From  £1535
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the Parliament Palace in Bucharest
  • Explore Moldova's capital Chisinau
  • Visit Cricova Winery in Moldova
  • Embark on a city tour of Tiraspol
  • Have lunch with a Word War II veteran
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Behind the Iron Curtain Group Tour

8 Day Tour, from £1535 per person

Journey through Romania and Moldova’s communist era on this intriguing 8-day group tour. In Birlad, learn more about life under Ceausescu’s rule. Cross the border into Moldova and visit Chisinau’s History Museum with its hidden exhibition dedicated to the Communist era, before travelling to the breakaway Transdniestr Republic, where the spirit of the old USSR thrives. Have lunch at a collective state farm, dine with a typical Romanian family, sample wines at Purcari and stay in a communist era hotel in Galati on the banks of the Danube.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BUCHAREST
FLY TO BUCHAREST
Fly to Bucharest and transfer to your hotel. If time permits, visit some of Bucharest’s important sights. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy a short presentation about Romania’s communist history. (D)
DAY 2
BUCHAREST TO BRASOV
BUCHAREST TO BRASOV
Spend the morning exploring the city, visiting Bucharest’s Parliament Palace, built in the 1980’s by order of Ceausescu, and Ghencea Cemetery, where Nicolae Ceausescu, his wife Elena and their son Nicu are buried. Before leaving for Brasov, stop in a canteen mall, formally known as a ‘cantina’, where due to a shortage of food in communist times, people were forced by the authorities to eat in large work style canteens. All the cantinas are now malls, where people freely choose to eat. En route to Brasov, stop to wander around the famous Bran Castle, which is said to have been Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the residence of the vampire count in his famous novel. Overnight in Brasov. (B,D)
DAY 3
BRASOV TO BIRLAD
BRASOV TO BIRLAD
Awake in Brasov and embark on a walking tour of the city. Visit the famous Black Church and St Nicholas Church which was also the First Romanian School. After lunch, depart to Birlad and, in the evening, meet with a typical Romanian family and discuss how life has changed for them since communist times. Overnight in Birlad. (B,D)
DAY 4
BIRLAD TO TIRASPOL
BIRLAD TO TIRASPOL
Set off today to the Republic of Moldova and its capital city, Chisinau. A tour of the city will include a visit to the World War II Memorial, Lenin Monument and History Museum, which includes artefacts from the soviet era. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the wine cellars of Cricova, one of Moldova’s most popular wineries. Overnight Tiraspol. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU
Awake in Transnistria and embark on a city tour of Tiraspol. See the Supreme Soviet building, V. Lenin Statue, the Memorial to the II WW, Afghanistan and Civil War 1992 and A. Suvorov Statue. Have lunch with a Word War II veteran and learn more about Soviet epoch. In the afternoon, transfer to Chisinau and, in the evening, enjoy a special dinner with wine tasting. Overnight in Chisinau. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
CHISINAU TO GALATI
CHISINAU TO GALATI
Today visit another autonomous region of Moldova – Gagauzia and visit the last living “Kolhoz” - a collective state farm. Lunch will be served in the canteen of this “kolchoz”, where also the workers eat. In the afternoon, cross the Prut river, the border between Romania and Republic of Moldovia, at Cahul-Oncesti. In the evening reach Galati, an industrial city on the Danube, where the jewel of the communist industry was built - the Steel factory. Overnight in Galati in a communist era hotel and sample delicacies made from fresh fish from the Danube. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
GALATI TO BUCHAREST
GALATI TO BUCHAREST
Return to Bucharest – the 300km journey will take around 4 to 5 hours and a stop will be made en route for lunch. Spend some time at leisure in Bucharest before attending a farewell dinner (B,D)
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1535 per person
(Single person supplement + £215)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways direct from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
Itinerary Dates  
29 Aug 2017
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05 Sep 2017

Tour Route Map


  1. Romania, Bucharest
  2. Romania, Brasov
  3. Moldova, Chisinau
  4. Moldova, Tiraspol
  5. Moldova, Purcari
  6. Romania, Galati
  7. Romania, Bucharest

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