|09 Jun - 15 Jun|
This seven day small group tour takes you on an adventure through Moldova, learning about its rich culture, history and renowned winemaking heritage. Stay in the capital city of Chisinau and explore its wide boulevards and iconic landmarks such as the parliament building and Central Cathedral. A highlight of this tour takes you to Milestii Mici Winery, home to the world's largest wine cellar. In Gagauzia, visit the National Gagauz History and Ethnographic Museum and hear about this ethnic group from meetings with locals. Indulge in wine-tasting at Crama Mircești and Castle Mimi Vineyards. Explore Soroca's medieval fortress and the unique Orheiul Vechi cave monastery, as well as the Soviet intrigues of the self-proclaimed republic of Transdniestr.
On arrival transfer to the hotel and check in for 3 nights.
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 the Classics. This afternoon visit Milestii Mici winery, renowned for holding the title of the world's largest wine cellar. Head back to the city for a special dinner in a wine shop. Here, taste 5 different Moldovan wines with a local sommelier. (B,D)
Drive to the south and explore the Gagaizia region. An area of three towns and more than 20 villages scattered throughout the three districts of Comrat, Ceadir-Lunga and Vulcanesti. Meet the director of the National Gagauz History and Ethnographic Museum. whose late father founded the museum in 1966. She tells the story of the museum with anecdotes of her father's life. Visit a collective farm and enjoy a traditional lunch with local wine. In the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the capital Gaguzia-Comrat. Late afternoon, return to Chisinau. (B,L)
This morning visit Frumoasa Monastery, showcasing remarkable architectural elements of Moldovan style.Continue to Casa Parinteasca Crafts Centre, located in the village of Palanca and meet Tatian Pope, who is the heart of this rural community. Enjoy some delicious jam and tea made from the flowers in the garden. Continue to Crama Mircesti, a renowned winery celebrated for its modern approach to wine production. Overnight in the winery's 13-room guesthouse. (B,D)
This morning travel to the city of Soroca, located on the Nistru River. Visit the medieval fortresss 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.Continue to one of Moldova's most famous and impressive sights - Orheiul Vechi. This unique 13th century cave monastery, created by Orthodox monks was carved into a limestone cliff. Accommodation and dinner is at Eco Resort Butuceni. (B,D)
Today 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. Whilst here, visit the Historical Museum on a sighseeing tour of Tiraspol. On the way back to Moldova stop off at Bender Fortress, also known as Tighina Fortress. This evening enjoy dinner at Castle Mimi in the village of Bulboaca and enjoy an excursion around the castle with some wine-tasting. Transfer back to Chisinau for overnight. (B,D)
Free morning to explore Chisinau by yourself, perhaps pick up a souvenir or two before mid-afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
09 Jun 2024
15 Jun 2024