From  £1515
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy wine tasting at the Moldovan Wine Festival
  • Visit Chisinau's Capriana Monastery
  • Listen to traditional Moldovan music
  • Dine at a typical Moldovan restaurant
  • Explore a medieval fortress in Soroca
  • Explore the Gagauzia region
  • Tour the Historical Museum in Tiraspol
  • Taste some high quality cognac
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Undiscovered Moldova Group Tour

8 Day Tour, from £1515 per person

Based in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, explore this tiny country on a series of guided excursions. Discover the remarkable Orheiul Vechi cave monastery, carved into a limestone cliff and undoubtedly Moldova’s most impressive sight, and explore the medieval fortress in Soroca. Visit Purcari Winery and Cricova Wine Cellars to enjoy a tasting of the finest wines in Moldova – a country once known as the vineyard of the Soviet Union. Spend a day in the breakaway communist republic of Transdniestr and tour its capital Tiraspol, before sampling high quality cognac at Kvint distillery. To add an extra flavour to our tour, for 2016 and 2017 we have coincided our October departure with the annual Wine Festival in Chisinau.

This group tour will be limited to 16 persons. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO CHISINAU
FLY TO CHISINAU
Arrive Chisinau. Transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel and check in for 7 nights. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a typical Moldovan restaurant while serenaded with traditional musical performances. (D)
Accommodation
Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel
         
DAY 2
CHISINAU - MOLDOVAN WINE FESTIVAL
CHISINAU - MOLDOVAN WINE FESTIVAL
Embark upon a morning walking tour of Moldova’s capital. Discover shops and restaurants lining Chisinau’s main street, Stefan cel Mare, stop at Central Cathedral, admire the Parliament building, and spend time in Stefan cel Mare Park, where granite sculptures of Romanian literary figures can be found along the Alley of Classics. In the afternoon visit Capriana Monastery. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure.
 
In October as the tour coincides with Wine Festival the city tour will include wine tasting at the centre of Chisinau. Moldovan Wineries proudly display their wines in individual stands, all decorated in national style. The Festival has plenty of local colour, with traditional music and dance and people dressed in national costumes. (B,L)
DAY 3
CAUSENI & PURCARI WINERY
CAUSENI & PURCARI WINERY
Travel to Causeni to visit a wonderfully preserved church from the Tatar-Mongoliaera of the 15th century. Visit Et Cetera Winery and discover how winemaker Alexandru Luchianov.a established this modern winery in 2003 with his family. Continue to Purcari Winery – the oldest wine estate in Moldova. Established in 1827 and completely renovated a decade ago, Purcari Winery is located in the southwest of Moldova where the soil and climate provide the perfect environment for the production of red wines. Whilst here, enjoy a tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting. Sample varieties such as Rosu de Purcari and Negru de Purcari, thought to be a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II. Head back to Chisinau late in the afternoon. (B,L)
DAY 4
CRICOVA TO ORHEI VECHI
CRICOVA TO ORHEI VECHI
Enjoy an excursion to Cricova Wine Cellars, one of Moldova’s most popular wineries, housing a huge collection of exclusive wines. Travel north to visit Tipova, one of the oldest cave monasteries in the country, before continuing to one of Moldova’s most famous and impressive sights – Orheiul Vechi. This unique 13th century cave monastery, created by Orthodox monks in the 13th century, is carved into a limestone cliff in this remote location. Whilst here, visit a museum showing the traditional life of Moldovan farmers in the 19th century. Enjoy a traditional Moldovan lunch with home-made wine at the rural pension “Casa Verde”. After lunch visit one of the oldest monasteries in Bessarabia – Monastery Curchi, before travelling back to the capital. (B,L)
DAY 5
SOROCA & POKROVKA
SOROCA & POKROVKA
In the morning, travel to the city of Soroca, located on the Nistru River. Visit the medieval fortress which played a key role in defending the country from the Turks, and discover the Candle of Gratitude monument which was built to commemorate those who have created and preserved the national culture of Moldova. Explore the traditional village of Pokrovka before a short excursion to Rudi Nunnery and Kalarashevka Monastery. (B,L)
DAY 6
GAGAUZIA
GAGAUZIA
Drive to the south of the country and explore the Gagauzia region, an area of three towns and more than 20 villages scattered throughout the three districts of Comrat, Cedar-Linga and Vulcanesti. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital Gaguzia- Comrat, visit the National Gagauz History and Ethnographic Museum and after lunch, visit a stud farm in Ceadir-Lunga where thoroughbred racehorses are bred. Return to Chisinau. (B,L)
DAY 7
TRANSDNIESTR
TRANSDNIESTR
Visit the capital of Transdniestr, a self proclaimed independent republic with its own currency, police force and border guards. Located 40 miles southeast of Chisinau in the Nistru Valley, Tiraspol is considered to be a living museum of Soviet culture. With a population of 200,000, the city has its share of Lenin statues and monuments such as a T-34 tank on a pedestal. Whilst here, tour the Historical Museum and visit the Kvint brandy factory to sample some high quality cognac before embarking on a sightseeing tour of Tiraspol. Return to Chisinau in the evening. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1515 per person
(Single person supplement + £225)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Air Moldova from London Stansted
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotel with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Services other than those specified

 


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
01 Oct 2016
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08 Oct 2016
£1435 £199 Last few places remain
17 Jun 2017
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24 Jun 2017
£1515 £225
07 Oct 2017
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14 Oct 2017
£1515 £225

Tour Route Map


  1. Moldova, Chisinau
  2. Moldova, Causeni
  3. Moldova, Chisinau
  4. Moldova, Orhei Vechi
  5. Moldova, Chisinau
  6. Moldova, Soroca
  7. Moldova, Chisinau
  8. Moldova, Gagauzia
  9. Moldova, Chisinau
  10. Moldova, Transdniestr
  11. Moldova, Chisinau

Tour Accommodation

Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel
Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel
Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel The Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel offers you proximity to business and cultural attractions. Situated in lively area, near the major governmental buildings and business......

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Reviews

Our local guide and driver were outstanding. The guide was very informative, clear in her delivery, extremely organised and caring, but also very approachable and friendly. The driver drove extremely well and safely, had a friendly, helpful styles and manner and was always around to assist. Altogether I had an excellent tour. 

Mr G Stiling
August 20, 2013
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