Be sure to include a detour to Moldova on your next European holiday. Spend five enlightening days privately touring this landlocked country, visiting and tasting the best they have to offer.
The tour features visits to and tastings at Chateau Cojusna, Chateau Vartely, EtCetera Winery and Chateau Purcari. Be introduced to regional cuisine such as placinte, sheep cheeses and local grapes such as Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra.
A highlight will be a caviar and sparkling tasting, as well as a visit to Chateau Mimi. Staying in winery resorts and boutique hotels throughout, there's not a better way to see this emerging wine tourism destination.
For more information on Moldovan Wines, see https://www.thewinesociety.com/guides-wine-regions-europe-moldova
Arrive at Chisinau airport, and transfer into the city. Timings will depend upon your flight time.
The city was formerly known as Kishinyov, also spelled Kishinev or Kišin'ov, city and capital of Moldova (Moldavia). It is situated along the Bâcu (Byk) River, in the south-central part of the country. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of Chisinau. One can hardly find a more green, attractive and welcoming city. This can be easily proved during an introductory tour where you will see in brief the main cultural, historical and commercial places of interest.
Once complete, you will be taken to check in to your accommodation, the Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel
Dinner will be taken within the hotel this evening.
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 10:00 Transfer to Hancesti
10:00 – 11:00 Excursion at Manuc Bei
This is an historical architectural complex, located in Hince?ti city in the central-western part of the Republic of Moldova and it includes the following edifices: Palace of Manuc, House of Bailiff, Countess House, Hunting Castle, Watchtower and others.
1:00 – 12:00 Transfer to Cojusna
12:00 – 15:00 Excursion, wine tasting with lunch at Chateau Cojusna Winery. This winery was founded in 1908 and here the high-quality wines of more than 10 varieties are produced by French technology. Pass along the narrow streets of the vinoteque with its shelves full of dusty bottles. The wines produced in Cojusna can be tasted in two special halls - one of them has an atmosphere of Medieval Moldovan cellar, it is trimmed with natural tree and stone, another one has a European classic style.
15:00 – 16:00 Transfer to Orhei
16:00 – 18:00 Check in at Chateau Vartel and free time
18:00 – 19:00 Excursion and wine tasting at Chateau Vartely Winery. This is a modern resort, which comprises four hotel-type houses, 2 restaurants, 3 tasting rooms, and a huge inner yard. In the cellars, and then in tasting rooms you will be acquainted with the particularities of the “Chateau Vartely” wines. Get to know the best labels of local wine and learn how they are made, kept and served Then of course you will have this chance to taste some of them.
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner in Chateau Vartely restaurant
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out
09:00 – 12:00 Transfer to Crocmaz in the south east
12:00 – 13:00 Excursion with wine tasting in EtCetera Winery. Enjoy a unique home-made wine, directly from the barrels and try local placinte, (traditional pastry resembling a thin, small round or square-shaped cake, usually filled with apples or a soft cheese), sheep cheese and other delicious courses that are known to the region. Here you will taste purely Moldovan wines, such as Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra.
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch at the winery
15:00 – 15:30 Transfer to Purcari
15:30 – 18:00 Check in and free time at Chateau Purcari
18:00 – 19:30 Excursion and wine tasting at Purcari Winery If you are a wine enthusiast or just love to be in beautiful, pristine surroundings, listening to the songs of a thousand birds, Purcari is the place you need to visit. Purcari was established in 1827 and now the estate lies on 300 hectares of traditional and newly planted vineyards. Negru de Purcari and Rosu de Purcari have been the choice wine for some of the world's most recognized dignitaries. The old mansion’s galleries feature great collections of Purcari wines, some bottles dating back to 1948. In the mansion itself, the tasting room is decorated in grand old style, and it's here that you will have a chance to try the exquisite Purcari wines. The restaurant is also complemented with skillfully prepared Moldovan and international cuisine.
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner at the restaurant
Meals B, L, D
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast at the hotel and check out
09:00 – 10:30 Transfer to Tiraspol
10:30 – 12:30 Excursion and Caviar Tasting. Aquatir Aquatir is a company representing a unique, large-scaled industrial complex breeding sturgeon fish for the production of black caviar. Here you’ll have the chance to taste black caviar with local brut sparkling wine
12:30 – 13:00 Transfer to the restaurant
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at a local restaurant
14:30 – 15:00 Transfer to Castel MIMI
15:00 – 15:30 Check in at the hotel
15:30 – 16:30 Excursion at Chateau Mimi. This is one of the leading tourist attractions in Moldova. The Castle is already included in the list of world's most beautiful wineries. The wines produced here are also some of the best, being decorated with Gold and Silver medals at several national and international competitions.
16:30 – 19:00 Free time at Castel MIMI
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner at the restaurant
Breakfast at the hotel and check out
Transfer to the airport