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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Hi, Natalia.

This weekend I made some order in my holyday pictures. There I found your card, and therefore I hereby sent you the best greetings from Greenland with my thanks for Your guidance during my stay in Moldova late September. It was a great experience for me to visit your country, of which I got a good impression even if I only had a few days there.

Dearest Viorica, 

I really want to thank you enough for being the most amazing guide and introducing me to your tremendous country. What a priviledge it has been to travel back in time and catch the enduring presence of Moldovans through the centuries. I couldn’t imagine being transported through song and hear the love of family, hope & blessings being passed on. Family, food, friendship, sharing of thoughts and ideas connect us in real time and across time as well. 

This may not have been a clear chosen career path bat I must say you excel at it!!! Your ability to be flexible and accommodating is beyond the norm! I totally loved the book you helped create and will use it to dig deeper and continue to learn more about this country. 

The cooking, clothing weaving, embroidery, people have captured a part of my heart. The pictures we’ve taken will remind us of our time together for a lifetime & these stories you have shared will be retold and shared with many many others. 

Thanks so much again, 

Pat. 

Dear Natalia, we want to thank you sincerely for your expert and skillful guiding during our trip to Moldova. Our experience in Dumbraveni – as we told you – will prove unforgettable for us always. You have a wonderful way with people which will take you far.