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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 (12)


Fascinating day trip from Chisinau
Our family enjoyed an interesting trip to Bender and Tiraspol. Nicolai, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the complex history of the region and even had a series of maps to show how the borders changed over the centuries. We walked around the Bender city center and visited landmarks in leafy neighborhoods before stopping for lunch and touring the fortress. Tiraspol was just a few minutes down the road but had a completely different feel, and our guide found a good spot for ice cream on a hot day. Nicolai took us to the Kvint shop at our request to pick up a bottle and went above and beyond to ensure we had a comfortable and memorable day out. I highly recommend the day tour!
Great tour guide!
Due to the coronavirus (and being from a country that had cases), I wasn't able to visit Transnistria, but Veaceslav had already double checked and planned alternate options to replace the tour...a sign of a prepared tour guide!

I really enjoyed the tour of Old Orhei + Curchi monastery as a result, which gave some insight into an authentic countryside experience. I saw women walking to wells, people selling flowers on the side of the street, men doing repairs "old school" with limited machinery, and even, some rare soviet cars from the 1950s. And of course, there were beautiful views of the numerous lakes, rivers and valleys. Veaceslav drew my attention to many details and gave thoughtful anecdotes - some historical, some personal - that really gave the tour a special touch. I really enjoyed this moment and recommend Veaceslav as a tour guide to get the insider Moldovan experience.
Insightful and Entertaining Tour
The tour was everything that was advertised and more. Great insight into the country and culture. Personal stories and experiences added flavor that guidebooks could never offer.
Explore Transnistria - the country that doesn't exist! - with Veaceslav Gorita
We, three guys from Iceland in Moldova because of a football game, decided that we would like to explore Transnistria and we we so lucky too contact Mr. Veaceslav who took us to this trip.

Everything was super and it was more like we were travelling with a friend rather that a guide from the first moments.

He has everything with him which a great guide has to have and we would like to give him our best recommendations.

The Transnistria tour is something I would not like to have missed.

This operator has 12 reviews for other tours


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.
Excellent winery tour
Very well organised throughout with some beautiful wines to sample.
Our guide was very punctual and knowledgable and made the tour that much better. Would recommend highly doing this trip!
Great excursion with a pleasant, highly educated and very good English speaking guide
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
This tour was very interesting and I got a lot of information from "Slawa" Gorita. It was a very successful day for me.
He is like a living Wikipedia, he knows extremely much about Moldova.
I also had many interesting conversations with him about various other topics.
I can recommend this tour, but also any other tour with Slawa!!!
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!
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