Duration: 7 days
Time of the year: spring – autumn
Things to see:
▪ Millenary smile of the nicest mammoth of Moldova
▪ Biggest underground wine collection in the world, registered
in the Guinness Book
▪ Time travel to „Orheiul Vechi”
▪ Capriana monastery choir
▪ Folkloric and gastronomic traditions of Palanca
▪ Honey museum of Raciula
Day 1-Once you arrive at the Bucharest Otopeni International Airport, a representative from our company will meet and accompany you to the bus. The group will departure directly to Iasi. On the way stop to visit the Mud Volcanoes. Dinner and accommodation in Iasi.
Day 2-Relaxing time at the hotel and in the afternoon departure to a panoramic tour of the town and visit the Jewish Heritage and the Palace of Culture from Iasi. Accommodation and dinner in Iasi.
Day 3-Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to Chisinau. You will receive an information package with maps and brochures about Moldavia at the hotel at check in. After dinner, you can have a walk through downtown. Accommodation in Chisinau
Day 4-After a panoramic tour of the town, you will be able to see the millenary smile of the nicest mammoth of Moldova. You will find him in the National Ethnography and Natural History Museum, next to famous archaeological treasures, Bessarabia carpets, traditional costumes and other valuable exhibits. From the street, you will notice the unusual building for the architecture of the city, built in 1905 in oriental style. Impressed by our history, you will continue the journey by exploring a new city, this time an underground city. Cabernet Street, Chardonnay Street and Pinot, right around the corner. Riding a bus or driving your car you will descend to 80 m depth. Measuring about 200 km, all these streets make up the largest network of caves ever dug by man. Due to the impressive collection of 2 million bottles, Milestii Mici was introduced in 2006 in the Guinness Book. Accommodation in Chisinau
Day 5-After having a nice breakfast at the hotel you will set off on a time travel to Orheiul Vechi, to see a 40,000 years old natural amphitheatre. Caves, ancient fortifications, stone monasteries, monks and hermits – here you can follow the history of this region. You will have lunch at an agro touristic pension from Trebujeni village. Do not hesitate to taste something from the local peasant cuisine. After a copious meal, you will visit the Chateau Vartely winery. Within the winery, particularly inside the tasting rooms, you will be acquainted with the peculiarities of collection wines. You will also discover the best-known wine brands in the world, how they are produced, stored and served. Accommodation in Chisinau.
Day 6-You will spend the first part of the day in the courtyard of Capriana monastery – the oldest Moldovan monastery. In the seventeenth century, it was submitted to Zograf monastery of Mount Athos and subsequently, for several centuries, the monastery was the archbishop’s residence. Being closed during the post-war period, it was one of the first monasteries reopened in 1989 and soon became a symbol of national rebirth. Here, you will have the possibility to attend the Divine Liturgy and to listen to a splendid men choir. At noon, you will be invited to the „Casa Parinteasca” pension of Palanca. Take the opportunity to roll the “sarmale” in cabbage or vine leaves and to enjoy a traditional Moldovan lunch with cold wine and ethno-folkloric traditions. In the evening, do not miss the chance to discover a real bee’s empire. In the „sweet” „Casa Mierii” pension, with its garden full of beehives, and a house converted into a honey museum, the householder will reveal you all the secrets of bees’ colonies.
Accommodation in Chisinau
Day 7-After breakfast, you will be able to walk around Chisinau for a while and buy some souvenirs. Soon a representative of the company will take you to Chisinau International Airport to return home.