HiMOLDOVA ODESSA MAMA

Price

From 532 Eur

Timeframe

all year round

Tour Duration

7 Days

Group Size

20-50

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Odessa City
  • Wine tasting and cellar tour
  • Castle Mimi
  • Parents House
  • Milestii Mici Winery
  • Cricova Winery
  • Sturgeon Farm
  • Odessa Catacombs
  • Tiraspol City

LANGUAGES

• English • Romanian • Russian • German •Italian

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation 5 nights 4* hotel
  • Meals: half bord
  • Entrance fees: according to the program
  • Excursions to:
  • Wineries: Ascony, Chateau Cojusna, Cricova, Castle Mimi, Milestii Winery
  • Museums: Old Orhei, Parent House, Odesa - Catacombs, Archeological Museum Odessa
  • Sturgeon Farm 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight tickets
  • Medical insurance 
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for guide/driver
  • Aditional excursions

Day 1 DAY OF ARRIVAL - ASCONI WINERY

Arrival in Chisinau. Meet-and-greet.

Excursion to Ascony Winery. The Winery was founded in 1994 and to this day remains a family business. They make a wide variety of wines ranging from dry reds, whites and rose to dessert Ice Wines and fortified wines. Lunch at the Ascony Restaurant.

Transfer to Chisinau. Check in the hotel.

Day 2 CHISINAU CITY TOUR & MILESTII MICI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Chisinau City Tour -2 hours city tour by bus with a tour guide. Visit the main important streets, buildings, city centre.

Free time in Chisinau city center;

Departure to wine cellar Milestii Mici - the largest underground wine cellar in Moldova. It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine. The tunnels are named after the wines kept there.

You will try 3 types of wines with snacks.

Arriving at the hotel; Free time.

Day 3 TRANSDNIESTRIA & CASTLE MIMI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transdniestria is a curious entity, a self declared republic that is to all intents and purposes a separate state – yet unrecognized by other countries.

We invite to visit the War Memorial, Sturgeon Farm, which produce most welcomed delicacy - black caviar. Then - a sightseeing tour of Transdniestria “capital” (Tiraspol), the monument of Lenin, Suvorov and Ekaterina II. Lunch in a typical Ukrainian restaurant “Kumaneok” here you have a possibility to try the black caviars for extra cost.

After full day excursion we will visit the unique Castle in Moldova – Castle Mimi with wine tasting and snacks.

Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 4 HINCU MONASTERY & PARENTS HOUSE & CHATEAU COJUSNA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Monastery Hincu - was built in 1678 by the Great High Steward Mihail Hancu after one of his daughters expressed a desire for the religious life. She became a nun and took the name of Parascheva.

The “Parents House” museum- house from Moldovan grandparents. Here you will try a special dishes which are prepared only in this region of Moldova, accompanied with Moldovan traditional life music;

Our day will continue in Chateau Cojusna which are located in the heart of Moldova only 15km from Chisinau. The winery produces wine and brandy. Excursion with wine tasting. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 5 ODESSA MAMA!

Early morning departure to Odessa.

Odessa city-tour. You will walk along Deribasovskaya street and Primorsky Boulevard, admire the beauty of the Opera House, the building of the Odessa National Philharmony, the City Duma (city government house), the monument of Duke, Potemkin Stairs, Passage, the Palace of Earl M.S. Vorontsov. You will see the Odessa Savior-Transfiguration Cathedral, where miraculous icons are exhibited. No doubt you will be surprised by the “Mother-in-laws Bridge”, and our guide will help you to solve its main mysteries. You will find out why and how the “One-Walled House” appeared in the city. You will visit the open-air museum “Corner of Old Odessa” and make a wish on the “Bridge of Brides”. Cathedral, Catherine and Duma Squares will unveil their secrets for you as well. You will definitely have to visit the smallest square of the city - Square named after Ostap Bender, sit on the 12th chair, in which were hidden the treasures of Madame Petuhova, (reference to the book “12 chairs” by Ilf and Petrov). Also you can see the monument to the famous soviet singer Utyosov. (locals believe that giving a hug to this monument or rubbing his nose will bring you a good luck).

Lunch.

Then you will visit the excursion “Odessa Catacombs”. Catacombs are the former underground quarries, from which the rock-shell was extracted - the main building material of ancient Odessa. At the beginning of the 19th century, here, underground, were created so called “hotels” for the workers and stables. Some poor horses were born, brought up and died without ever seen a day light. After the revolution the extraction of the shell-rock was forbidden. Odessa Catacombs - these intricate labyrinths at some point turned into a safe place for all sorts of criminals and deserters. They were escaping into one of secret corridors and then will safely emerge onto surface of earth a few kilometers away from that point. And in case of a siege, criminals could hide under the ground for weeks, using food stores and wells they had there. For smugglers, labyrinths served as stores for illegal goods.

Then you will go to the Odessa Archeological Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It is the oldest museum institution in our country. The year of foundation - 1825.

Dinner. Return to Chisinau.

Day 6 CRICOVA WINERY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time for souvenirs and post cards.

Lunch.

Cricova is a national treasure and the most well known winery in Moldova. It is the second largest underground wine cellar in the country, after Milestii Mici. Cricova boasts nearly 120 km of underground tunnels that are large enough for vehicles to drive through. At the deepest point, the tunnels are 100 m below the ground. The tunnels were created when limestone blocks were excavated to help build Chisinau. It was converted into an underground wine cellar in the 1950s. The natural limestone helps to maintain a constant temperature of 12-14 C (54-57 F) and humidity of 97-98%, creating optimal conditions for storing wine. Half of the tunnels in the cellar are used for this purpose. The tunnels are named after the wines kept there.

Cricova has a huge collection of more than 1 million vintage wines, including French, Italian, and Spanish wines, and samples from many other countries. Cricova also has a more limited collection of rare and unique wines, some of which are owned by famous people such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. The oldest wine is from 1902, Jewish Easter Wine, and the oldest bottle of liqueur, Yan Bekher Liqueur, is from the same year. Nazi General Goring’s private collection of wine is also there.

You will try 3 types of wines with snacks.

Return to Chisinau.

Day 7 DEPARTURE DAY

After breakfast transfer to International Airport Chisinau.

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