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Itinerary for Independence Day in Transnistria Escorted Group Tour

Independence Day in Transnistria

Come and celebrate the independence Day of a country that doesn't exist! It doesn't get much more off-the-beaten-track than that! 

Transnistria is an unrecognised breakaway area of the Republic of Moldova, with all the trimmings of an independent country - but no-one acknowledges that (except fellow unrecognised breakaway territories South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabah). This is Transnistria's 'National Day', come and see how they celebrate it, meet the locals, see the sights and experience something very unique.

5 nights * Dep 30th August 2019 * Independence Day in a country that doesn't exist! * Meet the locals, cooking, wine tasting, culture, history... * English speaking guide throughout * Escorted tour of Moldova * From 864 EUR pp

Day 1 - Arrival in Chisinau

Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport. After check-in at your 4 star hotel in the centre, you have free time to enjoy your first explore of Chisinau. 

 

Day 2 - Chisinau - Calarasi area - Chisinau (lunch & cooking masterclass included)

After breakfast you'll have a city tour of Chisinau. The tour includes the city highlights of Central Park, the Alley of Moldovan literature classics, the monument of Steven the Great, Great National Assembly Square, the Triumph Arch, the “Nativity” Cathedral, the Organ Hall, the souvenir market.
After your city tour, it is time for a special lunch! Want to learn how to cook Moldovan traditional food? Today is your lucky day!  At "Casa Parinteasca" Craft Centre from Palanca village, you will get to know not only the Moldovan traditional costumes and ethnographic customs, but you will also learn how to cook the best known Moldavian dish - “sarmale”. Here we will also enjoy a very special lunch, trying also the “sarmale - cabbage or wine leaf rolls”. Traditional dishes will be served with the best local wine, while the organic herbal tea, accompanied by homemade jams will surprise you with their amazing taste. After lunch we will visit the Honey Museum from Raciula, learn about the life of bees, taste different kind of honey and other honey products. Return to Chisinau and accommodation in the same hotel. 

 

Day 3 - Chisinau - Tiraspol (lunch included)

After breakfast we shall visit the Military Museum from Chisinau and learn about the fate of this country during the Second World War and about its Soviet Heritage. Next we continue to Transnistria and after crossing the border we shall stop in a local village for a special lunch with a private family. They will share with us their problems living in an unrecognized country and how frustrating is not being able to speak their native language. Late afternoon arrival in Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria and a city tour. Accommodation in 4* hotel in city centre and evening free to enjoy a local dinner.

 

Day 4 - Independence Parade in Tiraspol - Orhei (dinner included)

Today is the National Day parade and further exploring of Tiraspol. After the festivities of the Independence Day parade, some free time for lunch and to meet local people 
Later in the afternoon, we shall do a Treasure Hunt - of Lenin statues! We will drive towards the north, along the Dniester River, seeing communist monuments still on show in villages and small towns like Grigoriopol and  Dubasari. Going back to Moldova we go to Chateau Vartely, one of Moldova's newest wineries. Accommodation at Chateau Vartely with wine tasting and dinner. 

 

Day 5 - Old Orhei - Curchi Monastery - Cricova winery - Chisinau (dinner with wine tasting included)

After breakfast we stop at Curchi Monastery, a real gem of our religious life. Our next visit is to the world famous Cricova Wine Cellars; an underground city of wine with 120km of underground galleries. A tour of the winery and wine tasting is included, then it is back to Chisinau. Accommodation at 4* city centre hotel and a farewell dinner at a local wine bar with Moldovan wine of course!

 

Day 6 - Chisinau and departure home

If time allows we shall visit more Soviet sights of Chisinau, pay a visit to the Lenin Statue that is kept nowadays in a local park etc. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or onward flight. 

Overview

DEPARTURE DATE 2019

30th August - 4th September 2019

TOUR INCLUDES

All services as per the itinerary
Minibus luxury coach with A/C
English speaking guide throughout
Meet the locals
Escorted tour

Notes

HOTELS

Chisinau - 4* central hotel
Tiraspol - 4* central hotel
Orhei - Chateau Winery

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.

Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).

More Reviews

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


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


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

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