From  £2825
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Descend into the labyrinthine Milestii Mici Winery, boasting the world's largest wine cellar
  • Immerse yourself in the intriguing culture of Gagauzia, sampling traditional cuisine and wines
  • Explore Transnistria, where Soviet nostalgia meets contemporary reality.
  • Enjoy honey tasting at the quaint Honey Museum, a testament to Moldova's rich beekeeping heritage
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Vineyards & Villages: Exploring Moldova's Hidden Treasures

8 Day Tour, from £2825 per person

Discover the hidden treasures of Moldova on an immersive eight-day journey. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of Chisinau, uncover the enigmatic allure of Transnistria and immerse yourself in the rustic charm of Moldovan villages. From wine tasting at prestigious wineries to exploring ancient monasteries, this itinerary offers an unforgettable adventure in Europe's best-kept secret.

This holiday is part of our "Cultural Landscapes” itineraries, which are bespoke holidays offering greater in-depth exploration with highly qualified experienced private driver/guide throughout.

Tour Itinerary

Bell tower of the Nativity Cathedral in Chisinau - Moldova

Arrive in Chisinau and check in to your upmarket four-star hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy an evening of independent dining, savouring the flavours of Moldovan cuisine at your leisure. 

Hotel Bristol Central Park
Valeni, Moldova

Today, set off to visit Milestii Mici Winery, housing an astounding collection of over two million bottles. It's the pride of the whole country, as in 2005 it was registered in the Guinness World Records as the biggest wine collection in the world. Marvel at the underground labyrinth of caves and learn about the rich history of Moldovan winemaking. Then transfer to Eco Village Valeni, a picturesque village located in southern Moldova within the Lower Prut UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) designated it as "2023 Best Tourism Village". Here, visit the local museum and conclude the day with a traditional dinner amidst the tranquil setting of Valeni. (B,D)

Eco-Pension Valeni
Lake Beleu, Moldova

This morning, take a scenic boat trip on Lake Beleu, admiring the serene beauty of Moldova's largest lake. The Lower Prut Biosphere Reserve is a state protected area included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018. It became the first biosphere reserve established in the Republic of Moldova. There are 196 species of birds, of which 45 are included in the Red Book of the Republic of Moldova and under international protection. Continue to Gagauzia, home to the Gagauz people, an ethnic group of around 135,000 people. Then enjoy some wine tasting and lunch at KaraGani Winery. Experience the warmth of rural hospitality at Gagauz Sofrasi, a charming guesthouse nestled amidst picturesque surroundings. (B,L)

Gagauz Sofrasi
Ruined old wooden windmill located in Besalma village, Gagauzia

Explore the fascinating world of Gagauz culture with a visit to the Ethnography Gagauz Museum in Besalma village. Gain deep insights into the history, customs, and daily life of the Gagauz people, spanning from ancient times to the present day. Afterwards, enjoy a brief city tour of Comrat, the capital of the world's smallest Autonomy. Stop in Causeni and visit the Assumption of the Virgin Church, renowned for its semi-buried structure and exquisite frescoes adorning the interior walls. Continue your Moldovan journey to the southeast and arrive at the prestigious Chateau Purcari for a memorable wine tasting experience. At the end of the day, stay overnight in the village of Palanca. (B,D)

Casa Veche Guesthouse
House of Soviets, Transnistria

Head to Transnistria, a fascinating enclave where the Soviet era lives on. Explore Tiraspol on a city tour and visit the historic Bender Fortress. The Bender Fortress, also known as the Tighina Fortress, is an imposing structure with a storied history dating back to the 16th century. It's served as a strategic stronghold for various powers, including the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire. One notable event is the refuge taken by Charles XII of Sweden after his defeat in the Battle of Poltava in 1713. Continue to Orhei Vechi archaeological complex, home to ancient cave monasteries carved into the limestone cliffs, offering a glimpse into centuries of spiritual devotion. Finally, retreat to the tranquil surroundings of Eco Resort Butuceni. (B,D)

Eco Resort Butuceni
Bee keeping in Raciula

Begin your morning with a visit to the revered Curchi Monastery, an iconic emblem of Moldova's spiritual legacy. Admire the grandeur of the Virgin's Assumption Cathedral, masterfully crafted by the esteemed architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Next, delve into the world of bees at the Honey Museum in Raciula village. Discover the intricacies of beekeeping, sample a variety of exquisite honey and indulge in other delightful honey products. Visit the Parents House Craft Centre, where you'll immerse yourself in Moldovan traditional costumes and ethnographic customs. Then savour organic herbal tea and home-made jams, crafted with care and bursting with flavour. Last stop of the day is at Frumoasa Monastery before returning to Chisinau. (B)

Hotel Bristol Central Park
Cascading water stairs to the lake in Valea Morilor park

This morning, explore Moldova's capital with your local guide. Wander along Stefan cel Mare, Chisinau's main thoroughfare, taking in its array of shops and eateries. Then admire the Central Cathedral, marvel at the Parliament building and explore Stefan cel Mare Park, adorned with granite sculptures honouring Romanian literary figures. Enjoy free time in the afternoon for a spot of souvenir shopping. In the evening, indulge in a special farewell dinner at a local wine bar, sampling five top Moldovan wines under the expert guidance of a sommelier. (B,D)

Hotel Bristol Central Park
Memorial Complex in the park of military glory, Chisinau

Transfer to Chisinau airport for your flight home. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £2825 per person
(Single person supplement + £345)

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Moldova
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation 
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing with English-speaking guide


    Price Excludes

    • Travel Insurance
    • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Optional excursions

    Price Includes

    Price Excludes

    Tour Route Map

    1. Moldova, Chisinau
    2. Moldova, Valeni
    3. Moldova, Gagauzia
    4. Moldova, Tiraspol
    5. Moldova, Orhei Vechi
    6. Moldova, Chisinau

    Tour Accommodation

    Hotel Bristol Central Park
    Hotel Bristol Central Park
    Hotel Bristol Central Park 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 within walking......
    Eco Resort Butuceni
    Eco Resort Butuceni
    Eco Resort Butuceni The Butuceni Eco Resort, situated 47 kilometres from Chişinău, offers breathtaking views of the Orhei Vechi monastery and the rocky banks of the Raut River. The hotel boasts 19......
    Eco-Pension Valeni
    Eco-Pension Valeni
    Eco-Pension Valeni This charming guesthouse is located in the village of Valeni. It has just 4 simple rooms (two with ensuite facilities) located in the main building. Additionally, there are four......
    Gagauz Sofrasi
    Gagauz Sofrasi
    Gagauz Sofrasi This boutique guesthouse offers 10 exclusive rooms, including 4 traditional guest houses adorned with authentic Gagauz decor and 6 modern hotel rooms with classic design. On site......
    Casa Veche Guesthouse
    Casa Veche Guesthouse
    Casa Veche Guesthouse Nestled in Palanca village and overseen by Tatiana and Zaharia Arama, this delightful retreat seamlessly marries rustic charm with contemporary comforts. The couple's......

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