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 , 2021

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 , 2021

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 , 2021

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

What People Say

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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.

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).

Hi, Natalia! I contact you in order to thank you for your help, guidance & company while i was in your country. I will have to say, i did particularly love being with you, on those 2 trips i made. If you don’t mind me saying so, i think you are a lovely & charming person, and it was a great pleasure for me to meet you.