2-Day Chisinau and Transnistria Private Tour With a local Guide

So You Thought The USSR Had Come To An End? We Have News For You!

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2-Day Chisinau and Transnistria Private Tour With a local Guide

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  • 2 Days
  • Iconic Sites, Walking Soviet Nostalgia . Lunch included, Wine tour
  • Our guide will meet you at your hotel at 10.00 am and drive you to Transnistria which is about 40 mins from Chisinau for the first day of the tour
  • Min age: 6
  • Languages offered: English

2 Day private tour. Price inclusive for 4 travelers

Take a 2-day private guided tour in the Republic of Moldova and Transnistria. This is the perfect trip for bold travelers who are interested in visiting  the controversial narrow strip of land known as Transnistria. Visit one of Europes most famous vineyards and do an underground tour of the largest wine cellar in Europe.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Transnistria the country that does not exist
  • Learn about the Republics Soviet past
  • Learn about a city most have never heard of
  • Visit a Soviet architecture 
  • Interact with a real local
  •  Visit Cricova Winery
  • Wine tasting session at the Cricova Winery
  • Lunch is included at a tradition Moldovan restaurant
  • Enjoy a two hour city centre walking tour


What to Expect

This tour will take you to a strange, unrecognised region of Transnistria that broke away from Moldova under tense circumstances in 1990. Despite their attempts to become a recognized country, the region has not been granted that status either by the international community or Russia in spite of the fact that 65% of the population are Russian speakers.
Since the short, but bloody military conflict between Transnistria and Moldova in 1992 things have been rather quiet which allows to call it “a frozen conflict”. De-Jure this country doesn’t exist, but de-Facto it does as it has its own institutions of governance, such as: President, Parliament, Ministries, Security Service, Tax Office, money (Transnistrian ruble).

A part of the brotherhood of breakaway nations, it is one of the few places in the world to see the embassies of Caucasus breakaway states South Ossetia and Abkhazia. From a vast amount of Communist relics and a Soviet way of life, there is arguably nowhere else like Transnistria on earth.

There is a checkpoint between Moldova and Transnistria. Please, bear in mind: your passport WILL NOT get stamped. We will also visit Bender fortfess (where The Swedish King Carl XII lived for 4 years) and splendid Neamt monastery to see the tallest bell tower in Eastern Europe (70 meters tall).


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation with a modern vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch in Transnistria
  • Local English-speaking guide in Transnistria
  • Entrance fees
  • Wine tasting session at the Cricova Winery


Tour Schedule Details
  • Starting time: Our guide will meet you at your hotel at 10 am on each tour day
  • Duration: 6/7 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Our guide will meet you at your hotel
  • Ending point:  Our Guide will return you to your hotel

Full Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary for this product Day 1

Our guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you for a day tour to Transnistria

Stop At: Bender, Bender, Transnistria

Once crossing the border will arrive in Bender is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control … has de facto administrative control. The fortress of Tighina was one of the important historic fortresses of the Principality of Moldova.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tighina Military Cemetery, Strada Zoia Cosmodemianscaia, Bender Moldova

First, stop after crossing the border. Tighina Military Cemetery.. This cemetery contains the graves of soldiers of many countries. In front of the monumental entrance, there stands a magnificent statue of General Potemkin, the lover-some say the husband-of Catherine the Great, who captured Bender fortress from the Ottomans.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Bender Fortress, Petra Panin 2/3, Bender 3200 Moldova

The historical complex “Bender fortress” is located in the city of Bender, in the second largest city of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

Duration: 59 minutes

Stop At: The Memorial of Military Glory, Geroev Square, Bender Moldova

This memorial is to commemorate the people who lost their lives during the war some years ago.
The site is quite large and well maintained in order to preserve the memory.

Duration: 12 minutes

Stop At: Eternal Flame, Tiraspol Moldova

War memorial in Tiraspol
This war memorial is located close to the Tank Monument and opposite the Lenin monument outside the Supreme Soviet building. It’s worth a stop as you’re exploring the area. In quite a good condition.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: House of Soviets, 25 Oktyabrya St., 101, Tiraspol Moldova

think the most beautiful building in Tiraspol.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Supreme Soviet, Strada 25 Octombrie, 45, Tiraspol Moldova

Supreme Soviet.Big government building with a big Lenin statue in front

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Suvorov Monument, Constitution Square 25 October Street, Tiraspol Moldova

The Suvorov Monument.Suvorov was a Russian general but remains a strong symbol for Transnistria.

Duration: 20 minutes


A Traditional Moldovan Lunch is also included Including a glass of Cricova Sparkling wine


Day 2 

Our guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for a day trip to Cricova winery

There are few wineries in the world that still produce sparkling wines according to the traditional Champenoise method and Cricova is one of them. During this tour you will explore its endless galleries, remarkable wine collection, a winemaking museum and even the underground church. After learning the remuage and degorgement process, you will have the rare opportunity to taste few types of white, rose and red sparkling wines.


Cricova is a unique underground complex that got renowned for both its huge labyrinths and excellent wines. For the last 60 years it creates the sparkling wine by the method of the famous monk Dom Pierre Perignon, which requires secondary fermentation in the glass and subsequent cuvée ageing. The wine maturation is done fully in the underground cellars, boasting 120 km in total length. Here, endless lines of stands are holding the bottles at a certain angle, waiting to be shaken every day, so they could become crystal clear. Currently Cricova is home to 1.3 mln bottles and 640 types of wine. The oldest wine in the collection and the only one of its kind in the world is the wine „Easter Jerusalem”, produced in just one batch in 1902. After the guided tour you will be invited in one of their tasting halls for a memorable sparkling wine tasting. It is here where the sommelier will tell you about the story of the bubbles in your glass.

After your tour of the winery ends our guide drive you to the centre of Chisinau for a small city centre walking tour for about 2 hours, before retuning you to your hotel.



Yes you really do go back to the Soviet Union days!! A must do tour! Thanks Natalia for a interesting few days!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

There is no single supplement surcharge for single travellers as this is a private tour. The more travelers in your private group the bigger the discount for the private tour.

What is cancellation policy?

Cancellation fees – Cancellation fees may apply to any cancellations by the traveller of a service provided by Get-Locals.com. Unless otherwise specified, the cancellation policy is as follows:

  1. Cancellations for set tours and made more than 24 hours prior to travel receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellations for set tours made 24 hours or less prior to travel require the traveller to pay for the tour in full, and no refund will be issued.



     Cancellations for custom itineraries (“Create Your Own”) are as follows:

  • 60+ days to departure – Full refund
  • 59 – 31 days to departure – 50% cancellation fee
  • 30 days and under to departure – 100% cancellation fee

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In the event of bad weather forecast we will contact you the day before and offer you either a refund or an amended tour for the following day.

We always advice to wear suitable clothing for the day of the tour as not every day is guaranteed sunshine.

How do I find the tour start meeting point?

Our guide will meet you in your hotel lobby

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Solo Traveller

Yes you really do go back to the Soviet Union days!! A must do tour! Thanks Natalia for a interesting few days!

January 15, 2023