Overview of our Behind The Iron Curtain Escorted Tour
Step back in time a la 'Goodbye Lenin' - experience the atmosphere of communist times!
We will visit old communist monuments in Romania, Moldova and The Transnistria Republic. In Romania you can enjoy visiting famous communist “achievements” like: House of the People, Major Industrial Sites, House of the Press and many more attractions. Transnistria has about 505,000 inhabitants, and this breakaway region is only recognized as a state by the South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
We plan to have four speakers to tell us first hand about life under communism and also to meet with locals and history professors to get a real insight to these times.
A fascinating tour for those interested in communist history.
DEPARTURE DATES 2017 Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
29th August - 5th September 2017
Bucharest - central 3/4* hotel to be confirmed
Brasov - 4* central hotel to be confirmed
Birlad - 3* hotel 'old communist style'!
Chisinau - 4* central hotel
Purcari - 3/4* accommodation to be confirmed
Galati - communist era hotel!
Additional nights in Bucharest at the start and end of this tour can be arranged - please contact us and we can arrange this.
Flights are NOT included. We are happy for you to book your own flights, or if you prefer, we can do this for you. Please contact us for flight options and prices.
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Itinerary for our Behind The Iron Curtain Escorted Tour
Day 1: Arrival Bucharest
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. If time allows we will visit some important sites in Bucharest. Check in and a short presentation about the history of communism in Romania. Accommodation in central hotel.
Day 2: Targoviste - Dracula Castle - Brasov
In the morning we will visit the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world, built in the 80’s on the orders of Ceausescu. Our next stop is at Ghencea Cemetery to look for the graves of Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-89) and his wife Elena (1921 - 89). Before leaving to Brasov we will stop in a former canteen, now a mall, because in the communist era the authorities wanted all the population to eat in large work style canteens. There wasn’t enough food available so people were forced to eat in these so called “cantinas”. These days all these ex-cantinas are malls and people are eating there by choice! On the way we will stop at Targoviste to visit the place where Ceausescu and his wife were judged and shot in a military compound. Lunch on the way. Before getting to Brasov we will also wander around the famous Dracula castle from Bran, lately used by Queen Mary and her children during 1918- 1938. Traditional dinner in Brasov, and if possible we will bring a member of the 15 Nov association to talk about the first anti-Ceausescu strike in 1987. Accommodation in 4* Hotel.
Day 3: Brasov - Birlad
We will begin with a morning walking tour of Brasov and visit the famous Black Church and St Nicholas Church which was also the First Romanian School. Free lunch in Brasov. Departure to Birlad for an overnight stay. In the evening we will meet and have a simple dinner with a Romanian family, chat with them about their daily life and issues they face, the communist period they witnessed in the past, etc. Accommodation will be in a 3* Hotel, reminiscent of the communist period.
Day 4: Birlad - Cricova - Chisinau
Today we depart to Republic of Moldova and it's capital Chisinau. During the city tour we will visit the National Museum of History, which includes the artifacts of the Soviet Union Epoch, World War II Memorial, V. Lenin Monument, etc. Lunch and wine tasting in the largest winecellar in the world; “Cricova”. Afternoon city tour of Chisinau. Accommodation in a 4* Hotel and free dinner.
Day 5: Transnistria - Purcari/ or Etcetera winery
Today we will meet “Homo Sovieticus” in Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria. Here, the old USSR is still alive and well in this breakaway territory within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova. Although not recognized by any state or international organization - it is an independent state called the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. The country’s national coat of arms still includes the traditional hammer and sickle. You will find the occasional Lenin statue which hasn’t yet been pulled down. We will enjoy a traditional Ukrainian lunch in the company of a local veteran of WW2, who will tell us his story. Afterwards we depart for Purcari. Purcari Winery is one of the oldest in Moldova and during the wine tasting you will enjoy the wine which is preferred by the Romanian Queen. Accommodation at Purcari. Free dinner.
Day 6: Gagauzia - Galati (Romania)
From Purcari we will drive back to Romania. En route we will visit a “Kolhoz” - a collection state farm, where lunch will be served. We shall cross the Prut River, the border between Romania and Republic of Moldovia, at Cahul-Oncesti. Accommodation and dinner at Galati, an industrial city on the Danube where the jewel of the communist industry was built, the Steel factory! Tonight we will stay in a communist era hotel and sample fish delicacies from the Danube.
Day 7: Back to Bucharest
Drive to Bucharest - the 300 km will take around 4/5 hours and we will stop for lunch en route. We will have free time in Bucharest for shopping or some further sightseeing before our special farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Transfer to airport for flight home or onward flight.
(Please note that 'free dinner' means you are free to dine where you choose independently of the tour, these are NOT included in the tour.)
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