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The Wine Route of Moldova and Ukraine
7 Days

ITINERARY

7 Days: Chisinau, Odessa

Tour Overview:
Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe. It is one of the top 20 wine producing countries in the world with a high density of vineyards. While in Moldova, visit Moldova’s capital, Chisinau and learn about the wine industry when you visit Purcari Winery including a tasting and lunch. Travel to Odessa in Ukraine, known for its neoclassical pastel buildings.

Day 1: Arrival Chisinau

Arrival in Chisinau, transfer to Hotel Park City**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2: Chisinau

Once founded as monastery village in the centre of what was once known as Bessarabia in the 20th century, rebuilt by Soviets into a city of grandiose Stalinist architecture mixed with gloriously brutal modernism, Chisinau is now the capital of Moldova. The morning sightseeing tour will take us to the Square of Stefan the Great, the Triumph Arch, the Parliament House and the Eternity Memorial and the Alley of Classics with sculptures of Romanian Classics. The afternoon offers an optional tour to the openair archaeological complex “Orehuil Vechi” with lunch at Trebucheni village and an exciting vist to Cricova Winery with wine tasting in a real underground town. (B)


Day 3: Chisinau

This day is reserved for a full day optional tour to Transistria, a narrow strip of land between river Dniester and the Ukrainian border. Our first stop on the way is at Bender town for a visit to Bender Fortress, which in the 16th century saw fighting between Turkish and Russian forces. From there we continue to Tiraspol, second largest city of Moldova and administrative region of unrecognized Pridnestrovian Republic which is often referred to be the place to get back to the USSR. During the tour we will see the Parliament building with a statue of Vladimir Lenin in front of it, Drama Theatre building and the impressive Orthodox church on Shevchenko Street. In the late afternoon we return to Chisinau. (B)


Day 4: Chisinau – Odessa

Our tour continues to Ukraine, but before leaving Moldova we pay a visit to Purcari Winery, where we get acquainted with production, wine storage areas and have a walk in the winery cellars before wine tasting and lunch. We continue to Odessa where we arrive late in the afternoon and check in at Hotel Continental**** or similar. (B)


Day 5: Odessa, Odessa

Standing on a shallow indentation of the Black Sea coast north of the Dniester river, Odessa is an energetic and decadent boom town. The city is perhaps most known for its neoclassical pastel buildings and famous Potemkin Steps. During morning we will see French Boulevard, Arcadia district, Odessa National Opera, Duke de Richelieu Monument and Sobornaya Square. In the afternoon an optional excursion to Odessa Catacombs tour is offered. Located outside the city it is one of the largest underground labyrinths in Europe. It was previously a limestone carry and partisan base during the World War II and features a Partizan Glory Museum. (B)


Day 6: Odessa

The day is reserved for a full day optional tour to Shabo Winery and Akkerman Fortress. Akkerman Fortress is a unique monument reflecting defensive architecture dating back to 13th century and is considered as the best preserved medieval fortification facility in Ukraine. We drive further to Shabo Wine Cultural Centre to learn about ancient wine tradition and visit the Wine Museum before wine tasting and visit to Shabo Winery. (B)


Day 7: Odessa

Transfer to airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Departure: October 2021 – November 2021
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Oct 02 - Oct 07 1070 1485
Oct 17 - Oct 23 1070 1485
Oct 31 - Nov 06 1070 1485
Small groups:
Max. 16 guests in the group
Min. booking of 2 guests
Optional Tours Price Person
6-hour excursion to Orheiul Vechi complex and Cricova Winery including 115
8-hour excursion to Transistria including visit to Bender Fortress 130
3-hours visit to Odessa Catacombs and Partizan Glory Museum 70
8-hour excursion to Shabo Winery and Akkreman Fortress 115
6 x 3 course dinners at hotel 195

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 6 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 6 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Visit and wine tasting with lunch at Purcari Winery
  • Service of English speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class cars or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Arrival and departure transfers

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