Day 2: Milestii Mici – the largest wine cellar in the world (200 km)
Chisinau – Milestii Mici – Chisinau
In the morning, you will enjoy the city tour of Chisinau
and discover the main historical and cultural sights in the city such as the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great, etc. You will also see some soviet buildings and apartment blocks, such as Circus building, Romanita Collective Housing Tower, Library din Hol, Soviet Memorial to Communist Youth, Chisinau Hotel (an excellent example of Stalinist Empire style architecture), etc.
The tour will be followed by an excursion at Chisinau Railway Station
built on 15 August 1871. The 2nd World War destroyed the station building, as it was blown up by the Red army in 1941. It was partially restored in 1944, but air attacks destroyed it once again. In 1948, the station was rebuilt. In 1990 at the Station’s Square there was unveiled a temporary stone commemorating the Victims of Stalinist Repression and mass deportations in Soviet Moldova in 1940-1951 - the Train of Pain. A permanent memorial was set up at the site in 2013.
In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a local restaurant in Chisinau.
Next, you will have an excursion at the Eternity Memorial Complex
and the Military Museum
. The Eternity Memorial Complex is a memorial located in Chisinau dedicated to soviet soldiers who died in the battles of the Second World War. The Military Museum has displays of Moldova's past military campaigns and, in a park outside, a small open-air military exhibition displaying Soviet-made tanks, fighter planes and other military toys inherited by Moldova's armed forces.
In the afternoon, you will take a ride to Milestii Mici winery
located at a depth of 40-85 m in Milestii Mici village. Measuring about 200 km, all underground streets make up the largest network of caves ever dug by a human being, which appeared after the extraction of limestone deposits. The winery holds an impressive collection of more than 2 million bottles. The "Golden Collection" of Milestii Mici winery, which has over 1,5 million bottles, is the pride of the whole country, as in August, 2005, it was registered in the Guinness World Records as the biggest wine collection in the world. You will feel like a king/ queen here, admiring the beauty of this place, tasting wines in which you will feel the fire of sun and vigor of earth.
In the evening, you will return to Chisinau where you will spend the night.
Railway Station in Chisinau
Eternity Memorial Complex
Milestii Mici winery