Visit the "Country that Doesn't Exist"! Explore Lenin's statues, soviet banners and truly communist vibe!
De-Jure this country doesn't exist, but de-Facto it does! It has its own President, Parliament, Ministries, Tax Office, currency, passport, 3 official languages. . . definitely a lot of these will surprise you here.
First we will visit a medieval fortress in Bender which has an intricate history under Ottoman and Russian occupation. We will visit Alexander Nevsky church and will continue to explore more soviet landmarks in Tiraspol, so called "capital of Transnistrian Moldovan Republic".
As Transnistria is a melting pot of different nationalities, languages, cultures, so the cuisine is diverse. We will enjoy lunch in a Ukrainian restaurant tasting local dishes with "kvas", typical soft drink in the region.
Later, the largest building in the world in the shape of a bottle, the Strong Drinks Museum, is waiting for us. The owner of this private collection of alcoholic beverages has a story behind every bottle and shares it with a lot of passion. Here we will try a type of local strong drink.
Chisinau - Bender - Tiraspol - Chisinau (One way drive 1h 20 min)
- Bender Fortress
- Alexander Nevsky Church
- City tour in Tiraspol (Supreme Council, Lenin Monument, II World War and Afghanistan War Memorial, T-34 Tank, Suvorov Monument etc. )
- Lunch in a local restaurant
- Bottle Museum of Strong Drinks
The tour can be adjusted according to the guests' interest and preferences. Therefore, we can include/exclude some points from the itinerary.
Don't forget to take your passport with you! There is a checkpoint between Moldova and Transnistria, but your passport will not be stamped.
Take some cash (USD or EUR) as in Transnistria you can't pay with card, only cash in Pridnestrovian rubles (local currency), available to exchange only in Transnistria.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
Rented modern comfortable minivan with air condition (7 seats)
It is possible to arrange a customized tour, with car 4 seats or minibus 20 seats, please inquire for a quote.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 MDL - 100 MDL for souvenirs
30 MDL for a coffee/tea
20 MDL for a bottle of water
Black Caviar Factory = price from 816-1724MDL (45- 95USD) per person (depending on number of people in the group, level of tasting, weekday/weekend etc.)
KVINT Distillery = price from 200-1600 MDL (11-88USD) per person (depending on number of people in the group, weekday/weekend, types of cognac etc.)
Castel Mimi = 600 MDL (33USD) per person
- Personal Expenses
I am not a driver. I arrange private comfortable transportation with a professional driver (car 4 seats/ minivan 7 seats/ minibus 20 seats)