Behind the Iron Curtain 29th of August – 5th of September 2019
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!
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.
Overnight in Brasov.
31st of August
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.
1st of September
Set off today to the Republic of Moldova and to one of Moldova’s well known sights – Old Orhei. Here, 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.
After a delicious traditional Moldovan lunch in the village, continue to the capital of Transnistria – 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.
Overnight in Tiraspol.
2nd of September
Awake in Transnistria and 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.
In the afternoon transfer to 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.
Overnight in Chisinau and enjoy a special dinner with wine tasting.
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:
• Double/twin room: 1362 Eur
• Single supplement: 254 Eur
• Accomodation in 3-4* hotels
• Meals according to the program
• Professional English-speaking guide services
• Entrance fees
• Printed info about the sites visited
• Luxury coach transport’ services with A/C
1. This program can be changed upon request.
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