An unrecognized country celebrates its independence – Transnistria! 01st of September-05th of September 2017
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-Karabakh, 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!
01st of September 2017 – Chisinau – Tiraspol.
Arrive in Chisinau. Transfer to Tiraspol. Check in – 4 * hotel. Welcome dinner and tour program preview. 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”.
2nd of September 2017 – Tiraspol – Bender – Noul Neamt Monastery.
Today we invite you to enjoy the military parade and to 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, our guide will show us around, get the chance to go by trolleybus in the city, meet local people and interact with them. Lunch is optional – but, please, of your preliminary request, we may organize an interesting meeting with the II World War veteran who will share his memories on military campaigns he was involved in. Next stop – the Museum of Bender Tragedy . In 1992, during the bloody conflict at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse, 1000 people, both military and innocent civilians, were lost near Bendery. A memorial museum of the Bendery Tragedy open
ed September 1, 1997, the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.
In the evening, lets pay a visit to the Noul Neamt Monastery. Dinner in the monastic style, quite an experience. A local monk will guide us around, showing the monastery library, give us wine from the Monastery Cellars and explain us how religion survives in the Last Soviet Frontier of Europe. Same accommodation in Tiraspol.
3th of September 2017 – visiting Lenin in every Transnistrian village .
Today 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, Ghidirim, Dubasari, Rezina etc. Lunch on the way to a local family. Arrival in Soroca, known for its sizable Roma minority. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel from Soroca.
4th of September 2017 – Soroca – Old Orhei – Chisinau.
After breakfast, you’ll visit the Soroca fortress, which is a unique monument of architecture, built in the Medieval Ages at the Dniester River bend as part of a huge Moldovan defensive system. Initially wooden, it was built of stone at the end of 15th century according to the “Golden Section” supreme law of harmony that made it unique among the examples of European military architecture. Another must see sight of Soroca is “The Gypsy Hill” that features mansions inspired by the Bolshoi theatre, St Peter’s Basilica and the US Capitol. We shall visit a Gypsy family, who will proudly share their culture and traditions with us.
Later we shall 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 ideal for the primary monasticism of early Christian community. It was isolated from the outer world. At the time when Christians came here there should have been smaller and bigger caves in the calcareous rocks cut by pre-historic tribes living on this territory. Today the monastery is inhabited by only one monk. Here we will have a typical Moldovan lunch in a nice cozy Moldovan house. Arrival in Chisinau. Check-in and farewell dinner in a local wine bar specialized in promoting quality Moldovan wines created by small producers.