Wine and Culture trip

About Tour

Wine is part of this nation’s culture and if someone came to Romania and would not taste our wines, it would be like looking at a church from the outside and not going inside! During this tour you will meet, feel and taste the wines of the most famous wine regions in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, which was split in two parts after World War II, one is the Romanian region of Moldova, the other one being the Old Bessarabia, nowadays known as the Republic of Moldova. But both regions are linked through their famous and good wines! We will start this adventure with a Moldovan wines tasting.

1 st Day

Arrival in Bucharest

October 01 st , 2018

Included highlights:

  • a short City Tour
  • dinner accompanied by a tasting of Romanian wines and presentation about vineyards
  • the chance to talk to a professional sommelier

Included meals:
  • Welcome dinner
2 nd Day

Discovering Carpathians

October 02 nd , 2018

Included highlights:

  • Peles Castle in Sinaia (the summer residence of the Romanian kings, at the foot of the high Carpathians).
  • Lunch and sparkling-wines tasting in the Rhein & Azuga Cellars, recognized between the two World Wars as “The Supplier of the Royal Court of Romania”.
  • Dracula’s Castle in Bran
  • Brasov and accommodation at a 4* hotel located in the downtown

Included meals:
  • Lunch and sparkling-wines tasting
3 rd Day

Discovering Sighisoara

October 03 rd , 2018

Included highlights:

  • Fagaras fortress,
  • Cincusor, Cincu and Agnita Fortified Churches,
  • Special lunch in Fagaras, where we will taste Romanian dishes made after old traditional recipes,
  • city tour of Sighisoara (the Clock Tower built in the XIV century, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, the Wooden Covered Staircase, the Hill Church, etc),
  • Accommodation at Hotel Cavalerul 4*.

4 th Day

Discovering Eastern Carpathian Mountains

October 04 th , 2018

Included highlights:

  • the impressive sheer limestone walls of the Bicaz Gorges
  • City tour of Iasi and visit of the the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Culture Palace, the Golia Monastery, the Trei Ierarhi Church, etc.
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5 th Day

Departure to the Republic of Moldova

October 05 th , 2018

Included highlights:

  • Soroca town known for its sizable Roma minority,
  • Soroca Fortress built in the Middle Ages
  • Roma’ district of Soroca, famous for its “posh” palaces,
  • visit a local family in order to get familiarized with the Roma way of life,
  • Japca Monastery, known as the only monastery in Moldova that was not closed during the Soviet Period.
  • Tipova monastery, one of the most visited sites located on a rocky bank of the Dniester River

6 th Day

Enjoying Wine Festival

October 06 th , 2018

Included highlights:

  • Branesti Winery, visit the wine complex and have a wine tasting,
  • special lunch in a peasant house
  • visit to Old Orhei – a museum complex that presents the remains of different civilizations
  • an Orthodox cave monastery
  • visit and taste the wines of one of the biggest underground wine cities in Europe – “Cricova”
  • city tour of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, during which we will also enjoy the Wine Festival.
  • special dinner in “Carpe Diem”, the best wine restaurant in Moldova.
  • accommodation in 4* Hotel Flowers in downtown Chisinau

Optional highlights:

  • Chisinau by hight

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
7 th Day

Wine Festival at Asconi, Chateau Purcari and Et Cetera Winery

October 07 th , 2018

Included highlights:

  • Wine Festival at Asconi Winery
  • Purcari Winery
  • Et Cetera Winery
  • Special wine tasting, dinner and accommodation at Et Cetera.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Special wine tasting and dinner
8 th Day

Discovering Transnistria

October 08 th , 2018

Included highlights:

  • City tour of Tiraspol (the capital of Transnistria),
  • excursion and tasting different types of caviar in a local sturgeon complex
  • transfer to airport/Bucharest and departure home

Optional highlights:

  • if time allows, we will visit the museum dedicated to the Transnistrian conflict.

Included meals:
  • breakfast

What People Say

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If you go to Moldova, for tourism or for business, you can't do it without Cristina. She knows the country perfectly, its history, its culture, its traditions... And she knows all its places: monasteries, churches, villages. Plus it speaks perfect Russian, Romanian and Italian and will let you communicate with all the people you meet.

Thanks, Cristina, for making this trip beautiful and unforgettable.

Natalia, a very knowledgeable guide, has beaten my expectations by far!!! I am a frequent traveller, always trying to find good guides. But up till now Natalia is my absolute favorite. It's the information she gave us in between you never can expect from a normal tour guide. Everything was well organized. One can feel that she loves her job. She has wide-ranging skills. Thank you!

Victoria, Just a short note to say thank you very much for everything on Sunday. Despite the long and tiring journey caused by the road closure in Ukraine, we thoroughly enjoyed our day, and learned so much about Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine. We particularly enjoyed discovering Tiraspol, as it's such an unusual place and gave us a glimpse of how life was under the former Soviet regime. Because British history is relatively simple, with few invasions and no changes of borders, we struggle to understand the complexities of European history. 

We were very impressed with your understanding - and with your excellent English language skills in explaining it all to us. It certainly brought to life our visit to your country. I hope your journey back home was a little easier than the one to Odessa. Please give our thanks to our driver on the day - I'm afraid we do not recall his name but we appreciated all he did to negotiate the way through the border crossings for us and to get us to Odessa as quickly as he did despite the obstacles. Good luck for future success in your career. If you are ever in England and are able to visit our area, do not hesitate to give us a call. We could show you the historic city of Winchester and the busy port and waterside areas of Portsmouth, which I'm sure you would find interesting. Thanks again for everything.