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Return to the USSR - Excursion in Transnistria provided by Voyages Moldavie

Return to the USSR - Excursion in Transnistria
4.5
Return to the USSR - Excursion in Transnistria
By Voyages Moldavie
from
AU$154.94
per adult (price varies by group size)

Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
Duration:
7h
Ticket type:
Mobile
English, French

About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 195850P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private transportation all day
  • Tickets to all sites included in the itinerary
Exclusions
  • Optional excursions
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up at any hotel in Chisinau
  • Chișinău, Moldova
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private transportation all day
  • Tickets to all sites included in the itinerary
Exclusions
  • Optional excursions
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up at any hotel in Chisinau
  • Chișinău, Moldova
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Chișinău
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Bender
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Chitcani
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Tiraspol
    Stop: 4 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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PopHouseForever
London, UK7 contributions
Without doubt it's a unique experience to visit Transnistria and something that is well worth doing, however a mixed experience with this tour operator.

Pros
• Border entrance / exit is handled for you.
• Driven around the town of Bender as well as Tiraspol.

Cons
• The experience felt more like having a private driver than a tour guide. There was some brief historical information which was good but it was limited. I was told I could get out at certain points and have a wander. This was disappointing as not only is everything in Russian which I don't speak, but I saw other tourists being guided around and being told about the monuments and sights they were seeing. I wanted to check out a museum which I was told would be X amount but I didn't end up going in. Fortunately I didn't as it probably would have been all in Russian and see above.
• Knowledge / Preparation - I had the distinct feeling on this and the other tour that I did that the guide, Andrian, hadn't prepared in advance and was winging it. From being told that a building was the KGB building (but Wikipediaing it after and finding out it was the city hall) I wasn't confident I was being told correct information and it felt like the guide was being made up on the spot. The cost of the tour was comparable to other ones to Transnistria, but from subsequently reading reviews of those, I realised that I didn't get to see the full extent of places which was incredibly disappointing.
• Language ability - if you're a French speaker or possibly a US English speaker, your experience will be a lot different, as Andrian would speak at me but in part due to my UK accent, I didn't feel like I could communicate back and was told when I sat in the car that his English isn't great and later that he now understands about 60% of what I say. This is not what I was expecting for an expensive tour in relation to the cost of living in Moldova and it led to me not asking questions (and fully then relying on Wikipedia...).
Written 10 April 2022
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Andrian G
Greetings Mr. Ben, Know that we are surprised by your reaction. The tour was conducted taking into account all the elements listed, even more: - paid access to the fortress - help in buying souvenirs - lunch paid by the guide - coffee offered Access to other museums is not included in the tour - but in the future we will come as a suggestion! Transnistria is very big, and for a day you visit only the essentials. Also in Transnistria not everything is called, for example "City Hall" fulfills its function. We are sorry that the contact with the guide did not take place in the expected manner, and or you may have had higher expectations from him. We take as a lesson through this comment, that even if most of our clients have a special work of the guide, it is sometimes true that not everyone can be satisfied with its performance. We are working on this at the moment, in order to avoid such experiences in the future. Respectfully, Moldova Travel Team
Written 13 April 2022
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Cole J
1 contribution
We had Nicolai as our guide. Excellent day trip to Bender and Tiraspol. Border checkpoint was easy, interactions with locals via Nikolai translations were easy, and we got to experience the cities. Highly recommend.
Written 26 March 2022
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Andrian G
Thank you very much for your review ! We look forward to showing you other beautiful places in our country!
Written 29 March 2022
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Globe Trekker
New York61 contributions
Aug. 2021
We booked the tour titled “Return to the USSR - Excursion in Transnistria”

Going to Transinitria was a time trip back to the USSR. Our guide was Gloria. She picked us up on time…was knowledgeable and shared her personal experiences of life during the USSR as well as life in free Moldova. There were a total of five people and the car was spacious and comfortable. Gloria showed us many beautiful natural and historically significant sights.

We also saw many communist-era monuments and gained insight into the mind-set of a people who prefer to live in an imagined glorious past rather than embracing a dynamic and uncertain present and future. If you’re interested in booking a tour that gives you a sense life behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ then consider booking this tour.
Written 23 August 2021
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Damien B
4 contributions
Jan. 2020
We did a guided tour with Adrian. He is a really nice guy who told us a lot about Moldova and Transnistria. The tour was well organised.
Written 4 March 2020
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Andrian G
Thank you very much! It was a beautiful trip and I was pleased to show you my country! We look forward to showing you other beautiful places in our country!
Written 18 March 2020
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Derubez
8 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
I was not sure what I was supposed to expect in Transistria but Gurdis helped to teach me all the relevant history and take me through the main attractions of the city. We had a nice lunch at a local spot and he was very good about leaving me to wander on my own in areas but stayed close by in the car. Having the break from the constant one on one interaction is nice but his company was pleasant none the less. I would definitely recommend this to people who want to see what life in an unrecognized nation can be like.
Written 12 January 2020
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Andrian G
Thank you very much for choosing us, and we are glad you had a pleasant trip, where you discovered that unobstructed but beautiful place! We look forward to other trips to the Republic of Moldova!
Written 16 January 2020
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By: Voyages Moldavie
PopHouseForever
PopHouseForever
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Incredibly expensive for what it is but the only tour operator going to this part of Moldova which is worth seeing
Gagauzia is a unique experience with a mixture of Turkish and Russian (often with no signs in Romanian and communic
Coco T
Coco T
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Easy and delicious way to see two best sites of moldova
Great way to see two of the most interesting sites in Moldova. The Curchi monastery was beautiful, and the old Orhe
Thibault F
Thibault F
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A great way to discover the hidden treasures of Moldova
We called them for a tailored trip to Ochei Vechi and Château Varteli. The driver and guide were very professional
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