The Incredible Wine Country of Moldova
Travel Dates: May 22 to June 2, 2019
To reserve your spot on this tour please contact Gillian@tyw.ca / 780-739-2245
Applications with deposit payment will be accepted on a priority basis
Stunning landscapes, 800-year old monastery caves, legendary vineyards, fortresses and castles. A unique culture seeping with history and traditions, all wrapped up with world class wineries and delicious cuisine.
Moldova offers you incredible memories to last a lifetime.
Chisinau, Cricova, Puhoi, Clisova Noua, Orhei, Soroca, Butuceni, Old Orhei, Branesti, Nicolaeuca, Curchi, Bulboaca & Purcari
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 22, 2019
International flight to Moldova.
Day 2 – Thursday, May 23, 2019 – Chisinau
Bine ati venit! Welcome to Moldova! Check-in at the Jolly Alon Hotel in Chisinau and enjoy a welcome dinner at the wine & shop bar “Carpe Diem” followed by a short introduction into the wine industry of the Republic of Moldova, topped off with a wine tasting. (D)
Day 3 – Friday, May 24, 2019 – Chisinau / Cricova / Puhoi
Experience a panoramic tour around Chisinau. Visit the liqueur and vodka production factory “Renaissance Perfect”. Later transfer to Puhoi for a guided tour and dinner at Asconi Winery. (B, D)
Day 4 – Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Chisinau / Cricova
Visit the National Art Museum in Chisinau, followed by the Cricova Must Fest. (B, L)
Day 5 – Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Chișinău / Clisova Noua / Orhei / Soroca
After breakfast transfer to Clisova Noua, Orhei to visit the traditional craft’s complex “Rustic Art”. Tour Soroca city, including the Soroca Medieval Fortress and the Candle of Gratitude Monument. Transfer to Orhei and check-in to Chateau Vartely. Visit the wine factory and enjoy the tastings of 5 different wines. Overnight in Orhei. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Monday, May 27, 2019 – Orhei / Butuceni / Old Orhei / Branesti
Transfer to Butuceni. Enjoy a visit of the museum complex “Old Orhei”. Onward to Branesti for an excursion to the underground kingdom of “Pivnitele din Branesti”. (B, L)
Day 7 – Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – Orhei / Nicolaeuca / Curchi / Bulboaca / Purcari
Transfer to Nicolaeuca to visit the home of Mr. Andrei Tihon, a woodmaker and the creator of the “bucium”, Moldova’s traditional musical instrument. Next up ~ Curchi to see the Curchi Monastery and to experience a special thematic excursion program, “Monastic Wine & Ritual Bread”. Transfer to Bulboaca for an excursion, wine tasting and dinner at the Castel Mimi. Overnight in Purcari. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – Purcari
Breakfast at the Purcari Winery, followed by free time. Lunch will be prepared and served by the Purcari Winery. They will then treat you to a winery tour and tasting. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Purcari/ Crocmaz
You’ll enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the Purcari Winery and a bit more free time this morning. Transfer to Crocmaz to visit the local Ethnography Museum, EtCetera Winery and enjoy a wine tasting with lunch. Return to Purcari to enjoy free time relaxing or discovering this area on your own. (B, L)
Day 10 – Friday, May 31, 2019 – Purcari / Hagimus / Causeni / Chisinau
Today we will visit the Hagimus, Causeni region. Enjoy an excursion and wine tasting with lunch at Gogu Winery. Transfer to Chisinau where you will spend the night. (B, L)
Day 11 – Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Chisinau / Hancesti / Milestii Mici / Ulmu
We’ll start today in Hancesti visiting the Manuc Bey Castle. Then off to Milestii Mici to tour underground caves that house the largest collection of wine in the world. Ulmu is next, for a tour of the Poaina Ulmu Winery and we’ll also experience their wine tasting and dinner offerings. Return to Chisinau for your final overnight in Moldova. (B, D)
Day 12 – Sunday, June 2, 2019 – Chisinau / Depart for home
After breakfast transfer to Chisinau International Airport and board your International flight to Canada. (B)
Your adventures in Moldova include:
Ten nights with 4-star accommodations. All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. All wine tastings and tours including Carpe Diem Winery, Ascony Winery, Chateau Vartely, Branesti Winery, Castle Mimi, Purcari Winery, EtCetera Winery, Goku Family Wine Estate and the Poiana Ulmu Vineyard. All private local guides and your full-time TYW tour director. Private Mercedes coach transfer.
Travel Insurance (mandatory). Tours, excursions and meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Beverages, gratuities and items of a personal nature. Flights are not included, however, can be arranged from any departure gate by Travel Your World.
$4795.00 with air & taxes from Edmonton
$2995.00 land only, without air reservations
Based on 14+ participants
Based on Air rates of July, 2018
Based on Moldova land and air rates of 2018
Based on twin accommodations
Single Supplement: TBA