Day 3: Discovery of Orheiul Vechi – a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater
In the morning, you will be transferred from Chisinau to Piatra. The day will continue with a hike from Piatra to Trebujeni (~18 km) following the itinerary: Piatra – Furceni – Trebujeni.
In Trebujeni village you will have a Moldovan traditional lunch at a local guesthouse.
After lunch, you will hike from Trebujeni to Butuceni and discover Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) - 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 remnants of the first human settlements were found in the stone caverns from here. On the rocky hill, you will find the ruins of a strong Geto-Dacian fortification, which acted as a sanctuary for celebrating religious holidays and rituals in this prehistoric community. 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 be transferred from Butuceni to Chisinau where you will have some free and spa time at the hotel.
Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi