Back To The USSR

So You Thought The USSR Had Come To An End? We Have News For You!

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Back To The USSR

  • 6 Hours
  • Iconic Sites, Walking Soviet Nostalgia . Lunch included
  • Our guide will meet you at your hotel at 10.00 am and drive you to Transnistria which is about 40 mins from Chisinau
  • Min age: 6
  • Languages offered: English

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Transnistria the country that does not exist
  • Learn about the Republics Soviet past
  • Learn about a city most have never heard of
  • Visit a Soviet architecture 
  • Interact with a real local
  • Return home with fond memories of Moldova
  • Lunch is included at a tradition Moldovan restaurant
What to Expect

This tour will take you to a strange, unrecognised region of Transnistria that broke away from Moldova under tense circumstances in 1990. Despite their attempts to become a recognized country, the region has not been granted that status either by the international community or Russia in spite of the fact that 65% of the population are Russian speakers.
Since the short, but bloody military conflict between Transnistria and Moldova in 1992 things have been rather quiet which allows to call it “a frozen conflict”. De-Jure this country doesn’t exist, but de-Facto it does as it has its own institutions of governance, such as: President, Parliament, Ministries, Security Service, Tax Office, money (Transnistrian ruble).

A part of the brotherhood of breakaway nations, it is one of the few places in the world to see the embassies of Caucasus breakaway states South Ossetia and Abkhazia. From a vast amount of Communist relics and a Soviet way of life, there is arguably nowhere else like Transnistria on earth.

There is a checkpoint between Moldova and Transnistria. Please, bear in mind: your passport WILL NOT get stamped. We will also visit Bender fortfess (where The Swedish King Carl XII lived for 4 years) and splendid Neamt monastery to see the tallest bell tower in Eastern Europe (70 meters tall).

Tour Schedule Details
  • Starting time: Our guide will meet you at your hotel at 10 am
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Our guide will meet you at your hotel and transport you
  • Ending point:  Our Guide will return you to your hotel

Full Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bender, Bender, Transnistria

Once crossing the border will arrive in Bender is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control … has de facto administrative control. The fortress of Tighina was one of the important historic fortresses of the Principality of Moldova.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tighina Military Cemetery, Strada Zoia Cosmodemianscaia, Bender Moldova

First, stop after crossing the border. Tighina Military Cemetery.. This cemetery contains the graves of soldiers of many countries. In front of the monumental entrance, there stands a magnificent statue of General Potemkin, the lover-some say the husband-of Catherine the Great, who captured Bender fortress from the Ottomans.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Bender Fortress, Petra Panin 2/3, Bender 3200 Moldova

The historical complex “Bender fortress” is located in the city of Bender, in the second largest city of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

Duration: 59 minutes

Stop At: The Memorial of Military Glory, Geroev Square, Bender Moldova

This memorial is to commemorate the people who lost their lives during the war some years ago.
The site is quite large and well maintained in order to preserve the memory.

Duration: 12 minutes

Stop At: Eternal Flame, Tiraspol Moldova

War memorial in Tiraspol
This war memorial is located close to the Tank Monument and opposite the Lenin monument outside the Supreme Soviet building. It’s worth a stop as you’re exploring the area. In quite a good condition.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: House of Soviets, 25 Oktyabrya St., 101, Tiraspol Moldova

think the most beautiful building in Tiraspol.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Supreme Soviet, Strada 25 Octombrie, 45, Tiraspol Moldova

Supreme Soviet.Big government building with a big Lenin statue in front

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Suvorov Monument, Constitution Square 25 October Street, Tiraspol Moldova

The Suvorov Monument.Suvorov was a Russian general but remains a strong symbol for Transnistria.

Duration: 20 minutes


A Traditional Moldovan Lunch is also included Including a glass of Cricova Sparkling wine



I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

There is no single supplement surcharge for single travellers as this is a private tour. The more travelers in your private group the bigger the discount for the private tour.

What is cancellation policy?

Cancellation fees – Cancellation fees may apply to any cancellations by the traveller of a service provided by Unless otherwise specified, the cancellation policy is as follows:

  1. Cancellations for set tours and made more than 24 hours prior to travel receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellations for set tours made 24 hours or less prior to travel require the traveller to pay for the tour in full, and no refund will be issued.

Cancellations for custom itineraries (“Create Your Own”) are as follows:

  • 60+ days to departure – Full refund
  • 59 – 31 days to departure – 50% cancellation fee
  • 30 days and under to departure – 100% cancellation fee

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In the event of bad weather forecast we will contact you the day before and offer you either a refund or an amended tour for the following day.

We always advice to wear suitable clothing for the day of the tour as not every day is guaranteed sunshine.

How do I find the tour start meeting point?

Our guide will meet you in your hotel lobby. Our guide will also be your driver and drive you from Chisinau the the republic about 40 mins drive.