Combined Tour Odessa and Moldova
Day 1 Odessa – Pearl of the Black Sea
Today you’re going to see one of the most beautiful Black Sea region cities. You’re welcome to Odessa – a pearl of the Black Sea. Short familiarity with Odessa: we’ll see, first, the Vorontzov palace and the Potemkin steps.Then, walk to the Primorsky Bouleward, and, finally, walk around the Opera House and finish at the Passazh (3 h). Overnight in Odessa.
Day 2 Cultural Odessa
It’s going to be a cultural day. We’ll take you, first, to Fine Arts Museum-Potocki Palace and, later, to Literature Museum-Count Gagarin Mansion. The Fine Arts Museum is known for housing more than 10 thousand pieces of art. They include paintings of some of the best-known Russian and Ukrainian artists of late 19th and early 20th.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Odessa.
Day 3 Transnistria: Tiraspol
In the morning, we’ll say good-bye to Odessa and, make our way to Moldova.
You’ll, finally, get to Transnistria, and spend one night in Tiraspol-city of the country that, actually, doesn’t exist.
So, as soon as you cross the border, we’ll show you so to say Unrecognized Independent Republic of Soviet Style. We’ll show you around the city and will, surely, tell you interesting facts about the country within another country borders. Finally, discover Soviet time relics, like Lenin statues, which are everywhere in Transnistria.
Afternoon visit to brandy factory in Tiraspol “KVINT” known for excellent spirits like divines, whisky, liquors, vodka, wine and others. You have a possibility to taste some of them.
Day 4 Transnistria Sightseeing
In the morning, before driving to the capital of Moldova, we’ll visit the Turkish fortress in Bender town. We’ll, undoubtedly, peep into a Sturgeon Fish farm and have an interesting excursion around the property. Learn the way of growing sturgeon fish in local conditions.
During the excursion in the fortress complex, we’ll also show you the History Museum in the gunpowder cellar, Museum of Medieval torture instruments, Memorial site of the Baron Munhausen, and Pantheon of Russian Glory, inclusively. The first documentary mention of the Tighina fortress was in the 15th c.. The area along the river Dniestr had some trade factories, that was later expended by the Moldavian principality. As a result, some new fortifications were made out of the wood and ground. In the second half of the 15th c. the fortress was conqured, as noted before, by the Turkish Sultan Suleyman. Hence, on its place a new Turkish stone fortress was built.
We suggest you to experience soviet style lunct at café “Stolovka SSR” Soviet style food and lots of soviet relics are guaranteed.
And finally, proceed for a City Tour Chisinau with visits to the main sights of the capital.
Day 5 Cricova Wines and Open-Air Museum Complex Orheiul Vechi
Today, we’ll visit Cricova famous wine-cellars and sample precious
Cricova wines. It’s important to note, that Cricova wine collection is very rich and diverse. The oldest wine being stored there, is “Jerusalem Easter Wine” from 1902.
We’ll, further, travel to Orhei region and visit unique cave monastery and open-air museum complex Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei). We’ll, first, enjoy traditional meal at a local guest house in Butuceni, typical Moldavian village with old traditions.
Later, explore the open-air museum area, cave Orthodox monastery, and the local archeological museum. Follow to the ruins of the Turkish baths and to the Medieval fortress-town at the outskirts of the village Trebujeni. We’ll finish this tour by a short afternoon excursion in the orthodox monastery Curchi.
Overnight in Chisinau.
Day 6 North of Moldova. The mixture of Cultures.
This day, you’re going to explore the North of Moldova and enjoy a glass of good wine from a local winery.
So, you’ll meet the local historian who’ll reveal the secrets of Soroca fortress.
It’s about the historical events that had taken place in the fortress. Interesting to know, the fortress had captured many dramatic events, like the invasions of the Tatars, Cossacks, Polish King Ian Sobesky troops, military actions of Bogdan Hmelnitskyi, as well as an anti-Ottoman campaign of the Russian Monarch Peter the Great.
Further, we continue to the Gypsy Quarter with gorgeous mansions.
In the afternoon, we’ll look into the museum and house of handicrafts and national carpets in the village of Clisova Noua “Arta Rustica”. It’s a large collection of old and new carpets from all corners of Moldova. The owner of the collection tells about the origin and appointment of each article stored at the museum. It’s a perfect place where hand-made souvenirs can be bought.
Overnight in Chisinau.
Day 7 Day at leisure.
Before we take you to the airport, think of your relatives and friends and take some presents for them from a a friendly and welcoming country Moldova!