From  £1115
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover Transdniestr, an independent state
  • Enjoy Soviet-era celebratory military parade
  • Sample delicious local and fine wines in Chisinau, Moldova
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Independence Day in Transnistria Group Tour

6 Day Tour, from £1115 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
31 Aug  -  05 Sep

At Regent Holidays, there’s nothing we love more than creating pioneering trips to uncover intriguing and alternative destinations – unless, of course, the destination is a breakaway state. Bonus points are awarded if that tour also coincides with a one-off event or national celebration.

Our brand new Independence Day in Transdniestr group tour ticks all these boxes, so if you’re looking to visit somewhere really off-the-beaten-track this year, Moldova and the self-declared independent state of Transdniestr should have you fumbling for your passport. Celebrate the Independence Day of a technically non-existent country in Tiraspol, a capital city known as one of the last living relics of the Soviet Era, before spending a few days exploring Moldova and sampling local wine in Chisinau. During this tour, visitors have the opportunity to meet lots of local people over delicious meals. and learn about their culture and history.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO CHISINAU
FLY TO CHISINAU
Arrive in Moldova’s capital and transfer to the Hotel City Park or Best Western Flowers. Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps set out and explore the surrounding area on foot.
DAY 2
CHISINAU TO TIRASPOL
CHISINAU TO TIRASPOL

This morning, embark on a city tour of Chisinau. Many of Chisinau’s major highlights are concentrated in the central part of town, so during a walk around the city’s main avenue see the Organ Hall, the City Hall, the Cathedral Complex, the Grand National Assembly Square and the impressive House of Government. If time allows visit the open markets and the Ciuflea Monastery. Continue to Transdniestr and after crossing the border, which the Moldovans do not recognise, check in to your hotel in the centre of Tiraspol. This afternoon, take a city tour before driving to a nearby village for dinner in a Moldovan family home. Here you’ll have the opportunity to understand the difficulties of living in an unrecognised country, and where their language is not an official language. You’ll also be joined by a Transnistrian journalist, who’ll share her experiences. Check in to the Hotel Russia in Tiraspol for a 2 night stay. (B,D)

DAY 3
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Explore a city still housing Lenin statues and Soviet posters before the Independence Day celebrations start, with military units and retired folks parading in the city centre. In January 1990, the citizens of Tiraspol passed a referendum declaring the city as an independent territory and on September 2nd of the same year, Tiraspol was proclaimed the capital of the new Pridnestrovian Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic – the area to the east of the Dniester River now known as Transdniestr. In the afternoon visit the Bender fortress and the Museum of Local History of Tiraspol, before enjoying dinner at the Noul Nearnt Monastery. (B,D)

DAY 4
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU
TIRASPOL TO CHISINAU

After breakfast, take a trolleybus ride to Sheriff stadium, which covers a territory of 52 hectares and includes at least four stadiums, a children’s football academy, a hotel, a tennis club and the FC Sheriff football players’ complex. Continue to Aquatir, a large sturgeon-breeding and black caviar-processing industrial park near Tiraspol. Enjoy lunch at the Kvint Brandy Factory and sample some brandy. This factory has over 120 years of history producing Kvint, the regional drink. In the afternoon, return to Chisinau and check in the Hotel City Park or Best Western Flowers for a 2 night stay. (B,L)

DAY 5
GAGAUZIA
GAGAUZIA

Today, drive to Comrat, the capital of the autonomous region of Gagauzia. Visit the Museum of History and Ethnography in Besalma village and learn about the history, culture and daily life of the Gagauz from ancient times through to modern day life. After enjoying a small performance of Gagauz songs and dances, head to Copceac and visit the last working ‘Kolkhoz’ from Moldova – the only surviving collective farm after the collapse of Soviet Union. Here, tuck into a traditional Gagauz lunch and listen to stories about the old communist lifestyle of the area. Victory Farm was founded in 1947 and is now the leader in producing and exporting fruits and vegetables in the southern area of Moldova. Return to Chisinau and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll be able to sample the locally-produced Moldovan wines that the country is famous for. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
FLY TO THE UK
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

6 day tour, from £1115 per person
(Single person supplement + £160)

Price Includes

•Return flights in economy class with Air Moldova direct from London Stansted

•Airport taxes •Accommodation in three-star/four-star hotels

•Meals as specified (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)

•All transfers and transportation

•Sightseeing with English-speaking guide

•Entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified


Price Excludes

•Travel Insurance •Tips and gratuities


Price Includes

Price Excludes

Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
31 Aug 2019
-
05 Sep 2019
£1115 £160

Tour Route Map


  1. Moldova, Chisinau
  2. Moldova, Tiraspol
  3. Moldova, Gagauzia
  4. Moldova, Chisinau

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