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Explore Transnistria - the country that doesn't exist!

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You should come to Transnistria especially if you’re from a country that was never a part of the Soviet Bloc or controlled by it. It’ll help you understand what the daily reality was like for millions of people. You’ll visit practically almost fully conserved ‘museum’ of Soviet times.

Duration: 8 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Russian
Tour by Veaceslav
Local

I graduated from the Faculty of Tourism at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova and have worked for 2 years as a tourism manager in local travel agencies. But I soon decided to pursue a career as a Tour Guide to combine my profession with my passion: traveling and outdoor, because I am not a follower of office work. This led me to study to obtain a license as a travel guide.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy the Soviet architecture
  • See the Lenin Monument and Bender Fortress
  • Find interesting facts about Transnistria – “the country that doesn’t exist”
  • Plunge into the Soviet Union as you visit the cities of Tiraspol and Bender
  • Taste the authentic cuisine in Ukrainian restaurant Kumanek or any other location

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Description

The trip to Transnistria starts with the transfer from your accommodation in Chisinau to Tiraspol by a private vehicle. Visiting Transnistria is like traveling on a time machine – not much has changed there since the end of the 20th century. The cities of Bender and Tiraspol, keep many soviet monuments, with a specific architecture.

Old-fashioned public transport, a lot of monuments to Lenin and Soviet symbolism on the buildings, all make a tour to Transnistria a different experience. Your local guide will tell you about the current political situation of the country and show you all the most important attractions of Tiraspol, as the capital of the unrecognized country.

Then you will travel to the city of Bender and discover its famous sight, Fortress of Tighina, built in the 16th century. Medieval Bender Fortress played a significant role in the Russian-Turkish War in the 18-19th centuries. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the Dniester River from the high fortress’s walls. Later, in your free time, you may have lunch at one of the city’s cafes.

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What’s included & not included

  • Transportation
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenirs

Meeting point

Stephen the Great Monument, Arch of Triumph, tourist accommodation address.

Reviews from travellers (6)

5.0/5

Awesome experience
I had a really good experience visiting Transnistria with Veaceslav. I came alone to Chisinau from Bucarest to visit this country, As it was sometimes described as a dangerous place on the Internet, I felt way more confident visiting it with a local.
Finally, it turned out to be a pretty safe and peaceful place ! But it is still the "sovietic style" place I'd expected it to be.
Veaceslav is an excellent guide, he knows everything there's to know about the country : traditions, politics, economy, hitsory, … I definitely recommend !
Amazing tour!!
We booked a tour to Transnistria and Milesti Micii winery, and it all went great! The tour itself is amazing, and Veaceslav gave us the best interaction and information we could’ve asked for, driving us safely in a very comfortable car.
A day in Pridnestrovie...
Perhaps the title is a spoiler for most foreign travellers who plan to visit Transistria but locals prefer to call their land like that. No matter what the name it's definitely a place worth visiting which drives you back to the soviet eras but not only that. I won't say anything more about the trip, I will leave the rest to Veaceslav, the cool and friendly tour guide, who will provide you with lots of historical details and of course anything you need to know about the destination. So, if you ever happen to find yourselves in Moldova don't skip this trip to Transistria. It will be something to remember.

This operator has 9 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

Insightful and fun tour
Veaceslav was on time and the tour I went to provided a lot of insight into Moldovan culture. Even though one of the wine tours was cut short due to a technical problem, I highly recommend the wine tour as it was great fun and informative! :)
Great mix of experience
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
In this trip we enjoyed professional guide of a very friendly local. He showed us great views, churches, rural life, historical sites. We even had some de-tours to eat walnuts growing in Moldova:) And of course, Old Orhei is a must-see if you are visiting Moldova!
Rewarding day out in Old Orhei
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
The tour turned out to be even better than I expected and was a wonderful experience of immersion into Moldavian history and culture. Veaceslav was perfectly on time in picking me up at my hotel and within minutes was already pointing out all the significant sites around Chisanau as we drove out the city. I soaked up the narratives on different villages, the explanations of various periods of Moldavian history, geopolitics and traditions. Veaceslav was definitely extremely knowledgeable and his friendly demeanor and natural rapport made this the perfect private tour. He also helped me take some wonderful photos for the memories. i enjoyed the visits to the Curchi monastery, the Turkish bath and Butuceni village with its cave monasteries and traditional peasant lodgings. The tour ended with a delectable lunch at one of the pensions in the village where all the food was locally sourced. I highly recommend this tour And assure anyone booking this that they will have as wonderful an experience as I did with Veaceslav! Hope to be able to come back to Moldova soon and do another tour with him.
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