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Capital: Chișinău

The Republic of Moldova is a small country, favorably situated in the Southeast part of Europe, neighboring Romania to the West and Ukraine to the East. This piece of land boasts a rich history, abundant in dramatic and agitated events.

From the XIV century it was a part of the Moldova Principality, situated between Oriental Carpathians and the Nistru river, in the north bounded by Hotin, and in the South – by the Low Danube and the Black Sea.
Following the Peace concluded in Bucharest, in 1812, a part of this territory was asigned to Czarist Russia, which called it Basarabia - an older name, earlier attributed to the southern part. The aim was to identify this territory as a separate geographic entity from the Moldova Principality.

The Independence of the Democratic Republic of Moldova was proclaimed in January 1918. And later, on March 27 1918 it was decided to re-unite it with Romania. The next annexure process took place in 1940, following the Molotov - Ribbentrop summit. According to this Basarabia became part of the USSR and was proclaimed as the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia. It comprised only nine Basarabian counties and six districts from the left bank of the Nistru River. The present territory of Moldova is smaller compared to the area attributed to Russian authorities in 1812, since the North Hotin, Acherman and the southern Ismail were given up in 1940 by the Soviet authorities to Ukraine.

Due to the restructuring process that started in the Central and Eastern Europe, in June 1990 Moldova proclaimed its sovereignty, and on August 27, 1991 – its State Independence. In March 2, 1992, the Republic of Moldova became a member of the United Nations.

We recommend to visit:

  • The Museum of Ethnography and National History
  • National Museum of History
  • "Capriana" Monastery
  • "Hancu" Monastery
  • Saharna
  • Tipova
  • Zamfir-Ralli Arbore's mansion
  • "Cricova" Winery
  • "Milestii Mici" Winery
  • Codri - the natural reservation
  • Soroca Fortress
    
 

Tours in Moldova

City Tour(2 hours)

Discover Moldova in 7 Days 6 Nights

Discover Moldova in 10 Days 9 Nights

Old Vechi – Historical revelation of Moldova
Old Orhei is a museum complex that presents the remains of different civilizations established between the Nistru and Prut rivers.

It is situated 60 km from Chisinau in a narrow, rocky, 150-200 m deep bend in the Raut River valley.

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The remains of the first human settlement can be found in the cliff caves. Up on the top of the cliff there was a strong fortification (V - III c. BC) built by the Geto-Dacian people, who had their own unique calendar at that time.

A local villager will guide you to the historical traces of this region: the rests of Geto-Dacian fortress, still functioning cave monastery, ruins of the old Turkish bath. In Orheiul Vechi you also will see a typical Moldovan house of the 19 century, you will have an an opportunity to taste dishes of the Moldovan national cuisine.

Here tourists can also visit "The Peasant Yard" museum (XIXc.), "Trebujeni" landscape nature reserve, and other sights.

 

Prices:
1 tourist - EUR 100
Group 2-4 pers. (car) - EUR 50
Group 5-15 pers. (van) - EUR 35
Group 16-40 pers. (autobus) - EUR 20

* Prices are indicated per person, and include transportation and guide service.


"MILESTII MICI" WINERY

Over 50 km of the underground galleries are transformed into wine warehouses in the Milestii Mici Village.

The wine collection consists of over 2 million bottles. The grapes collected on the wineyards around Milestii Mici village are of special quality. The wine made out of these grapes has a rich and noble taste, which is stored then in the stone subways for many years.

The special tasting hall is arranged in medieval style with tables and benches made from tree in order you to have a good time with your friends at a glass of old Moldavian wine, the pleasant feeling of this air smothered by the aroma of wine will embrace you.


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Services included in the package: Monday-Friday: 9.00–15.00 Saturday-Sunday: 10.00–13.00

Tourist package „Butoias”/ 1 hour

1. Tasting - 3 type of ordinary wines (from barrels).

2. Snack (dried fruits, walnuts, and biscuits).

3. Excursion – galleries and wine collection.

50 Euro/pers. 60 Euro/pers.

Tourist package „Expres”/2 hours

1. Tasting - 6 types of wines (2 - ordinary,2 - first class, 1- collection, 1 - sparkling wine.

2. Snack (snake „Doina”, sausages, grilled chicken with pine apple, French fried, fruits).

3. Souvenirs (1 bottle of white wine and 1 bottle of red wine of high quality ).

4. Excursion – galleries and wine collection

60 Euro/pers. 70 Euro/pers.

Tourist package „Clasic”/2 hours

1. Tasting - type of wines (2 of high quality, 1 kept in collection, 3 collection, 1 sparkling wine).

2. Snack (snake „Doina”, sausages, grilled chicken with pine apple, French fried, fruits).

3. Souvenir (1 bottle of ordinary white wine and 1 bottle of first class red wine).

4. Excursion - galleries and wine collection.

65 Euro/pers. 75 Euro/pers.
 

The price includes: guided tour in Romanian, Russian, English, French.

Extras: transport services (transfer) - 25 euro / person.

"CRICOVA" WINERY

Cricova – Feel yourself in the world of tastes, colors and aromas. Сricova - the famous undeground wine city. The biggest cellars in the whole world are, with no doubt, situated in Cricova, Moldova, only a few kilometers north of Chisinau.

Here, underground lies a real city of wine – with wide streets, warehouses, tasting-rooms and so on. In the underground streets like "Cabernet", "Feteasca", "Pinot", buses of tourists find their way to the cellars. The wines from this collection have ancient history: the oldest bottle is dated 1902.

In Moldova only Cricova cellars employs the strict classic French technology of champagne wine production. So Cricova is a highlight of any visit to Moldova.

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Services included in the package: Monday-Friday: 9.00–15.00 Saturday-Sunday: 10.00–13.00

Cricova tasting program «La Botul Calului»/1 hour

1. Excursion – collection wine department with a stopover at the barrels.

2. Excursion – classic sparkling wine department.

3. Excursion – National Wine Collection.

4. Tasting rooms presentation.

5. First class barrel wine tasting in the «Botul Calului» hall, from the clay pitcher and glassesin a national style. 

6. Snacks: pie.

7. Souvenir: one bottle of classic sparkling wine.

50 Euro/pers. 60 Euro/pers.

Cricova program of wine tasting „Professional“ / 2 hours

1. Excursion –collection wine department with a stopover at the barrels.

2. Tasting 5 types of wines

3. Snacks – Pressed cheese varieties, nuts,bread crumbs,mineral water, pies.

4. Souvenir – a bottle of classic sparkling wine, a bottle of first class wine and Cricova winery catalogue

65 Euro/pers. 75 Euro/pers.

Cricova program of wine tasting „Kingdom of Wine“ / 2 hours

1. Excursion –collection wine department with a stopover at the barrels.

2. Tasting 5 types of wines

3.Vegetables varieties,meat plate,hominy with meat,sour cream and moldavian cheese,pies with pumpkin,pies with cabbage,bread,mineral water

75 Euro/pers. 85 Euro/pers.

 

The price includes: guided tour in Romanian, Russian, English, French.

Extras: transport services (transfer) - 25 euro / person.

 

Trip to Transnistria: "Back to USSR"

Transnistria
 

Tiraspol is the second largest city in Moldovaand is the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). The city is located on the eastern bank of the Dniester River. Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, such as furniture and electrical goods production.

The modern city of Tiraspol was founded by the Russian generalissimo Alexander Suvorov in 1792, although the area had been inhabited for thousands of years by varying ethnic groups.The city celebrates its anniversary every year on October 14.

You will have the possibility to discover a country which does not exist.You will have a dip in the world of monuments of Lenin, Gagarin and Kotovskiy. During the tour you will feel the genuine atmosphere of cities of the former Soviet Union-Tiraspol and Bendery. You will see the broad streets, optimistic architecture mood, luxurious finish materials of culture houses, university and libraries, predominance of Red, national motives.

In Bender can see the fortress, under the same name, built by Stefan cel Mare against Tatar invasion supervision Turkish architect Koji Mimar Sinan.

Prices:
1 person - EUR 120/pers
Group 2-4 pers. (car) - EUR 50/pers
Group 5-15 pers. (van) - EUR 35/pers
Group 16-40 pers. (autobus) - EUR 20/pers

* Prices are indicated per person, and include transportation and guide service.

"Chateau Vartely" WINERY

The company "Chateau Vartely" LTD is the producer of premium class wine from the best European grape variety’s, grown Southern and Central regions of the country.

"Chateau Vartely" is a young but ambitious in the good meaning of the word wine making company, placed directly in the orhean region, where up to now live and become a reality the rich national traditions of cultivation and producing of the "beverage of the Gods" — wine.After visiting the vineyards, one can visit the most famous zone in Moldova where have been preserved the remains of old settlements belonging to different civilizations - the museum complex Old Orhei.

Western standarts, professionalservice, special programs — these are proposed by "Chateau Vartely" Resort, which represents 4 hotel-type houses, 2 restaurant rooms, 3 tasting rooms, a huge inner yard, specially designed for our guests to feel free and relaxed within nature.

The classic European grape varieties used in the wine making determine the range: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Traminer, Feteasca.

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Package Price (EUR) / person
group of 2 pers group of 3-6 pers group of more than 7 pers
- gift + gift - gift + gift - gift + cadou

CHATEAU RECOMMENDS

Excursion + Wine Tasting 6 samples+transport

75 85 65 75 70 85

CHATEAU RECOMMENDS ICE WINE

Excursion + Wine Tasting 7 samples+ transport

85 95 75 85 80 90

WORLD COLLECTION

Excursion +Wine Tasting 6 samples+transport

90 95 80 90 80 90
 

 

TIPOVA Monastery 

 

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Located in the area with the same name, Tipova Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova. The monastery is carved in stone on a bank of the Nistru River.
The monastery is comprised of three monastic complexes. The first complex consists of a church named for the feast of the Holy Cross and some cells. It is far from the other two and hardly accessible. The foundation of the complex dates from XI – XV centuries. In the second monastic complex is the church of St. Nicholas. It was carved in rock the in XIV – XV centuries. The third complex dates from the XVI – XVIII centuries and encompasses 18 separate rooms joined via an interior passage. 

 

Prices:
1-3 pers. - 150 EUR/pers
Grup 4-6 pers. (masina) - 50 EUR/pers
Grupa 7-15 pers. (microbus) - 40 EUR/pers
Grup 16-40 pers. (autobus) - 30 EUR/pers
Prices including transportation + guide

 

SAHARNA Monastery

 

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The Saharna Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Saharna) is a monastery in Saharna, Moldova.
The "Holy Trinity" Monastery of Saharna, situated about 110 km north of Chișinău, on the right side of the Nistru River, is considered to be one of the biggest centres for religious pilgrimages in Moldova. Here can be found the unique relicts of St. Cuvios Macarie, and on the top of the high cliff, according to a legend, there is a footprint of St. Maria. The legend says that a monk from the monastery once saw the shining figure of Saint Maria on the top of a rock. When reaching that spot the monk saw a mark of a footstep on the ground.
 
Prices:
1-3 pers. - 150 EUR/pers
Grup 4-6 pers. (masina) - 50 EUR/pers
Grupa 7-15 pers. (microbus) - 40 EUR/pers
Grup 16-40 pers. (autobus) - 30 EUR/pers
Prices including transportation + guide
 
CURCHI Monastery
 
Curchi
 
Curchi monastery is a monk monastery from Moldova, one of the most important architectural monuments of Basarabia. It is located in Forest Orhei near the village Curchi, Orhei. As architectural ensemble was founded in XVIII - XIX. It is composed of five churches, two buildings with cells, the abbot, several auxiliary rooms, orchard, a hermitage with xenodochium Monastery located at 500 m and a stone basin. 
 
Curchi monastery, dedicated to "Naşterea Domnului", is located southwest from Orhei, 14 km from the city. Situated in the valley Vatici, surrounded by a rich natural environment, the monastery has a religious and cultural past of two centuries. This monastery is considered to be the most beautiful and most famous monastery in Bessarabia. 
 
Prices:
1 person - EUR 100/pers
Group 2-4 pers. (car) - EUR 50/pers
Group 5-15 pers. (van) - EUR 35/pers
Group 16-40 pers. (autobus) - EUR 20/pers

* Prices are indicated per person, and include transportation and guide service.

HINCU Monastery          
 
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The Hincu Monastery is situated on the river Coghilnic, 70 km from the capital of Moldova, in a valley, surrounded by hills and secular forest. Founded in 1678, the Convent was one of the richest monasteries on the south of Moldova from the XVIIth century. People come to the Convent in great number and, especially, in the name-day of Saint Paraschiva, celebrated on October 27 (according to the church calendar). The legend about the foundation of convent says that once, one of the eminent courtiers of the XVIIth century, Mihalcea Hincu with his daughter Paraschiva, escaping the Tatar foray, on the one clearing of Codri forest swore to built a monastery at that place if they survive. Mihalcea Hincu kept his word. During the XVIIth c., the wooden churches and cells were many times destroyed by the Tatars' invasions. In hard times the Saint Paraschiva Monastery remained uninhabited. In 1835 a stone summer church was built in Russian- Byzantine style. Later, in 1841, there came a church for the winter season. From 1956 to 1990 the convent was closed by the Soviet authorities, and it functioned as a sanatorium for the Ministry of Health instead. In 1990, at the request of the local population, the Hincu Monastery was reopened, becoming one of the most well arranged and most visited religious communities. A lot of water springs surround the convent, one of them is mineralized. To our days, the Convent pleases the eyes and hearts of believers and visitors.
 
Prices:
1-3 pers. - 150 EUR/pers
Grup 4-6 pers. (masina) - 50 EUR/pers
Grupa 7-15 pers. (microbus) - 40 EUR/pers
Grup 16-40 pers. (autobus) - 30 EUR/pers
Prices including transportation + guide
 
CAPRIANA Monastery
 
Capriana
 
Capriana Monastery is one of the oldest in Moldova, located 35 km northwest of Chisinau, in the Isnovat locality, on a bank of the river Isnavat. The first official document to contain information about Capriana Monastery is Alexandru cel Bun's royal charter dated April 25, 1420. A royal legacy charter dated February 10, 1429 is the second document to mention the monastery. 
 
Initially, the monastery was named after Vasnavet, which is a river flowing near the monastery. Later it was renamed Capriana, in honor of Chiprian, who was the first Superior of the monastery. The Grigore Ureche (the chronicler) papers say that Petru Rares, the ruler of Moldova (1527–1538, 1541-1546) built Capriana’s first stone church, the Church of the Virgin's Assumption. 
 
On June 29, 1940, a day after the conquest of Bessarabia by Soviet troops, the whole estate of the monastery was confiscated. The last abbot of the monastery was the Superior Eugeniu (1952—1962). The last church service was held on October 25, 1962. The monks took refuge in other parishes. The monastery was desecrated and pillaged. In 1962, it was transformed into a sanatorium for sick children. The monastery refectory (dining room) was transformed into a club where dancing and drinking parties and weddings were organized. 
 
In 1989, at the decision of the Republic of Moldova Council of Ministers, Capriana Monastery once again became a place for religious services. The first abbot of the monastery was Archimandrite Iosif Gargalac, who was the former abbot of the Soruceni Monastery. After the departure of the Abbot Iosif, the monastery was lead by the monk Serafim, who continued the reconstruction of the monastery. From 1994–1997 the refectory of the monastery was restored and transformed into a church for winter services. Reconstruction of the monastery continued until 2007. 
 
Today, the monastery complex consists out of three churches: Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1545, medieval Moldovan style), St. Nicholas (1840), St. George (1907, late baroque style). The complex also includes the abbot's house, refectory, and monk's cells. The summer church, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is the oldest one preserved on the territory of Moldova. Metropolitan G. Banulescu-Bodoni is buried here. The monastery also holds the biggest religious library in Moldova, preserved in the monastery along with gifts from different kings. 
 
Not far from the monastery in the forest there is an oak tree name the Oak of Stephen cel Mare, where he is said to have taken a rest after one of his battles. 
 
Prices:
1-3 pers. - 150 EUR/pers
Grup 4-6 pers. (masina) - 50 EUR/pers
Grupa 7-15 pers. (microbus) - 40 EUR/pers
Grup 16-40 pers. (autobus) - 30 EUR/pers
Prices including transportation + guide