Travel back in time to the Soviet Union period on a private day trip to Transnistria from Odessa. Explore the main sights of the unrecognized country and see Soviet-style buildings, old-fashioned public transport and monuments to Lenin. With an expert guide, you will visit the cities of Bender and Tiraspol and learn interesting facts from the history and present of the “country that doesn’t exist”.
You private day trip to Transnistria, also called Pridnestrovie, from Odessa starts with the hotel pick-up from your centrally located Odessa hotel or apartment. The distance from Odessa to Tiraspol is 104 km and, on a halfway there, you will pass the border between Ukraine and Transnistria.A visit of Transnistria is like a trip on a time machine – you will see yourself in 70th-80th years of the past century and imagine how people used to live in the Soviet Union. The territory of Transnistria, including the cities of Bender and Tiraspol is an unrecognized country that has little connections with the rest of the world, that’s why not much has changes in the look of these cities from the USSR times.You will have a city tour of Tiraspol and see the House of Soviets, Monuments to Lenin and Suvorov, soviet-style buildings and signs. Then, you’ll have a truly local experience, traveling from Tiraspol to Bender by an old-fashioned trolleybus.The main attraction of Bender is a medieval Bender Fortress, Festung Tighina, built in 16th century. It played an important role in the Russian-Turkish War in 18-19 centuries. A beautiful view on the Dniester River is opened from the high fortress walls.In your free time, you may have lunch at one of the city’s cafés (optional, own expense). After that, we’ll start our return trip to Odessa, where your driver will drop you off at your hotel upon arrival.