Behind the Iron Curtain

About Tour

In Romania you can enjoy visiting famous communist “achievements” like: House of the People, Major Industrial Sites, House of the Press and many more attractions. But one of the most important communist “achievement” in Republic of Moldova is the autonom region of Transnistria. Transnistria has about 505,000 inhabitants, and this breakaway region is recognized as a state by the South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh only.

1 st Day

Arrival in Romania

August 29 st , 2019

Included highlights:

  • 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
  • Welcome dinner

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

On the way to Brașov

August 30 nd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Explore the city,
  • Visit Bucharest’s Parliament Palace, built in the 1980’s by order of Ceausescu,
  • Visit Ghencea Cemetery, where Nicolae Ceausescu, his wife Elena and their son Nicu are buried,
  • 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,
  • Lunch on the way,
  • 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. 

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

Exploring Braşov

August 31 rd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • A morning walking tour of Brasov,
    • The Black Church,
    • Find the beautiful Church of St. Nicholas,
    • The First Romanian School, situated in its grounds,
  • Depart for Birlad,
  • Meet with a typical Romanian family and discuss over dinner how life has changed for them since communist times,
  • Overnight stay in a soviet inspired hotel. 

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
4 th Day

Meeting Republic of Moldova

September 01 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Visit one of Moldova’s well known sights - Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi),
  • Visit 15th century “Adormirea Maicii Domnului” Cave Church,
  • See the remains of Geto-Dacian fortress, a functioning cave monastery, and ruins of the old Turkish bath,
  • Have a delicious traditional Moldovan lunch in the village,
  • Continue to the capital of Transnistria - Tiraspol,
  • Overnight 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. 

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
5 th Day

Awake in Soviet Union

September 02 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • 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,
  • Transfer to Republic of Moldova,
  • 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,
  • A special dinner with wine tasting,
  • Overnight in Chisinau.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner 
6 th Day

Discovering Gagauzia

September 03 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Depart to another autonomous region of Moldova – Gagauzia, 
  • Visit the last living “Kolhoz” - a collective state farm,
  • Lunch will be served in the canteen of this “kolhoz”, where also the workers eat,
  • Cross the Prut river, the border between Romania and Republic of Moldovia, at Cahul-Oncesti,
  • 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.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
7 th Day

Back to Bucharest

September 04 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Return to Bucharest – the 300km journey will take around 4 to 5 hours, 
  • Stop en route for lunch, 
  • Spend some time at leisure in Bucharest, 
  • Farewell dinner. 

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
8 th Day

Departure home

September 05 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Check out.
  • Transfer to the airport.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

What People Say

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Natalia – is not just the best guide, but a reliable person with whom you never worry about the tour. When we need an English-speaking guide for the program, we never think whom to call. For us the most important thing is to know whether Natalia has possibility for that period. 

Only working with her we are sure that the work will be perfectly done. She knows a lot, the tourists are always satisfied. 

Dear Razvan, 

Thank you so much for this fantastic educational trip. Your organisation was perfect, your company / guidance most appreciated. 

And i can say that this trip immediately comes in my top 5 trips ever in my 27 year career. Thanks a lot: fantastic discoveries, fantastic explanations, very good and nice hotels, excellent food everywhere, and so on...

Also specal thanks to Natasha. With her enthusiasm she made us discover Moldova and Transnistria in a fantastic way.

Hi, Natalia! I contact you in order to thank you for your help, guidance & company while i was in your country. I will have to say, i did particularly love being with you, on those 2 trips i made. If you don’t mind me saying so, i think you are a lovely & charming person, and it was a great pleasure for me to meet you.