|05 Oct - 12 Oct|
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.
On our June departure 2019 we include an evening performance at the Open-air Opera Festival at Orheiul Vechi and as always we have coincided our October 2019 departure with the annual Wine Festival in Chisinau.
This group tour will be limited to 16 persons.
Arrive Chisinau. Transfer to the Hotel Bristol Central Park and check in for 7 nights. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a typical Moldovan restaurant while serenaded with traditional musical performances. (D)
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.
June 2019 departure: In the afternoon visit Curhci Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bessarabia. According to some legends it was founded by Stefan the Great, but more likely it was founded in 1773 by brothers Iordache and Mihail Curchi. Transfer to Orheiul Vechi, a 13th century cave monastery, created by Orthodox monks, carved into a limestone cliff in this remote location. Visit a museum showing the traditional life of Moldovan farmers in the 19th century. In the evening enjoy an open-air opera festival DescOpera - the choir and ballet of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre ‘Maria Biesu’ and the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic conducted by Friedrich Pfeiffer will perform. (There will be plenty of food trucks selling snacks, drinks and wine.) (B,L)
October 2019 departure: After the city tour - there will be time to visit the Wine Festival in Central Square. 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. Lunch will be in a local restaurant with typical Moldovan food. In the afternoon visit Capriana Monastery, located some 30 miles west of Chisinau. Founded in 1439– it was closed and fell into dilapidation, and reopened again in 1989 becoming a symbol of national revival. (B,L)
June departure: This morning visit Capriana Monastery, located some 30 miles west of Chisinau. Founded in 1439 – it was closed and fell into dilapidation, and reopened again in 1989 becoming a symbol of national revival. Enjoy a traditional lunch in Gio Wine restaurant.
October departure: This morning visit Churchi Monastery, before continuing to Orheiul Vechi - a unique 13th century. Enjoy a delicious lunch with some home-made wine in a rural pension.
In the afternoon on both departures enjoy an excursion to Cricova Wine Cellars, one of Moldova’s most popular wineries, housing a huge collection of exclusive wines.(B,L)
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)
Visit the capital of Transnistria, 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 upon a sightseeing tour of Tiraspol. Return to Chisinau in the evening. (B,L)
Travel to Causeni to visit a wonderfully preserved 15th century church from the Tatar-Mongolia era. Visit Et Cetera Winery and discover how wine maker 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 for a lively farewell dinner at a traditional Moldova restaurant. (B,L,D)
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05 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019
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.