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Gourmet Wine Trail of Moldova - 6 Days

Gourmet Wine Trail of Moldova

Moldova · Private Tour · 6 Days
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Delight on the artistry of wine making in Moldova visiting the country's top 7 wine-houses. Visit Milestii Mici, Cricova, Branesti, Chateau Vartely, Et Cetera, and the mythical Purcari, creators of the unique Negru de Purcari. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Chisinau
Day 2 - Cricova Winery & Orhei Region
Day 3 - Monasteries and Milestii Mici & Asconi Wineries
Day 4 - Clisova Noua, Branesti & Chateau Vartely Wineries
Day 5 - Et Сetera & Purcari Wineries
Day 6 - Chisinau

What is included

  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary, including services from/to airport
  • 5 nights accommodation at 5* hotel with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Cricova winery, tasting of 4 wines; Milestii Mici winery, tasting of 5 wines; Asconi winery, tasting of 3 wines; Chateau Purcari, tasting of 4 wines; EtCetera Winery, tasting of 5 wines; Chateau Vartely Winery, tasting of 6 wines; Branesti Wine Cellars, tasting of 3 wines; Carpe Diem Wine Shop & Bar, tasting of 5 wines
  • Entry fees at Orheiul Vechi Museum and Museum of Carpets
  • English speaking guide service
  • 1 bottle of water per day per person

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to drivers, guides, waiters, bellboys, etc
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1
Chisinau

Upon arrival meeting with your guide and transfer to your hotel. 

Visit the vinoteca Carpe Diem and enjoy an evening in a nice atmosphere with a glass of a good wine. Have a pleasant dinner followed by wine tasting.  

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Cricova Winery & Orhei Region

Chisinau City Tour

After breakfast we will begin this day with a city tour of Chisinau. During this tour you will get acquainted with the city's history, visiting the historical sights of our capital. We will make a stop at the monument of Stefan the Great and Saint, the Bell Tower, the Triumph Arc, the Central Square and the Central Cathedral, the Parliament, the Presidency, and will have a pleasant walk along the Alley of Classics of Romanian Literature, as well as visiting souvenir shops.


Cricova Underground Winery

Later you will have a chance to visit the underground city of Cricova and even taste some of their perfect wines and sparkling-wines. Have a tour along the underground tunnels of the wine-cellars, and take a train through the tunnels. You will see a large wine collection and get acquainted with the process of wine making and sparkling wine production. The Integrated Factory Cricova is the only factory in Republic that produces sparkling wine through the classical French fermentation method –aging in bottles for up to 3 years. All Cricova wines can be tasted in luxurious tasting halls, which are a veritable masterpiece of exquisite architecture. Tasting of 4 wines.


Orhei Open Air Museum

We will drive to the Orhei Region, making a stop in Butuceny village for lunch in a countryside house to enjoy national Moldavian cuisine.

We will continue with a guided tour around the museum complex Orheiul Vechi –an impressive monastery complex that showcases the remains of different civilizations established between Nistru and Prut rivers. This cave complex of caves, grottos, churches, and hermitages has been inhabited since ancient times.

In the evening return to Chisinau. Rest of the day at leisure, you may have dinner at the restaurant of your choice. 

Optional visit to INVINO to see their unique personal collection of best wines of Moldova and have a chance to sample some of them.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Cricova Winery17 km 25min
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Cricova Winery → Orheiul Vechi39 km 45min
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Orheiul Vechi → Chisinau54 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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3
Monasteries and Milestii Mici & Asconi Wineries

After breakfast we will leave for the forests of Codrii to visit the XIVth century Capriana Monastery and Hincu convent, hidden in a dense forest.


Carpiana Monastery and Hincu Convent

Our first stop is the village with one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova, Capriana. For a long period of time it was the headquarters of Moldova’s bishop. It was founded by the great Moldovan Ruler Stefan the Great. Closed and dilapidated during the post-war period, it was only reopened again in 1989, becoming a symbol of national revival.

Then we will continue to Hincu convent. It was founded in 1678 as a hermitage for women. Its founder was a Moldovan nobleman Mihai Ginkul who built the nunnery at his daughter's will as it was the place where she took the veil. During the XVIIIth century it was destroyed many times by Tatars and was totally neglected. In the XIXth century both stone churches, Assumption and St. Paraskeva, and the storages were built.


Milestii Mici & Asconi Wineries

After breathing the fresh air of Codrii forest we will leave for the world-known wine-cellars of Milestii Mici to see their rich wine collection and an underground wine galleries. The wines stored here are made of various years’ crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. The “Golden Collection” of Milestii Mici contains over two million bottles of harmonious wines dating from the period of Moldavian wine making prosperity, featuring Pinot, Traminer, Muscat, Riesling, Feteasca, Codru, Negru de Purcari, Trandafirul Moldovei, Auriu and others. Milestii Mici wine has been repeatedly awarded and entered the Guinness World Records Book for its large wine collection. The excursion around the wine galleries is done either by car or by a minibus depending on the number of people in the group, followed by a session of wine tasting and lunch 

After lunch we will proceed to the village of Puhoi for visiting Asconi Winery, where we will have a guided tour followed by a session of wine tasting

In the evening return to Chisinau. Rest of the day at leisure, you may have dinner at the restaurant of your choice. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Capriana42 km 50min
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Capriana → Milestii Mici Winery42 km 1h
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Milestii Mici Winery → Asconti Winery38 km 1h
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Asconti Winery → Chisinau31 km 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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4
Clisova Noua, Branesti & Chateau Vartely Wineries

Chateau Vertely Winery

After breakfast, drive to Orhei Region to explore a new area of professional wine-makers. The first winery to be visited on the route will be Chateau Vartely Winery and Touristic Complex placed on a hill and opening an astonishing view of Orhei and its surrounding vineyards.

A tour around the wine complex will be followed by wine tasting in their elegant tasting halls where you will be offered some of the best wines. Lunch will be served in a the winery restaurant or at an open terrace.


Traditional crafts of Clisova Noua

Further drive to the nearby village of Clisova Noua, a place where old national carpets and handicrafts are stored and carefully preserved. The owner of this collection will take you on a tour around the property tell you about the origin of each carpet and object and you will have the chance to see the production of new handicrafts and carpets by local weavers. Some of the articles are for sale so you can take a piece of Moldova with you.


Branesti Winery

Depart to Branesti village to explore the future underground stone hotel Stone Epoch, as well as Branseti Winery, where you will soak in the atmosphere of our ancestors walking around stone galleries and listening to stories of local wine production. Wine tasting will be in one of the stone galleries with massive oak tables and chairs that will undoubtedly take you some centuries back.

In the evening return to Chisinau. Rest of the day at leisure, you may have dinner at the restaurant of your choice. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Chateau Vartely Winery50 km 1h
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Chateau Vartely Winery → Clisova Noua21 km 30min
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Clisova Noua → Branesti Winery41 km 45min
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Branesti Winery → Chisinau49 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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5
Et Сetera & Purcari Wineries

Et Cetera Family Winery

After breakfast travel to Et Cetera, a small family winery situated in the village of Krokmaz, close to the Ukrainian border. You will be given a tour by the wine-maker himself and have the opportunity to taste some of the award winning wines followed by lunch with a view of their vast vineyards.


Purcari Winery

We will then continue with a tour to the famous Purcari Winery –the oldest wine-estate in Moldova. Visit the production, grape processing and the wine storage areas, as well as the bottling line. Walk into the cellars where the wine is matured in oak barrels and bottles, including the Purcari wine collection. You will have the chance to taste their glorious wines –some of the favorites of Queen Elizabeth.

In the evening return to Chisinau. Rest of the day at leisure, you may have dinner at the restaurant of your choice. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chisinau → Et Сetera Winery127 km 2h 15min
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Et Сetera Winery → Purcari Winery16 km 25min
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Purcari Winery → Chisinau117 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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6
Chisinau

After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight back home.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Chisinau
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Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Nov 2017$1110$958

Photos

Asconi Winery Cellar
Pucari Winery
Cricova Underground Winery
Cricova Winery Entrance Gate
Victory Arc and Bell Tower, Chisinau
Asconi Winery Rstaurant
Museum of Carpets, Clisova Noua
EtCetera Winery

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