Behind the Iron Curtain 29th of August – 5th of September 2017
You will “enjoy“ the atmosphere of those times, visit monuments and experience life in one of the last bastions of the communism. We will visit old communist monuments in Romania and Transnistria. In Romania you can enjoy visiting famous communist “achievements” like: House of the People (Palace of the Parliament, today), Major Industrial Sites, House of the Press and many other attractions. Transnistria has about 505,000 inhabitants and it is the place where the communists still hold power. This republic is almost unique in the world, being recognized just by South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh .
In the morning we will visit the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world, built in the 80’s on the orders of Ceausescu. Our next stop is at Ghencea Cemetery to look for the graves of Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-89) and his wife Elena (1921 – 89). Their son Nicu (1951-96) is also buried here. Before leaving to Brasov we will stop in a former canteen, now a mall, because in the communist era the authorities wanted all the population to eat in large work style canteens. There wasn’t enough food available, so people were forced to eat in these so called “cantinas”. These days all this ex-cantinas are malls and people are eating there by choice! On the way we will stop at Targoviste to visit the place where Ceausescu and his wife were judged and shot in a military compound. Lunch on the way. We will continue our journey to Brasov. Before getting to Brasov we will also wander around the famous Dracula castle from Bran, lately used by Queen Mary and her children during 1918- 1938. Traditional dinner in Brasov, and if possible we will bring a member of the 15 Nov association to tell us about the first anti-Ceausescu strike in 1987. Accommodation in 4* Hotel.
We will begin with a morning walking tour of Brasov and visit the famous Black Church and St Nicholas Church which was also the First Romanian School. Departure to Birlad for an overnight stay. In the evening we will meet a simple Romanian family, chat with them about their daily life and problems they face with, the communist period they witnessed in the past, etc. We will have dinner with the family and accommodation will be in a 3* Hotel, which reminds us about the communist period.
Today we depart to Republic of Moldova and its capital Chisinau. During the city tour we will visit the National Museum of History, which includes the artifacts of the Soviet Union Epoch, World War II Memorial, V. Lenin Monument, etc. In the afternoon we will visit one of the biggest underground wine cities from Europe “Cricova”, opened in 1952. Transfer to Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway territory of Transnistria. The old USSR is alive and kicking in this breakaway territory. Although not internationally recognised as a separate country, Transdniestr is a de facto independent state called the Pridnestroian Moldavian Republic. The country’s national coat of arms still includes the traditional hammer and sickle and you’ll still find the odd statue of Lenin which has remained intact. Accommodation in a 4* hotel
Today we will meet “Homo Sovieticus” in Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria. Here, the old USSR is still alive and well in this breakaway territory within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova. Although not recognized by any state or international organization – it is an independent state called the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. The country’s national coat of arms still includes the traditional hammer and sickle. You will find the occasional Lenin statue which hasn’t yet been pulled down. We will enjoy a traditional Ukrainian lunch with the veteran of the WWII and we will depart to the winery Mimi. The Castle Mimi, which is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. The story of the castle begins in 1893 when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, planted the first grape vines on the place that would become legend over the years. The area of Codru, where the winery is placed, has a unique micro climate, as a result having intense and aromatic wines. Today the Castel Mimi winery produces classical wines like: Chardonnay, Pinot Gri, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, but also indigenous varieties as Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra. The biggest attraction of the winery is off course the chateau and its cellars, that are built in a very old technique, so that all year round the temperature is the same: 14 degrees C. Excursion, wine tasting and lunch in the castle. Check-in at Chisinau hotel.
From Chisinau after breakfast we will drive back to Romania. En route we shall visit another autonomous region of Moldova – Gagauzia, where we will find the last living “Kolhoz” – a collective state farm. Lunch will be served in the canteen of this “kolhoz”, where also the workers eat.
Next, we shall cross the Prut river, the border between Romania and Republic of Moldovia, at Cahul-Oncesti. Accommodation and dinner at Galati, an industrial city on the Danube, where the jewel of the communist industry was built, the Steel factory! Tonight we will stay in a communist era hotel and sample delicacies made from fresh fish from the Danube.
Transfer to the airport for flight back.
Price: (for minimum 4 paying guests)
1390 Euro place in double room, 240 Euro single supl.
• All services as mentioned in the program
• Professional English-speaking guide at all your days
• Van or minibus with A/C
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