|29 Aug - 05 Sep|
Take a look back at Romania and Moldova’s communist era on this intriguing 8-day group tour. In Brasov, 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.
A morning walking tour of Brasov will lead you to The Black Church and up Strada Prundului to Piata Unirii. Here you’ll find the beautiful Church of St. Nicholas and The First Romanian School, situated in its grounds. Depart for Birlad for overnight stay in a soviet inspired hotel. In the evening, meet with a typical Romanian family and discuss how life has changed for them since soviet times. (B,D)
Set off today to the Republic of Moldova and to one of Moldova’s well known sights - Old Orhei, Here, visit 19th century “Adormirea Maicii Domnului” Church. See the remains of Geto-Dacian fortress, a functioning cave monastery, and ruins of the old Turkish bath. After a delicious traditional Moldovan lunch in the village, continue to the capital of Transnistria - Tiraspol. Transnistria is a breakaway territory within the internationally recognised borders of Moldova. Although not recognised by any state or international organization, it is de facto an independent state named the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. The country’s national coat of arms still includes the traditional hammer and sickle and a load of Lenin Statues that have not been pulled down. Overnight Tiraspol. (B,L)
Awake in Transnistria and see a communistic-type military parade. Enjoy the atmosphere as families relax and shop in the many small stalls lining the main street and pavement cafes are full with people enjoying local beer and freshly cooked shashlik. Later stop in a village for lunch with a private family and learn how they live in an unrecognised country. In the afternoon transfer to the world-famous wine cellars of Cricova. Here, see an underground city with obscure streets that are carrying the names of wines kept here: Aligote, Riesling, Codru, and Feteasca. The wines from this collection have an old history with bottles over 100 years old. Overnight in Chisinau and enjoy a special dinner with wine tasting. Overnight in Chisinau. (B,L,D)
This morning before leaving Chisinau visit the Military Museum and learn about the Moldova’s fate during the second world war. Next 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 “kolhoz”, 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)
29 Aug 2018
05 Sep 2018