Possible extensions for this tour:
1. Aquatir, sturgeon fish farm Tiraspol - caviar tasting!
We invite you to visit the unique plant in Transnistria which grows sturgeon fish and produces natural black caviar from Russian sturgeon, beluga, sterlet and bester. The plant produces 500 tons fish annually. The fish factory is registered in the international organization CITES. Since 2011 it is the member of NACEE- Network of Aquaculture Centers in Central-Eastern Europe.
During the tour you will see real Russian sturgeon, beluga, sterlet and bester in respective water pools.
You'll start the tour being picked up from your hotel in Chisinau and depart to Transnistria.
After one hour drive, we will reach “Bender” city (Tighina), it is a city controlled by the authorities of Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova, although geographically on the right bank of the river Dniester. Tighina is located in the buffer zone established at the end of the War of Transnistria. While the Joint Control Commission has overriding powers, Transnistria has de facto administrative control over the city and both Moldova and breakaway Transnistria have small police forces in the city.
In Bender we will also visit the “Bender Fortress”. The fortress was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldova – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Originally built as a small wooden fort by Stefan cel Mare, it was fortified with stone during Petru Rares’ rule, just was Soroca fortress.
In 1713, the fortress, the town, and the neighboring village Varniţa were the site of skirmishes between Charles XII of Sweden, who had taken refuge there with the Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa after his defeat in the Battle of Poltava, and Turks who wished to enforce the departure of the Swedish king.
After Bender we will visit Tiraspol - "the capital" of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
1. Suvorov Plaza & Monument
2. Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war
3. Soviet Supreme house
4. Lenin statue
5. House of Soviets
6. House of Culture, etc.
Tourduration: 7/8 hours
Tourist route: Chisinau - Bender – Tiraspol – Chisinau
Included services: transportation - private car/bus, English speaking guide.
Additional services: translation into other languages, optional programs.
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2. Noul Neamt Monastery from Chitcani village, Transnistria.
Noul Neamţ is an all-male monastery located in Chiţcani, near Tighina, geographically in Basarabia but controlled by the breakaway Transnistrian authorities. It is also known as Mănastirea Chiţcani, and it is the biggest religious complex under the control of Transnistrian authorities.