands on October Street selling very cheap Russian BBQ.
- After our Russian Party Breakfast, we walk down October Street viewing all the Soviet attractions, including live music and dancing.
- We then stop at 7 Fridays. The most popular Western Style Cafe in Tiraspol.
- When the parade is about to start we go outside and walk to the center for the best view of the Soviet Style Army Parade!
- After the parade and speeches, we go back to the party area, where the parties continue all day and well into the night.
Thursday 3rd September
- Despite the previous night’s festivities, we get up fairly early for the ride to Comrat the capital city of the Gagauzian Republic.
- After the 3 hour journey on dirt roads, we arrive in Comrat and transfer to the Hotel.
- We now hit the tour circuit hard by going to look at an abandoned Soviet Football Stadium, the city centre, busts of Lenin and the Soviet Tank Park!
- Comrat is the most famous wine region in Moldova so we visit a winery for dinner and a tasting.
- Overnight in Comrat.
Friday 4th September
- Free morning to relax, walk around or visit another winery before we head back to Chisinau via the one and a half hour bus ride.
- We board the 16.35 train back to Bucharest, again with our own cabins.
Saturday 5th September
- 06.15 arrival in Bucharest and end of tour.