Moldova is a tourist gem hidden amongst the other European nations. It is a small country of about 4 million people, tucked away between Ukraine and Romania. Choosing to travel to Moldova would not come immediately to the traveler; however, once you visit this lovely getaway, it pulls you to return again and again.
Moldova is a picturesque country with an old-world charm. It is one of the most. Moldova's landscape is extremely varied ranging from the green hills, whitewashed villages, placid lakes to sunflower fields.
Where to go?
- Cricova and Milestii Mici wine cellars are recognised to be the biggest underground wine cellars in Europe. The wine factory and wine collection are located in limestone tunnels and form an underground wine city with motor streets named after the popular wine brands - Cabernet, Shardonait, Feteasca, Sauvignon etc. You need a car to make this tour and an English speaking guide will be driving you through this underground wine town telling about the winery, wine production and their famous collections. The tour ends with a tasting of 3-5 types of collection and ordinary red and white wines and a lunch, if ordered. Excursions from 2 people. Should be booked in advance.
Duration : 2-3 hours
Way of transport : by car only
- Orheiul Vechi is an ancient settlement situated in the left bank of the Raut river near the villages of Trebujeni and Butuceni in Orhei district (about 50 km northeast of Chisinau). In the Middle Ages, two medieval towns were set up here. The first one Sehr-al-cedid (New Town) occupied almost the whole territory of the settlement (268 ha) belongs to the Golden Horde (XIVth century); the second one is the ancient Moldavian town of Orhei, which was established here in the XVth - XVIth centuries. Other vestiges discovered on the territory of the settlement : a mosque, two mausoleum, a caravan-seraglio and three bath houses. An orthodox cave monastery dated from XII century is still working nowadays and the English speaking monk will tell you some of its history. Down in Butuceni village is a small peasant house preserved from the XXth century and transformed into a museum.
Duration : 4-5 hours
Way of transport : by public minibus from the Central bus station in Chisinau and by foot in Orheiul Vechi.
- Soroca town is situated 160 km north of Chisinau on the western bank of the Dniestr river. In the medieval times it had a particular importance for the defense system of Moldova against the invasions of tartars, polyaks, Cossacks, ottomans and Slavs from the East. Nowadays it's a small Moldovan town on the Dniestr river bordering Ukraine and famous for its fortress, the largest Gipsy community in Moldova, sand stone rocks and the candle of gratitude up on a mountain that opens to a traveler a very nice view of the town and surroundings.
Duration : 6-8 hours
Way of transport : by bus from Gara de Nord (Chisinau) and by foot in Soroca.
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