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Moldova Gagauz Heritage Tour - 5 Days

Moldova Gagauz Heritage Tour

Moldova · Private Tour · 5 Days
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Unveil the rich history of Gaugazia, a Turkish origin province in the southwest. Wander at its great museums, cathedrals, and quaint countryside before closing your trip with a wine tasting session. 

Highlights

  • Gagauzia, home to a unique Turkic origin nation
  • Comrat, the heart of Gagauzia
  • Museum of Gagauz Ethnography in Besalma
  • Professional wine tasting at Basavin Winery
  • Orlov trotters at Ceadir Lunga farm
  • Mansion of Manuk Bey

Itinerary

Day 1 - Chisinau
Day 2 - Gagauzia → Comrat
Day 3 - Besalma → Basavin Winery
Day 4 - Ceadir Lunga → Hincesti
Day 5 - Chisinau

What is included

  • 4 nights accommodation at hotel with daily breakfast
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary
  • Collection and homemade wine tastings according to the program
  • Transportation for the entire tour
  • Portages in airports and hotels
  • Choice of English / French / German / Italian / Russian / Romanian Speaking Guide
  • 2 bottles of 500ml water per person per day
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Visa fees and Insurance
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Chisinau

Once you arrive at the Chisinau International Airport, a representative from our company will meet and accompany you to the hotel.

You will receive an information package with maps, guides and contact numbers. After dinner, you can have a walk through downtown.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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City Park Hotel

Chisinau

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2
Gagauzia → Comrat

After breakfast, enjoy panoramic tour of Chisinau. You will discover pieces of the city’s multi-ethnic history and culture.

In the afternoon, you will continue the trip to a remote region in the southwest of Moldova, called Gagauzia. This is a unique place since the majority of its habitants are Gagauz - the only representatives of Turkic origin that affiliated with the Eastern Orthodox Church. They were allowed to settle in this region during the Russo-Turkish wars in the 18th century in exchange for their conversion to Christianity.

You will visit Comrat, the heart of Gagauzia, with its main points of interest like Ataturk Library, the prominent Lenin statue in front of the government building, the Gagauz University with a bizarre collection of statues in front and St. John’s Cathedral. Special attention should be paid to the Museum of local history and Gagauzian art gallery, which reflects through paintings the daily life of Gagauz folk.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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City Park Hotel

Chisinau

day
3
Besalma → Basavin Winery

After breakfast, you will discover the Museum of Gagauz Ethnography located in Besalma, a village where was born one of the personalities of this small nation - the writer D. Cara-Ciobanu. The most valuable heritage in the museum is the collection of original films produced during the Gagauz colonization of the Bugeac steppe.

In Besalma, you will also visit one of the few preserved windmills in Moldova and a local house to see the lifestyle of the Gagauz peasants. You will have the chance to taste from the local cuisine and enjoy homemade wine.

In the afternoon be prepared for a professional wine tasting at Basavin Winery. This is one of the oldest wineries in Moldova, which started wine processing at the beginning of the 20th century. Besides local wine varieties, you will taste here one of the best Marsala wines in Moldova.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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City Park Hotel

Chisinau

day
4
Ceadir Lunga → Hincesti

After breakfast, spend some time in riding thoroughbred horses at Ceadir Lunga farm. It is the only horse farm in Moldova where Orlov trotters are grown and surrounded by the picturesque hills. Learn the history of this place, explore its museum and see the pictures of horses, which are drawn by the owner of this farm and you will discover real spirit of the world of horses.

After lunch, you will travel to Hincesti and explore the mansion of one of the wealthiest person in the Balkans at the end of the 18th century – Manuk Bey. His mansion was designed by the famous architect Alessandro Bernardazzi, who build here a castle-style Hunting Lodge and a Palace in the eclectic style. Since 1979 the Hunting Lodge has been a museum, which has many exhibitions related to Hincesti.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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City Park Hotel

Chisinau

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5
Chisinau

After breakfast, you will be able to walk around Chisinau for a while and buy some souvenirs.

Later, transfer to the Chisinau International Airport to return home.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Chisinau
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City Park Hotel

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person3-6 pax
7-12 pax
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016$517$384

Photos

Art Gallery, Comrat
Chisinau
Basavin Winery
Besalma Village
Besalma Museum
Manuc Bei Castle
Moldova Handicraft
Moldovan Cuisine

Map

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