Discover Moldova on a trip from 13 to 16 June 2019 (including arrival and departure dates). Visit its wine attractions such as Cricova winery, Castel Mimi winery and Asconi winery. Travel in time to Orheiul Vechi, a 40 thousand year-old natural amphitheater and attend the Open-air Classical Music Festival “DescOPERA” 2019 in Moldova. The event organized at the foot of the cliffs from the Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, offers its visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classical music played live in a unique setting: an improvised scene in the nature, fresh air and amazing views. If you opt for a private tour, it can be customized according to your preferences.Individual travel request form Enjoy a private tour Group travel request form Join a group tour
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Discovery of Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve “Orheiul Vechi” and attending the Open-air Festival of Classical Music “DescOPERA”Chisinau - Cricova - Butuceni - Orheiul Vechi - Chisinau
You will start the day by travelling to 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 and discover the tastes of Cricova wines.
Next, you will travel to Butuceni village where you will have lunch at a local guesthouse and taste dishes from the local cuisine.
You will continue your journey 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 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.
After visiting Orheiul Vechi, you will attend the Open-air Classical Music Festival “DescOPERA” 2019 (first day of the festival) which is a unique musical event organized at the foot of the cliffs from the Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi. The event offers its visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classical music played live in a unique setting: an improvised scene in the nature, fresh air and amazing views.
Asconi family winery and Castel Mimi winery – architectural masterpiece in the world of wineChisinau – Puhoi – Bulboaca – Orheiul Vechi – Chisinau
The day will begin with Chisinau city tour. Chisinau 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 travel to Asconi winery founded in 1994 and located in Puhoi village. The winery achieved a lot due to modern wine making technologies. Nowadays at Asconi estate European varieties are grown, but special attention is paid to indigenous varieties such as Rara Neagra, Feteasca, etc. One of the features of Asconi winery is that they pick up the grapes mechanically at night when the grapes are still cold. During the excursion and wine tasting at the winery you will be able to discover the wonders of this place, whereas during lunch you will enjoy local cuisine dishes. more
You will continue your journey at Castel Mimi winery located in Bulboaca village - a destination of interest unique in Moldova. Castel Mimi is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. The story of the castle begins at the end of 1893, when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, plants the first grape vines on the place that would become legend over the years. Here, you will taste Castel Mimi wines, including Rosu de Bulboaca wine, an incomparable wine with outstanding features and elegant flavor.
After the excursion at Castel Mimi winery, you will travel to Orheiul Vechi where you will attend the Open-air Festival Classical Music Festival “DescOPERA” 2019 (second day of the festival) where L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti will be performed. After the opera, you will have dinner at the festival location.
13 - 16 June 2019
|Travel dates||Accommodation||Price per person in €|
|2 Pers.||4 Pers.||18 Pers.|
13 - 16 June 2019
|Vila Verde Hotel 3*||634€||454€||454€|
|Bristol Central Park Hotel 4*||670€||490€||490€|
|Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel 5*||760€||580€||580€|
- 3 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
- Breakfast at the hotel of your choice;
- Lunch on day 2, 3 of the itinerary;
- Dinner on day 3 of the itinerary;
- Excursions on the entire itinerary;
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
- Tasting of 4 types of wine at Cricova winery, 3 types of wine at Asconi winery and 3 types of wine at Castel Mimi winery;
- Transportation during the entire itinerary;
- English speaking guide;
- Drinking water (2 bottles of 500 ml per person per day).