Join YPT for a tour in a land that we know and love, the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl and unrecognised country of Transnistria, reminders of what the Soviet Union was and both complemented by the atmospheric Eastern European winter.
Beginning in the vibrant Ukrainian capital of Kiev, we will venture into the nuclear exclusion zone of Chernobyl, featuring the ghost city of Pripyat. Led by our guide who was born inside the exclusion zone, we can guarantee access to places that most visitors never see.
From Kiev, we head south to Odessa. Infamously known as the maternal city of the Russian Mafia. This is our crossing point into the unrecognized country of Transnistria, trapped in the style of the Soviet Union since a brutal civil war with Moldova during the collapse of the USSR. We will spend two days here and our years of experience and vast array of contacts in Transnistria mean we can show you the far flung corners of this fascinating rebel republic.
We then hit up the least visited and poorest country in Europe: Moldova! Here we will tour the capital of Chisinau before visiting an underground winery to sample a hearty amount of Moldova’s most well known export. Inside are the personal wine collections of Putin, Merkel and even Hermann Goring! We will even enjoy a tasting session in the same suite that both Vladimir Putin and Yuri Gagarin celebrated their birthdays in.
As we bid farewell to Moldova, we will then board a DDR era night train to Romania. It remains a 1970’s time warp and often still has the ‘made in the DDR’ plaques attached to the walls. The train is lifted in the air at the border to change the wheels. This is a Stalin era technique deployed at the borders of the Soviet Union in order to deter Western invasion.
Rolling into Bucharest, we’ll check into our hotel and kick off a tour of the former playground of the godfather of communism: Nicolae Ceaușescu! We’ll round off our epic adventure here in Bucharest, with convenient flight connections all over the world.
|Group A: Chernobyl + Transnistria, Moldova and Romania
|Group B: Chernobyl only
|Group C: Transnistria, Moldova and Romania only
Friday 24th February – Kiev
Saturday 25th February – Kiev – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Morning
Sunday 26th February – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Kiev – Odessa Morning
Monday 27th February – Odessa – Tiraspol Morning
Tuesday 28th February – Tiraspol Morning
Wednesday 1st March – Tiraspol – Chisinau Morning
Thursday 2nd March – Chisinau Morning
Friday 3rd March – Chisinau – Bucharest Morning
Saturday 4th March – Bucharest Morning
Sunday 5th March – Bucharest
• Letter of Invitation and visa support
• All transport (except transport to Kiev before tour, onward travel from Kiev after group 1 and onward travel from Bucharest after the tour finishes)
• Lunches within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
• Entrance fees
• English Speaking local guides and YPT tour leader
• Visa Fees (YPT provides full support)
• Single Supplements (€225)
• Lunches outside of Chernobyl, dinners and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local guides
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