Music Festival in Moldova - Martisor

About Tour

Spring is the most expected season in Moldova. Coming of the spring is accompanied by celebration - “Martisor”. This celebration starts on March,1 when people give to each other little red & white mascots. The name of martisor derives from “Martie”, translated as “March” from Romanian.

People put these little mascots to their clothes for the whole month. On the 31st of March the martisors are taken away and tied to the blossoming fruit trees. Martisors are believed to bring happiness and success for the whole year. Moldova celebrates Martisor annually not only by wearing those little mascots but also by the international music festival “Martisor” held during 01-10 March.

1 st Day

The festival opening

March 01 st , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Meet your local guide and driver at the airport of Chisinau.
  • Check-in.
  • Visit to the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography,
  • The Central Park and the Alley of Moldovan literature classics,
  • The monument of Steven the Great and Saint,
  • Great National Assembly Square,
  • The Triumph Arch,
  • The “Nativity” Cathedral,
  • The Organ Hall,
  • The Market of souvenirs, etc.
  • The great opening of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Optional highlights:

  • Lunch/dinner in the local restaurant specialized in traditional Moldovan cuisine.

Included meals:
  • Lunch or dinner
2 nd Day

The 2nd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”

March 02 nd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Visit Orheiul Vechi (Cave Monastery) which is "arguably Moldova's most fantastic sight".
  • See an Orthodox cave monastery called “St. Maria Dormata” expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries ago and preserved in a functional state. You’ll have excursion about this fascinating complex
  • Visit the Curchi monastery, the real pearl of our religious life. Here you’ll see some churches, and the “Virgin’s Assumption” Cathedral, built by the drawings of genius architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
  • Return to Chisinau.
  • In the evening - the 2nd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Optional highlights:

  • Have lunch with folk program in the Moldovan family’ pension located in the neighborhood village.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

The 3rd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”

March 03 rd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Start to Purcari winery, located in the South-Eastern part of Moldova. You’ll be impressed by the combination of the chateau’s royal-like interiors and HI-Tech.
  • Excursion, wine tasting and lunch.
  • Return to Chisinau.
  • In the evening - the 3rd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch

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During my recent holiday to Moldova, I was lucky enough to have Miss Victoria Odobescu as a guide and driver on two occasions.  One day we went to Orheiul Vechi, and another to Soroca, the XV fort guarding the Dnistre river crossing.  Miss Odobescu speaks very good colloquial English, her range is wide and is a confident and safe driver.  Victoria, was exceptionally well-informed about the history, culture, and people of Moldova. In addition, she was very sensitive to my needs and wants. I highly recommend the services provided by Victoria Odobescu. I am sure she will have success in her career in Tourism. 

What a wonderful holiday. Everything was well organised and went well.

The guide, Cristina, was excellent, good English and very knowledgeable and keen that we should see every cultural and characteristic aspect of Moldova.

The visit to the Roma "family" was fascinating-not a "family" visit but a meeting with the Roma head of family in his huge house ornate and wealthy and we had a delicious home make cherry juice and had a question and answer session with him. He,Robert, is a relative of the Roma king; This was very informative as I am very interested in everyone and everything but tourists need to be interested in the Roma people and way of life otherwise input wouldn't be so fascinating!!

The visit to the "old believers" village was just great-tea from a samovar and cakes and a very pleasant woman the librarian and museum custodian.

In Gaugazia we met the Museum curator and again a fascinating insight into Gaugazian history.

Much of our enjoyment and insights was enhances by Cristina who translated everything so well.

The visits to the wineries were an eye opener and the wine tasting too. I recommend tourists who go to the Cricova winery to to wear warm clothes and a scarf as we go deep down into the underground "city" to see the stored wine.

We loved the food (and all the wine).

Dear Victoria,

Please accept the endosed as a token of my thanks and appreciation. I have been lucky enough, over the years, to have traveled to many destinations, and to have experienced every sort of guide. In my opinion you are right at the top, one of the select very few who manage to “get it just right”.

Like any skilled job, guiding is something that, when done well, it looks easy! You and I know that is not the case; it’s a tough, demanding profession that few individuals do adequately, and even fewer, well. Hardly any do such a great job that their clients feel cared for, safe, valued and special. You, in my view, are one of those rare tour leaders.

Please, accept my small token of gratitude. You have been kind, lightful, knowlageble (extremly), considerate, tolerant, efficient, reliable… I could go on, but to spare your blushes I will end by saying I cannot find a single criticism (this is a rare thing for me – I have very high standards!).

Your company depends for its success on your delivering what they promised. You have done professionaly this with a smile, a sense of humor, and grate dignity.

I wish you all the luck in the world for the future & thank you for leaving me with not only happy memories but with a positive impression of Moldova.

With very best wishes, Veronica.