Welcome to Chişinău
The capital Chişinău is by far Moldova’s largest and liveliest city and its main transport hub. While the city’s origins date back six centuries to 1420, much of Chişinău was levelled in WWII and a tragic earthquake that struck in 1940. The city was rebuilt in Soviet style from the 1950s onwards, and both the centre and outskirts are dominated by utilitarian (and frankly not very attractive) buildings. That said,... Read More
Top experiences in Chişinău
Private Soviet Era History Tour of Moldova from Chisinau
This private tour in Moldova is focused on the non-recognized by the Moldavian authorities Republic of Transdniestr. Most foreigners know it under several other names: Pridnestrovie or Transnistria. It is situated on the eastern bank of the river Dniestr. Some people consider that Transnistria is the reason for continuous conflicts between the Moldavian authority and several other countries.However it is definitely an interesting place to visit, that’s why it is a very popular tour among various other private tours in Moldova. It is interesting that most foreigners after visiting Transnistria have an impression that it is an open air museum of the Soviet Union and the Communism regime. Tour with private guide in Chisinau. There are numerous relics from the Soviet times in Transnistria. In fact it is a country that doesn’t exist, because it is not recognized by anyone.We will visit two biggest towns in the republic – Tiraspol and Bender. You will notice numerous streets with soviet names, monuments to the father of Communism – Vladimir Lenin and the memorial to the Civil War, the Afghan War and W.W.II.
Wine tour to Milestii Mici Winery from Chisinau
On driving just at a distance of 30 km from Chisinau, You will get an excellent opportunity to visit one of the oldest wine production in Moldova – the wine cellar " Milestii Mici ". The total length of underground streets reaches 200 km, and its depth varies between 40-85 meters. The constant temperature is in the range + 12-14 ° C and humidity - 85-95%. These conditions of basements ideally contribute to the conservation of the natural bouquet of wines. "Golden Collection" - the world largest collection of bottles with vine, as evidenced by the fact that there are stored the best valuable wines! Here you can see more than 2 million bottles, which have been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records in 2005. Our team organizes unforgettable walking excursions along the streets of the kingdom. You will feel the true saturated splendor of rich wine aroma! Also will visit the cellar store where you can purchase a bottle of wine just from the heart of winery.The excursion includes:The total duration of the excursion is of 1.5 - 3 hours, including the travel time of round trip, excursion along the streets of the underground city, the "Golden Collection", a visit of the specialized wine shop "Milestii Mici". Souvenirs: a bottle of red collection wine and a bottle of sparkling white wine.Snacks: Package "Barrel" - assorted pies, dried fruit, peanuts and cleaned walnuts or peanuts and cookies Package "Grapes" - cheese platter, cleaned- walnuts, dried fruit. Lunch / Dinner: Package "Student" - the aperitif (pastrami, salami, cheese, tomatoes), sweet pancakes with fruit filling, chicken shashlik with rice and sauce Package "Classic" - snack "Doina" (tomato, cucumber), cold meats (chicken roll, baked ham, beef tongue), pies, chicken fillet with bacon and boiled potatoes (or rice), fruits; Package "Moldovan bottle" - the aperitif (chicken roll, baked ham, beef tongue, cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes), the Moldovan zama (soup), mamalyga with chicken stew and sheep's cheese, dessert; Package "Dniester" - mixed vegetables, fish platter, an assortment of pies, vegetable soup, white fish fillet with potatoes and sauce, salad of seafood.
Orhei Vechi Monastery Complex Tour from Chisinau
Orheiul Vechi is a grade V and VII UNESCO’s heritage site and is a complex of historical and architectural monuments located in the area of an amazing beauty formed by the narrow stream (path) of the Raut river. The site includes remnants of various ancient monuments and buildings, a cave monastery in a cliff, ethnographic museum in Butuceni village. There are a couple of guesthouses in the nearby villages where one can experience rural life and traditional food of Moldova. Orheiul Vechi is home to Ethnographical musical festival Gustart that takes place at the end of AugustVisit rural Moldova and experience Moldova true character. Chisinau - Old Orhei - ChisinauYou will visit the most beautiful and famous sites in Moldova: Old Orhei Open Air Museum and Orheiul Vechi Cave Monasteries (Chisinau - Orheiul Vechi -Chisinau -120 km) duration of the tour 5 hour.The most startling sight in the Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) open-air historical complex is this monastery dug into a cave, dating from as far back as the 13th century and possibly earlier. It's inhabited by a handful of monks, who hold services throughout the day. The tour includes a private car, guide, entrance tickets to museums, entrance tickets to agrarian rural guest house, traditional Moldovan lunch with wine tasting.
Private Tour to Transnistria Tiraspol from Chisinau
You'll start the tour being picked up from your hotel in Chisinau and depart to Tiraspol - the capital of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. The town was founded thanks to the Peace Treaty of Jassy, which was concluded after the Russian-Turkish War (1787-1791 gg.) between Turkey and Russia. According to this Treaty, Turkey ceded Russia the region of Ochakov that included the land between the rivers Dniester and Southern Bug. Empress Ecatherine II, wishing to strengthen the border on the left bank of the Dniester, entrusts the governor V.Kahovsky to "overlook the land between the Bug and the Dniester" and prepare proposals for its administrative and territorial structure. About his calculations, V.Kahovsky reported to St. Petersburg: “This new created fortress would be a means to attract new residents to the city, and the city where will opened trading days and trade fairs will be beneficial to the fortress”.After the sightseeing tour, and delicious lunch (optional), you'll depart to the Novo-Neamt Holy Ascension Monastery that is located in the village of Kitskany, 15km from the Bendery city. Its name is retained from the ancient Neamţ Lavra, founded in the Moldavian principality in 1367. In 1497, Moldavian gospodar Stefan cel Mare had built in Lavra the cathedral church Ascension of Christ on Neamt monastery lands located on both banks of the Prut. Typography shops placed in Laura printed the liturgical and religious-moral books for them. For five centuries, Neamţ Monastery has been the spiritual source for Orthodox believers. Everything had changed when in 1859 Prince Alexander Cuza Voda had issued a decree on the secularization of monastic lands.The extent of this tour will be about 8 hours, going about 170km round-trip. Please note: when visiting the monastery, men need to be dressed in trousers or shorts below the knee and a shirt or t-shirt (no tank top; women need to wear skirts or dresses below the knee, have their shoulders covered, and wear a scarf on the head.
Private tour of Orheiul Vechi and Curchi monastery
Orheiul Vechi is a historic-monastic conservation complex, situated 40 miles away from Chisinau, on the site of the Moldovan medieval city Orhei - the only medieval town on the territory of the country (XII-XVII centuries). You will enjoy archaeological traces and appreciable historic monuments with unique unrepeatable landscape formed by Raut river, narrows paths, rocks, and caves. See the remains of Geto-Dacian fortress, a functioning cave monastery, visit a typical Moldovan remote village to see the lifestyle of the country people.
Ukraine - Moldova Tour by Minivan from Kiev
Day 1 Arrival at Kyiv airport.Transfer to the hotel.Dinner in Ukrainian restaurant.Day 2 Breakfast.During our walk you will discover American long mile. Get acquainted with Kyiv Gaudi. You will love to see House of a crying widow, Chocolate House and Red Castle, stone jungles. We will see the first fountain and talisman.Lunch.After we are going to a visit Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also visit caves of the lavra.Back to the hotel.Day 3 Breakfast. Version 1. Optional – group tour to Chornobyl for the whole day.The Chornobyl Zone with the nuclear power plant (NPP) and an abandoned ghost town of Pripyat.Version 2. After breakfast tour to the Motherland Statue.You will be taken to The Kievan Rus Park, Ancient Kyiv in “The Kievan Rus Park”.Lunch.Back to Kyiv.Optional: You can visit Mezhigorije. The residential area of ex-president of Ukraine, Yanukovich. Back to the hotel.And now you have some free time to rest.Day 4 Early breakfast. Check-out and drive by van to Kamianets-Podilskyi. Lunch, walking tour around the old central city. You will see Armenian trade house, Wind Gates of the old city, city canyon. We will approach the main sights of the city, Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress!Back to the hotel.Day 5 Breakfast. We drive to see Khotin fortress. We will visit the heart of the city, National University! Lunch. Driving back to Kamianets-Podilskyi. Stay in Kamianets-Podilskyi.Day 6 Breakfast.Check-out.We drive to Chisinau, Moldova. Crossing the border. Check-in to a hotel.Lunch in Chisinau.You will see both the historic and the modern faces of Chisinau. On Stephen the Great Boulevard there are the Presidency, the Parliament and the City Administration.Back to the hotel.Stay in Chisinau.Day 7 Breakfast,check-out.In the morning we are going to explore the Cricova Winery. Wine tasting 4 types of wine. Lunch.Continue our tour to Transnistria. Sightseeing in Tiraspol: Feel the atmosphere of this disputed territory which always has been a battlefield between the major powers of the region. The buildings of the Soviets, the monument of Suvorov and Vladimir Ilich Lenin.We drive to Odessa.Check-in and stay in Odessa.Day 8 Breakfast in the hotel.Walking tour around downtown of Odessa.During the tour, visit historical places, take a walk through old streets: Deribasovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Rishelievskaya and Landzheronovskaya. You will see masterpieces of architecture, Opera and Ballet Theatre.Lunch in Odessa.Free time.Stay in Odessa.Day 9 Breakfast in the hotel.Continue touring Odessa.During the tour you will see the palace of the Shah of Iran, will learn the secret of the room trap of Naryshkin-Potocki Palace.Visit the Tolstoy Palace.Lunch.Optional-Tour to Odessa catacombs.You will find out about the heroism of Odessa citizens during The war. Farewell dinner in a restaurant.Day 10 Breakfast.Check-out.Transfer to Odessa airport.