Join us in a land that we know and love, the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl and unrecognised country of Transnistria. Beginning in Kiev, the vibrant Ukrainian capital, 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. We will spend overnight in the eerie silence of the exclusion zone in a Soviet hotel in the safe area of Chernobyl town.
From Kiev, we head South on a refurbished Soviet night train to the rough port town of Odessa. Infamously known as the maternal city of the Russian Mafia. Here we will explore the rough side of Odessa and its gangster past. This is also our crossing point into the unrecognised 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 Göring! 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 1970s 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||Start Date||End Date||Price|
|Group A: Chernobyl + Transnistria, Moldova and Romania||September 22nd||October 1st||€790|
|Group B: Chernobyl only||September 22nd||September 24th||€395|
|Group C: Transnistria, Moldova and Romania only||September 24th||October 1st||€395|
Friday 22nd September – Kiev
Saturday 23rd September – Kiev – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Sunday 24th September – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Kiev – Odessa
Monday 25th September – Odessa – Tiraspol
Tuesday 26th September – Tiraspol
Wednesday 27th September – Tiraspol – Chisinau
Thursday 28th September – Chisinau
Friday 29th September – Chisinau – Bucharest
Saturday 30th September – Bucharest
Sunday 1st October – Bucharest
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Twin share accommodation
• Letter of Invitation and visa support
• All transport
• Lunches within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
• Entrance fees
• English speaking local guides and YPT tour leader
• Visa Fees (YPT can provide full support)
• Single Supplements (€280)
• Lunches outside of Chernobyl, dinners and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local guides
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