Join YPT this summer in a land that we know and love, the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl and unrecognized country of Transnistria.
The tour begins in Bucharest where you’ll see the most important places in the story of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the former Communist dictator of Romania whose trial and execution were shown on TV around the world during the Christmas of 1989. As we bid farewell to Bucharest, we will then board a DDR era night train to Moldova. 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.
You’ll then explore 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.
Moldova will be 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.
Crossing into Ukraine across smuggling territory, our next destination will be the rough port town of Odessa. Infamously known as the maternal city of the Russian Mafia. Here we’ll spend the night and have the chance to relax at the welcoming waters of the Black Sea as well as mix it up a bit with a tour of the dark history of Odessa through its gangster neighbourhoods and abandoned Soviet areas.
A refurbished Soviet night train will bring us into the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, where 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 our final night of the tour in the eerie silence of the exclusion zone in a Soviet hotel in the safe area of Chernobyl town.
|Group A: Romania, Moldova, Transnistria and Kiev + Chernobyl
|Group B: Romania, Moldova, Transnistria and Kiev only
|Group C: Chernobyl only
Friday 14th July – Bucharest
Saturday 15th July – Bucharest Morning
Sunday 16th July – Chisinau Morning
Monday 17th July – Transnistria Morning
Tuesday 18th July – Transnistria Morning
Wednesday 19th July – Odessa Morning
Thursday 20th July – Odessa Morning
Friday 21st July – Kiev Morning
Saturday 22nd July – Chernobyl Morning
Sunday 23rd July – Chernobyl Morning
• Letter of Invitation and visa support
• All transport (except transport to Bucharest before tour, onward travel from Kiev after group 1 and onward travel from Kiev 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 (€290)
• Lunches outside of Chernobyl, dinners and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local guides
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