two days / one night

Wines of the Republic of Moldova
a two-day trip from Iasi or Bucharest.

Tour ID: P1051

East of Eastern Europe' wines

Day 1
Iasi -- Chisinau --  Bulboaca (Republic of Moldova)
Early morning,
fly from Bucharest to Iasi (eastern Romania).
Meet your (private) guide/ driver at Iasi airport
(or at your Iasi hotel)
and begin your journey to the Republic of Moldova.

Optional stop: 
~ Monastery Capriana,
one of Republic of Moldova’s most beautiful monasteries that,
served, for many years, as the headquarters of Moldova’s Ecumenical Patriarch.

Sightseeing in Chisinau - capital of the Republic of Moldova
Chisinau was first documented in 1420, but most of it was levelled in WWII.
In the 1950s most of the city was rebuilt in Soviet style.
Sights:
~ Chisinau Arc de Triomphe,
~ the 1841 Holy Gates
~ Chisinau Central Park
~ cottage of Alexander Pushkin,
Did you know?
Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era.

Pushkin lived in Chisinau from 1820 to 1823, during his exile from Moscow.
The cottage displays original furnishings and many of Puskin’s personal items.

Continue to Castle Mimi in Bulboaca,
one of the most spectacular wine-making facilities in Eastern Europe.
Enjoy a relaxing evening / winetasting at Castle Mimi.
Dinner and overnight at Castle Mimi.
Did you know?
The French-style Castel Mimi, built in 1893,
has been named, by Vivino, among the top 15 architectural masterpieces in the world of wine.
Founder Constantin Mimi studied viticulture in France,
at "Institut national d'études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier".

Day 1 in brief:
Distance traveled:  220 km (138 miles)
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 35 minutes
(normal traffic, without stops plus border-crossing wait time)
Sights/ Activities: 
historical buildings, winery, rural Romania and Republic of Moldova. 

Day 2
Castel Mimi Bulboaca -- Cricova Cellars -- Iasi (Romania)
After breakfast,
travel from Castel Mimi to Cricova Cellars,
(aka the "Wine City" or "Kingdom of Wine”)
a huge wine cellar located 250 ft. below the ground.
Since 1957, some of the 75-mile underground natural galleries
below the town of Cricova have been used for wine storage.
A part of Nazi leader’s Herman Goering private wine collection,
taken by the Red Army from Berlin in 1945, is now stored at Cricova cellars.
Wine tasting / lunch (optional) at Cricova.

After your visit to Cricova,
travel back to Iasi (or your next destination).

Optional:
Walking tour of Iasi,
dinner and overnight in Iasi

Day 2 in brief:
Distance traveled:  230 km (148 miles)
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
(normal traffic, without stops plus border-crossing wait time)
Sights/ Activities:
historical buildings, wine cellars, rural Romania and Republic of Moldova. 

Did you know?
Over 1.2 million of bottles of wine and several thousand oak barrels
(over 35 million quarts of wine)
are stored at Cricova Cellars.
Cricova Wine collection contains over 200 varieties of wine, not available for sale or consumption.
The most expensive bottle of wine in collection is valued at over one million US Dollars.
The oldest item in Cricova Wine Collection is a bottle of “Easter in Jerusalem” – red;
the only “surviving” bottle of a lot of 400 produced in 1902.  

This program includes one night accommodations 
at a three-star hotel in Chisinau (Kishinev) 
or at Castel Mimi - Bulboaca, Republic of Moldova

Tur duration: two days
Total distance traveled:  460 km (290 miles)
Total travel time: 6 hours and 55 minutes
(normal traffic, without stops plus border-crossing formalities & wait time, if any)
Sights/ Activities: 
historical buildings, wine cellars, wine tasting,rural Romania and Republic of Moldova. 




Available
Year-Round

Price: 
94.00 Euros/ person sharing a double room (group of 40 + travelers)
Single room supplement: 22.00 Euros

Inclusions:
~ domestic transportation with car, minibus or coach,
~ private guide,
~ sightseeing tour of Chisinau - capital city of Republic of Moldova,
~ wine tasting at Castel Mimi,
~ wine tasting at Cricova.

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