During this one-day tour you will discover Chisinau city, the Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) and Cricova underground winery (120 km). This tour offers you a travel experience including some the most visited tourist attractions of Moldova! It combines the cultural and wine attractions, offering you the possibility to discover Moldova’s traditions, gastronomy and wine.Individual travel request form Enjoy a private tour Group travel request form Join a group tour
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Orheiul Vechi - a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater and Cricova winery - the pearl of Moldovan wine-makingChisinau - Orheiul Vechi - Butuceni - Cricova - Chisinau
The day will begin with the 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.
Next, 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 remnants of the first human settlements were found in the stone caverns from here. On the rocky hill, you will find the ruins more of a strong Geto-Dacian fortification, which acted as a sanctuary for celebrating religious holidays and rituals in this prehistoric community. 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.
You will have lunch at a guesthouse in Butuceni village where you will taste dishes from the local cuisine.
You will continue your trip by exploring a new city, this time an underground city. 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. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totaling about 1 million bottles. Here you can admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902 and discover the tastes of Cricova wines.
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- Excursions on the entire itinerary;
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
- Lunch at Butuceni guesthouse;
- Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery;
- Transportation during the entire itinerary;
- English speaking guide.