Summary

This tour offers you a fascinating Moldova Wine and Food Experience, while having wine tasting and lunch at the wineries! Each day of this journey offers unique moments with insights into the splendors of wineries such as Château Cojusna (Migdal-P), Poiana, Vinaria din Vale, Karagani, Vinuri de Comrat, Milestii Mici. At Château Cojusna (Migdal-P) you will climb to the roof of the château where you will see the panorama of Cojusna village and the vineyards of the winery. You will also discover Poiana winery, in the very heart of Moldovan Codru, where a zone called “Eco Areal” was created for growing different grape varieties with old technologies. You will experience a fantastic journey!

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Alla

Alla

Local travel expert in Moldova

I am a representative of a local tour operator in Moldova that has over 10 years experience in the organization of travel. I mainly specialize in wine, gastronomic and cultural tours around Moldova.

Itinerary


On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chisinau. After settling in, you will enjoy the city tour of Chisinau that 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. During this panoramic tour, you will be introduced to Moldovan wines during a visit at a local wine shop where you’ll get the chance to taste some of the wines produced from local grape varieties.

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

In the morning, you will discover Château Cojusna (Migdal-P) winery in Cojusna village. Here you will enjoy a tour through the complex, where you will discover the underground streets, the tasting rooms and climb to the roof of the château where you will see the panorama of Cojusna village and the vineyards of the winery. The wines produced in Cojusna can be tasted in two special rooms - one of them has an atmosphere of Medieval Moldovan cellar and it is trimmed with natural tree and stone, the other one has a European classic style. After the excursion, you will enjoy a wine tasting at the winery.

In the afternoon, you will travel to Ulmu village where in the very heart of Moldovan Codru, 30 km from the capital, in a picturesque forest zone, Poiana winery is located. The main goal of Poiana winery is to use all of the natural resources the Codru forest zone has to offer. This is why, a zone more called “Eco Areal” was created where different grape varieties are grown with old technologies. Poiana winery is a relatively small establishment that produces 20 000 bottles per year. However, it is already famous outside its home country.

Finally, you will enjoy the day in Valeni village, where you will check in at a local guesthouse and have dinner in a wonderful traditional atmosphere created by the live music show of the local folk ensemble.

You will start the day by travelling to Prutul de Jos (Lower Prut) Nature Reserve and Beleu Lake. The reserve was founded on a swampy land of a former estuary of the Prut River. It was created in 1991 to protect the flora and fauna of Beleu Lake and the Prut River surroundings. Beleu Lake occupies about one third of the Nature Reserve, and the rest of the territory is made up of a network of ponds that together form a unique ecosystem of national and international importance. Beleu Lake is a relict of the Danube – of around five to six thousand years old – and is therefore of great interest as a nature monument of immense scientific, cultural and aesthetic value. In the nature reserve you can find almost all the species of water plants and animals native to Moldova. Here you will see many species of birds including cormorants, white storks, swans, glossy ibises, white kingfishers, little egrets, big more egrets, herons.

Next, you will visit Vinaria din Vale - a 20 years old family winery located in Slobozia Mare village in a very picturesque region of the country. Here you will enjoy an excursion and wine tasting and will have the possibility to admire the beautiful landscape surrounding the winery. The winery produces several international and local varieties such as Feteasca Alba and Feteasca Neagra.

You will continue your trip to Karagani family winery located in Vulcanesti, in the southern part of Moldova. This small family enterprise is engaged in grape cultivation and wine production. Karagani wines are produced by original technology from selected grapes of European and national varieties, grown on its own vineyards. On this land, you will discover the tastes of Karagani wines and the specificity of Gagauz cuisine, while tasting Gagauz dishes such as shorpa (a highly seasoned mutton soup), gözleme (flat breads) and bulgur.

Later this day you will check in at a local guesthouse in Congaz village where you will enjoy an excursion and dinner. The pension is located in the largest and densely populated village of Europe and is a typically Gagauz house of the 19th century.

In the morning, you will travel to Besalma where you will visit the National Gagauz Museum of History and Ethnography “D. Cara-Ciobanu” in Besalma village. The museum presents the history, culture and everyday life of the Gagauz people from ancient times until nowadays. One of the personalities of this small nation was the writer D. Cara-Ciobanu, who spent his life promoting this culture. He founded this museum, which features more than 6,000 exhibits, including works by famous writers, poets and famous artists in Gagauzia. One of the most valuable item in the museum is the collection of original films produced during the Gagauz colonization of the steppe of Bugeac.

You will continue your trip to Vinuri de Comrat winery, which is the oldest winery of southern Moldova. Here you will discover the tastes of Vinuri de Comrat wines and the specificity of Gagauz cuisine, while tasting Gagauz more dishes. For over 100 years the winemakers of Comrat are preserving and transmitting from generation to generation the classical traditions of making fresh and naturally elegant wines based on the unique winemaking technology characteristic for the south of Moldova. Vinuri de Comrat is a modern complex processing 4 thousands tones of wine and spirits using closed-loop cycle, including production and processing of grape, production and bottling of dry, semi-sweet, desert, selected and vintage wine, production of wine spirit. Its portfolio lists more than 50 collections of wine, however, it is very famous for the Cahors wine.

In the afternoon, you will take a ride to Milestii Mici winery located at a depth of 40-85 m in Milestii Mici village. Measuring about 200 km, all underground streets make up the largest network of caves ever dug by a human being, which appeared after the extraction of limestone deposits. The winery holds an impressive collection of more than 2 million bottles. The "Golden Collection" of Milestii Mici winery, which has over 1,5 million bottles, is the pride of the whole country, as in August, 2005, it was registered in the Guinness World Records as the biggest wine collection in the world. You will feel like a king/ queen here, admiring the beauty of this place, tasting wines in which you will feel the fire of sun and vigor of earth.

After the excursion at Milestii Mici winery, you will return to Chisinau and check in at the hotel.

On departure day, you will be transferred from the hotel to Chisinau International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you will have the option to explore Chisinau for a while on your own in the morning and buy some souvenirs.

Prices

Travel dates

Upon request

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

6 Pers.

18 Pers.

City Park Hotel 4*

1142€

707€

573€

Bristol Central Park Hotel 4*

1159€

723€

590€

Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel 5*

1219€

783€

650€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 6 Pers. 18 Pers.

Upon request

City Park Hotel 4* 1142€ 707€ 573€
Bristol Central Park Hotel 4* 1159€ 723€ 590€
Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel 5* 1219€ 783€ 650€

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
  • 1 night accommodation at the guesthouse in Valeni village;
  • 1 night accommodation at the guesthouse in Congaz village;
  • Breakfast at the hotel/guesthouse;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3, 4 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of 5 types of wine at Château Cojusna (Migdal-P) winery, 7 types of wine at Poiana winery, 3 types of wine at Vinaria din Vale winery, 5 types of wine at Karagani winery, 5 types of wine at Vinuri de Comrat winery and 3 types of wine at Milestii Mici winery;
  • Folk program in Valeni village;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.

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