Join YPT for our New Year’s 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 and xplore the abandoned National Hotel, visit monasteries spared destruction under Communism, explore the infamous city prison, wander through flea markets and visit the military museum.
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.
Once arriving in Bucharest, the capital of Romania where the tour will conclude but we do offer tour extensions for anyone keen to explore and learn more about the godfather of communism: Nicolae Ceaușescu.
Wednesday 28th December – Kiev
Thursday 29th December – Kiev – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Friday 30th December – Kiev – Odessa – Tiraspol
Saturday 31st December – New Year’s Eve – Tiraspol
Sunday 1st January – New Year’s Day – Tiraspol – Chisinau
Monday 2nd January – Chisinau – Bucharest
Tuesday 3rd January – 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)
• Lunch within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
• Entrance fees
• English Speaking local guides and YPT tour leader
• Visa Fees (YPT provides full support)
• Single Supplements (€100)
• Lunches outside of Chernobyl, dinners and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local guides
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.