GOURMET TOUR IN MOLDOVA

8 days / 7 nights
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DISCOVERING THE ROOTS OF GOOD FLAVOURS IN MOLDOVA!

Enjoy a culinary experience in Moldova and let yourself discover the tasty traditional dishes from Moldovan cuisine. You will learn how to prepare such traditional dishes as “placinte” (pies), “sarmale” and local dish “placinta miresei” (bride’s pie) during culinary masterclasses. You will enjoy a wine tasting at Asconi and Karagani wineries together with delicious dishes and you will discover Cricova winery – one of the largest wine cellars in the world (120 km). You will be acquainted with the taste of 10-30 years old spirits at Kvint wine and brandy factory while pairing brandy with chocolate products, as they make a perfect combination. While visiting Castel Mimi you will be amazed by the beauty of the castle, which is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. At Castel Mimi you will taste delicious wines and have dinner at its restaurant that will culminate with “baba neagra” - a local dessert of Moldovan cuisine representing a cake garnished with vanilla cooked in some regions of the country.


Highlights

Chisinau city

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Duck breast Magret with...

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Asconi winery

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Cultural, Natural and...

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Butuceni guesthouse

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"Placinte" and roll-ups...

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Traditional dishes at...

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Cricova winery

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Arta Rustica Handicraft...

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Hanul lui Hanganu...

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Culinary masterclass at...

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Tipova Cave Monastery

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Aquatir Sturgeon Complex

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Ukranian Borscht at...

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Tiraspol city

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Kvint wine and brandy...

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Comrat city

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Karagani winery

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National Gagauz Museum of...

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Et Cetera winery

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"Placinta miresei"...

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Mester Faur guesthouse

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Castel Mimi winery

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"Baba neagra" local...

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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.

In the evening you will have dinner at La Taifas traditional restaurant in Chisinau. During dinner at the restaurant, you will be enveloped in the traditional atmosphere, created by the traditional style of the restaurant, the traditional dishes and of course the traditional live music show – the special flavor of the restaurant.

Day 2: Gastronomic experience including edible pictures and fabulous dinner at Asconi winery

The day will begin with Chisinau city tour. Chisinau is the main administrative, scientific and cultural centre of Moldova. During the tour, you will discover pieces of history and culture of the city such as the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great, etc.

Next, you will visit the Eco Local Farmers Market where you will have the opportunity to try and buy high-quality biological products directly from local farmers and producers such as nuts, almonds, honey, greens of various kinds, fruits and vegetables grown in the most ecological conditions.

You will have lunch at the restaurant Complement whose chef, along with the freshest ingredients, each time draws on the plate edible pictures, such as duck breast Magret with berry sauce.

After lunch, you will visit Bucuria shop - Moldova's national chocolate factory shop that offers a variety of sweets from candies, chocolate, marmalade, jellies, etc. Also, you will visit Casa Cristea Showroom where you will discover the genuine national costume.

The last stop of the day will be at Asconi winery founded in 1994 and located in Puhoi village. This is a family-owned winery, whose foundation is a long-standing tradition and experience in the production of Moldovan wine. The winery achieved a lot due to modern wine making technologies. Nowadays at Asconi estate European varieties are grown, but special attention is paid to indigenous varieties such as Rara Neagra, Feteasca, etc. One of the features of Asconi winery is that they pick up the grapes mechanically at night when the grapes are still cold. During the excursion and wine tasting at the winery you will be able to discover the wonders of this place. Asconi is famous for its most delicate stewed rabbit served with vegetables from the fire and during dinner, you will be able to taste this fabulous dish.


HIGHLIGHTS: Chisinau city, Duck breast Magret with berry sauce at Complement restaurant, Asconi winery

Day 3: “Placinte” making masterclass in Butuceni village and wine experience at Cricova winery

In the morning, 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 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. This region is famous for its natural, rustic food and endless hospitality. In every home, you will be welcomed as the dearest guest.

The day will continue at Butuceni guesthouse, where you will enjoy a culinary masterclass during which you will learn how to cook traditional “placinte” (pies) with sour cherries and roll-ups with rose petal jam. At lunch you will taste traditional Moldovan dishes such as “zeama” (chicken soup with homemade egg noodles), “mamaliga” and Moldovan sweet roll-ups which melt in the mouth.

Next, you will discover Cricova winery – the only wine enterprise that was awarded the highest state prize “The Order of the Republic” and has been declared by law a national cultural heritage. 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, etc. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totalling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902. You will also visit the unique production of sparkling wine, where a professional guide will tell you about all the process of producing sparkling wines using the famous French-style Méthode Champenoise. In one of the tasting rooms, the sommelier will explain the rules of wine tasting and help you better reveal the taste and bouquet of each type of wine.

You will have dinner at the restaurant Gastrobar, where you will taste the best ribs in Jack Daniels sauce in the city.





HIGHLIGHTS: Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, Butuceni guesthouse, "Placinte" and roll-ups masterclass at Butuceni guesthouse , Traditional dishes at Butuceni guesthouse , Cricova winery

 

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;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 3 types of wine at Asconi winery, 7 types of wine at Cricova and winery, 5 types of wine at Karagani winery, 5 types of wine at Et Cetera winery and 6 types of wine at Castel Mimi winery;
  • Tasting of 2 types of caviar, 2 types of smoked fish and 2 types of dried fish at Aquatir Sturgeon Complex;
  • Tasting of 5 types of brandy with chocolate at Kvint wine and brandy factory;
  • 3 culinary masterclasses;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.