Day 2: Tasting of traditional Easter dishes at Butuceni guesthouse
Chisinau – Orheiul Vechi – Butuceni – Cricova – Chisinau
In the morning you will enjoy a city tour of Chisinau
that 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 city tour, 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 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.
Next, you will have lunch at Butuceni guesthouse
, where you will enjoy such local traditional dishes as “zeama” (chicken soup with homemade noodles), “mamaliga”, and “placinte” (pies) along with traditional Easter food, like eggs, traditional Easter bread, baked lamb.
The day will continue with an excursion and wine tasting 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 totaling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902 and discover the tastes of Cricova wines.
In the evening, you will be transferred to the hotel in Chisinau.
Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi
Traditional dishes at Butuceni guesthouse