Moldova Discovery


Moldova Discovery

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 6 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Chisinau

Arrive in Chisinau where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore the city. Overnight at Jolly Alon Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Chisinau walking tour- Gagauzia- Chisinau (Total travel 236 kms, approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast we embark on a walking tour of the capital, visiting key sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral, and the Moldovan Parliament. Continue with a visit to the National Museum of Ethnography, with its collection of archaeological treasures and old Bessarabian carpets. From here we drive to Besalma village, in the autonomous region of Gagauzia, to visit the Gagauzian Museum of History and Ethnology. It contains hundreds of exhibits of artistic and spiritual value assembled over the last two centuries. After lunch in a local restaurant with typical Gagauzian dishes we continue to Comrat, the capital of the region. We will take a tour of the town before returning to Chisinau. Overnight at Jolly Alon Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 - Cricova - Orheiul Vechi- Butuceni- Trebujeni (Total travel time 130 kms, approx. 3 hours)  

After breakfast we drive to the vast underground tunnels that house the wine cellars of Cricova, and take a tour by train, with time to enjoy a tasting of some of the wines. There will be the opportunity to buy some souvenir bottles in the on-site shop. We will continue to Orheiul Vechi, an impressive 13th Century cave monastery complex set amidst dramatic scenery, and from there to the traditional village of Butuceni where we will have lunch in a rural pension, which will include Moldovan dishes and home-made wine. After lunch we will visit the village of Trebujeni, where we will be invited into a local home to drink tea with the family, before returning to Chisinau. Overnight at Jolly Alon Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 4 – Transnistria (110 kms, approx. 2.25 hours)

This morning drive to the border and cross into the breakaway republic of Transnistria. We head to the city of Tighina, or Bendery, where you can explore the 16th century fortress and visit the on- site museum. We will also visit the War Memorial, before continuing onto the capital, Tiraspol. We will have lunch in a Ukrainian restaurant and afterwards embark on a walking tour of Tiraspol, where we will spend the night. Overnight at Russia Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Causeni (or Martha and Maria Monastery) - Et Cetera Winery- Chisinau

This morning we begin our return to Chisinau with a visit to the Martha and Maria Monastery, dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century, built in a fine architectural style. We then move onto the small family winery of Et Cetera established in 2003, where we will be given a tour by the winemaker himself, Alexandru Luchianov, with the opportunity to taste some of his award winning wines. We will enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by the family, before returning to Chisinau, where the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening meet for a farewell dinner at “La Taifas”, a popular Moldovan Restaurant with local music. (BLD)

Day 6 – Chisinau

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)