The STORY of a NON-EXISTING country

About Tour

How about celebrating the Independence Day of a non-existing country? Strange, isn’t it? Strange but possibile… Transnistria is a breakaway part of Republic Of Moldova, who has all the necessary things to be a country (government, local currency, National Bank, local car license plates for the cars, flag, police, army, etc.) but except one thing….it is not recognized by nobody except... South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabah, all sister “countries” being in the same situation. And like any normal country they have a National Day, and they celebrate it! 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 see for yourself how they live and what they have to offer.

An unrecognized country celebrates its independence - Transnistria!

1 st Day

Arrival in Chisinau

August 30 st , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Meet your local guide and driver at the airport.
  • Check-in and a city tour about the capital of Moldova – Chisinau.
  • 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

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

Cook Moldovan traditional food

August 31 nd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • At "Casa Parinteasca" Craft Centre from Palanca village, you will get to know not only the Moldovan traditional costumes and ethnographic customs, but you will also learn how to cook the best known Moldavian dish – “placinte”.
  • Visit the Honey Museum from Raciula, learn about the life of bees, taste different kind of honey and other honey products.
  • Coming back to”Casa Parinteasca” Museum
  • enjoy a very special lunch, trying also the “placinte” we have made. Traditional dishes will be served with the best local wine, while the organic herbal tea, accompanied by quince jam will surprise you with its amazing taste.
  • Visit Frumoasa Monastery
  • Continue to Chisinau.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

From War to Black Caviar

September 01 rd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Visit the Military Museum from Chisinau and learn about the fate of this country during the Second World War and about its Soviet Heritage.
  • Continue to Transnistria
  • After crossing the border we shall stop in a local village for a special lunch in a private family. They will share with us their problems living in an unrecognized country and how frustrating is not being able to speak their native language.
  • Touring Aquatir, a large sturgeon-breeding and black caviar-processing industrial complex from Tiraspol.
  • City tour of Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria.
  • Check in a 4* hotel.
  • Independent dinner.
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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”.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
4 th Day

Enjoying the parade in Tiraspol

September 02 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Enjoy the parade and 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 - some free time for lunch, to meet local people and interact with them. We advise you to try diferent kind of dishes and sweets freshly cooked in the market.
  • Later in the afternoon, 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 and Dubasari.
  • Going back to Moldova
  • Drive to Old Orhei, Moldova’s most picturesque and fantastic historical site. Old Orhei is famous for the cave monasteries located there. This zone was isolated from the outer world.
  • Traditional dinner and accommodation in Eco Resort Butuceni

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

What People Say

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Hello Victoria! You are a great guide and the Republic of Moldova is a great country. 

Your knowledge, enthusiasm and thoroughness were very impressive; for anyone planning a holiday to Moldova, or neighbouring Romania & Ukraine (all very interesting countries) this is the tour guide to go with.

Dear Victoria!

There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe adeguately the experience of doing a visit with you! You certainly have enhanced my appreciation of your country. I learnt a lot from you on many different levels. Your organizational skills are extraordinary and Explore will definitely receive extremely positive feedback. We were very lucky to have you with us during this short trip.

Thank you once again for all you did so beautifully with grace, humor and smile. I wish you all and only the very best for now and for the future. 

The trip was really organized to the fullest. Facilities, vehicle, driver and above all the guide Cristina really good! Moldova is very pleasant, especially the monasteries. We have come back indeed from a gastronomic journey a little tipsy. The wines and cuisine really good!

Thanks again!