East European Discovery – Moldova's Transnistria and Gagauzia

East European Discovery –  Moldova's Transnistria and Gagauzia 650 , 6 Days

Join us on an unforgettable adventure in Moldova, the least visited European country with less than 12 000 visitors per year. Moldova offers unspoiled nature, preserved history and great wine for every taste. Become one of the few travelers stepping into Transnistria - a breakaway republic in eastern Moldova, where Soviet values are still upheld and people fight for independence. Explore Gagauzia, a little-known region covering 1,848 square kilometres in Moldova's south, that comprises a cluster of cities, towns and villages amongst mainly rural and agricultural landscapes. This unique region is predominantly inhabited by an ethnic Turkic group whose origins remain somewhat enigmatic and mysterious.

Highlights:
Chisinau - the capital and main city in Moldova.
Milestii Mici - the largest wine "underground city" in Europe, which takes place in Guinness World Records
Tiraspol - the capital of Transnistria a thin strip of land wedged between Moldova and Ukraine
Comrat - situated in the central part of the Budzhak steppe on the Yalpug river, it is the capital and the largest city of the autonomous area of Gagauzia.


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival in Bucharest (Romania)
Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer to the train station. Night train in a sleeper to Chisinau at. 22.50. The train journey takes about 9.30 hours

Day 2. Arrival in Chisinau (Moldova)
Walking tour of the city's main sights including the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ's Nativity, Presidential Palace, Parliament building and the Holy Gates, which are known as Moldova's 'Arc de Triomphe'. Excursion and wine tasting at Milesti Mici - the largest wine "underground city" in Europe (length - 200 km), which is listed in Guinness World Records. It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine. Overnight hotel in Chisinau. B/-/-

Day 3. Chisinau - Tiraspol (Transnistria)
Drive to Transnistrian “capital” - Tiraspol. Stop at Bender Fortress on the way. Continue to Tiraspol where you will have the opportunity to travel back in time to USSR. Transnistria is a thin strip of land wedged between Moldova and Ukraine. It is home to more than 500,000 people and has a parliamentary government, a standing army, and its own currency. It has all the trappings of an independent nation—but isn't. you won't find it on many maps, and not a single member of the United Nations recognizes its existence. You will start by visiting the Lenin monument and tanks left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a ghost of the Soviet past. B/-/-

Day 4. Tiraspol - Comrat (Gagauzia)
After a comprehensive USSR-heritage walk we’ll then move southwest past traditional Gagauz and Bulgarian settlements, reaching Comrat, the national capital of Gagauzia. Gagauzia or Gagauz-Yeri, officially the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia is an autonomous territorial unit of Moldova. Its autonomy is intended for the local Gagauz people, a Turkic-speaking, primarily Orthodox ethnic group. Overnight in Comrat. B/-/-

Day 5. Comrat - Chisinau
Drive back to Chisinau. In the afternoon we visit the world-famous wine cellars of Cricova. Cricova is like 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. Back to Chisinau and enjoy a special dinner with wine tasting. Overnight in Chisinau. B/-/D

Day 6. Departure from Chisinau (Moldova)


Price Includes:
4 nights in standard hotels 3*** - rooms with private facilities and breakfast
Wine tasting with dinner on day 5
All transport as per program in AC coach
Tour leader from Penguin Travel (at min 8 people)
Local English-speaking guides
Meals according to the itinerary (B-breakfast L-lunch D -dinner)
Ticket for train in a sleeper Bucharest-Chisinau

Not Included:
International flight tickets
Travel insurance
Entrance fees
Tips and personal expenses
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Visa fees if applicable


East European Discovery – Moldova's Transnistria and Gagauzia (Rated 4.67 / 5 Based on 6 Reviews.)
Price
650 EUR
Duration
6 Days
Single Supplement
140 EUR
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Guaranteed departure
Price
650 EUR
Duration
6 Days
Single Supplement
140 EUR
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Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
6 Days
Single Supplement
140 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
6 Days
Single Supplement
140 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
6 Days
Single Supplement
140 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
6-16
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