|16 Jun - 23 Jun|
06 Oct - 13 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. To add an extra flavour to our tour, for 2018 we have coincided our October 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. 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)
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)
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)
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)
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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16 Jun 2018
23 Jun 2018
06 Oct 2018
13 Oct 2018
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.