Celebrate Easter with YPT in a land that we know and love, the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl and unrecognized country of Transnistria. 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. 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 it’s gangster past. This is also 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 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.
|Groups||Start Date||End Date||Tour Cost|
|Group A: Chernobyl + Transnistria, Moldova and Romania||7th April||16th April||€790|
|Group B: Chernobyl only||7th April||9th April||€395|
|Group C: Transnistria, Moldova and Romania only||10th April||16th April||€395|
Friday 7th April – Kiev
Saturday 8th April – Kiev – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Morning
Sunday 9th April – (Easter Sunday) – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Kiev – Odessa Morning
Monday 10th April – Odessa – Tiraspol Morning
Tuesday 11th April – Tiraspol Morning
Wednesday 12th April – Tiraspol – Chisinau Morning
Thursday 13th April – Chisinau Morning
Friday 14th April – Chisinau – Bucharest Morning
Saturday 15th April – Bucharest Morning
Sunday 16th April – Bucharest
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• 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 can provide full support)
• Single Supplements (€225)
• Lunches outside of Chernobyl, dinners and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local guides
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