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Explore Transnistria - the country that doesn't exist!


50 EUR

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

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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  • 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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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 (7)


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


Superb introduction to the city
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
As a history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed Veaceslav's comprehensive yet relaxed tour. The city (and country) has a fascinating but complex modern history, and my understanding was greatly enhanced by Veaceslav's local expertise. Being a private tour, I especially enjoyed the many opportunities to ask questions and engage in conversation about living in Chisinau.
An excellent tour of Chisinau with a friendly and hospitable guide
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
We had a wonderful walking and driving tour around Chisinau with Veaceslav, whose warm personality more than made up for the freezing weather and snow. We took in the main square, a beautiful park, passed by several important religious sites and Veaceslav was very helpful in giving us tips for the rest of the day in the city. We spent the afternoon in the historical museum and then the modern art gallery. Veaceslav was so helpful, professional and friendly that we were able to book two more tours with him for the following days, which were also amazing, spectacular and infused with the same sense of pride and knowledge about his home country. Highly recommended!
Great layover time spending
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
I had a layover in Chisinau and I decided to have a short city center overview tour by car instead of being stuck in the airport premises. The guide/driver Gorita Veaceslav met me at the airport (extra 15 euro both ways) and took my hand luggage to his car. He was welcome and told me about the country/city and people. It was very interesting to listen to him. It was a combined riding/walking tour and despite freaking cold weather on that day, we did out best to walk and see.
I do recommend this tour company as reliable and this tour in particular for those short in time or with long layover in the airport. You will be pleased to spend 3-4 hours with Veaceslav showing you his home city.
Excellent guide and tour
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
I really enjoyed my tour with Veaceslav, he is incredibly well informed, attentive and fun to explore the country with. Highly recommended
Great day
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
i had a very good day with a professional, friendly and knowledgeable guide 😀
I higly recommand his services !
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