Unrecognised Stops (I) Transnistria

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Where are we going?!

To Transnistria, the last remaining splinter of the Soviet Union! This insignificantly small but de facto independent strip of land is a thorn in both Moldova’s and Ukraine’s sides. Ukraine kindly declined when Transnistria offered to join its large neighbour, while Moldova actually wants these 4200 km² of trouble back. In the meantime, Transnistria’s independence is only recognised by Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia.

While neigbouring countries get rid of their unappreciated communistic symbols as fast as possible, insubordinate Transnistria cherishes its history. Moldova never fully recovered from its Soviet past and even has a second problematic region within its borders: Gagauzia. For the moment, the Turkic language speaking, Orthodox christian Gagauz settle for a substantial degree of autonomy.

Why would I want to go there?

There are few places in Europe that care so little about what tourists want. Walking around in Transnistria is like a time trip back to the days of the Soviet Union, Moldova is the least visited country in Europe and Gagauzia is not on any bucket list. Those who think of a refreshing lack of sights as an asset need look no further.

TBATBA8 days4-8no
alas, we're no longer organising this trip


  • transport by minibus
  • overnight stays in hotels, based on double/twin room (breakfast included)
  • overnight stay at a family in Ciobruci
  • dinner at Ciobruci
  • dinner at Orheiul Vechi
  • KVINT distillery tour
  • getting lost in the subterranean corridors of Mileștii Mici winery
  • excursions en entry fees

Not included

  • flight ticket Amsterdam – Bucureşti – Chişinău
  • travel insurance
  • meals, unless stated otherwise
  • personal expenses
  • fines for photographing prohibited objects in Transnistria

Raki with Bob
No sleep till sunrise (I)