Day 2: Discovery of Chisinau city including Soviet buildings and excursion and wine tasting at Cricova winery
Chisinau – Cricova – Chisinau
In the morning, you will enjoy a city tour of Chisinau
which 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. 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, etc. You will also see the Eternity Memorial Complex and the Military Museum where war exhibits are displayed on a small-open area including Soviet-made tanks, fighter planes and other military equipment inherited by Moldova’s armed forces.
In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a local restaurant in Chisinau the decor of which features retro wallpaper and Soviet artefacts.
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 be transferred to the hotel in Chisinau.