Day Trip to Chisinau: You will meet with your guide and enjoy a day trip in the Moldavian capital, Chisinau. On the way, you will find out about the history of two of Moldova’s most beautiful monasteries. Our first stop will be at Hancu Monastery, one of the most visited historical monuments and one of the leading churches of Moldova.
The convent is surrounded by many underground springs with holy water that attract people from all around the world. Our next visit will be at one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments in Moldova, Capriana Monastery. For a long time the monastery was the residence of the Metropolitan of Moldova and it was patronized by many Rulers of Moldova including Stefan the Great.
Chisinau was first documented in 1420, but most of it was levelled in WWII and by a tragic earthquake that struck in 1940. They started rebuilding the city in 1950 in Soviet style, and both the center and outskirts are dominated by utilitarian high-rise buildings. On our tour we will discover Chisinau’s main attractions: their own Arc de Triomphe, the 1841 Holy Gates at the center of the city and we will stroll through one of the city’s parks and learn about Prince Stefan, the noble symbol of Moldova's medieval past.
We will stop at Russia's national poet Alexander Pushkin tiny cottage, where he lived for 3 years during his exile. The interior is filled with original furnishings and personal items, including a portrait of his beloved Byron. Next on our itinerary is Cricova Winery, situated at a depth of 50-80 meters, representing a real underground city. The Moldavian cellars where Vladmir Putin keeps his wine are so big you need to drive through them. You will also find Herman Goering's private collection, taken by the Red Army from Berlin in 1945. Considered to be the pearl of Moldovan winemaking, Cricova is the founder of production of high-quality elite wines. The influence of Ancient Greece and the Roman period is reflected in the reliefs you will discover inside the winery.
In this unique place you will have to opportunity to discover the steps to wine tasting and try a selection of the great range of wines. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Iasi. Drinks (a bottle of water is included). Also the drinks at the winery are included. Lunch is not included. Free time for lunch 1h 30 min.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 11 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am.
End/closing time: At 7pm.
Others: In case of bad weather conditions, if the guide decides that the tour cannot be done, the client can reschedule the tour the following day. If the client is unable to attend the following day, a full refund will be made at the travel agency from where the service was purchased.
Please keep in mind that crossing the border between Romania and Moldova may cause delays. Please advise your phone number and hotel when reserving.