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 The SOVIET STORY in Moldova 06th – 12th of May 2018

The SOVIET STORY in Moldova 06th – 12th of May 2018

It has remained unrecognized by any states other than Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia after its 1992 war of independence from Moldova.It has remained unrecognized by any states other than Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia after its 1992 war of independence from Moldova. Each year on 09th of May Transnistrians stage an elaborate Victory Day celebration in the capital Tiraspol to remember the victims of WWII, known as the Great Patriotic War. So let’s go and see how they celebrate, meet locals and talk to them, visit their capital Tiraspol, understand their religion - Russian orthodox, see their country, history and discover how they live and what they have to offer.

Day1 – arrival Chisinau.
You’ll meet your local guide and driver at the airport. After check-in you’ll have a city tour about the capital of Moldova – Chisinau. It includes: visit to the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, the Central Park and the Alley of Moldovan literature classics, the monument of Steven the Great and Saint, Great National Assembly Square, the Triumph Arch, the “Nativity” Cathedral, the Organ Hall, the Market of souvenirs, etc. Welcome dinner and tour program preview.


Day 2 – Chisinau - Cricova - Tiraspol.
After breakfast we shall visit the world famous Moldovan Cellars - Cricova, which is a real underground wine city with wide streets, warehouses, tasting rooms. The total length of its galleries is 120 km. The constant annual temperature of + 12ºC and 82–95 % humidity are perfect conditions for aging quality wines there. Cricova is also well known for brilliant sparkling-wines produced by the classic French method. Transfer to Tiraspol. Check in - 4 * hotel.

Transnistria - is a breakaway territory within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova. Although not recognized 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 the Lenin statue hasn’t yet been pulled down. The Pridnestrovie today may still retain the look of a Communist state and it’s called “the last remaining Stalinist dictatorship in Europe”.

Day 3 – Tiraspol – Bender – Noul Neamt Monastery.
Today we invite you to enjoy the military parade and to discover the city of TIRASPOL (capital of Transnistria). We will admire the festivities of the Independence Day and enjoy this unique atmosphere. After the parade, our guide will show us around, get the chance to go by trolleybus in the city, meet local people and interact with them. Lunch is optional - but, please, of your preliminary request, we may organize an interesting meeting with the II World War veteran who will share his memories on military campaigns he was involved in. Next stop - the Museum of Bender Tragedy . In 1992, during the bloody conflict at the time of the Soviet Union's collapse, 1000 people, both military and innocent civilians, were lost near Bendery. A memorial museum of the Bendery Tragedy opened September 1, 1997, the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.

In the evening, let’s pay a visit to the Noul Neamt Monastery. Dinner in the monastic style, quite an experience. A local monk will guide us around, showing the monastery library, give us wine from the Monastery Cellars and explain us how religion survives in the Last Soviet Frontier of Europe. Same accommodation in Tiraspol.

Day 4 – visiting Lenin in every Transnistrian village.
Today we shall do a Treasure Hunt – but because we are in Transnistria, off course, the main treasure will be the Lenin Statues that they inherited from the Soviet time. We will drive towards the north, along the Dniester River. You will be amazed about the communist monuments still to be seen in villages and small towns like Grigoriopol, Ghidirim, Dubasari, Rezina etc. Lunch on the way to a local family. Arrival in Soroca, known for its sizable Roma minority. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel from Soroca.

Day 5 – Soroca – Old Orhei - Chisinau.
After breakfast, you will visit the Soroca fortress, which is a unique monument of architecture, built in the Medieval Ages at the Dniester River bend as part of a huge Moldovan defensive system. Initially wooden, it was built of stone at the end of 15th century according to the “Golden Section” supreme law of harmony that made it unique among the examples of European military architecture. Another must see sight of Soroca is “The Gypsy Hill” that features mansions inspired by the Bolshoi theatre, St Peter's Basilica and the US Capitol. We shall visit a Gypsy family, who will proudly share their culture and traditions with us.

Later we shall drive to Old Orhei, Moldova’s most picturesque and fantastic historical site. Old Orhei is famous for the cave monastery located there. This zone was ideal for the primary monasticism of early Christian community. It was isolated from the outer world. At the time when Christians came here there should have been smaller and bigger caves in the calcareous rocks cut by pre-historic tribes living on this territory. Today the monastery is inhabited by only one monk. Here we will have a typical Moldovan lunch in a nice cozy Moldovan house. Arrival in Chisinau. Check-in and farewell dinner in a local wine bar specialized in promoting quality Moldovan wines created by small producers.

Day 6 – Chisinau and departure home.
If time allows we shall visit more soviet sights of Chisinau, pay a visit to the Lenin Statue that is kept nowadays in a local park etc. Transfer to the airport. Departure back home.