MOLDOVA – UKRAINE WINE AND CULTURE TOUR (935 €)

7 days / 6 nights
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ENJOY THIS AMAZING TOUR IN MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE (ODESSA REGION)!

Take advantage of this Moldova – Ukraine Wine and Culture Tour and visit 2 countries during the same trip. Offer yourself the opportunity to visit cities like Chisinau, the capital of Moldova and Odessa in Ukraine, named the “Pearl of the Black Sea”. In Moldova you will discover important wine attractions such as Cricova winery (one of the largest underground wine cellars in the world - 120 km), Château Purcari winery (famous all over the world due to the legendary wine “Negru de Purcari”), Asconi family winery (where you will also enjoy a traditional lunch) and Castel Mimi winery (architectural masterpiece in the world of wine). You will also discover impressive cultural attractions such as Orheiul Vechi, a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater, important attractions in Chisinau, Tighina fortress, etc. While in Odessa, you will see such architectural pearls as the Opera and Ballet Theater, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, Potemkin Stairs, considered the city's flagship, the Seaside Boulevard and the De Ribas Street serving as a meeting place for locals and tourists. You will also visit important attractions in Odessa Region such as Odessa Catacombs, Akkerman fortress and Shabo Wine Culture Centre (the only tourist complex in Ukraine located right on the premises of an active winemaking enterprise, combining state-of-the art, high-tech production process with unique historical and cultural landmarks). Book this tour now for 2021 and save 10% on your tour price. The indicated price is per person for a group of six people and it will change depending on the group size.


Highlights

Chisinau city

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Central Market in...

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Cultural, Natural and...

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Butuceni guesthouse

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Traditional dishes at...

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Cricova winery

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Tighina Fortress

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Tiraspol city

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Kvint wine and brandy...

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Odessa city

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Odessa Catacombs

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Akkerman fortress

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Shabo Wine Culture Centre

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Château Purcari winery

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Asconi winery

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Castel Mimi winery

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

Day 1: Arrival in Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau

On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will enjoy a tour of Chisinau city, which is the main administrative, scientific and cultural centre of Moldova. During the tour, you will discover pieces of history and culture of the city such as the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great, etc.

After the tour, you will check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.


HIGHLIGHTS: Chisinau city

Day 2: Visit of Orheiul Vechi - a 40-thousand-year-old natural amphitheater and culinary experience at Butuceni guesthouse

Chisinau – Orheiul Vechi – Butuceni – Cricova – Chisinau

The day will begin with the visit of Central Market in Chisinau, where you will have opportunity to taste and buy quality ecological products right from the local farmer and producer. Walnuts, almonds, honey, different kinds of greens, fruits and vegetables grown in the most ecological conditions.

Next, you will visit 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.

The day will continue at Butuceni guesthouse, where you will enjoy a culinary masterclass during which you will learn how to cook traditional “placinte” (pies) with sour cherries. At lunch you will taste traditional Moldovan dishes such as “zeama” (chicken soup with homemade egg noodles), “mamaliga” and Moldovan sweet “placinte” which melt in the mouth.

The journey will continue at 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 totalling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902. You will also visit the unique production of sparkling wine, where a professional guide will tell you about all the process of producing sparkling wines using the famous French-style Méthode Champenoise. In one of the tasting rooms, the sommelier will explain the rules of wine tasting and help you better reveal the taste and bouquet of each type of wine.


HIGHLIGHTS: Central Market in Chisinau , Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, Butuceni guesthouse, Traditional dishes at Butuceni guesthouse , Cricova winery

Day 3: Discovery of Tighina fortress and brandy tasting in Tiraspol

Chisinau – Tighina – Tiraspol

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 have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will enjoy tour of Tiraspol city, during which 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.

Next, you will visit Kvint wine and brandy factory where harmony, refinement and tradition underlie the oldest and most genuine spirits. Here you will be acquainted with the taste of 5-10 years old spirits that will certainly impress you.

After visiting Kvint wine and brandy factory, you will check in at the hotel in Tiraspol.


HIGHLIGHTS: Tighina Fortress, Tiraspol city, Kvint wine and brandy factory

 

What's included

  • Accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at a 3* hotel in Chisinau (3 nights), 4* hotel in Tiraspol (1 night) and 4* hotel in Odessa (1 night);
  • 1 night accommodation in a double (DBL) room at Château Purcari winery;
  • Breakfast at the hotels in Chisinau, Tiraspol, Odessa and Château Purcari winery;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 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 Shabo Wine Culture Centre, 3 types of wine at Château Purcari winery, 3 types of wine at Asconi winery and 3 types of wine at Castel Mimi winery;
  • Tasting of 5 types of brandy at Kvint wine and brandy factory;
  • Culinary masterclass at Butuceni guesthouse;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.