Medieval Moldova Tour | 4-day tour in Moldova and Romania
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Holiday TypeMulti-Day Tours
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Experience the local traditions of Bukovina and take a trip through Moldova in a 4-day tour with departure from Iași. On the first day, you will visit the stunning Painted Monasteries of Bukovina followed by a city tour of Suceava, a city which served as the main residence for the Princes of Moldavia. In the next three days, you will visit archeological and historical sites such as Old Orhei and the Orhei Citadel, you will explore the streets and landmarks of Kishinev, and you will sample some of Moldova’s famous wine at Cricova and Mileștii Mici, the underground cities of wine.
- Professional English-speaking driver tour guide;
- Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary;
- Accommodation for 3 nights in comfortable and cozy rooms in centrally located hotels;
- Transfer with a modern car/coach;
- Airport pick-up and drop-off;
- 2 wine tasting sessions.
- Health and travel insurance;
- Airplane tickets;
- Meals and beverages, other than those included in the itinerary;
- Entrance fees to sights others than those included in the itinerary;
- Photography fees;
- Tips for tour guide;
- Various expenses such as room service, personal calls, souvenirs.
Departure from Iasi to Bukovina Painted Monasteries
Welcome to Romania!
Your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and your 4-day journey will begin. You will spend the first day of your tour in Bukovina, a remarkable region filled with traditional houses and locals that seem to be living in another era.
Bukovina is the land of the Painted Monasteries, and your first destination is Voronet, commonly called the ”Sistine Chapel of the East”. The frescoes of the monastery are dominated by intense shades of blue, and the southern wall depicts the best-preserved ”Last Judgement” fresco in Romania. The monastery was built in 1488 by Stephen the Great in order to commemorate one of his victories against the Ottoman Empire.
Next up you will visit Moldovița, one of the last two monasteries in Bukovina that were built with an open porch, a hidden room built above the burial vault, and with Gothic-style windows and walls. The frescoes of the monastery were painted in 1537, with predominantly yellow and blue paintings. Some of the most important mural paintings are the ”Tree of Jesse” and the ”Siege of Constantinople”.
The last monastery of the day is Sucevița, built in 1585 in a Gothic and Byzantine style. Both the interior and exterior walls are covered in frescoes that depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament. Sucevița is one of the last monasteries to be decorated in the famous Moldavian style, and it has the appearance of a real fortress. Surrounded by walls that are 6 meters tall and 3 meters thick and guarded by a tower in each corner, Sucevița is a true masterpiece of Romania’s patrimony. The dominant colors of the frescoes are purple, red and blue, and they appear against an emerald green background, depicting an astonishing chromatic effect.
After discovering the history of Bukovina’s painted monasteries, you will head to Suceava. For nearly 200 years, the city was the capital of Moldavia and the main residence for the Princes of Moldavia. Once here, you will take a city tour and discover some of its most important landmarks, such as The Princely Court and the Mirăuți Chruch.
Overnight in Suceava.
Suceava – Soroca Citadel – Kishinev City Tour
On the second day of your tour, you will cross the border to Moldova, a country famous for its wines and one of the largest wine producers in the world. Formerly part of the Kingdom of Romania, Moldova is now our beloved neighboring country.
The main attraction of the day is the Soroca Citadel. Located in the northern part of the country, the citadel was formerly part of Moldavia’s defense system. The construction has a perfectly circular shape, with high and thick walls, and it is guarded by 5 towers placed at equal distances between one another. The Soroca Citadel was built at the end of the 15th century by Stephen the Great, and it is the only medieval monument in Moldova which was preserved just as it was designed by its craftsmen.
You will then visit the capital city of Moldova, Kishinev. This is the commercial, cultural, and social center of the country, and it is known as the ”City on the Seven Hills”. Your city tour will include the Triumphal arch (also known as the Holy Gate) and the Stephen the Great Park. Last but not least, you will visit the flea market, where you will be able to purchase souvenirs such as traditional clothing or items dating back to World War II.
Overnight in Kishinev.
Orheiul Vechi – Tipova Monastery – Cricova Wine Tasting
After a fresh delicious meal, you will take a road trip to the Țipova Cave Monastery, located approximately 100 kilometers outside of Kishinev. Țipova is one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova, and it is carved in stone on the bank of the Nistru River. It is comprised of three religious chambers and monastic cells, and it is believed that the oldest of the cells dates back to the 11th century.
You will then take a trip to a historical and archeological complex, Old Orhei. This unique site is located in the open air, and the enormous archeological excavations revealed cultural layers of various epochs such as the Paleolithic, Eneolithic, and Iron Age. You will also visit the Orhei Fort, a Moldovan citadel placed alongside the Răut River. The construction was mentioned for the first time in 1470, and it was built on the ruins Șehr al-Djedid, a city that belonged to the Golden Horde.
Next, we will taste some of Moldavia’s wine at the Cricova Winery, situated at a depth of 50-80 meters, representing a real underground city. The Moldavian cellars where Vladimir Putin keeps his wine are so big you that need to drive through them. Here you will discover the art of wine tasting, and you will sample a selection of local wines.
In the evening, you will head back to Kishinev, and before calling it a night you will visit one of the seven hills of the city to catch a glimpse of Kishinev’s skyline.
Overnight in Kishinev.
Kishinev – Milestii Mici – Capriana Monastery – Iasi
In the morning we will check out from the hotel, and we will leave for Mileștii Mici, the largest underground wine cellar in the world. Its limestone tunnels spread over an area of more than 200 kilometers, 55 of which are used for wine storage. The tasting halls are luxuriously decorated, being emphasized with water, stone, and wood, and the walls are carved from natural seashell rock.
The last destination is one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments in Moldova, Căpriana Monastery. For a long time, the monastery was the residence of the Moldovan Metropolitan Church and it was patronized by many rulers of Moldova, including Stephen the Great.
After visiting Căpriana, we will head back to Romania, and at approximately 14:00 we will arrive back in Iași.