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This culture and wine tour offers you a fascinating travel experience including some the most important tourist attractions of Moldova! It combines the cultural and wine attractions, offering unique experiences during the discovery of Moldovan traditions, customs, gastronomy and wine. Offer yourself the chance to travel in the tourist train at a depth of 80 m at Cricova winery - one of the largest wine cellars in the world. An experienced guide will take you on a journey you will never forget!


Cultural, Natural and...


Cricova winery


Soroca Fortress


Candle of Gratitude


Arta Rustica Handicraft...


Château Vartely winery


Chisinau city


Vinuri de Comrat winery


National Gagauz Museum of...


Asconi winery


Castel Mimi winery



Itinerary A day-by-day plan to guide your journey. Download PDF

Day 1: Arrival day

On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chisinau. After settling in, you can have a walk through downtown and explore the city centre on your own.

Day 2: Orheiul Vechi - a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater and Cricova winery – the pearl of Moldovan wine-making

The first stop of this day will be at Curchi Monastery. The monastery is surrounded by a high wall of stone, set with towers at each corner, creating the impression of a fortress. The Nativity of Virgin Mary Church built in 1775 by Iordache Curchi is an example of neo-byzantine style, while St. Nicholas Church has monumental forms built in classicism style with baroque elements.

Next, you will set off on a time travel to Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) to see a natural amphitheater revealing a territory which was first inhabited 40 000 years ago. The Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi includes a series of historical and cultural monuments as well as natural landscapes in the gorge of the Raut River. Ancient fortifications, cave monasteries, monks and hermits – here you can follow the history of this region. The remnants of the first human settlements were found in the stone caverns from here. On the rocky hill, you will find the ruins of a strong Geto-Dacian fortification, which acted as a sanctuary for celebrating religious holidays and rituals in this prehistoric community. The originality of Orheiul Vechi landscape is due to the gorge of the Raut River, dug under the form of a canyon in the limestone layers of the former Sarmatian Sea, about 14 million years ago.

You will have lunch at a guesthouse in Butuceni village where you will taste dishes from the local cuisine.

You will continue your trip by exploring a new city, this time an underground city. During the excursion at Cricova winery in the tourist train, at a depth of 80 m, you will discover the wonders of this place. Cricova underground galleries are formed by over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 120 km, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Cahors. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totaling about 1 million bottles. Here you can admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902 and discover the tastes of Cricova wines.

HIGHLIGHTS: Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, Cricova winery

Day 3: Soroca Fortress - unique historical monument of defensive constructions architecture of medieval Moldova

In the morning, you will travel to Soroca town and visit Soroca fortress, the “pearl of fortification art” built by the Moldovan Prince Stephen the Great in 1499. It was a unique historical monument of defensive constructions architecture of medieval Moldova composed of a huge tower holding five smaller towers surrounding it. Currently, it is an important attraction in Soroca, having preserved cultures and kept the old Soroca in the present day.

In the afternoon, you will have a traditional lunch at a restaurant in Soroca.

After lunch, you will visit the Candle of Gratitude monument, erected on a steep cliff on the bank of the Dniester River. The visitors who get here will be rewarded with picturesque and unforgettable views after climbing 600 steps that start at the Dniester River. The inscription before the way up is as follows: “Traveler, stop! There is a Candle of Gratitude on top. And if you consider thankful to someone in this life – get up, pray and continue your way!”

HIGHLIGHTS: Soroca Fortress, Candle of Gratitude


What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
  • Breakfast at the hotel of your choice;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery, 6 types of wine at Château Vartely winery, 5 types of wine at Vinuri de Comrat winery, 5 types of wine at Asconi winery and 6 types of wine at Castel Mimi winery.
  • Tasting of 5 types of brandy at Kvint wine and brandy factory;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.