SLOW FOOD TOUR IN MOLDOVA

9 days / 8 nights
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DISCOVER MOLDOVAN TRADITIONS, GASTRONOMY AND WINE!

Enjoy a slow food experience in Moldova and let yourself discover the tasty traditional dishes from Moldovan cuisine, learn how to cook some of them and spend the time in the beautiful rural atmosphere of Moldovan villages! You will learn how to prepare such traditional dishes as “placinte” (pies) 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 have unique experiences during the discovery of Moldovan traditions, customs, gastronomy and wine. An experienced guide will take you on a journey you will never forget!


Highlights

EcoLocal Farmer's Market

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Chisinau city

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Cricova winery

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Arta Rustica Handicraft...

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Soroca Fortress

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Hanul lui Hanganu...

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Cultural, Natural and...

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Traditional dishes at...

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Horse-drawn carriage ride...

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Capriana Monastery

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Casa Parinteasca craft...

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Casa Karaman guesthouse

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Noul Neamt Monastery

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Asconi winery

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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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Mester Faur guesthouse

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

Day 1: Arrival day

Chisinau

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: Visit of the Eco Local Farmers Market

Chisinau – Cricova – Chisinau

In the morning, you will visit the EcoLocal Farmer's 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.

The day will continue 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.

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

After lunch, 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 totaling 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.

In the evening, you will have dinner at a local restaurant in Chisinau.


HIGHLIGHTS: EcoLocal Farmer's Market , Chisinau city, Cricova winery

Day 3: Relaxing in the rural atmosphere at Hanul lui Hanganu guesthouse

Chisinau – Clisova Noua – Soroca – Lalova

The day will begin with the visit of Arta Rustica handicraft complex in Clisova Noua village. The handmade carpets in Clisova Noua are of amazing interest and beauty. The traditional Moldovan carpets have been included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. The creation of only one canvas takes several months. Every carpet is a work of art. The craftsmen of Clisova Noua village put their whole soul and free time into their craft. They restore unique carpets according to old photographs. They uses only natural materials and authentic technique during the weaving process.

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

Next, you will 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.

The day will continue at Hanul lui Hanganu guesthouse, where you will check in and have dinner. Hanul lui Hanganu guesthouse is the perfect choice for a quiet and full of emotions stay. Here, you will surely fall in love with some of the most popular dishes in Moldova. During dinner, you will discover the taste of delicious dishes, cooked following a recipe containing secrets passed down from generation to generation.


HIGHLIGHTS: Arta Rustica Handicraft Complex, Soroca Fortress, Hanul lui Hanganu guesthouse

 

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
  • 1 night accommodation at Hanul lui Hanganu guesthouse in Lalova village;
  • Breakfast at the hotel / guesthouse;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery, 3 types of wine at Asconi winery, 5 types of wine at Karagani winery and 5 types of wine at Et Cetera winery;
  • Culinary masterclass at Butuceni guesthouse;
  • Culinary masterclass at Et Cetera guesthouse;
  • Folk program at Casa Karaman guesthouse;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.