CULTURAL TOUR IN MOLDOVA

6 days / 5 nights
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DISCOVERY OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY  IN MOLDOVA

Collect most important memories of Moldova while discovering its rich history from Roman through Tatar, Turkish and Russian empires still visible in unique cave monasteries and Byzantine churches, medieval fortresses and ancient fortifications. Reveal the mysteries of the Gagauz culture during the trip in Gagauzia and travel back in time in Transnistria.




Highlights

Curchi Monastery

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Casa de sub Stinca...

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Cultural, Natural and...

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Cricova winery

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Tighina Fortress

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Tiraspol city

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Aquatir Sturgeon Complex

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Karagani winery

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National Gagauz Museum of...

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Chisinau city

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National Museum of...

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Medieval Wooden Church...

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Asconi winery

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Itinerary A day-by-day plan to guide your journey. Download PDF

Day 1: Arrival day

On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chisinau. After settling in, you can have a walk through downtown and explore the city centre on your own.


Day 2: Curchi Monastery, Orheiul Vechi - a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater and Cricova winery

The first stop of this day will be at Curchi Monastery. The monastery is surrounded by a high wall of stone, set with towers at each corner, creating the impression of a fortress. The Nativity of Virgin Mary Church built in 1775 by Iordache Curchi is an example of neo-byzantine style, while St. Nicholas Church has monumental forms built in classicism style with baroque elements.

Next, you will travel to Trebujeni village where at a local guesthouse you will learn how to prepare local pastries during a culinary masterclass, which will be served at lunch together with other traditional specialties.

After lunch, you will set off on a time travel to Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) to see a natural amphitheater revealing a territory which was first inhabited 40 000 years ago. The Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi includes a series of historical and cultural monuments as well as natural landscapes in the gorge of the Raut River. Ancient fortifications, cave monasteries, monks and hermits – here you can follow the history of this region. The originality of Orheiul Vechi landscape is due to the gorge of the Raut River, dug under the form of a canyon in the limestone layers of the former Sarmatian Sea, about 14 million years ago.

You will continue your journey to Cricova winery – the only wine enterprise that was awarded the highest state prize “The Order of the Republic” and has been declared by law a national cultural heritage. During the excursion at Cricova winery in the tourist train, at a depth of 80 m, you will discover the wonders of this place. Cricova underground galleries are formed by over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 120 km, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Cahors, etc. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totaling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902, discover the tastes of Cricova wines.

After discovering Cricova wines you will enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant in Chisinau.




HIGHLIGHTS: Curchi Monastery, Casa de sub Stinca guesthouse, Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, Cricova winery

Day 3: Time travel in Tiraspol – Back in the USSR

In the morning, you will discover Tighina Fortress located in Tighina town and built in the 15th century by the prince of Moldova, Stephen the Great. Originally built as a small wooden fort, it was later fortified in stone by the prince of Moldova, Petru Rares. Occupied by the Ottomans in 1538 (in a campaign lead by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent), the fort was strengthened in 1541 and became the center of an Ottoman "raya" (in which were included the surrounding Moldavian villages). In the 18th century, the fort was strengthened by Moldovan craftsmen under the direct supervision of Dimitrie Cantemir. Tighina Fortress is an architectural ensemble of irregular quadrilateral plan, surrounded by wide walls, 2-3 meters thick, made of limestone and brick.

In Tiraspol, you will set off on a time travel. During the city tour, you will discover Vladimir Lenin’s monument and the tank left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a vestige of the Soviet past. Nevertheless, you will be amazed by the contrasts, one of which is the football complex „Sheriff” - a pearl of contemporary architecture.
In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a restaurant in Tiraspol.

After lunch, you will discover a real treasure – Aquatir Sturgeon Complex, one of the largest hatcheries in Europe. The complex is equipped with the latest technologies and the fish can reach the size of a man. You will get the chance to taste one of the most expensive culinary delights – caviar.




HIGHLIGHTS: Tighina Fortress, Tiraspol city, Aquatir Sturgeon Complex
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What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
  • Breakfast at the hotel of your choice;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 2, 3, 4, 5 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery, 5 types of wine at Karagani winery and 3 types of wine at Asconi winery;
  • Culinary masterclass;
  • Tasting of 2 types of caviar at Aquatir Sturgeon Complex;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Drinking water (2 bottles of 500 ml per person per day).