From  £1595
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the Parliament Palace in Bucharest
  • Explore Moldova's capital Chisinau
  • Visit Cricova Winery in Moldova
  • Enjoy a lunch with a local family in Transnistria
  • Stay in a soviet-style hotel
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Behind the Iron Curtain Group Tour

8 Day Tour, from £1595 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
29 Aug  -  05 Sep

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 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,D) 
 

DAY 5
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU

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) 

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 £1595 per person
(Single person supplement + £275)

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 2018
-
05 Sep 2018

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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