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Explore Moldova wineries along with wine tasting sections of 20-30 years old wines along with selected national dishes. Visit Milestii Mici winery, Cricova underground winery galleries, Dubasari factory and Purcari winery.
Arrival to the Chisinau International Airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. You will receive an information package with maps, guides and contact numbers.
At dinner, you can taste homemade wine, such as Lidia (white) or Isabella (red) with ruby shades. Overnight.
After breakfast, you will visit the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, 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.
You will continue the journey by visiting an underground city, Cricova. Cabernet Street, Chardonnay Street and Pinot are 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.
You will enjoy the flames of the fireplace and tasting 20-30 years old wines, along with selected national dishes.
After breakfast, you will discover the ingredients of Moldovan vermouth from Dubasari factory. During the soviet period, the Buchetul Moldovei wine was one of the most popular on the market. This vermouth is the older brother of the Italian Martini and contains infusions of more than 20 varieties of plants.
You will spend the second part of the day in Cricova underground galleries. You will see over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 53 hectares, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Cahor. There is one story always told in this place about the Russian pilot Yuri Gagarin, who during a visit in 1966, after getting tipsy, got lost and missed the exit. He went out the next day, having spent the night in the tasting room, currently named after him. Here you can also admire the oldest bottle of wine, dating from 1902.
After breakfast, the Adormirea Maicii Domnului Church of Causeni will be the first stop. It is the only church from Moldova that has walls decorated with medieval frescoes. You will most certainly notice that the church is buried halfway into the ground. This is explained by the prohibitions of the Tatar domination period, when Christian churches were not allowed to be higher than a soldier on the horseback.
In the afternoon, you will have the chance to discover history in a bottle. The trip will continue with the French style Purcari Winery. The winery is famous all over the world due to the Negru de legendary wine, the elixir that was appreciated even by the nobles of the Court of Queen Victoria. This wine won its first gold medal in 1878.
In the tasting room, decorated in royal style, you will have the opportunity to taste the Purcari wines and enjoy a lunch prepared from local ecological products.
|Chisinau → Causeni||70 km||1hr 15min|
|Causeni → Purcari||40 km||35min|
After breakfast, you can walk around Chisinau for a while and buy wines you loved most during your stay in Moldova. Please notice that prices for Moldavian wines a rather low. Good collection wines start from 7 Euros per bottle.
Later, transfer to the Chisinau International Airport to return home.
|Prices per person||3-6 pax|
Double Sharing Basis
Double Sharing Basis
|1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016||$600||$481|