Join YPT for a tour in a land that we know and love, the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl and unrecognised country of Transnistria, 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 stopping at a recently decommissioned Soviet nuclear missile launch base, where you will have the chance to push the button that would have seen the end of the world as we know it! We then head on to the rough port town of 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.
We offer discounts to all returning customers; contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to book your place today!
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