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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 £1495 per person
Itinerary Dates
20182019
06 Oct  -  13 Oct
15 Jun  -  22 Jun
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 we include an evening performance at the Open-air Opera Festival at Orheiul Vechi and as always 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 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)

 

 

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 2
CHISINAU - OPEN-AIR OPERA FESTIVAL OR MOLDOVAN WINE FESTIVAL
CHISINAU - OPEN-AIR OPERA FESTIVAL OR 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.

 

June 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 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)

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 3
CAPRIANA MONASTERY OR ORHEIUL VECHI & CRICOVA WINE CELLARS
CAPRIANA MONASTERY OR  ORHEIUL VECHI & CRICOVA WINE CELLARS

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. 
 

 

This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Cricova Wine Cellars, one of Moldova’s most popular wineries, housing a huge collection of exclusive wines.(B,L)
 

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 4
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)

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
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)

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 6
TRANSNISTRIA
TRANSNISTRIA

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)
 

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 7
CAUSENI AND PURCARI
CAUSENI AND PURCARI

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)
 

Accommodation
Hotel Bristol Central Park
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1495 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 a four-star hotel 
  • 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.  
06 Oct 2018
-
13 Oct 2018
£1495 £225
15 Jun 2019
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22 Jun 2019
£1495 £225
05 Oct 2019
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12 Oct 2019
£1495 £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

Hotel Bristol Central Park
Hotel Bristol Central Park
Hotel Bristol Central Park Newly opened in 2016, this four-star hotel has become one of our favourite hotel in Chisinau. Centrally located in the heart of the city close by the Cathedral park and......

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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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