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Itinerary for Behind the Iron Curtain Group Tour (Romania, Moldova & Transnistria)

Behind the Iron Curtain 2019

Romania and Moldova are fast-changing, emerging countries in Europe. As some areas storm ahead in hi-tech, modern ways, there are also regions where things are rather slower to change and many legacies of the former USSR are still intact. On this tour, you will experience both sides to modern day Romania and Moldova, and in particular when you visit the autonomous region of Gagauzia and breakaway republic of Transnistria you will see how the past lives on today. A really unique tour of contrasts and a fascinating way to experience a legacy that will one day be gone. 

7 nights * Witness the legacy of communism * Romania, Moldova & Transnistria * Escorted group tour * From 1348 EUR pp

 

Day 1: Arrival to Bucharest

Arrival to Bucharest and transfer to your hotel. If time permits, the opportunity to visit some of Bucharest’s important sights. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy a short welcome presentation about Romania’s communist history before a welcome dinner.

 

Day 2: Bucharest - Bran Castle - Brasov

Spend the morning exploring the city of Bucharest, visiting Ceausescu's Parliament Palace and Ghencea Cemetery, where Nicolae Ceausescu, his wife Elena and their son Nicu are buried. After our tour, we leave for Brasov, stopping enroute in a 'cantina'; a large work style canteen from communist times that is now a mall, where people freely choose to eat. Lunch on the way during our journey. We will also stop to visit the famous Bran Castle, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula. Overnight in Brasov.

 

Day 3: Brasov - Birlad

After breakfast, a morning walking tour of Brasov including The Black Church and up Strada Prundului to Piata Unirii. Here you’ll find the beautiful Church of St. Nicholas and The First Romanian School. Depart for Birlad for an interesting overnight stay in a Soviet inspired hotel. In the evening, meet with a local Romanian family and discuss over dinner how life has changed for them since communist times.

 

Day 4: Birlad - Old Orhei - Tiraspol

Today we head to Moldova and first stop is one of the highlights of Moldova; Old Orhei. We visit the fascinating cave church “Adormirea Maicii Domnului”, the remains of Geto-Dacian fortress, a functioning cave monastery and ruins of the old Turkish bath. After a traditional Moldovan lunch in the village, we journey on to continue on to the breakaway republic of Transnistria and the capital Tiraspol. Overnight Tiraspol.

 

Day 5: Tiraspol - Cricova - Chisinau

This morning we experience a communist-style military parade. A unique sight to see in amongst the contemporary atmosphere of families relaxing, shopping the souvenir stalls, pavement cafes with people drinking and eating local beer and shashlik. In the afternoon we visit the world-famous wine cellars of Cricova; an underground city of wine: Aligote, Riesling, Codru and Feteasca. Overnight in Chisinau, with a special dinner and wine tasting. Overnight in Chisinau.

 

Day 6: Chisinau - Gagauzia - Galati

After breakfast we depart to another autonomous region of Moldova; Gagauzia. On our way we will visit the last working “Kolhoz” - a collective state farm. Lunch will be served in the canteen of this “kolhoz” to experience lunch with the workers. After lunch, we cross the Prut river which is the natural border between Romania and Moldova. Our evening will be spent at Galati, an industrial city on the Danube with a history if communist steel production. Overnight in Galati in a communist era hotel!

 

Day 7: Galati - Bucharest

We return to Bucharest, a scenic 300km journey that will take around 4 to 5 hours, with a stop for lunch on the way. Free-time in Bucharest before our farewell dinner.

 

Day 8: End of the tour

Departure home.

Overview

DEPARTURE DATE 2019

29th August - 5th September 2019


INCLUDES

All services as per the itinerary

Exceptional English speaking guide throughout

 

Notes

FLIGHTS

Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us for a quote.

PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS

If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or this tour can be extended into Ukraine (Odessa) or onwards to any of our other destinations - please contact us and we can arrange this.

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THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE

My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.

TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER


TRANSNISTRA WAS THE MOST UNUSUAL

I had a really good time. My tour of Chisinau was led by Christina and Vladimir and they did a great job. The wineries and the monasteries fun. And, of course, Transnistra was the most unusual. I have been to both the Soviet Union and Russia, and this was really a step back in time.

MRS DERINGER, MOLDOVA PRIVATE TOUR, MAY 2016


JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WE HAD A GREAT HOLIDAY

Hi Phil Just to let you know we had a great holiday. All the guides were excellent very knowledgeable and friendly. The hotels were very good and all in convenient positions. Overall had a great time and hope to use Baltic Holidays again. Thank Sally for her help. With Thanks.

J. PRIESTLEY, ROMANIA & THE BALTIC STATES, OCTOBER 2016


THANKS AGAIN, AND KEEP UP THIS HIGH STANDARD!

We have returned from our trip to Moldova and Transnistria and just wanted to tell you that it was excellent and far exceeded even our high expectations. The tour guide (Elena) and the driverwere exceptionally good throughout. We also much appreciated the time we spent with local peasant families, sharing meals with them, or learning more about their ancient customs. Thanks again, and keep up this high standard!

MR & MRS SPINKS, MOLDOVA PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018


A MEMORABLE TRIP TO A LARGELY UNKNOWN PART OF THE WORLD

Just wanted to say that the recent Moldova trip was an excellent introduction to a fascinating, beautiful country with a complex history but the most friendly, hospitable people and culture. The traditional food was great and the wines amongst the best I have ever tasted. Transnistria was like going back in time and the Victory Day Parade was surreal but highly entertaining and poignant at the same time, especially the Immortals parade. Thanks again to you and the team for a memorable trip to a largely unknown part of the world.

MR LANCASTER, MOLDOVA VICTORY DAY TOUR, MAY 2018


WE WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND VISITING MOLDOVA

It is indeed now sometime since we arrived back from our holiday in Moldova but we still have very fond memories of the trip. My wife was especially touched by Vladimir's young daughter presenting her with a picture which she had painted as a birthday gift. The hotel in Chisinau was excellent and lived up to its 5 star rating. Chisinau has many interesting places to see and we enjoyed going around the city by the local trams and buses. Other highlights were the visit to the Milesti Mici wine cellars and the fascinating trip to Transnistra. All the arrangements worked well and we would certainly recommend visiting Moldova to people who would like to gosomewhere different and interesting and to use Baltic Holidays to do so.

MR & MRS PENFOLD, PRIVATE TOUR OF MOLDOVA, MAY 2017


THEY WERE VERY KIND AND MADE OUR TOUR VERY SPECIAL

We liked very much our tour! I would like to tell you that we liked specially the guides from Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad and Vilnius. They were very kind and made our tour very special. In general, we liked all the hotels! Thanks a lot!

FABRICIO, TAILOR-MADE TOUR TO UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, BELARUS, KALININGRAD & LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2017


THANKS AGAIN, AND KEEP UP THIS HIGH STANDARD!

We have returned from our trip to Moldova and Transnistria and just wanted to tell you that it was excellent and far exceeded even our high expectations. The tour guide (Elena) and the driverwere exceptionally good throughout. We also much appreciated the time we spent with local peasant families, sharing meals with them, or learning more about their ancient customs. Thanks again, and keep up this high standard!

MR & MRS SPINKS, MOLDOVA PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018

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