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If you want to feel inspired and have freedom, self-guided tours are the answer for you. We give you the map and some suggestions about what to visit, and you bring your sense of adventure! You could enjoy hiking or road-tripping, all at your own choice knowing that we will help you whenever you need assistance or advice! Enjoy a hiking experience in Moldova and let yourself discover its tourist attractions. 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 and discover Tipova Monastery – an unusual landscape with many waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to spend the night at local guesthouse and visit Milestii Mici and Cricova, the best wineries in Moldova.


Tipova Cave Monastery


Cultural, Natural and...


"Placinte" and roll-ups...


Cricova winery


Milestii Mici winery


Asconi winery



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

You will be picked up from the Airport and transferred to Lalova village, from where you will start your adventure. You will check-in at a local guesthouse. If your flight will be early in the morning you can explore by yourself Chisinau city before departing to Lalova village.
After breakfast at the guesthouse, you will enjoy your day by hiking around this region (Lalova village – Tipova Cave Monastery). The finishing point of the trip is Tipova monastery. Situated near Tipova village, the monastery with the same name is considered to be one of the oldest monastic establishments on the territory of our country. The heritage, which consists of 18 rooms, dug into the rock at an astounding altitude, represents an impressive museum in the open air. Tipova River, on its flow to the Dniester, creates many waterfalls with the heights above 10-16 meters, which a long time ago used to move the millstones of the numerous watermills.

You can have a traditional lunch when you get back to the guesthouse and enjoy the rest of day in this picturesque place near the Dniester River.

Optional activities that you can enjoy (for additional payment):
• Fishing in the Dniester River
• Boat trip on the Dniester River
• Culinary masterclass – learn how to prepare the traditional “Sarmale”
• Visit the Cheese Factory in Horodiste

HIGHLIGHTS: Tipova Cave Monastery

In the morning you will be transferred to Furceni village, that is the starting point for your hiking adventure of this day.

You will explore the nature and history of one of the oldest canyons in Moldova by visiting beautiful places from Furceni village to Butuceni village, where Orheiul Vechi Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve is situated along the Raut River. The remnants of the first human settlements, which are some tens of thousands of years old, were found in the stone caverns from here. On the rocky hill, you will find the ruins of a strong Geto-Dacian (Moldovan ancestors) fortification and the calendar, which acted as a sanctuary for celebrating religious holidays and rituals in this prehistoric community. The originality of Orheiul Vechi's landscape is due to the defile 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.

Here you can visit a traditional guesthouse, where you will have the chance to attend a masterclass of baking bread in an old oven or making a traditional pie “placinta”. Also, here you can enjoy a traditional Moldovan lunch.

There are several activities to enjoy in this region (additional):
• Visit the Cave Monastery
• Visit the local History Museum
• Visit Branesti cellars
• Off road
• Rock climbing

Just let us know what is more attractive for you and we will make a reservation.

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


What's included

  • Accommodation for 4 nights at guesthouses according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Excursions and activities according to the itinerary
  • Transportation service